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Offline lumpy252

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1977 xs500 restoration
« on: June 09, 2019, 07:34:28 PM »
hello all I could not resist buying this 1977 xs500 as it looks just like one I owned in the eighties . As the picture shows it is in poor condition as the British climate is very damp and metal dose not always last well as the rusty tank shows. i have rebuilt the calipers with stainless pistons and new seals as the seized brakes were giving me stress when pushing it around. The electrics are a nightmare and this will be a long job to sort though the nostalgia involved will inspire me to see it through.

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Re: 1977 xs500 restoration
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2019, 12:06:57 PM »
Good looking bike and it appears to be complete too. Those calipers are trouble but you have done the right thing to replace the pucks. There's another guy in the UK that has been working on a '76 model recently who has done similar work. He's on Instagram as justingetsabout. Keep us up on your progress and post your serial numbers if you like it added to the registry.

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Re: 1977 xs500 restoration
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2019, 02:52:59 PM »
Thanks Guy Yes it is mostly complete but rusty , I have had the engine running (petrol tank from another bike)but stopped it after a minute to pull things apart and clean carbs as I did not want to push my luck . The engine and frame numbers are the same - 1H2 103 287 . I will have to make some room to work on this bike as I am nearing finishing a spares or repair project of an early xj600 .

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Re: 1977 xs500 restoration
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2019, 03:32:11 PM »
Welcome- 103287 is only 68 bikes newer than my XS500D which is also the same colour! 

You will have the better balancer chain check/adjust system- the plug on the LHS engine case?  Please check the tension soonest, as we didn't have the best record in the UK for doing this back in the day.....
1975 Honda CB200T (2) - 1975 Yamaha XS500B (2) - 1976 Yamaha XS500C
1977 Yamaha RD400D - 1977 Yamaha XS500D - 1978 Honda CB550K - 1980 Honda CB400N
1980 Honda CB900FA - 2000 Kawasaki ZX6-RG2 - 2002 Suzuki GSX-R1000K2

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Re: 1977 xs500 restoration
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2019, 05:54:57 PM »
Cheers CrouchyUK I will check the balance chain and go through the check list on this site for other potential problems . The check list for new owners is a wise option and I will be following this shortly . I will let you know how I get on, I will commence work in a week or so when I sort out space to work in. Thank you for the great forum valuable info on here .

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Re: 1977 xs500 restoration
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2019, 10:51:55 PM »
Thanks for posting your serial number, I have you in the registry now.

Guy
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