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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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Thanks for all the replys so far. I have calls into a couple of salvage yards for parts and am getting a better idea if what I want to do to the bike. I do have another question: Does anybody make a tach that the needle moves counter clockwise in lieu of the traditional counterclockwise?

Thanks again,

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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Unfortunately I have called almost every legitimate motorcycle salvage in PA. Found one tank in the Philly are that is spotless inside needs paint and all for only $175.00 plus shipping.
check ebay...i saw a couple last night. that's where i got mine, absolutely spotless inside and out for about $160 (i think)...without the petcock. maybe i just got lucky. just search for cx500 tank and i'm sure you'll find something...eventually. :)

I have been checking ebay daily. Mostly custom tanks that bring little to no money. A nice deluxe tank went off about a week ago but it was over $200. The quest continues.
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