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    A list of Quick Reference items for new and old users.

    Wiki link


    JC's site - https://motofaction.org

    OFAPARS [Hanns} site: http://ofapars-.webs.com/

    Rob Davis web resource - http://robdavistelford.co.uk/webspace/cx500/

    Engine Oil - Use 10w-40 or 15w-40 oils suitable for a wet clutch or your clutch will slip. Synthetic and non-synth - both have been used with success so long as they're wet clutch compatible.

    Most North Americans seem to prefer to use Rotella 15w-40 as their brand of choice. The newer oils have additives that create problems with a wet clutch - LINK

    Manuals, Articles and other - a google account is needed to access the information - LINK

    Group Discount on Honda Parts - LINK

    "For International shipments, Discount Honda adds $28 per order to domestic shipping rates and ships by USPS Priority mail. Shipping rates are the same for Canada as they are for India. It may not be economical to ship small orders internationally. If buying from Canada and the order is a small part; call John to see if he can give a better rate on the shipment.


    New Member Hints for the forum - LINK

    So, you wanna buy a used motorcycle - A CX or GL checklist - LINK - A good general check list - LINK

    New bike. What do I do? LINK

    Triple bypass parts list - LINK

    Triple bypass info - LINK

    Keys Cut From Code - LINK

    How to post photos - LINK

    CX Serials IDs for all years and models - CX500 Link 1 - CX500 Link 2 - GL500s - CX650 and GL650

    Speedo/Tach ratios - Link One

    Resetting a Speedometer to 000000 - LINK

    Choke cable doesn't stay in place when pulled - LINK

    Taking apart the igniton switch and what's inside - LINK

    Finding an electrical short - LINK

    Motorcycle Electrical Troubleshooting write up courtesy of DaveF - LINK

    What Octane? These bikes run fine on 87 octane in the US, 91RON in Oz - LINK

    Rebuilding the Starter - LINK

    Starter ground improvement - LINK

    Ofapars Starter repair - LINK

    Stator Check CDI stator check or TI stator check - Other LINK

    Main Fuse Change - LINK

    Changing Brake pads - LINK

    Servicing Calipers - LINK

    Brake and Master Cylinder rebuild and repair - LINK

    Brake line lengths by model - LINK

    Stainless Steel Brake Lines - U.S. Source http://www.jdaent.com/

    Making Gaskets - LINK

    How to hotwire your bike - LINK

    How to build a 7 volt regulator - LINK

    Float bowl repair - LINK

    Wiring diagrams - LINK

    Spark plug resistor cap rebuild - LINK

    How to adjust valve tappets and the cam chain - Valves - With Cam Chain

    Video how to - LINK

    CDI replacement Coils - LINK

    Tach Drive seal - LINK

    In Bike transmission removal and replacement tool - LINK

    Draining and changing the final drive oil - LINK

    Dragonstaffs bolt list - LINK

    Mechanical Seal in bike install or engine out - Link One - Link Two - Link Three

    Servicing the Prolink suspension and adding Zerk Fittings - LINK

    Yamaha XVS1100 shock replacement for gl650 - LINK

    Where is the Weep Hole - LINK

    O-ring List - LINK

    Tapered Steering Head Bearings install (NOT CX/GL BUT GOOD ENOUGH) - LINK

    Fork Seal change (NOT CX OR GL BUT CLOSE) - LINK

    Fork Preload Spacer and oil change - LINK

    Fuel filter - LINK

    Fuel Hose - 1/4 for cx500 7mm for gl

    Vacuum Petcock hose connection - LINK

    Replacement Radiator hoses - LINK

    Parts Interchange List - LINK

    How to wire a Stator - LINK

    Stator sources (If you need a stator) - Ricks Motorsports or Custom Rewind


    Ignitech and stator upgrade. Stator option - LINK

    Flywheel puller - LINK - or just use a M20x 1.5 or a Large Subaru drain pain bolt which is the same size but needs a washer glued to the end to get a hair more length.

    Dental Mirror Cam Chain Inspection - LINK

    Shifter Seal Replace - LINK

    Auto Cam Chain Wear. (650 specific) - Link One - Link Two

    Fan puller bolt - M14 x 1.5 about 2 inches long. Or in a pinch the rear axle could be used but not prefered.

