My avatar is a picture of this bike the day I drove it home from the dealer. What a great day that was! The bike has a bit over 60K on the clock. It's been well ridden. It was my daily commuter for many years. The o-ring around the cam chain tensioner blew out & started spewing oil. I squirted in some RTV every few weeks for months, then finally broke down & pull the engine to split the rear case to replace it. I noticed that the bike had a lot of dings & surface rust & crud that accumulates on a machine that is ridden on a daily basis in all weather. Then I made my mistake... I decided to tear it down & redo the whole thing. I dissassembled it, bagged & labelled the parts, & put it in boxes. There it has set for years as one thing & another always got in the way of working on it. I am now finally committed to restoring it.
Do you think I should lube the cylinders, change the oil, turn it over a few times & see if it will run?
When I bike sits for years, should the thermostat be changed? If so, do you need a gasket for it, and where do you just purchase that gasket?
I appreciate the reply Shep. But, sorry, you didn't answer my question.Where possible stick to reputable Honda kits.I've used other kits with success but prefer the better quality ones.Which kit you need/use is depends on what you are actually doing.
I don't know the Vesrah kit you refer to but I've yet to see any CX gasket kit come with oil seals. Also, the coolant pump mechanical seal will be a separate purchase.
You will require the complete set for a full pull down and the top end set is included in the complete set, - ie, you won't need to buy the top end set as it is included in the full set.
I would expect the Vesrah set will contain all required 'O' rings though.
Hm... I was informed that typing in all caps was yelling/shouting and the bold lettering was to emphasize a point.If you have a local honda dealer you can go in or call and they will be able to help you find all the gaskets you want.
They might even be nice enough to help you find the complete set.
If you look in the general discussion section then look in the quick reference section you will be surprised how much about these jobs you will find. There are links for parts and engine jobs.
You may or may not know this but going to bold letters on a forum is roughly equal to shouting in normal conversation.
In other words unless you have a good reason you should avoid them.
Thanks very much Reg!I expect the Quick reference and wiki will have all the info you need
Thanks CXPHREAK. I don't think I'm ready to do the Shep method yet. Once I get more experience working on this CX, I will give it a go when I will start on my 2nd CX.I can't find the info for where you fellers in the states are buying your mechanical seals [I'm in Oz and buy mine directly from a local manufacturer 5 at a time to get a price break] but generally you fellers are buying a Yamaha part.
As you're working on an '80 model [assuming from your sig. line] the seal won't be a drop in fit as Honda went to a slightly larger seal in [I think] '82 and this is the only size seal that can now be obtained.
There are 2 methods of dealing with this, one is to hog the rear case out to take the available seal. The second is the Shep method which is replacing the internal parts of the seal and leaving the outer shell in place.
If you have the equipment required I would hog out the rear cover as you are pulling your motor down anyway. The beauty of the Shep method being that it can be performed with the motor in bike.