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  1. #31
    So, still alive, just not been able to work on it for a while.

    Secured a front fender, headlight 'dish', left hand switch block (complete with high/low lever!) and a passenger grab rail. They are currently on their way from the USA. Freight was 2/5 of the total cost, but all up still less than a brand new genuine fender out here!

    Also scored a front fender locally, I'll sell one once I pick the one I prefer.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

  2. #32
    So, ex USA parts installed and the second fender is on its way to Norway (started from Michigan!)

    Motor is back in the frame, lights are all working. Got various bits and pieces to bolt back on (Carby, cables).

    Might be able to start it up again this weekend hopefully. Might actually get a chance to ride it for the first time.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

  3. #33
    It lives! (once I turned the kill switch to on )
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

  4. #34
    Heh, heh...happened to us on the start line out at Lake Gairdner...oops...

    SR
    ...'Any unnecessary items on the bike, that it doesn't really need, shouldn't be there!'. (Café racers creed). SR..

  5. #35
    Oops.

    Was worrying when it started easily before I pulled it to pieces and wouldn't start once reassembled. First kick once the switch was on.

    Have to pull out the airbox again as I didn't realise you couldn't get the rear master cylinder cap off with it in place
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

  6. #36
    Opened up the shed yesterday as some idiot forgot to turn off the fuel from prime, to find a slow drip from the float bowl gasket.

    Probably lucky that idiot forgot to turn off the tap otherwise it might have become a BBQ.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

  7. #37
    Make sure fuel doesn't migrate into the engine oil...always make sure the tap is off...

    SR
    ...'Any unnecessary items on the bike, that it doesn't really need, shouldn't be there!'. (Café racers creed). SR..

  8. #38
    Tightened the float bowl screws, and the frame drain plug that where both leaking.

    Started her up (f'ing forgot the kill switch again ), fires first go and runs through the gears fine.

    Now has an oil leak from the filter cover, will track down a new oring.

    Behold, and no left over bits
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    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

  9. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by red dragin View Post

    Now has an oil leak from the filter cover, will track down a new oring.


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    Have you tried taking out the o ring and flipping it over so the side in the cap presents as a new face?

  10. #40
    It's leaking through the bottom screw hole. The schematic I use shows two (the large and a small one at that bolt?).

    For a few dollars I'm happy to source new ones, the bike is a few months from going back on the road and the orings are probably 40 years old.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

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