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    Engine compatibility

    I have a 78 CB400 HawkII and a guy locally is selling a 79 CB400. I need some parts, (carb, cam, etc.) if I pick up his bike will the parts all swap over fine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fear4fun View Post
    I have a 78 CB400 HawkII and a guy locally is selling a 79 CB400. I need some parts, (carb, cam, etc.) if I pick up his bike will the parts all swap over fine?
    I don't believe there is a problem with compatibility but cam, carb and etc. changeover might not be a good way to go. Things like cams have pattern wear specific to an engine.

    What have you got now?

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    Parts from either bike will fit one another as far as fitment goes.
    1979 CM400T (rider),
    1979 CM400T (resting)
    1980 CM400T (just picked up in pieces)
    1981 CM400T (in surgery receiving transplant)
    1982 CM450 (donor engine for 81)
    1982 CB450 (parts bike)
    1985 VT1100C (rider)

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