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    Senior Member gcrank1's Avatar
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    Once ya bleed working on it with oily hands the bike becomes yours. Its like a blood brother thing.
    '81 Yamaha SR500 Caff Racer
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  2. #22
    It'll become more mine once I get to ride it, but will always be partly his. I wanted another bike, but wasn't in a position financially or in life (bub 2 due in four weeks) to get one.

    I'm going to put a "in memory of" number plate surround on it.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

  3. #23
    Got new hand grips and throttle tube, driver peg and side cover dampers this week.

    Now trying to work out what flavour front master cylinder this is, so I can source seals for it.

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    Has "1/2" and "4J6" cast into the side.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

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    IMO the 1/2" is an improvement over oem.
    '81 Yamaha SR500 Caff Racer
    '09 Suzuki TU250X 'The Silent Red Fellow'
    '98 Honda Shadow 750 ACE Deluxe
    In all things maintain your uprightness lest the road reach up and smite thee

  5. #25
    Great, just can't work out what it is from, so I can order the correct parts.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

  6. #26
    Try Yamaha...4J6 sounds like a Yamaha model number...sadly I can't recall the later carbed 400 prefixes...but their MCS do look like this...see pic.

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

  7. #27
    Those pics have come out a bit small...have a look through the pics here and you can see it...

    http://www.sr500forum.com/vbforum/up...e-Green-Hornet

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

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    Is it leaking or do you just feel like going through it 'because'?
    Lots of time all these need is a good tear down and clean up, lube all the bits with new brake fluid and reassemble.
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    '81 Yamaha SR500 Caff Racer
    '09 Suzuki TU250X 'The Silent Red Fellow'
    '98 Honda Shadow 750 ACE Deluxe
    In all things maintain your uprightness lest the road reach up and smite thee

  9. #29
    I'm wanting to go through it 'because'. Because I like to know it's going to stop when I ask it too.

    The front brake line has a little plastic collar on it, stamped 2/78. I am assuming that is the hose production date, and as such it is nearly 40 yr old.

    The rear master has leaked, that along with the rear calliper will go off to a rebuild place at Wynnum on Brisbane's bayside.
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

  10. #30
    Rear Master cylinder, calliper and hose went off to Master Cylinder Exchange at Wynnum in Queensland, Australia for an overhaul.

    $198.00, including new flexible hose and piston in the calliper. Not going to even bother doing the front myself for that kind of money!
    1978 SR500E 2U8

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

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