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My 1st try at a Cafe', need advise

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Hello to all,

Several days ago I purchased a 82 CX500 custom in good mechanical shape, cosmetic shape is okay. Bike has 6500 miles on the speedo and it has a current PA inspection. It also came with a new rear tire, new battery and rebuilt forks. So far I have changed the motor and final drive oil and today I may atempt a coolant flush and valve check.

I am wanting to try and attempt a cafe build and have lots of questions and the wife has given me an $800.00 budget.

1. With adding lower bars (clubmans or equal) do I need shorter cables for the controls? The factory bars on my bike are very tall and swept back I thik I will have lots of slack.

2. I would like to run pods, would it be better to get different carbs if so what an I to look for and what size?

3. Do you need the h-box on the CX? I would like to fab two singles and not sure about needing the crossover pipe.

4. What is the best way to clean the motor and get it looking factory again?

I am also looking for a nice deluxe tank if anybody has one the would like to sell.

Thank you,

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J_reid, I totally needed that info about jets because I was confused as well. Thank you!!!

Lance, check your local parts yards for tanks, I found about 10 at the big yard here in AZ, Make sure you try to find one with the least dents and hopefully a cap, I found one with a cap and a petcock and it still had surface rust inside. I plan to run stock carbs, pods, stock headers with no H pipe, probably the EMGO 12" shorties and have them come out just below my pegs, 18" front and back wheels (eventually)and I'm in the process of making a seat pan. I got my clip on's on ebay for $50. You just gotta look for the deals. I also installed 40mm Triumph forks on my bike, but that was just because they were available haha. You can check out my build here, and there are plenty of CX cafes around.

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