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Hey all,

I was looking at getting some parts to refresh my 2005 500R on the cheap, and I was wondering if these are any good:

Carb rebuild kit:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-carburetor-rebuild-REPAIR-KIT-ex250-ex500-el-ex-en-zx-250-500-Ninja-/322924982610?_trksid=p2385738.m4383.l4275.c10

Front caliper rebuild:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-All-Balls-Front-Caliper-Rebuild-Kit-18-3132-for-Kawasaki-EX-500-Ninja-87-09-/153252185928?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10#viTabs_0

Rear caliper rebuild:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-Ninja-500-1994-2009-Rear-Brake-Caliper-Rebuild-Kit-EX500-/263985489770?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10#viTabs_0

Front master cylinder rebuild:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Master-Cylinder-Rebuild-Front-Kits-Honda-CB1000-Kawasaki-EX500D-Suzuki-GN250-/283075152001?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10#viTabs_0

Rear master cylinder rebuild:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-Ninja-500-1994-2009-Rear-Brake-Master-Cylinder-Rebuild-Kit-EX500-/263029186689?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10#viTabs_0

Also looking at getting some braided lines. The manual says change them every 4 years. That might be premature but maybe 15 years is long enough. Any thoughts on Venhill lines?

https://www.venhillusa.com/venhill-braided-front-brake-line-1998-2010-kawasaki-ninja-500.html

https://www.venhillusa.com/venhill-braided-rear-brake-line-1998-2010-kawasaki-ninja-500.html

I appreciate any thoughts and suggestions. I'm probably going to pickup a ultrasonic cleaner from Harbor Freight as I have needed one for some other projects as well. I'll let you all know how it works on the brake parts.


Thanks!

Keith
 

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First and foremost: You get what you pay for. I work in an industry where I get to see and compare all sorts of factory and aftermarket automotive parts and trust me, you get what you pay for. OEM is always quality and always fits. Aftermarket is cheap and it shows in both fit and finish. The exception is knowing what company actually makes certain parts for the factory and buying it through an aftermarket vendor. Example: Denso makes all sorts of under hood stuff for Toyota, Honda, Nissan, ETC. which are installed at the factory and sold new over the counter, but they remove the factory stamping and sell those parts at half the cost through the likes of Autozone, Oreilly and the website Rockauto. Motorcycle manufactures I'm sure do the same kind of thing. I'm fairly confident wheel bearings are outsourced to companies specializing in bearings, such as NSK and Timken, slap a Kawasaki sticker on it and eat your paycheck for dinner.

Now, on to your links. All Balls is a decent quality. Everything else is dirt cheap and don't be surprised if you wind up throwing it all in the trash in a fit of rage when you can't get them to fit right. Did that with an aftermarket petcock I got for my old XR600. Threw it in the trash where it belonged and promptly forked out the dough for a factory new petcock.

The one exception is the SS braided brake lines you linked. I don't think there's any cheap-o, low quality offerings on brake lines for the EX at this moment in time. You're probably safe with any one you buy. I've been running the cheapest one ebay had to offer (50 bucks), made by a company called Russel, for 3 years now and it works just fine. No signs of any of it falling apart or showing premature wear.

Before you go actually buy a brake caliper or master cylinder rebuild kit, make sure you actually need it. The seals can fail, but I have found that to be rather uncommon. I've got almost 2 dozen EX calipers in my garage and I don't think any of them leak and some are pretty nasty. Rather, I've found the actual metal more likely to wear out than the seals. At 100,000 miles, my original front caliper was getting rather scored inside the piston bores, but the original seals were still holding fine and looked good. The front master cylinder began leaking at 135,000 miles. A teardown revealed the failure to be the piston bore severely worn out and scored. Seal was intact. Granted, I'm changing my fluid at the factory intervals, which helps keep the seals healthy.
If your system is severely neglected, then the seals may need to be changed. However, if they're that bad, you may have corrosion issues in the aluminum calipers and the pistons may be pitted.

I'd say to cleanup up the calipers and master cylinders, put them back together with the original seals and see if it all works. It is important to note that getting the front master cylinder apart is a bit tricky. The dust boot likely won't make it out without getting a hole in it, so definitely at least order one of those.
 
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The carb kits from damineding are quite good. I bought four sets for my XJ650, as they include the impossible to find "main nozzle" for the Hitachi HSC32 carbs. I miked the nozzles and they are spot on as far as their dimensions go. They offer two EX500 kits with new floats for $25? Pretty amazing deal.

Sledpartsguysells good stuff - IIRC, most of it is Japanese.

AllBalls stuff is purely Chinese. It may be "good" Chinese, but that is a relative term.
 
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The brake lines you linked to are Venhill from the UK. Good company with a reputation to match. Same goes for Russell. Or Galfer. Or Speigler. Or Frentubo. There are probably half a dozen more, all with good names and reputations.



As far as anything else goes, like Saabnut said. You get what you pay for. I buy plenty of used stuff for old project bikes from eBay. Some stuff, I just stay away from.



There is good Chinese made stuff out there. Carbon fiber and billet aluminum products are all well made and well finished. At the same time, there is complete crap out there too, and not just from China.



You do get what you pay for as the old axiom says. But today, there are some definite exceptions to that axiom. ....sean
 

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I think it really depends on what your after regarding spare parts. no doubt OEM stuff is best. but at a price. if your trying to keep an old bike on the road on a budget. their probably too expensive to use all the time.

you then have to seek aftermarket parts that are cheaper but this does not mean anything not OEM is crap. there are some really good aftermarket parts out there. you guys in the states are really quite lucky where the EX is concerned as not only were they popular but you got a full 6 years longer in the production. this means some spares outlets provided more of the better aftermarket parts. than say us in Europe.


some of the parts you listed are IMHO just as good as the stock ones. Venhill for instance provide hyro lines for BSB superbikes. All balls stuff is top quality also. as a general rule. OEM may be best. but copies of the original to the same spec are also good. it is where the copies of the copies [referred to as Chinese junk] is where the issues seem to occur.
 

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Be aware the reality exists that certain small, private sellers/vendors frequently lie like rugs. As I'm involved with carburetors, I sometimes buy stuff for spares...Ducati, EX250 and 500.

Claims of "just cleaned", "good diaphragms", "stock jets, needles" ...sometimes truthful, at times out and out lies.

And the old "dunno, have never removed the bowls" meant to absolve the seller of any and all responsibility, usually coupled with missing parts (which is why I'm buying them to begin with)

With voltage regulators...."replacement for Shindengen" is code for a cheap copy.

Beware, read *very* carefully, don't hesitate to message the seller and PIN HIM DOWN in writing. Having his commitment may make the difference in the event of a dispute. Also be aware of return policies...some have zero.

In the end, in all cases ...the buyer must beware.
 
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