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Hi All

For the last few months I have been beavering away on a CX500 i got from a mate last year. It had been in his shed for 15 years or so after he brought it from Australia to New Zealand. I did a deal for it after he said it was off to the scrapyard, as he had to shift house. By this time it was looking like a basket case.

The plan for the bike is to get it running and operating right and then look at a few mods. At this stage I will be re-using anything that is serviceable or repairable before buying new parts.
Because it has never been on the road here I first have to get it licensed which means it undergoes a strict mechanical/safety check. The best chance for a positive outcome is for the bike to be as standard & original as possible. After that I can make a few changes.

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So far I have done the following things:

Replaced the timing chain and both guides, mech seal, oil pump chain, clutch springs and engine oil seals. It also has a new stator and Rae-san ignition.
Repaired a large dent in the tank, fixed the indicator mounts and done a bit of work on the set pan.

Other than that its just been stripping, cleaning, refurbishing and putting it all back together.

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To get the dent out I first used a dent puller but it was only of limited use as the dent was too big. So bent a thick piece of steel rod into a walking stick shape and used the rounded end as a dolly, inserted through the fill hole. Ive spent at least 8 hours on it but it's within a millimetre of where it should be, so close enough to fill now. It took so long because I had to heat and re-bend the rod to reach different parts of the dent. It seems these tanks, and the bikes in general, are not so common here anymore.
 

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Damn - walking home material. At least cables are easily located for your model. Econohonda probably has them on the shelf.
 

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A bit more progress has been made. The motor is back on and front end removed. Ive installed the Rae-san hall effect sensor and got the timing right so next is to start on the wiring and sort the forks.

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Also started making a pair of aluminium side covers. Still have to dish them out a bit and weld on the curved edges then trim to fit and polish of course. Unfortunately I wont be back in the polytech workshop for a couple of weeks to finish them.

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