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Well I'm buying my friends '96 ex500 and I've been doing a ton of reading up on ex500's and motorcycles in general. This is my first bike and yes I have already laid it down. I locked the back tire like an idiot trying to stop in time for a turn I should have known I couldn't stop for. :-X Luckily I was wearing a helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, and kept the bike up for a while before it(and me) actually hit the ground, so I came out fine. The fairings however, what a horrible sound they make on the road :'(. Anyways, while repairing the front fairing I realized that the bike looks bad-ass without it on, so I'm going to work on making it a street fighter. I don't know a whole lot about any of the work I'm doing so this is all going to be a great learning experience and I'll probably make a ton of mistakes along the way. Anyways, introduction and disclaimer out of the way, here is what I plan to do.

The first order of business will be cleaning the carbs and jets, adjusting the pilot screw(s), and then re-synching the carbs. In that order. My buddy says that all I have to do to clean the carbs is open it up and spray a bunch of carb cleaner in. Same thing with the jets and then blow them out with some compressed air. I found this post http://www.ex-500.com/index.php/topic,375.0.html and plan to use it as a guide for the pilot screw(s).

The next thing is make sure the forks are aligned right there is a guide on the forums I saw that was pretty easy to find. After that I'll adjust the sag using http://www.ex-500.com/index.php/topic,727.0.html

Once all that is out of the way I can start adding/modding parts on the bike. I really need to replace the clipons since I bent one of them ever so slightly when I wrecked. Its not bent badly enough to warrant an immediate replacement, but its enough that its slightly noticeable and thereby annoying. I saw this post http://www.ex-500.com/index.php/topic,376.25.html and am now in the market for a set of old zx600 risers since I love the stance of my friends zx6.

After that I'll raise the back end a bit using some dogbones, or maybe follow dad's advice on http://www.ex-500.com/index.php/topic,702.0.html and get rid of that scary wallowing feeling. :-\

When all that is said and done (whew!) I'll probably start working on looks and buy a set of buell headlights with a cage and mount them like dragnee did. And grab a ace-2702 gauge so I can rid myself of that ugly front fairing. I haven't figured out what to do for front turn signals with that yet, but I'm thinking about mounting a set of short stack turn signals right on the headlight mount.

And finally repaint everything black to give it that mean street fighter look. Further down the road (probably much further with all the work involved above since I've never done any of this before) I may think about updating the tail a bit, similar to how spikezx5r did on http://www.ex-500.com/index.php/topic,1979.0.html.

In the midst of all this I need to buy myself I quieter helmet since I commute about two hours (round trip) a day on week days and the HJC just isn't cutting it. Also, a more protective jacket would be better since my leather jacket offers minimal protection, especially since its already met the ground once. ;)

Any advice is welcome on this overly large post. ::)
 

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Wow ! You are in for a ginormous project :eek:

Well, I gunno for you but I have a 2hours commute too and streetfighter looks good but is not very comfy when you get to highway speeds.. So I figured out a way to get the best of both worlds.

http://www.ex-500.com/index.php/topic,670.0.html
 
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