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Old 05-09-2013, 03:06 PM   #196
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VT means V-Twin, 500, FT means Flat Track
Mine has the VT500FT on the name plate too.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:25 PM   #197
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so are the VT500FT and VT500 the same thing??

edit: i knew what the "VT" and "FT" meant, I was just under the impression that they were two separate versions...
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:27 PM   #198
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There was also a VT500 Shadow. Same engine different frame.

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Old 05-10-2013, 03:50 PM   #199
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so are the VT500FT and VT500 the same thing??

edit: i knew what the "VT" and "FT" meant, I was just under the impression that they were two separate versions...
so are the VT500FT and VT500 the same thing??
There is no model VT500, just the VT500FT Ascot

The FT500 Ascot is the single cylinder version
The VT500C is the Shadow version of the V-Twin
and to add to the confusion:
"VT500 is a common name for the family of Honda motorcycles sharing the VT500 engine; Ascot, Shadow and Euro."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_VT500

Not too important, as you know what model/version you have.
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:40 PM   #200
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Carb questions?

I'm updating/modifying/restoring an ft500 and had a few questions; is the small nipple on the right side and the nipple on the bottom overflows? Where does the second small outlet on the back of the petcock go, is it just an overflow as well?
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:42 AM   #201
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I have owned both the VT500FT & an FT500 Ascot. They are both completely different animals & both are truly great bikes. The VT is a much more civilized road machine, while the FT is more of a "Roadster" or could be a light dual sport type of bike. The VT500FT Ascot is probably the ultimate low maintenance bike & just a joy to ride. The FT500 offers a bit more options for customizing & after-market support.

The main thing that the FT needs is some intake & exhaust modifications. The bike is fairly choked up by the factory. Here is some information on modifying the air cleaner & air box to allow better breathing, plus there are 2 jets that need to be exchanged. They are also listed here.
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/...0%26%20intake/

These mods will allow you to change the countershaft sprocket to one tooth larger giving you more speed.

The exhaust is not as easy. There was a slip on muffler produced by "F1" or Cobra, but it is no longer available. I was fortunate enough to find one on eBay, but it took longer than a year to show up. Thumper Stuff offers a nice set of Head Pipes, but he hadn't worked out the muffler part yet the last I had heard. http://www.thumperstuff.com/FT500.html#exhaust

These 4 fairly simple mods really wake up the FT & makes it feel like a 500 instead of a 350cc bike.

Gut The Air Box
Richer Jets (A Must Do)
Larger Countershaft Sprocket
Free Flowing Exhaust

Good luck & enjoy one of the least appreciated (but truly great) bikes Honda produced.

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Old 05-28-2013, 08:00 AM   #202
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Just joined the site, thought I'd introduce myself with a photo of my current ride. I own this lightly modified 82 FT, an 83 FT I'm going to reassemble some day and an 83 VT that I've pretty well worn out.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:49 AM   #203
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Trying to help a buddy back in Oh. His FT project bike isn't charging.
Looking for the following info;

- Anyone have the OEM charging system output specs/measurements and at what RPM
- Possible known charging system gremlins that he could look at as well

His battery is good.


Appreciate any assistance that can be provided
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:00 PM   #204
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Ft500

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I'm updating/modifying/restoring an ft500 and had a few questions; is the small nipple on the right side and the nipple on the bottom overflows? Where does the second small outlet on the back of the petcock go, is it just an overflow as well?
You might post your question at this site as it is much more active:
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/honda-ascot/

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Old 06-14-2013, 03:00 PM   #205
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Hey there, anyone have a spare vt500 ascot fuel tank they would like to part with? If so pm me.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:32 PM   #206
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Hey there, anyone have a spare vt500 ascot fuel tank they would like to part with? If so pm me.
The veritable Holy Grail of motorcycle parts. Good luck with your search, finding one that the bottom hasn't already rusted out on is very hard to do. If you have a semi-intact one, your best bet may be to have it professionally repaired. You can also fit a VT500C Shadow tank (these tanks aren't as rare), which actually gives you a little more capacity, but you'll either have to modify your side covers (which are just about as rare as the gastanks) or make your own side covers to accommodate the different contours at the rear of the Shadow tank.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:14 PM   #207
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When i bought the bike it came with a shadow tank thats actually in perfect shape. It doesnt really fit though, the mounting brackets are a little closer together. Im building a cafe bike out of it and the shadow tank is a little wide.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:12 PM   #208
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The veritable Holy Grail of motorcycle parts. Good luck with your search, finding one that the bottom hasn't already rusted out on is very hard to do. If you have a semi-intact one, your best bet may be to have it professionally repaired. You can also fit a VT500C Shadow tank (these tanks aren't as rare), which actually gives you a little more capacity, but you'll either have to modify your side covers (which are just about as rare as the gastanks) or make your own side covers to accommodate the different contours at the rear of the Shadow tank.


The Ascot tank is like Yamaha Vision, they're all rotten now too.
I fiberglass end one and it worked fine for as long as i owned it, though we have minimal corn juice in our fuel here and I understand that ethanol will soften it.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:26 PM   #209
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I too had to go to a Shadow tank


And added some new pins for the front of the tank, further back than the stock ones and the rear bolt lined up:


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Old 06-15-2013, 10:28 PM   #210
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I use electrical box covers to make brackets like this because they're cheap, plated, the right thinkiness and won't rust
I made these brackets as bolt-on as my goal is to not cut or modify anything on the bike, keeping it stock for future restoration.
And rather than cut up the stock side covers to match, I made the one in that pic from a Home Depot orange bucket.
Here's a pic of a side cover I made by skinning over the stock side cover...but it flew off on the highway one night.

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