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Hi folks, new to the forum having recently purchased a 1983 cx500 trike! Also have a honda cbr1000f 1992 model and triumph tigersport 1050. Thought I'd try something different and something the wife might try so bought a trike 馃く a bit tlc and I'm sure itll be a bit of fun in the better weather here in Scotland
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CX650 motor project into a CX500 Turbo Frame - ongoing
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That's nice, any idea what the rear end is?
 

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I dont, I'm collecting it today so will do a bit of investigation over the next few days and see if I can identify it
 

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'84 CX650E that is evolving into a GL500
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Welcome to the forum. Please add your location and your bike's model and model year (NOT year first registered as UK paperwork shows) to your profile so that you don't have to remember to tell us every time and we don't have to keep asking when you forget (see Forum Settings link in my signature).

And welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike is about 4 decades old and may or may not have had all of the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage.
I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. I usually tell people to check the date codes on the tires and replace them if they are over 5 years old no matter how good they look & feel (old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet; That's most critical on 2 wheels where you fall down if the tire slips sideways while you are leaned over and you can usually go a couple of years beyond that on 3 wheels but those ones look pretty rough. It also looks like yours still has the original rubber brake line(s), which should have been replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes (= 5 or 6 years) so I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid). And don't forget things like the rad hoses and the boot between the engine and swingarm (they can crack on the bottom where you don't see it).
 

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I plan to go through it with a fine tooth comb and replace any worn out parts, the tyres have been painted to give it the white wall look and its flaking off so they will be getting changed pronto. Fluids and brakes are probably the first job though
 

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So I've had a bit of a look at the rear end today and come to the conclusion it's a reliant axle, needs new brake cylinders and shoes as they are leaking and damaged. New ones ordered 馃憤
 

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I think you will find that 1982 was the last year for the CX500. The year listed in UK paperwork is when the vehicle was first registered, not the year it was made for and it is not uncommon to find bikes registered 3 or more years after their actual model year. This can result in using incorrect maintenance information and in purchasing parts that don't fit so it is important to figure out what you actually have. (The same goes for advice found on this forum - we can only tell you how to work on what you tell us you have)

The information on this page is useful for figuring out what you have
 
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