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Honda XL500R 1982 restoration

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I bought this bike in November 2019 for £1850.

It looks better in the pictures than it actually was.

 

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Nice! I have the same except a XLS:<) Is yours a single carb with a reed valve like my "82"? :ride: 

 

 

Cheers,

Steve

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single carb.

 

here's the parts finished with 2k clear so petrol doesn't affect the tank 

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6 hours ago, Steve-Norton said:

Nice! I have the same except a XLS:<) Is yours a single carb with a reed valve like my "82"? :ride: 

 

 

Cheers,

Steve

XLs never got the reed valve, just the XRs. 

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3 hours ago, Steve-Norton said:

My 1982 XLS did come with a reed valve, bone stock:<)

Interesting. First I have heard of this. 

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Very nice man!  Love the old bikes!  Everything turned out nice, should look good once it’s all back together.

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is there anywhere in the US that makes these stickers to a better standard than the Italian company olimpiaparts?

 

they're truly dreadful and it's a shame to go to all of that hassle making the paint look good, and then put these on 

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5 hours ago, gooty said:

is there anywhere in the US that makes these stickers to a better standard than the Italian company olimpiaparts?

 

they're truly dreadful and it's a shame to go to all of that hassle making the paint look good, and then put these on 

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Goody, If I put on any kind of sticker, I spray soapy water on the sticky back and the surface to be applied. I then carefully postition it correctly, and use a credit card to get the bubbles out. Looks like you fought a loosing battle there. 3m makes a low tack sticker thats ok, but not permanent like the thin ones. If you can find a good set of stickers, then shoot a clear coat over them to make em permanent..

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the stickers came like that. The backing paper already had wrinkles in with air pockets when they came in post. I'm assuming that's how they faded along the lines. Not sure how long he'd had them before selling to me.

 

They went on fine. Done this a few times before. I marked the parts with tape for the right position. I sprayed the parts with 500ml water/1 drop dish soap. Sprayed the sticky side, then laid on. I used 3m squeegee card from centre outwards, Was gentle so as to get out any possible air bubbles without pressing too hard. Peeled off backing paper at tight angle back on itself (not at 90 degrees),

 

Not just the faded inks though, if you look you can see the poor way they were made on a computer. The lines around the letters/numbers stagger along their length as he's dragged it into position with his mouse. 

 

 

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8 hours ago, gooty said:

is there anywhere in the US that makes these stickers to a better standard than the Italian company olimpiaparts?

 

they're truly dreadful and it's a shame to go to all of that hassle making the paint look good, and then put these on 

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I’ve used these guys before, and the product was superb. That was 10 years ago, so not current experience though. https://www.decalmx.com/category/2

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1 minute ago, gooty said:

thanks but they don't go back to 1982

They will make custom sized decals, from what I remember. Give them a call. 

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Frame/swinging arms back from powder coating.

closest match I could see for frame was 3020 glass. 

Looked a bit pale/orange but looked at old pic of original paint and it’s not too bad (last picture is old)

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Swinging arms before and after.

this silver ended up way off original, but it’ll have to do

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