Correct Decal and Throttle Cable Replacement

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  1. Korbon_Dallas

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    I'm trying to make this restoration as accurate as possible. First. The left side decal looks correct, but the right side seems to not be the correct decal for a 1970 CT70KO? The serial # is CT70 141005. The engine # is CT70- 140649. I seem to remember reading this decal had no color besides Black and White. Second, how hard is it to replace the throttle cable as I got a new carb that comes with a throttle cable, and in the past I couldn't get the engine not to race even with the idle set down as low as I could as the caps were different. I know it doesn't have the correct rear shocks, but I'm ok with that. 4.JPG
     

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    I believe you have the RH & LH sidebadges swapped. The muffler verbiage goes on the muffler side of the bike.

    As for the tank decal, LH side appears rotated ~1-2 degrees counterclockwise (unless it's a camera lens artifact). The "HONDA" text should be more closely parallel to the topline of the frame, where the side begins the 90-degree transition. And, if you have a really accurate set of repop tank decals, the lower edges of the stripes should run parallel to each other and the centerline of the frame (lower seam above the carb & engine).
     
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    Yeah. I checked a bunch of pictures before hand but I didn't know if the decals were placed from factory new. I see how the decal should parallel the line below and be about the middle of the key configuration. It's not something I'd change just to make it perfectly stock looking though. Btw, The decals were already installed when I bought the bike. Also. You're right about them being reversed. That's why I thought it was wrong. Oh well. I don't plan on selling it. Bummer the previous owner did that though. Funny how so many pictures have them reversed, and that's why I was confused. I knew the correct location(s) would be know by a LilHonda person.
     
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    It's really not a big deal. As long as the paint work was done properly, i.e. good workmanship, you can always replace the decals & sidebadges. Gentle heat will loosen decals...bigtime. Sidebadges take a little more effort but, masking tape can be used to protect the surrounding paint and dental floss used to "saw" through the two-side tape adhesive...you might even get them removed completely unblemished.

    Those of us with titled & plated bikes tend to shy-away from the sidebadges with the "offroad" verbiage...for obvious reasons.
     
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    "Those of us with titled & plated bikes tend to shy-away from the sidebadges with the "offroad" verbiage...for obvious reasons."

    The Pitster 90cc I was gonna buy from TBoltUSA for this bike had disclosures you had to agree to before they'd ship it that said, "For Off-Road Use Only". I decided to put the original engine back in it after I found out Chevron Supreme made my other small Honda Motorcycles and my Honda Generator run so much better than the gas from corner gas station. Too bad though, as it has gone up $150 since then, but it included everything, including carb. The Lifan 125cc I bought in 2014 included everything and was only $209! I saved $50 shipping by picking it up from the warehouse that was pretty close. Now they're almost $500!
     
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    If you're referring to currently-available engines, that mandatory agreement isn't because TBolt wants to do this. In 2006, the regs turned really fugly. I don't care to get into the bullshit politics behind those changes, no point. Suffice it to say that it's the kind of "CYA" that any sane person would use...can't successfully fight the feds..."knowutImean"?

    I don't agree that pump gas hurts performance, inherently. It can work very well. But...that usually requires some carb tweaking. If you're machinery doesn't run as well with any given fuel formulation, it's probably because the jetting/tuning are not optimized for oxygenated fuel. I typically get a bad tankful once or twice a year and, to me, it's obvious...sudden power decrease, oil temp spikes, mpg drops dramatically....everything returns to normal with the next fill-up. Happily, for now, that's the exception to the rule. Since E10 became tough to avoid, the only quantifiable impact has been a ~5% increase in consumption.

    Where pump gas truly sucks is shelf-life...total:poop: That's pretty much all pump gas, including the corn syrup (ethanol) free flavors.

    The whole Chinese engine thing is a huge topic on its own...way too broad a topic for this thread. From what I see, the market is moving toward a more realistic balance point. There's just no sustainable way to turn out a quality engine for $209...at the wholesale level. First (and only) Chinese engine I purchased was Zongshen 108. That was $1000, delivered ...back in 2001. Search through LH threads from 2005-10, you'll find detailed discussion of the "ebay race to the bottom". Oh yeah, there were L110s selling below $200. Not all were the same. Wholesale unit cost was 50 bucks. Consider what it would take to make that possible. A lot of buyers didn't and soon ended-up with dead engines. There certainly weren't any clues, externally; some were listed with "spec sheets" that were pure bullshit. There were so many with the same basic model number that the scene resembled Russian roulette...played with 5-1/2 loaded chambers. Sourcing an engine from an established vendor, who will stand behind the product, is the best bet. An outfit with a reputation to maintain might offer parts (including engines) as loss-leaders but isn't going to risk selling "bottom-of-the-ebay-barrel" engines...that'd be "one & done", a.k.a. "going out of business".
     

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