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    TX500 Build

    I picked this '74 TX500A for $120 off Craigslist. I pulled the motor and am in the process of stripping it down to clean up the frame.



    With the tank and super heavy seat!



    Dismounted engine


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    Pulled the cam cover and it looks like it has already been rebuilt



    Super clean


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    This seat is not stock, but mounts perfectly. It weighs about 20lbs.


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    Came with a newer set of points that I will use to replace these

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    Welcome! $120 for a complete bike, you can't beat that.

    Did you get it running before pulling the motor?

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    I'm currently rebuilding one of my own. I'm glad there is someone else out there that enjoys pain as much as I do.

    Keep in mind that some parts are rare. Things like oil filters, cam chain master links, and other engine parts are not produced anymore. I just bought a cam chain link for $55 on ebay and an oil filter adapter from an xs500proboard member for $100. The adapter will allow the fitment of a fram ph6607 filter. Works perfectly. There is a good reason you got the bike for such a low price, it costs out the ass to get parts! Please keep this post going. I'm interested in seeing what you can do. FYI, join the xs500proboard site too. Its a whole community of guys who are gluttons for punishment, like us. :-)
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    Wow, that is a crazy heavy duty cam chain. Does it operate anything else or was Yamaha just paranoid?

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    The chain does not operate anything except the cams. Double row camchain is necessary, though, considering the volcanic power of the mighty TX500. I'm considering converting to triple row chain, since I put pods and open mufflers on mine.

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