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Offline coastn1

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1974 TX500 Cafe Build
« on: May 31, 2015, 11:14:14 PM »
Just wanted to put up a few pics of my build. Got it pretty close to finished this winter.




















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Offline jimmer

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Re: 1974 TX500 Cafe Build
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2015, 01:58:03 AM »
How cool is that!?!  Love the old gauges! Dig the seat and the "port hole" as long as you don't snag the key with you crotch ;-). Great color,polishing, detailing. No secret I don't like old school heavy double disc on these bikes,but you did GOOD. 8)

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Re: 1974 TX500 Cafe Build
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2015, 07:49:20 AM »
Great looking job Coast'n,
I would like to see a front fork brace, if you are discarding the front guard.
I would be a bit worried about tank-slap and speed wobbles!
What material did you use to replace the expanded metal on the side covers?... looks good!

RegardZ
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Re: 1974 TX500 Cafe Build
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2015, 10:51:48 PM »
Looks great, nice job. I really like the use of the L2/G7 headlight and speedo and the key in the seat. The only thing I'd change is the sideways tag but that's just my preference.

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Re: 1974 TX500 Cafe Build
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2015, 12:06:24 AM »
Thanks for the compliments.
Garn-I used speaker grill material that I found on a website. I wanted something a little different than the stock inserts. Also big thanks on the fender/fork brace tip. I have been having problems with the front end shaking. I didn't think it was my steering bearings since I replaced them with tapered ones. I also just had my front tire rebalanced, thinking that was the problem and it did help a little. My next move was going to be to replace the wheel bearings (which I will probably still do), but I just put my old front fender back on and its like a whole new bike. No shaking and I can push it harder into turns. I will probably eventually get a fork brace but I'm sticking with the fender until then. Any suggestions on a brace? Are they the same as the xs650's?

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Re: 1974 TX500 Cafe Build
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2015, 03:02:20 AM »
Mikes xs has this brake you can also use with the fender:

https://www.mikesxs.net/product/27-1070.html

Also theres the hughs hand built brace, they are for xs650, but i reqd somewhere that they should fit, maybe some other member can confirm or correct me cuz im not 100%

Awesome looking bike!

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Re: 1974 TX500 Cafe Build
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2015, 12:47:23 PM »
The Xs650 forks are 10mm farther apart so the 650 brace may be a tight or no fit.

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Re: 1974 TX500 Cafe Build
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2015, 01:18:38 PM »
Is it possible to have them fit with washers and a longer bolt? Like 5mm washers in both sides?