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Repair And Restoration

From the worst of the bodges to the craft of restoration...

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Poorly FZS600 Fazer Despite Stephen's years of experience tinkering with troublesome 2 wheelers he's still capable of making life hard for himself. This time his angst is brought on by his latest winter hack.
Replacing The CBF125 Clutch It's time for Ren to replace the worn out clutch on the CBF125. Is this to be another mechanical cock-up or is there a risk he might do something right for once?
CBF125 Spark Plug And Compression Being tighter than cramp Ren is making excuses to use spark plugs from the 500 in the 125. Is there any science behind this or is he talking trash? Compression test on the worn out 125 as well.
Z250SL Radiator Fan Protector Rather than bodge the radiator fan cover between Sharon and Ren they create a better looking and more permanent fixture.
Z250SL Cooling Fan Cowl Bodge Ren's been bodging Sharon's bike and he's lived to tell the tale. Come on Kawasaki, sort yaselves out.
CB500X Major Service It's time for Ren to man up and service the 500. This is the title page to bring the details together.
Changing The Chain Pocket Pete has Ren over to help fit the new chain on his CB500X. Is Ren up to the task, will Sharon eat Pete out of house and home and will the bike ever be the same?
CB500X Broken Footrest Bodge When Pocket Pete snaps his footrest off Ren uses an old trick he's learnt in the past. Is it enough to get Pocket home?
CBF125 Front Brake Disc Ren actually checks the thickness of his brake rotors. Well, he will when he can find his glasses and learn how to use a micrometer. Is the disc thick enough?
Gear Linkage Proper Bodge Ren has to bow down to the superior skills and knowledge of those wiser than himself. Fixing the CBF125's gear linkage requires rose joints, threaded bar and humble pie.
Pocketpete's CB500X Weekly Check List Ren's guide for Pocketpete is merely a set of weekly checks to be carried out on his CB500X. These check apply to most motorcycles but the details will need adapting for your own model.
CB500X Rear Wheel Removal Ren's suggestions on removing the rear wheel from the CB500X. It's not rocket science but there's a few handy tips.
DIY Tyre Change With the help of Ste Ren brings us his guide as to how they change their own motorcycle tyres. It's not easy but with the right tools it's do-able.
CB500X Evotech Radiator Guard Fitting / Review Ren has a fitting note for the Evotech Rad Guard as well as offering his opinion on its quality and ruggedness. Will it live up to his expectations?
CB500X OP (Power) Plugs It seems you're expected to fit aftermarket electrical items to you motorcycle these days, things like Sat-Nav, charging sockets and heated grips. Honda has made provisions but where the hell have they hidden them?
CB500X Adjusting The Tappets This is the final instalment of Ren's epic journey to the valves, tappets, followers and camshafts on the Honda CB500X. This time he finally gets to carry out the task he set out to do.
CB500X Getting To The Tappets In this guide Ren strips away al the gubbins from under the tank on the CB500X to gain access to the top of the motor. Worra Polava!
Auxiliary Tail Lights Again Ren's been re-bodging some extra lighting at the rear of the 125 to ensure he has a backup in case of failure.
CB500X Tank Removal Removing the tank of the CB500X is not a simple task. To guide you through Ren has images and hints to make life a little simpler
Honda High Pressure Fuel Connector Ren shows us how to remove and replace the high pressure fuel pipe on the tank of his Honda CB500X. It's a lot more fiddly than you may think. No it's not, Ren is a muppet.
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Tom McQ said :-

Ren - The Ed said :-
Cheers tom
mick murphy said :-
Hi guys my honda 125 cbf is running at nearly 4000 revs in idle mode .any advie would be appreciated
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Mick. Check the throttle cables are adjusted, check some idiot has not tried to adjust the throttle stop, this shouldn't need to ever be touched on the CBF 125.

Otherwise you're into the injector and you'll need to know what you're up to in there.
RobE said :-
I have a tapping sound from my CBC on idle. Knocks seven or eight times then stops-does this repeatedly. Sounds a bit like a ratchet being turned slowly. Any of you guys come across this
28/05/2017 18:29:52 UTC
RobE said :-
CBF of course
28/05/2017 18:31:07 UTC
RobE said :-
CBF of course
28/05/2017 18:31:08 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi RobE. It *could* the same problem as I had. Thing is check everything else before you start stripping the motor down.

Check out the links.
28/05/2017 19:53:24 UTC

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