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Brakes / Front Brake Trouble!
« Last post by Obohebev on January 27, 2019, 05:28:27 PM »
Hello helpful people!

My 76' XS500 has been in the shop 3 time because the front brake is seized.  Each time, the mechanic says he has fixed it, taken it apart and cleaned everything, nothing looks wrong, etc.  I ride it home, am happy, everything is great.  Then without fail, a week or two later, the weather gets nice, I go to ride, and.... it is so seized I can't do anything.  Whacking with a rubber mallet helps a little, but not much. 

So, any suggestions? Should I just get a new front disk and caliper set and rebuild? Is there something obvious I am missing?

Thank you.

Attached are pics of Chewbikeah for reference, although none of closeups of the front brake.
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Frame & Suspension / Re: Wheel options - spokes with disc brakes
« Last post by guylr on January 27, 2019, 03:11:53 AM »
Yes I did. It should be in one of the posts titled "Parts is Parts" about what I used. Saves a lot of weight and has no problem handling the raging 49hp our bikes have.

Guy
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Frame & Suspension / Re: Wheel options - spokes with disc brakes
« Last post by Joffa1 on January 24, 2019, 11:57:44 PM »
Hi again Guy Iím curious did you reach your goal of ditching the oversized 50 chain on your XS500? I know you said you had a sprocket made up? Iím keen on doing something similar and just wanted to see what advice/help you could offer?

Thanks again!
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Engine & Transmission / Re: starter clutch more of the same tx trouble
« Last post by nk140 on January 24, 2019, 12:28:42 PM »
It fits.

Guy

Thank you...It is hard to pull the trigger on this because it costs the same amount I bought the entire bike for.
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Engine & Transmission / Re: starter clutch more of the same tx trouble
« Last post by guylr on January 24, 2019, 04:12:05 AM »
It fits.

Guy
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Engine & Transmission / Re: starter clutch more of the same tx trouble
« Last post by nk140 on January 23, 2019, 12:29:44 PM »
Hi nk140 I got the repair kit from yambits.co.uk though mysteriously this particular one item REL004 is no longer showing on the site. However item REL003 looks identical and fits the xs400 and many others. If you just do an eBay search for xs500 or tx500 starter clutch repair kit there is one there for the xs500b so that should fit a tx500 .

Lumpy...I am about to pull the trigger on a NOS xs500b starter clutch assembly but really want to confirm it fits the TX.
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General Discussion / Re: bike needs overhaul
« Last post by jonrivera1 on January 19, 2019, 11:57:11 PM »
thanks much appreciated crouchyuk. any recommendations of brand?
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General Discussion / Re: bike needs overhaul
« Last post by CrouchyUK on January 17, 2019, 10:52:41 AM »
I am still voting to conduct those basic engine health checks and then Time-Sert the damaged thread. 

There is no drilling involved- the insert tap is stepped- you just run it down the original threads and it cuts the new thread automatically.  With plenty of grease and an air blast- we have never had any problems with chips getting into the cylinder. 

You can buy the Time-Sert kit just to re-thread spark plug threads- they are very expensive but not when you look at the alternative costs- and do it yourself.  Shame you are the other side of the world or I would do it for you....
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Here's an old thread with info on air filters:   http://www.xs500forum.com/index.php?topic=2116.0

Avoid pods; "rebuild" your old filter with some new foam.

Yeah that's part of the problem... I don't have the cage at all.... No idea where it went  :-[
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General Discussion / Re: bike needs overhaul
« Last post by jonrivera1 on January 15, 2019, 01:20:52 AM »
yea that'll be next gotta order it no one carrys it in stock
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