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Offline guylr

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2013, 02:51:13 PM »
It's coming along great. The rear frame loop and seat are looking right.

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #31 on: April 24, 2013, 01:10:42 PM »
Thanks guy!

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #32 on: April 24, 2013, 01:28:23 PM »

I did finally manage to get the upper shock mounts and the frame gussets all burned in.... Other than that, the rear rim is all true, but I'm having trouble trying to relace the front wheel with my new rim... Hopefully after I ge. Caught up on my sleep I'll figure it out...

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #33 on: April 29, 2013, 02:23:29 PM »

Finally! Front wheel is together. Tired now. I am going to bed.

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #34 on: July 03, 2013, 03:06:28 AM »
I'm having troubles with the topend. Bought a new intake cam, then a new rockerbox assembly. Intake cam still doesn't spin free. (the original wouldn't spin at all when the caps were torqued. New one gets tight as the timing marks come into alignment.) If I knew what was going on, I'd fix it and the bike would be done in a week. As it is, I'm frustrated to the point I want to just give up and put a motor in from something else. Balls.

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #35 on: July 26, 2013, 09:29:31 PM »
Well, even though I'm having motor difficulties, I felt industrious this week, and finished all the welding on the frame and swingarm, and slung some paint. Hammertone silver on the frame (which ended up being more of a solid silver...) And metallic black on the swingarm. Dreadrock is helping me out by selling me a later-model head, to put an end to my cam issues. Here's hoping!
 

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #36 on: August 09, 2013, 04:13:09 AM »
It's on it way bud should be there in a few days  :)

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2013, 10:10:15 AM »
The cylinder head arrived today, and tires and muffler are on order. All I need is another chain, and I can start getting the rear wheel spaced properly, and begin final assembly. Well, mostly. I'm going to soda-blast the engine and re-paint it. Otherwise... Yeah.

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #38 on: August 27, 2013, 12:34:45 PM »

Moving right along!. Having a little trouble reconnecting the cam chain after swapping to the later head, or I'd have the motor in. Had it connected, popped in the joint link (without riveting it in), then let the tensioner take up the slack. At that point, realized the intake cam was a tooth too far advanced. Pulled it all back apart, and now can't get the tensioner to stay in the loose position to reconnect. I'll get it, just not when I'm all frustrated like now.

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #39 on: August 27, 2013, 03:10:00 PM »
Nice to see you making progress on this!

For the camchain tensioner- remember it will only nip up when completely compressed?  If you haven't slackened the nut off enough, when you push it down the "T" bolt will not ride up over the double thickness section of the pressed steel slot.  Sometimes it even needs a whack on the dome nut to get the clearance.  You don't normally get to see this bit due to the riveted construction....

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #40 on: August 28, 2013, 02:07:19 AM »
Thanks, crouchyuk! I, in fact, did NOT know that. Good on ya!

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #41 on: September 02, 2013, 10:46:52 AM »

Motor finished (mechanically- still needs to be soda blasted and repainted) and reinstalled. Exhaust placement finalized.

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #42 on: September 03, 2013, 11:04:34 PM »
Just an observation. My eye tells me that your rear suspension would work better with about an inch shorter shock. Maybe more than that depending on how much sag you have when then bike is at full weight with you on it.

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #43 on: September 04, 2013, 12:29:46 AM »
I'm sure you're right, guy, but the front and rear both compress evenly when I bounce on the seat so I'm at least going to try it as is. If I absolutely have to, I'll get shorter shocks , but since nobody wants shocks this long, I'm kind of stuck with them even if they don't work.

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #44 on: September 04, 2013, 12:36:58 PM »
 Looks like that will have some very nervous and twitchy steering.   


How long are those shocks? You might throw those up a for sale  on some of the forums or fleabay. You never know.. someone may have seriously modified a frame or (??) that ends up needing super long  shocks. Then you can get something safer for your bike and not be out the full purchase price on what you have now  ???