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  1. Novice in need of advice for 1980 cx500c mod

    General Discussion
    Hi, I have a torn apart 1980 cx500c that I want to rebuilt into a cafe brat. It was a running bike before I tore it apart. I want the bike completed before October 2014. This is my first bike I'm building, so I just have some VERY basic questions: For those of you with experience in cx500c...
  2. Fork Rebuild - Third spring in one fork?!?!

    Technical Help Forum
    Hi All, I’m after a little help with the fork rebuild I’m doing on my ’78 CX, I’ve pulled apart the two forks and I seem to have an extra spring in one of the forks. The FSM makes no reference to it and I’ve searched through the forums to try and see if anyone else has experienced this but no...
  3. Is it called a Pilot??

    Technical Help Forum
    At the bottom of the image (provided by Blindstitch) theres a red arrow. Is it pointing at the 'Pilot?' Is that what it is called? There are 2 of them, another to the right. My question is, in the kit, there are 2 provided, does it matter which goes where??? I noticed that the holes are...
  4. Lost cause: Single Piston Brake & Master Cylinder

    Technical Help Forum
    Is this a lost cause? In my effort to replace the pads on my single piston brake caliper, I decided to rebuild the master cylinder as well. After purchasing the rebuild kits, draining the brake fluid, and disassembling the parts, I'm left with what appears to be very worn parts. This is my...
  5. "Brash Bagger" Build

    Build Threads
    Hello everyone, I was gifted a 1980 CX500 Custom for my birthday in 2012, It is my first bike, but i love it already! I never planned on doing much to it, but then I joined this forum and everything changed! Plans: -Triple bypass -GL1000 wheel conversion -Rear disk conversion (drilled...
  6. 82 GL500 forks

    Technical Help Forum
    How hard is it to rebuild forks on a gl/cx500 at home? Mine don't seem to be damaged just extremely spongy. Need a rebuild but I'd like to get around the $300 price. Anybody done this? Anybody have a "how to" guide? Let me know. If not I'm just gonna have to ride spongy till I can afford the...
  7. Building an '81 GL

    Build Threads
    I've got big plans for this '81. I bought it for $200. The engine has 70k miles, turns over but is non-running. The carbs are gunky, the forks leak, the compression is down in the 120s, some of the electrical system appears to be fried, it's missing a LOT of parts, and it's just ugly in...
  8. Trouble Shooting No Front Brake

    Technical Help Forum
    I just bought a 79 cx500 off of Craigslist yesterday it has quite a few things to fix to get it on the road however. I am starting with the front Brake. Basically there is none. There is zero resistance with the brake lever. The reservoir is full. Looking around Youtube I am thinking the...
  9. 1980 CX500 Custom - Looking for a carb

    General Discussion
    Hey everyone, I am looking for a used carburetor to rebuild for my CX. The bike is my daily driver so I can't afford to have it out of commission for more than a day or so and being a newb with Larry's rebuild book, I can tell it will take me some time to go through the tear down and rebuild. So...
  10. Cafe Racer Build

    Build Threads
    I've been wanting to do a Cafe project for a while and finally decided on a CX500 after discovering a barn find, a 1981 CX500B (last of the twin shock models) . She's a bit rough cosmetically but the frame is solid with no rust and the engine runs as sweet as a nut. Low mileage at 16,000 -...
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