    Oil filters Aftermarket and other: LINK

    Copper Squash Gaskets (exhaust header) - (Cx500, Cx650, Gl500, Gl650, Gl1000, Gl1100) - LINK

    Cheap Thermostats - LINK

    How to change tires - LINK

    Removing the rear wheel. Gl specific. Has 3 or more steps than the CX other wise it's the same - LINK

    Removing a GL Front Wheel - LINK

    CB900 and other Honda Brake Caliper swap - LINK

    Replacing a Cx/Gl500 clutch with a Cx/Gl650 Clutch to shave 300rpms at highway speed - LINK

    GL and CX650 Ignition Timing Check Upon Engine Reassembly - LINK

    CX/GL Timing pointer template--print card or paper to use when the pickups are reversed or not used.


    Post your Ride - LINK

    Australian SuperTank build - LINK

    Dyna Wide Glide seat on a Custom - LINK

    Dyna Wide Glide seat on a Deluxe - LINK

    Deluxe tank on custom - LINK

    Ammo can saddle bags - LINK

    Air box removed Battery holder - LINK

    Forward Controls - LINK

    Rear disc brake on a GL500 - LINK

    78 cx500 Maggot style gauges modified - LINK

    Sheps Electric fan fix - LINK

    DaveF's electric fan upgrade with tons of info - LINK

    Cheap Harley Mufflers for CX/GL - LINK

    How to Polish Aluminum - LINK

    Highway Bars - LINK

    GL1100 lowers - LINK - LINK

    Progressive fork springs - LINK - LINK

    Inexpensive Gl500 Trunk Relocator - LINK

    H4 headlight upgrade from sealed beam for a Cx650c - LINK - Parts needed: 33120-MF5-751 HEADLIGHT UNIT 33180-422-003 COVER, RUBBER

    Carb Related

    Larry's Guide to Rebuilding Carbs - LINK

    Carb Cut Away - LINK

    Float bowl OVERFLOW tube replacement - LINK

    2 into 1 and K & N pod filter jetting - LINK

    Blindstitch Combo: MAC 2 into 1 with K&N Filter 90/120 3 1/2 turns out

    Cataclism Combo: MAC 2 into 1 with K&N pods 85/130 1 turn out

    Exhausts without the hbox have similar jetting.

    Carb idle screw starting point: 2 to 2 1/2 turns out.

    Removing or replacing your carbs - LINK

    Carb cleaning - LINK


    HTTA Stuff (Honda Transverse Twin Association) If you have one you're a member.



    HTTA Traveler Assistance - LINK


    New Members on Chopper Charles and Sheps Global forum.


    Penetrating Lubricants


    Cleaning ignition switch - LINK

    How to find an electrical short - LINK

    Motorcycle Electrical Troubleshooting write up courtesy of DaveF - LINK

    Hard starting solution starter related - LINK

    Main Fuse Change - LINK

    Master Cylinder Reservoir Removal - LINK

    Cheap Brake Crush Washer or How to fix them - LINK

    Making Gaskets - LINK

    How to hotwire your bike - LINK - LINK

    Float bowl repair - LINK

    Spark plug resistor cap rebuild - LINK

    CDI Replacement Coils - LINK

    Tach Drive seal - LINK

    Where is the Weep Hole - LINK

    Replacing the coolant reservoir (read all the way down for the simple step) - LINK

    All Balls Steering Head bearing and changing - LINK

    Fork Seal change - LINK - LINK

    Fork Preload Spacer and oil change - LINK

    Fuel filter - LINK

    Fuel Hose - LINK - LINK

    Vacuum Petcock hose connection - LINK

    Replacement Radiator Hoses - LINK

    Pro Link Squeak - LINK

    Removing a GL Front Wheel - LINK

    Bike won't shut off with ignition switch or kill switch - LINK - LINK

    Valves are adjusted fine, cam chain is within specs but the engine is still ticking like crazy - LINK

    Stock rear cover gasket thickness - LINK - LINK

    CB900 and other Honda Brake Caliper swap - LINK

    Gl500 Trunk Removal - LINK


    Custom seat on a Custom - LINK

    Deluxe tank on custom - LINK

    Custom tank on a Gl500. Would also probably work a lot better with a Standard or Deluxe tank - LINK - Also see here for Standard/Deluxe - LINK

