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Old 12-09-2019, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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suggestions on another bad purchase

so I finally got rid of my massive 12 seater van because 8 miles a gallon doesn't fly with my bank account.

actually trade it for a bunch of audio equipment{aka i took 5kish of custom-built sound equipment instead of 500 cash.}

the buddy i trade happens to have a roommate with a project bike. my ignorant self said sure and bought a bike that's a pile of parts. started building realized it is missing a ton of pieces.

in general, is it cheaper to replace the whole engine or try and hunt down all the parts

1984 honda Magna
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Old 12-12-2019, 01:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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With a bike that age you’d probably be better off trying to acquire a second non running bike of similar vintage. I deal with this often on older car projects.
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Old 12-12-2019, 10:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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With a bike that age you’d probably be better off trying to acquire a second non running bike of similar vintage. I deal with this often on older car projects.
Thanks only found one shop who has a spare. I double checked and I’m only missing engine components. He has a “running” engine in the parts pile. Trying to buy it off him
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Thanks only found one shop who has a spare. I double checked and I’m only missing engine components. He has a “running” engine in the parts pile. Trying to buy it off him
Sweet!! Even a non running spare engine with extra components can be a god send. If it’s in his parts pile, don’t hesitate to bargain. Beer goes a long way with most mechanic types.
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A spare bike does go a long way, even without engine. Being a Honda chances are good the engine is fine but the carburetors on those v4 bikes are extremely complicated and hard to tune. Best to get a spare set of carbs, extra wiring harness, brakes, cables/brake lines, and any soft parts like a seat or plastic pieces. Those are the things that really fall apart over time. The wiring harness not so much but to find a spare is very hard and the connectors are all special and no longer available.

As far as engine parts, they are getting harder to source. Your best bet is another bike of the same age like others said. That being said, parts are not all that hard to get if you scour ebay and you might get away cheaper buying parts if it's just smaller items.

Good luck with that project, that Magnas were excellent bikes. Honda put a lot of work and development into the V4 engines and they run amazing when tuned up.
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The biggest problem with the v4's is just syncing the carbs. Getting a good sync tool is 99% of the battle. People hated when I did this, but I would blue loctite the linkage adjusters.
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Old 12-13-2019, 07:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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V45 or V65? of local Honda pages on FB
Ive had a few of both, The V65 was the fastest stock bike for its year.. Weak wiring on both.. Change the Impeller for cooling...

Most had built in anti theft / Lock cable receptors near the foot pegs and the wires get corroded bad..
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Old 12-13-2019, 08:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Just from memory, both sizes of both Sceptre and Magna were known for oil delivery problems. There are mods readily available that solve this.
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