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    Update 2/26/17

    Differential cleaned up and installed. Fresh fluid installed. The differential shield was stained beyond repair, so I pulled it and repainted it. After some clear coat, it matches the natural aluminum housing again.

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    That's going to look showroom minty fresh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCR View Post
    That's going to look showroom minty fresh!
    Actually, i think it is going to be BETTER THAN THAT!!!

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    Kind words by all and TYVM!

    I am leaving all the warning and safety decals OFF as well the "Honda" sticker on the rear fender that faces the license plate - I never cared for those and I really detest the multitude of fuel tank warning stickers. I feel they detract from what is a gorgeous design. I know they need to be there for legal sale, but now that its MINE - I'm going to build it to my own requirement - not a show judge I could care less about and will never meet. Only proven mods are going in and those are strictly limited to addressing chronic known issues identified in these forums. The tribal knowledge in these pages are beyond value and I respect that wisdom.

    Chassis will be completed first, with engine the last element to be refurbished. Picture of my bag/label/numbering process shown. I used clear bags so I could see what is in them without digging about. I can see every fastener at a glance, reach up and pull the numbered bag down.

    The original suspensions on these were subpar at best and the Hagen shock and Racetech emulators and springs along with the Pirelli Sport Demons in the oversize spec seem to be the hot setup. I can remember taking huge sweepers at 85 mph trying my best to pretend my turbo was "a sport bike" and I almost lost it more than once to a wallowing rear tail. At my current age, I doubt I will be trying that again, but nonetheless - that factory rear shock by Showa was nothing to write home about.

    I am a cancer survivor of 15 years now and was just diagnosed with a very acute Psoriatic Arthritis which has ruined my middle finger on my left hand permanently. I have been practicing my clutching movements and think I can still shift OK, albeit painful. I have this premonition I should finish this project sooner than later so its game on! I love a challenge. When my fellow engineers found out I was restoring this particular "unicorn" motorcycle, they just raise their eyebrows saying, "good luck!" while they roll their eyes. "You will never find all the parts." "Why not go buy a new bike?" "That's OLD technology!" I am sure you have heard all of these. But to us owners, its the Holy Grail of motorcycles - and there will NEVER be a substitute. I have ridden dozens upon dozens of different bikes - and if I have to have only one - this is it for me.

    Here is the decal kit by Bdesigns which is the most complete and authentic reproduction I could find. Very nice product. Link 1980's Honda Decals

    I have new spark plug caps from Davis Silver Spares, and I will be running Iridium plugs - any suggestions on actual wires themselves? They appear to be 7mm low ohm, but I haven't measured them yet. Is this a bulk wire purchase and you make your own?

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    Very nice work indeed. My eyes are wonky, but I had a hard time figuring out what set up that is for the rear brake? Obviously that's a rotor, but what type caliper is that? I couldn't see how it worked in the next to last pic of the rear set up.
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    That is just the mounting bracket for the caliper. The caliper is next part to be overhauled
    ...Restoring my 12k CX500 turbo after 21 years of storage....

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    Very nice work, can't wait to see the finished product.
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    Any special tricks to prep and paint the hub with the gold paint.
    I have a Canadian 650T with silver wheels and forks. I much prefer the gold color. This may just be my next winters project.
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    I just hit the hub with some wet/dry 600 sandpaper, wash and dry. Apply 3 thin coats of the gold paint. Wait 24 hrs and give it thin coat of clear. Awesome results!!
    ...Restoring my 12k CX500 turbo after 21 years of storage....

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