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Hello everyone, my name is Anthony LaGrasta and I live in Mission Viejo, CA; grew up in Youngstown, OH and began riding bikes at age 4 and never stopped. After wanting one for some time, I found an offer this week I couldn't resist; 1982 GL500 for an asking price of $250. I managed to get it for $110! It's been dropped and doesn't run well at all and was rattle canned flat black. It also came with new tires, battery, two helmets, battery charger and leather pants and coat!



I stripped everything off I didn't want the day I got it and plan to get it running well for my next task. after that I will proceed to build it into a café style bike. Any suggestions, parts, etc are welcome.



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You certainly came to the right place, the folks here know alot about these bikes! I'm somewhat new to my bike but when I run into a problem they all jump in with advice and help. Being the non mechanic has slowed me down some, but I feel with this groups help, I can tackle almost any problem that comes up. So, welcome and maybe we can learn from you too!
 

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So I've been reviewing a lot of threads on the customs, cafés etc. Wow, great inspiration. I can't wait to really dive into mine.



And no, please don't call me Tony. Thanks!
 

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So I've been reviewing a lot of threads on the customs, cafés etc. Wow, great inspiration. I can't wait to really dive into mine.



And no, please don't call me Tony. Thanks!




We already have enough Tony's anyway.



Sounds like you have a project on your hands.
 

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Well, I got the bike running, but it has some clanking in the right cylinder; valves? Any suggestions before I start tearing into it?
 

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Check that CAM CHAIN and tensioner and while you're at it, it is HIGHLY recommended to put a new water pump mechanical seal in there as well.....both behind rear cover.



And yes adjust the valves....even well adjusted valves on these engines can be a tad clattery...is just the nature of these beasts.



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Thanks Rick, I'll start there and update this thread afterward. I really appreciate the response.
 
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