I spent yesterday evening finally doing the oil & dust fork seals on the GS500. This got delayed due to needing to order the dust seals from the UK, needing to get the bits to make a tool for removing the bottom fork bolt, and a freaking snowstorm in April.
I found yet more evidence of the hard life this bike has lived and the ...interesting repair choices made by prior owners. Nothing dangerous, just some half-assery. But the new seals are in, and there is fresh fork fluid in there. I put in 300ml to start, on the theory I would nee to add more to get it where I wanted it. Adding is easier than removing.
I did discover that my front brake pads are shot. I wish I’d noticed when I placed my prior parts order, as I now have to place a *fourth* parts order.
What I’ve gotten done so far this spring:
-New front & rear wheel bearings
-New rear brake rotor & pads
-New dust & oil seals in front forks.
Still to go:
-Checking valve clearance & fixing leaky valve cover
-Front brake pads & greasing sliders
-Swapping to non-bent handlebars, re-routing choke cable, replacing bolts in bar end weights
-Re-wrapping bike in fresh vinyl
-Checking Carb sync