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Fuel System / Re: 73 carbs for 77 xs500 engine
« Last post by guylr on Today at 03:53:56 AM »
The BS38 Mikuni carbs and parts for them are far more common then the earlier Keihins found on the 73 through 75 model 500s. They are found on all of the XS650 models up to 1979. The Keihins used a different airbox plenum and carb mounting joints too. The XS500E used the later BS34 II carbs that are also very common but again use a different airbox and carb joints to fit them.

Fuel System / 73 carbs for 77 xs500 engine
« Last post by dailydose1 on July 14, 2018, 04:40:15 PM »

Has anyone used the older carbs on the newer model? Did you have to go up jets? Or is it even possible or worth just buying the newer carbs?
Have you got a photo of the finished seat, would be nice to see your handiwork
This is for a 1976 XS500C (1J3)
I recently had my seat rebuilt (new foam, new vinyl).  During the process, a couple of the aluminum pins which hold the seat trim broke.  Since the seat is an assembly, there is no part number for these pins, and I was unable to find anything similar with which to replace them.
My solution was to use two #10 SAE Stainless Flat Washers (Home Depot # 800 331 by Everbilt), a #6-32 x 3/4" Flat Head Phillips Machine Screw, and a #6-32 Nut.  The screws and nuts came in a combo pack (Home Depot # 460 428 by Everbilt).
Place one washer on the screw, slide into the trim channel, poke the screw through the vinyl/frame/vinyl, secure with the second washer and nut.  A dab of Loctite might also be beneficial.
I hope this helps others with the same problem.
Electrical / Re: Some help please
« Last post by Hamburg on July 08, 2018, 10:56:55 AM »
Ignore this post Iíd knocked the kill switch  :-[
Electrical / Some help please
« Last post by Hamburg on July 08, 2018, 10:25:52 AM »
I broke down today and although I have power to the lights etc, the engine died and the starter will not respond to the starter switch, any ideas wher I should start looking?

Help would really be appreciated
Projects / Re: 74 tx500 a project
« Last post by 2wheelluv on July 08, 2018, 04:58:17 AM »
I've got a nos cond ready to go in...thanks for responding...I'll get some more pics up soon
Introductions / Re: TX500 newbie
« Last post by CoyoteFord on July 06, 2018, 08:31:25 PM »
Faceboast, havenít heard that one before!  I see your a Brit, I was born just outside Newcastle in a place called Burnopfield. Almost 50 years ago damnit
Introductions / Re: New member with a 1973 TX 500
« Last post by Hamburg on July 06, 2018, 07:54:37 PM »
This arrived today a correct 1970ís pressed aluminium number plate for the old girl.

Shame itís too hot here to ride comfortably, 30c today and itís looks like the heatwave is here to stay.

Introductions / Re: TX500 newbie
« Last post by Hamburg on July 06, 2018, 07:44:26 PM »
Thanks for the welcome guys.  I read somewhere that there is a PDF of a modified head torquing sequence to help with leaks? Anyone know where I can find this?

Donít worry if it takes three weeks for a reply, itís a quiet old forum, some are on faceboast and think some have just died off!
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