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hey ya'lll... figured i would share my yamaha TX500 build with you thus far... got alot done on it still have a long way to go... next on the chop block is my CB350 twin...
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Ultra gloss white, will get 2 coats PPG clear when i finish the gold leafing




Carbs:



ultra black powder coating (I did a bit of brass/gold flake when i did the mix as well)
and polished of course



SEAT:





still needs final sand/glaze/prime/sand/paint
 

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Wheels:







Forks/swing arm polished and shaved:




powder coating:


Engine:






Frame:

made my own mix of powder to get this bronze with light gold flake

 

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general mock up:




Oil cooler not avail... so ya make one:
adapter plate to convert to screw on filter... then another plate to add the cooler



and that is where i am at!!! It does have Keline carbs so that is nice... same as alot of the 450 CB's jetting should be fun!
 

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took about 10 min a carb... i have a HUGE buffing wheel i use when i polish as well as 2 little ones so that i can get into the little spots... then i either leave it and seal it with a good metal sealant... OR... i will use a poly ultra clear and powder the item with that... depends on where the part is going
 

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HOLY SNAPPING DUCK **** BATMAN! I've never seen such pretty carbs in my life! Interesting choice of frame color. Cant wait to see the finished product.
 

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Just thought I would mention that we tried to add a "spin-on" oil filter to a TX750, and found that the oil pump did NOT develop enough pressure/volume to "push" through a standard automotive filter.....You may be OK if the filter element you are using was designed for a bike... I'd hate to have yours overheat and crack the head (common on the TX), or otherwise fail due to lack of oiling.............. BTW, I have an XS head cheap if you'd be interested. (whole engine actually), FREE if you come get it!.... I'd have to charge something if I take it off the frame and apart, or crate and ship...... Steve
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ahh man! i wish i was closer! i would be all over that! I am using a yamaha spin on cooler... then I am going to tap a cooler on to that... with the duel pumps that this bike has in it i belive it will be OK... I HOPE it will be OK!!! crap man i wish i was closer that spare motor would be HEAVEN sent!!! i may take you up on the head though!!! will that fit this motor?
 

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I was told it would, but have never gone into either engine.... I'll be happy to take pics and you can check at Yamaha about interchange.... Where do you live?.. (just trying to estimate shipping cost)... Steve
 

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Here's two pix....





Personally, I can't see much difference from your engine, other than the "cooling scoop"...Maybe the XS designation just indicated the new head design on the same engine?.... This bike had Mag wheels, and a squarish fuel tank.....Steve
 

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dude!! i could really use that cooling scoop! my motor is missing that! would be awesome if you could part with it!

anyway.. front end is on... motor is in... still needs finished up... here are some pics of the work thus far, polished alot more and a bit more powder... I am a stickler for little details so every bolt is eihter polished or powder coated...




tank badges CNC'd


tank trim (07 sporty)
 

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man i could even powder that scoop white and it would really stand out! look TRICK!

few more pics of the finishing up of the front end... inner side of the rotor polished up, ball cut off the levers (still needs finished), powder brake caliper, cut the brace out of the F fender and drilled it to match the belt guard then powder with a touch of brass flake in it... brake resev and conestion joint all polished up to shine

Before


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powder and polish:




 

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Keep up the great work! That bike is going to look sick when its done
 

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pics of what i did get done... sucks, wiht any luck ill feel better tomorrow and will be able to knock out a crap load of stuff! it is pretty slow going cause i am a freak about details so i have to hand polish ever bolt, nut, washer, and whever ever else is metal before i put it back on

got the wheel put together, the caliper as well (added a chrome decal wiht the tuning forks my buddy cut for me) check out the rotor wiht the brass center and polished bolts






got the levers done tonight... I had two diff levers so i had to turn them on the belt sander to make them alike...







 

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well i also am getting rid of all the switches on the build so i took the stock switch housing, left the starter button hole (i willkeep elect start), filled the indents/ holes with jb weld... sanded it down... then powder them... all gone switches... very clean!




 

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Great work. Are you using a home type powder coating? If so, how do you like it. I have a friend with a powder coating shop but even so, it gets pretty expensive. I need to get a friend with a chrome business.
 

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i own a small bike shop... i do everything from polishing, custom builds, to oil changes... i also do powder coating... i have prof set up... the harbor freight set up is CRAP... go wiht eastwoods home kit if you get one... the rest just SUCK!
i still use my home kit ever once in a while but not being able to adjust your current will limit what you can do and how even you can get coverage... remember you can not use the same oven you cook in... it needs to be elect (gas oven will cause some SERIOUS out gassing) and you can not cook food in an oven you powder in, the chemicals are not plesent... spray booths will help to keep your shop clean!
*i also have a fantastic chromer i work with
 
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