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:1980 CX500c stock Forks

Do I need to find a brace specifically for a 1980 cx500c? Or will any fork brace made for any cx500 fit??

*if there is a plug and play option for brand new forks somebody can suggest I may just do that.
 

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Assuming you have the original front end, You'll need a brace to fit the 33mm forks on a '78 to '80 CX500 Standard, Custom, or Deluxe (thru '81). The '81 and '82 Custom have 35mm forks, so that brace would not fit.
 

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The difference in braces is often due to different fenders on the CX with 33mm forks if it is a deluxe/std or a custom. Until you hit the upsized forks 35mm forks, Right?
Or are the fork lowers also different? I guess looking at the parts list for each model can answer if the fork lowers that the fender mounts to is different. The braces that don't fit a model tend to not fit because if fender clearance is not there because the braces are intended to bolt onto the fork lower above the fender. Keeping factory clearances for tires. Issue you run into in custom sizes or mods if you switch tire sizes.
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All the 33mm forks mount the same fender. The '81 and '82 Custom have larger tubes and wider spacing, as do the GL500 and GL500I.
 
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I've got all three in the garage or shed. I'll have to take a closer look.
 

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I gotta buy a std fork brace at some point... My 78 could use one. Upgrading to GL I dual piston caliper after I get my finger out and finish the quintuple bypass with updated gl1000 stator and Murray's MOSFET regulator he recommended and carried on his website when I started plotting my reliability upgrades and enhancements. Should be able to run all kinds of lighting and every piece of heated gear known to man... Hehe...

It will have a set of Hella 550 Fogs with amber lenses mounted off the engine guards to start, will be adding a second set of turn signal lamps to rear boosting power to operate both. The 2nd set will mount to bottom of the rear rack and be home brewed fro set of Eagle Eye Amber LEDs arranged in triangle pattern. Incorporating a tie down loop above then as I think my rear rack is missing a couple braces to the tail to strengthen it...but could be wrong. Trying to figure out how to fab up some tie down and supports to secure the 90L soft saddle bags for when the CX turns into my camping touring bike when I wanna go vintage rather than use the VStrom 650XT Touring for that adventure.
You know Dunlop Trailmax Mission from comes in a 110-80-19? Now I have to figure out if an 18" version narrow enough can be obtained. Since I am in the desert SW, the terrain is different from what I had targeted my rebuild initially...

Sorry for the side track...off topic...trying to get recharged & motivated to get my finger out and get it finished or moving on building these these ideas again...

David
 

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Fast From The Past carries Tarozzi fork braces for the cx's. I purchased one my 80 custom back in August, cost $114.
Part # 22-0023 fastfromthepast.com they are in the Atlanta, Ga area.
 
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What forks do you have on your '81? It should take a different brace than the '78.
 

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The brace for the early CX500s has a protrusion to mount the OEM fork rubbers onto. The 82 CX500 uses different fork seals and dust caps, and this extension is unnecessary.

This is the kind for the 33mm fork CX500:




This is how it mounts:




The 82 CX and all GL500 models do not need the protrusions, because they have dust boots that are fully inside the lower. Like this:



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Mine has the protrusions to hold the fork seals but I will be removing them.

The thingy has a similar brace that does not provide these extensions and I have fitted it with internal fitment dust seals from a 250 virago. If, when clamped to the forks there are any gaps in the clamping the dust seal sealing is compromised. Plus they look better without the tower and with the internal seals.

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I can't presently find a picture of the Tarrozzi fitment on the 500C. I removed all of the logos and texture and polished that one.
 

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I have seen some where the allen bolts are on the front face...basically two Lshapes with adjustment for fork space via the allens....
If i can resurect the pic will do...

Edit: On rethink the allens were on the back face....
 

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