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Hi guys,

So... some guy dropped this down at my garage for me the other day... for free... Im over the F***in' moon!!
He said "do what you want with it, its getting in the way!". This guy must be crazy right??

I have wanted to do some sort of custom cafe/brat for many years now and this bike seems to be a brilliant starting point!

Now then, there are parts missing and parts that will need a lot of TLC, I have a well equipped garage, lots of time, a fair knowledge on the anatomy of a motorcycle and a love for mechanics.

Im hoping you guys will be able to help me along the way and point me in the right direction... so without further a do ... check out the pictures and fire any ideas and advice at me... Ive not done much looking over it myself yet so lets discuss :D

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As long as you don't need to over bore the motor. Oversize pistons for CB500T are made of unobtainium.

Nice to see another 500T though.
 

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Yeah, I'm a bit worried about the engine it looks very rusty, I may have to get it resleeved? If you can that is.

I think the block has been sat slightly raised off the bottom casing too so god knows what the crank is going to be like.
 

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Charlies Place makes oversize pistons/rings for the 500t. They are expensive, but not impossible. Also, a CB450 motor will drop right in. They are easier to come by sometimes. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
 

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Resleeving is possible and might be a cheaper option.
 

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Looks like you have a real project on you hands. The 500 has some nice features that lend to a nice cafe. The tank looks great with a cafe seat. As 76twin says, pistons are a problem. The frame is taller and larger than the 450 and the engine is more torquy, overall it is a better touring bike than the 450. There was a nice article on the 500T in last month's issue of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics mag. Get to work on that bike, we want pictures of the build and to see it run!
 

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but before you get too far - and you'll notice this as soon as you put the engine in the frame - be sure to turn the rear wheel around the other way... :lol:
 

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Ok so upon closer inspection the bores and pistons are just covered in carbon and there is only mild surface rust, bonus!!

The block is slightly raised like I mentioned but the sleeves hang out of the bottom and have closed the gap to bottom end, I've not yet split it to make sure but fingers crossed.

Dam I knew somebody would notice the rear wheel!! Haha throw it together with out thinking and only realised afterwards!


I have currently just finished building a zzr600 project and an r6 crash rebuild. I have a zx6r track/race bike in line next but I'm hoping to get some pictures for you all very soon... stay posted, thanks guys!
 

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UPDATE 2

Ok, so I know i said i have other jobs on in the garage but i just couldn't resist getting this baby cracked open...

Pistons and bores are good and the bottom end is fine too, winner!

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Does anyone know how to get the stator off? I have taken the bolt out but my fly wheel pulley set does not have the correct size bit, is it just a taper fit on a keyed shaft? I tried tapping it off with a soft mallet but didn't want to ruin it if there was a better way.
 

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Bores in the pictures^^ are before and after a very quick clean.

Oh and i have 2 bent exhaust valves :cry:

Can i buy new?
 

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You'll need a 16X1.5 mm bolt to get the stator off.

The stator will pop out when you bolt that bolt on.
 

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Thanks 76!
Yeah I thought that's how you get it off, I do have one of them in my kit actually. It was very tight when I tried but I guess I'll just have to be a man about it ?

Cool, I will get them on pay day, nice one ??
 

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UPDATE 2

Ok, so I know i said i have other jobs on in the garage but i just couldn't resist getting this baby cracked open...

Pistons and bores are good and the bottom end is fine too, winner!

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Does anyone know how to get the stator off? I have taken the bolt out but my fly wheel pulley set does not have the correct size bit, is it just a taper fit on a keyed shaft? I tried tapping it off with a soft mallet but didn't want to ruin it if there was a better way.
It may be the same as other hondas of this ere, The rear wheel spildle may be the right thread sizeto draw of the rotor from the end of the crank,:)
 
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