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Old 05-07-2017, 01:38 PM   #46
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Goddamn, that's some nice stock bodywork.

If you want to buy hardware from Honda, their fasteners are universal, and you can xref parts from CMSNL and your preferred US parts vendor. That may also help answer questions about what fasteners go where, stock.

As for the repair, you might consider plastic welding with your Dremel. There's a risk it'll damage the finish on the other side. Barring that, a little bit of epoxy and some FG matting will probably do the trick.
Thenewazoo, thx for the awesome tips! Looks like more homework sorting out the fasteners.

As for the plastic repair that Dremel trick is very clever. I want to try it. I will see if I can find some garbage parts to practice on.

For the past few weeks at work we've been doing a bunch of material evaluations that use a heatsealer to bond layers of membranes. For our application, like polymers and similar melting temps formed the stongest bond. Any idea what polymer(s) the fairings are made of?
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Old 05-07-2017, 01:38 PM   #47
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Congrats on the 35. I love those Honda V4s. Own a couple RVF400s myself and it's my favorite. I even got an rc45 to match. Those JDM bikes are addictive

Glad you met Mike too. He's a good friend of mine.

My OEM bodywork is flawless thanks to Jim Granger's touch up skills. He's the man if you want any scratches or cracks repaired.

#1 recommendation is to use Moltul 300v or Mobil 1 full synthetic if Mike hasn't told you already. Those oils prevent engine wear more than anything else.

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Old 05-07-2017, 03:39 PM   #48
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Hey Collin, thanks!. Your toy collection is one to aspire to!

Who is this Mike you are referring to? Is he an importer?

Jim Granger is certain to know what fairings are made from and I'd like to talk with him. Contact info?

Will add your oil recommendation to my shopping list.

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Old 05-07-2017, 04:24 PM   #49
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:07 PM   #50
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I think he means Mike Norman
Ooh, right! Brain numb from mattress shopping all day with missus. Thx for clarifying.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:35 PM   #51
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Session 3: Bodywork funkiness

I only had 15 minutes today. So I took a look at more body work.

On the lower cowling I found two approx. 5mm diameter holes on 70mm centers along the vertical centerline. They didn't look like the result of damage. Google turned this up http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225...qSs2kkKTsw.jpg

From what I can make out there are supposed to be two plastic or rubber caps or plugs sitting there. It makes no sense to me why Honda put holes there only to plug them. Their function eludes me. Anyone?

Also, I wonder if the absence of the plugs allowed wheel throw-off to blast my radiator fins or does everybody else's look the same? In the attached photo the fins are battered. I will see how easy they are to straighten.

On the inside of the lower cowling I see red paint on one of the screws securing the mesh. Can't imagine how it got there during the manufacturing process. Anyways, other than that the cowling looks great.

Last discovery is slight damage and repair job to one of the mounting flanges for the headlamp cluster. Looks like JB Weld was applied and Dremeled out. Screw for this mounting boss was absent.
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Old 05-08-2017, 12:24 PM   #52
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Looks like the original calipers were swapped out for RC51 ones. A common mod. You can look Jim up if you're on Facebook, or I can pm you his number and email.

I've replaced some tatty panels with some I got out of Japan. There's only two paint schemes for the 35 so they're not too hard to find. I've collected a whole set myself to hoard.

Lots of aftermarket radiators but some have had issues like the wrong size thread for the fan switch. You're probably going to be ok if you clean your lower rad and straighten out the fins with tweezers and a small flathead screwdriver.
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Old 05-08-2017, 03:19 PM   #54
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Looks like the original calipers were swapped out for RC51 ones. A common mod. You can look Jim up if you're on Facebook, or I can pm you his number and email.

I've replaced some tatty panels with some I got out of Japan. There's only two paint schemes for the 35 so they're not too hard to find. I've collected a whole set myself to hoard.

Lots of aftermarket radiators but some have had issues like the wrong size thread for the fan switch. You're probably going to be ok if you clean your lower rad and straighten out the fins with tweezers and a small flathead screwdriver.
I was wondering why calipers were gold because all the photos I saw online show black. It looks like you did the swap, too. Besides cool looks is there a functional advantage?

If you ever decide to unload your bodywork or bikes for that matter "dibs"

The internet says most factory fairings are injection molded ABS. In my college days I was a model maker and we fabricated many projects out of ABS material solvent bonded with MEK (methyl ethyl ketone). Fast, strong, clean joints.

BTW any thoughts on the mesh holes? What goes in there and why are they there?

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I love this thread, thanks for taking the time to document your experience.
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Because my memory is shite I tend to be an archivist anyways. If there is interest I am happy to share.

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Old 05-08-2017, 09:29 PM   #56
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Also, I wonder if the absence of the plugs allowed wheel throw-off to blast my radiator fins or does everybody else's look the same? .
You should see mine. Mine aren't great by any stretch, but my bike never runs hot.
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Session 4: Got another set of new wheels!

Today's progress indirectly contributed to project RVF400. I, at long last, bought a tool cabinet. A Harbor Freight members-only $99 special! I heard that a clean & organized workspace makes for efficient use of time and less grey hair. Oh yeah, also got a free flashlight

The rolling tool chest is a radical departure from my traditional MO of the last 30 years: tools stored in 9 medium sized plastic tool boxes. Rubbermaid, generic tackle box, Flambeau, dollar store shoe bins, Sterlite, 5 gallon buckets, etc. Of course none of them have defined compartments, they are simply boxes with handles stuffed with tools. My favorite organizer is a 5-gallon paint bucket with a multi-pocket nylon fabric sling that wraps around the bucket. Not pretty but at least I can find what I need.

I work out of a tiny 9x12 garage with no electricity, filled with accumulated "stuff" & shared with lots of spiders and creepy silverfish! Fuggin want nuke them!

When the bike came along I shoved everything to the back of the garage and left the front 1/2 clear for baby. I hope to build a tidy and functional workspace along the way.

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There's definitely something zen about organizing tools neatly into a nice toolbox with trays for me.
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:50 AM   #60
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Session 5: Preparing baby's nursery

Snuck over to the workshop for 15 minutes before work. Got as far as wheels attached to the base. Woohoo!

I am pleased with the build quality. Well packaged, legible manual, smooth slides, and organized fasteners. I built a play structure for my kids one time. It took two engineers a full week end as the 1000+ fasteners were all mixed together in a single bag! Who does that!?! In the end, the girls played on it for as long as it took to build. Thank you internet.

Photos of the other tool loot I picked up. Note the Costco acquisitions of a socket set $79 and a fire extinguisher for just in case
Safety first! I still like my bucket tool box

Priority tool is a compression tester with quick-disconnect. Sage advice from Santa Clara Cycle Accessories: check compression before getting too far into this project. TheNewWazoo reminded me I'll need one with an 8mm adapter (tiny!). If I can't find one at a reasonable price I may try to make my own using an old spark plug.
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