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Old 12-26-2009, 03:29 PM   #241
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Hey Hank, if you don't mind me asking where did you get that tank sticker? Oh and not that it's any consolation but you had a good looking old thumper going there. I'm building a "hot rod" motor that would have been right at home in that bike. I have to tell you, looking at that picture reminds me why I got another XT. Thanks for posting that.

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Old 12-26-2009, 03:52 PM   #242
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The tank was pretty good, but had one dent right where that decal sat. I had custom decals made by a guy I know that were strategically sized to cover the dent (which I bondoed) I polished the rest of the tank, and it did look really nice when it was all said and done. I think I have a couple extras somewhere if someone wants them.

Thanks for the compliment by the way. I was sad to stop and tear it down, but I think it was the right decision.

The rims were anodized flat black, spokes polished. Most every steel part was powdercoated gloss black or painted in few cases. It was a big project.

I've pretty much gotten the whole thing sold now. It shipped literally all over the globe: Germany, France, UK, Canada, MX, Austrailia, Singapore, Greece, and probably more places I can't remember.
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:03 PM   #243
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Here's a better look at the tank:

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Old 12-26-2009, 05:22 PM   #244
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Yamaha XT500

Really great thread, I've really enjoyed reading and learning about the 500s here. What do you guys think a decent 'ranch bike' would go for? I saw one on the local (Austin) Craigslist and was thinking about calling the guy up to inquire and maybe go see it over the holiday.

From the looks of it, it's pretty crusty but he says it's basically sound(but you know how that goes). Assuming it's mechanically sound but a little rough around the edges, what's a fair price?
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:23 PM   #245
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I bought my "crusty" for $75, but it was real crusty. Didn't take much to get it running (points/condensor), but cosmetically it was different story!
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:27 PM   #246
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I wouldn't mind having a couple of those stickers. You can pm me and we can work out the details. Thanks man.

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Old 12-26-2009, 07:32 PM   #247
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Hey Tex, mine was running when I went to pick it up. It was rough as hell. The kid I bought it from was riding a wheelie across the yard on it when I drove up. I guess in a strange sort of way that was a good sign. Anyway he would'nt budge off of $750. I had one the same color when I was younger and he knew I wanted it so I shelld it out and he and I both are happy now. So as far as price goes I guess somewhere between $75 and $750.
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:43 PM   #248
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Hey Tex, mine was running when I went to pick it up. It was rough as hell. The kid I bought it from was riding a wheelie across the yard on it when I drove up. I guess in a strange sort of way that was a good sign. Anyway he would'nt budge off of $750. I had one the same color when I was younger and he knew I wanted it so I shelld it out and he and I both are happy now. So as far as price goes I guess somewhere between $75 and $750.
Yeah I agree with that. I paid $200 for my 77XT500, but it's not running and the gas tank is rusted through. I expect to spend another $500 for all the odds and ends to get it where i can ride it. I'm sure I'll end up putting a $$ into it to get it where I want it. But I enjoy working on bikes, so it's all good.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:12 AM   #249
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Great thread and thanx for all the pics... really brings back memories. I've had several TTs and XTs over the years and always a love/hate relationship, but of the many bikes I've owned, the ol' Yammy 500s took me more gravel/forest road miles than all of 'em combined. They took all the beatings and neglected maintenance and still thumped on, and always got even by making me pay with more kicking and sweating and bruised ankles than I care to remember.

"Respect is earned, not expected"... that should be a warning sticker on the old beasts! Love 'em!
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:36 PM   #250
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runs again

Changed the old oil and filter. Put the carburetor back on and installed the tank. Added a little gas and cleaned the points. A few kicks later it didn't start.. Then I figured out the choke and a few kicks it started right up. The clutch worked smooth and it shifted fine. Idled real good too. waiting for the air filter and petcock before I really ride it. xt500 2
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:43 PM   #251
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It's just a matter of time now! It's going to be nice when you get the bugs worked out and it becomes super reliable. The fun factor is about to go up for sure.
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:17 PM   #252
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i have a 77 xt500 that is sorta cherry, its got a fresh engine with a 10/1 wiseco, sr500 bigvalve head, rebuilt carb etc... new white plactic, new brakes, wheel bearings, o-ring chain, sprockets,..... you get the picture. a MONEY PIT!! i love it though, its gotten me to n from work reliably('cept once when the headlight went out @ 65 @ midnight! just came unplugged, lucky i had my swiss army knife in my pocket!). i think i have the last STRAIT aluminum tank in existance! are these old xt's a blast to wheelie on or what?
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:03 PM   #253
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SR500 engine

Found a 1980 SR500 engine. Still runs but smokes and I can get it cheap. Think the cylinder and head would work on my 77 XT500? If so, I could recondition the head and have the cylinder bored and ready with a new piston. With that done and a little luck, I should be able to take it apart and put it together on the same day.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:58 PM   #254
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afaik these sr components should work fine with your xt-engine.
(the inlet valve of the sr might be a wee bit bigger though). correct me if i'm wrong :)

g max ~:)
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:53 PM   #255
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A few XT pics to add to your day.....My "81 XT during the build


The frame, hubs, wheels, were powder coated and the hardware was plated zinc chromate.










Everyone enjoy, Grimmy
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