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I just bought a 1980 CX and have my work cut out as to restoring it. I do not have a manual for it so any help is appreciated. I can not figure out where the seat latch is!!! Can someone help me with this?



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I just bought a 1980 CX and have my work cut out as to restoring it. I do not have a manual for it so any help is appreciated. I can not figure out where the seat latch is!!! Can someone help me with this?



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Welcome. At least on my 78, there are latches (levers) under both sides of the seat about 2/3 of the way back on the seat.
 

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Welcome. At least on my 78, there are latches (levers) under both sides of the seat about 2/3 of the way back on the seat.
On my '80 custom, there are no latches. The seat is bolted down and does not swing.
 

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I just bought a 1980 CX and have my work cut out as to restoring it. I do not have a manual for it so any help is appreciated. I can not figure out where the seat latch is!!! Can someone help me with this?



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Welcome to the forum.



On this forum of "General Discussion" third topic from the top is a "Quick Reference" topic.



1st posting is from Blindstich with links to many useful references such as manuals.



Add your location and bike to you profile for others to help you out, you may have a knowledgeable member



here just around the corner.





Like previously mentioned 2/3 of the way back from the front of your seat, just under the outer lip of the seat,



should be 1 bolt on each side, remove them, lift up the rear of the seat slightly and slide rearwards to release



the front tongue from its holder.



Good Luck, this site "is" the place to be for any help.
 

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Here I am again, with some photographic evidence :)



Notice the lever just on the right of the shock (CX500Z 1978, it's not a Custom):







Or view the entire page on my site HERE.
 

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Thanks so much for getting back. It is a 500 Custom so I removed the two bolts and voila! I bought the bike because I love older Hondas and it had 618 miles on it.Problem is it has been sitting for 15 years indoors, but is pitted and the gas tank is RUSTED!! I also have a 1970 CB450 that I restored last winter. I was hoping this would not be a big project but I will find out. Right now I know nothing about this bike but will, with your help, learn. Thanks again.



 

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WOOH, had to do a double take here. It looks exactly how my did when I bought it a few years ago. Same color and everything. I do like the position of the right mirror though. Been trying to signal UFO's or something.
 

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WOW. 600 miles. Original owner probably scared himself good on it and never got back on!
 

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Welcome!

There are some very helpful CX/GL guys in Wisconsin who are always willing to help in person as needed as well.
 

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I think it will be too big of a project for you... The only option is for you to give it to me






Good luck with it though. She is beautiful, and should run pretty easily. The tank can be acid etched and then lined with POR15 tank liner.



I bet if you clean the tanks, carbs, change the oil, grease all the pivot points, lube the cables and put in a new battery it will be good to go.
 

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I will probably start a new thread on this bike, but wanted to share what a help this forum is. Right now, I want to get it up and running. Making it pretty will come later. Pulled the rusted tank and found about a gallon and a half of fifteen year old gas in it. Turned on the petcock and nothing came out! Dumped out the gas and can not describe the mess of sludge and crap that was in the tank. I removed the spark plugs, put the bike in gear and tried to move the rear wheel. Would not budge. I will try the bolt on the crank next. If the rings are stuck, Is there anything that I should pour into the cylinders? I used some Seafoam.



Next will be the carbs. The article on how to remove them by blindstitch seems to be most helpfull. It hurts to think what a little WD-40 and some other prep to the gas would have done!
 

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Pb Blaster sprayed down the sparkplug hole and set for a few days should help.



Other then that the fuel system has to be cleaned up big time. It might not be to big of a job but you never know till you are in it.



I do have a few extra parts if needed neighbor.
 

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Engine turned over when I used the Crank bolt. Whew! Don't know why it would not turn over with the wheel, but live and learn. Also found out if you take the radiator shrowd off it is much easier to get the cover back on! On to the carbs.
 

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Engine turned over when I used the Crank bolt. Whew! Don't know why it would not turn over with the wheel, but live and learn. Also found out if you take the radiator shrowd off it is much easier to get the cover back on! On to the carbs.
Awesome!



If the petcock was in the off position, you might have lucked out. The gas would have evaporated from the carbs long before it went bad in that case
You may not have to do too much!



If the gas was left on, expect to have to do some serious work on those buggers!
 
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