You don’t stop riding because you’re getting old, but you get old when you stop riding.

Whole list of jobs completed on my CB


Posts : 53
Location : Norfolk, UK

Whole list of jobs completed on my CB

Post by alanp on Sat 23 Jul 2016, 1:07 am

Just thought I'd post up my experiences of working through a big list of jobs on my CB500...and with thanks to this forum for all the helpful info. It's a 2000 / 2001 CB500Y, all very nice for it's age, 28,000 miles, but due some TLC.

So, over the last few weeks I've done:

  • New headrace bearings (tapered rollers fitted). A real pig to get the old races out due to the lack of a lip to use a drift on. Lots of patient Dremmeling eventually got them out. The old ones were a butchered mess...someone had obviously tried and failed to do them at some point in the past.
  • Fork oil changed. Easy but a nuisance that there is no drain hole on the later fork legs. Forks were out for the headraces anyway, so no real drama.
  • Fork seals cleaned up with a SealMate - handy little thing.
  • Fork stanchion protectors fitted.
  • Oil, filters, coolant, plugs changed. All very straightforward.
  • Valves clearances done. All were too tight, and the timing seemed to be a tooth out on the cam chain. This is a bit fiddly but slow and steady did the trick...and a few days wait for the new shims through the post.
  • Carbs balanced. Mine were a bit out. Only needed tiny movements of the balance screw to change the readings. Main risk was of my lashed-up fuel tank going up in flames!
  • Swing-arm cross member cleaned up and coated with body underseal. Not pretty but should keep the shot-blasting road crud at bay for a bit.
  • Front engine mount bolt and spacers (they had cracked) replaced. Oh my god - this was a nightmare of drilling and dremmeling to get the old one out. It's now going to get greased twice a year to prevent me from ever going through that again!
  • New rear pads and a better disc from my spare bike fitted. Easy pad change to do.
  • Hagon shocks on the back.
  • BT45 tyres fitted from my spare bike. I hate the Avon Roadrunners that were on it - they are now on the spare bike instead.
  • Wheel alignment checked and done properly. I found that the swingarm marks were way out. The chain now runs much more quietly.
  • Under-seat rubbers 'topped up' as they'd compressed so much.
  • Every bolt torque checked with a torque wrench as I went along.
  • Givi 'Roadstar' screen taken off and replaced with a bigger Givi screen that was on my spare bike. Doesn't look as nice but much better now for motorway work.
  • Rear indicators changed and re-positioned further along the Givi mono-rack to make more room for my big throw-over panniers.

End result - well happy. Runs and steers like a very good one now - the previous vibrations have been hugely reduced, the ride is much better, the horrible turn-in and white-lining is gone, and the head-shaking (on deceleration with a top-box fitted) has disappeared.

Thanks again for the mine of tips and tricks on here. I'll post up a few piccies if anyone is interested and I can figure out how!
the 900
the 900

Posts : 721
Location : Derby

Re: Whole list of jobs completed on my CB

Post by Tricky. on Sat 23 Jul 2016, 8:24 am

youve been busy-busy, good work.  Smile
the 800
the 800

Posts : 264
Location : Moffat

Re: Whole list of jobs completed on my CB

Post by TheWizardofOdds on Sun 24 Jul 2016, 12:34 am

Respect. It'll take me years to do all that!

Get some pics up, I'm too ashamed to do mine.   Embarassed

Posts : 3854
Location : 'ere be fens. (near Cambridge)

Re: Whole list of jobs completed on my CB

Post by eternally_troubled on Tue 26 Jul 2016, 10:59 pm

Good work. I can certainly relate to some of those experiences! In fact it would be a good list for those about to contemplate CB500-fettling to read...
the 900
the 900

Posts : 282
Location : Cornwall

Re: Whole list of jobs completed on my CB

Post by Grarea on Sun 31 Jul 2016, 9:30 am

Wow, good list.
Well done that man.

Sponsored content

Re: Whole list of jobs completed on my CB

Post by Sponsored content

    Current date/time is Sat 23 Jun 2018, 8:27 pm