    Ammo can saddlebags - LINK

    140/90 16 tire - LINK

    Air box removed Battery holder - LINK

    Forward Controls - LINK

    Rear disc brake on a gl500 - LINK

    Trail Tech Vapor gauges - LINK

    78 cx500 Maggot style gauges modified - LINK

    Sheps electric fan fix - LINK - option - LINK

    Dyna Mufflers - LINK

    Crash Bar Identification - LINK

    Aftermarket Replacement M/C Master Cylinder - LINK

    Gl500 Trunk Relocator - LINK

    Keeping Warm

    Heated Grips - LINK

    Winter riding Gear - LINK

    Other interesting General conversation.

    Why Did you buy your CX/Gl - LINK

    Buying items in the selling section or from members - LINK

    Possible Screw Removal Trick - LINK
    Last edited by ramprat06; Yesterday at 06:29 PM.
    1968 Honda CT90 Trail-Yellow Monster project
    1979 Honda CX500 Supertanker 72,000 miles.
    1983 Honda Gl650I Falcon-killer 78,000 miles.
    Pictures of my bikes Past and Present.

    Quick Reference Sheps Forum Supertanker Build Back up Info ⇒ Free Factory Service Manuals ⇐

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    mmm.ok don.

    This tip is from Joe in Bendigo, Australia (Jhovel)

    PostPosted: 16 May 2008 14:49

    Hey. You don't even have to sacrifice a socket.... just use a large nut (I'm talking about 2" across the flats) and drill 4 equally spaced holes at 41mm centres 4mm diameter into one face. Or make them exactly the same size as the 4 holes in the bearing retainer. You then use 4 short pieces of 4mm good steel (I used short pieces of the shank of a broken 4mm drill0 and Loktite them into the holes, so they stick out about 4 or 5 mm.

    You can then simply use a large spanner or better still, put the new 'special tool' in a vice, pins up, and place the wheel on top of that retainer down. You then just turn the spanner or turn the wheel and the retainer comes out.

    It seems that Honda some times centre punched the retainer right on the thread line to stop it unscrewing if the bearing 'grabbed' once worn. That makes it a little difficult to unscrew them and may even damage the soft retainer. If yours has these centre punch marks, I suggest you CAREFULLY drill them a smidgeon with a very small drill, to remove the deformed metal.


    Joe in Bendigo, Australia
    1981 GL500 , UK MODEL,needing a bit of tender loving care

    1982 GL500 , UK MODEL,my daily ride.

    Andalucia,in the south of spain

    aka spanish bandit

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    Original decal repros, anything from one to a full set including all the original warning labels:


    They include a really nice set of info as to how to apply them if you're painting them in which, of course, is the proper way.
    Last edited by CXPHREAK; 07-07-2015 at 10:59 PM.
    1979 CX500 Custom - restored to almost original condition. I'm waiting to get strong enough to return to work so I can finish all the painting prep and priming, then I'll take the tank and sides out to Old Okie's shop where the bike is and shoot the color, clear, apply decals and final clear then polish it to a perfect gloss.

    I also have the tendency to misspell or add things later to a post so check again a bit later.

    *Click here to e-mail me

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    hope this makes it easier to find i have asked for admin help with this but///

    This post is by BLINDSTItCH it is actually just copied from th elast post in this thread

    it got so far back no one could find it

    [[[[[[[Edit: Incorporated into first post then removed to prevent this page being twice as long as it needs to be. Thanks Murray]]]]]]]]]
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    Order The Quick Build Exhaust Pipes


    Way to many bikes to maintain this list LOL !!

    email me at murray at murrayscarbs.com

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    This thread is now closed in the interests of the information here being readily accessable.

    For comments and suggestions a companion thread to this one especially for this purpose can be found here.

    Quick reference discussion thread

    And .... Wolfgangs {Guelli02} excellent clutch repair picture.

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    Rebuilding Handlebar Switches

    Rider 81 500C, Thingy Born a 78Z. Ozdeluxe born an 80 shadow.

    GET A MULTIMETER RTFM I am a CX500. If you maintain me I will run forever.


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