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  1. #11
    Your carby appears to be from an XT500G...1980...

    If you need the standard carby you need a 34mm pumper carb.

    Perhaps ask Adrian at Vanem in Sydney about a standard muffler/header...he may have some and can access things directly in Japan. 400 one will fit straight on and be much simpler to obtain in perfect condition.

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  2. #12
    Thanks all.

    Interesting to know, I'm curious to find out why it's got that carby, such a pity I can't ask it's (original) owner

    I want to tell his daughter (my friend) all about how well he looked after it, but I know that brings up memories for her.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

    Confused about your frame number?
    http://xt500.free.fr/technique/numerosr.html

  3. #13
    Finally got the oil return line off the bottom of the top frame. I'm confident that was the first time that has ever been undone.

    Both hoses are currently at Enzed as at 40yrs old, it's time the flexible sections were replaced.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

    Confused about your frame number?
    http://xt500.free.fr/technique/numerosr.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by red dragin View Post
    Finally got the oil return line off the bottom of the top frame. I'm confident that was the first time that has ever been undone.

    Both hoses are currently at Enzed as at 40yrs old, it's time the flexible sections were replaced.
    Here ya go...

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  5. #15
    Cool, thanks. I searched high and low for suggestions but all I kept getting was the "twin v single" threads for the cam box feed line.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

    Confused about your frame number?
    http://xt500.free.fr/technique/numerosr.html

  6. #16
    So, been a bit distracted of late. Wife is 32 weeks pregnant and bub tried to make an early escape. Doctors settled her down, still baking away.

    Spent a few nights this week degreasing and removing bubbled paint and surface rust from the frame as a result of the rear master cylinder leak.

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    Prep and painted today.

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    Also got out the cola, aluminium foil and sat in my front yard (so our dog wouldn't drink the cola) and polished up the chrome. The front guard has two large holes and needs replacing, the rear is starting to peel and split but will do. The chain guard is in pretty good condition. Bars came up nicely.
    Last edited by red dragin; 06-23-2017 at 11:43 PM.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

    Confused about your frame number?
    http://xt500.free.fr/technique/numerosr.html

  7. #17
    So, I'm up to 4 different bikes for parts.

    Speedometer - has RD250 on the outside in pen, ex wrecker.
    Carby - 81 XT500
    Front brake master - has 4J6 stamped on it
    Rest of the bike - SR500E

    Got the horn button working (ant nest) and worked out why no low beam (half the switch is missing, not just the top bit broken off).
    1978 SR500E 2U8

    Confused about your frame number?
    http://xt500.free.fr/technique/numerosr.html

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    I used XS switch parts to help with my repair. They are the same for some models it appears.

    Steve

  9. #19
    Bike is mostly back together.

    Pulled the cam box cover off to check everything out and clean the little window (I don't use it but was in there). Cam lobes have no marks, rockers look great, no odd wear on valve tops.

    Genuine parts are so far working out cheaper than Kedo.

    Going to try soda blasting the engine as the paint is coming off anyway. Planning to give the side cases a polish but not to mirror finish.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

    Confused about your frame number?
    http://xt500.free.fr/technique/numerosr.html

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    Sounds like it's all coming together nicely.

    Red Dragin wrote: ...the bike was a one owner 1978 SR500E 2U8...(still his bike in my mind)...

    And now you're very much making it your bike! Be sure to post some pics once it's all back together and running.
    Steve

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