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Hey. Name is Waldo. I am new to motorcycling and the 1997 Kawasaki 500 Is my first motorcycle. In advance I apologize for the lengthy post and dumb questions in advance.
That being said I plan on doing my own carb clean on my bike this week any recommended tools I will need that one might not expect ? I have a tool shed with most thing needed for house and car maintenance. not sure if there is special tool needed for a bike that I’m not aware of. Also should I buy the rebuild kit that comes with new gasket and jets and all good stuff like that to replace as I’m doing the clean? I the new owner and not sure if the owner before me really did what he said he did. I just don’t want to waste my money on something I don’t need and can put towards something I do. And what is the best stuff to actually clean it properly. I know there carb cleaner but I’ve seen some people say they use a mixture of things.

In reference to to blinkers. One of them is missing all other are attached but are not working they all seem to be connected. (Haven’t taken fairing off to completely check yet.) I personally don’t like them so if I order a new set that are universal are they easy to install or this bike funny when it comes to electric connections?

The bike front fairing is damaged. I noticed eBay has one at a cost more than I’m willing to pay but will if I have no choice. Is there a differentfront setup I can use and still keep the tach or able to install new ones I will still want to see my rpm, speed and and oil pressure light ect that won’t damage my pocket as much.

I bought a new radiator as well since the one on it seems to have never been replaced and I think on a bike from 97 it’s time to replace the unit along with hoses. I also going to change the oil and radiator fluid (duhh) and spark plug.

What are the best recommendations for tires. I plan on commuting on it to work which require some highway. And I also am going to be riding with friends

the kickstand seems to be damaged it rubbing against the chain something tells me thats not suppose to happen. It difficult for me to put it on the stand but I hand a friend help me and we managed to do so and it seemed to hold well as I left it like that for a good portion of the of the day. Although I Noticed that the back of my foot was hitting the kick stand and sometime got caught.

and I’m in reference to sprockets and chains. as I mentioned before I tend to use it for commute as well as ride along. I know it’s 500 and it can only do so much but what the best combination I really don’t want to lose-acceleration but don’t really want to give up my top end either hehe.

I’ve noticed there only one company that make headers for this bike. Beside that what the best exhaust to add to this bike I personally want it to sound as loud as possible.
I’ve ordered the brake pads is there anything else I need to check in then braking systems besides the lines.

sorry For being so jumpy but I was typing this as it was coming to mind. I might of forgotten a thing or two but when they come to mind I’ll add it. Or feel free to let me know as well. Again I thank anyone who contributes and helps me out. Being out there and riding it’s-great feeling and I would def love to learn how to take care of my own bike.
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Waldo, I suppose you made a point somewhere in that book, but my eyes glazed over ad fell asleep in the first paragraph.
Point is : keep your posts short and to the point, show pics as required to help explained (we all know what a ex looks like).
Then maybe I’ll be more inclined to read it all, and help, if needed

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Have you cleaned your own carbs before?

@ducatiman is the local carb expert. Highly recommended!

If you do decide to do it yourself get a good quality kit, there are some parts you can cause a lot of damage forcing a screw out (Ducatiman replaces the screws with Allen head to avoid any issues in the future). There are a few write ups on how to clean your own carbs.

As for the headers I know Hindle makes one and it's a 2-into-1 with a pretty nice exhaust. But why do you want to replace yours? Is it damaged or broken? For my money is rather out that towards an investment in something more useful, but that's just my opinion.

AS far as tires I put on a set of Perreli Diablo Rosso 2s and they are great.
 

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Welcome. Your center stand looks possibly bent and missing the frame extension that keeps it from hitting the chain. I would take your center stand off until you get that sorted out. Used center stands should be pretty inexpensive on ebay.
 

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.02 on some of your various topics:

*bandwidth....keeping stuff short and to point will garner more member focus
*exhaust ........."I personally want it to sound as loud as possible." If you are actually riding any sort of long distance, you'll regret that. Becomes quite annoying.
*centerstand....will likely be "lost" (require removal) if going 2-1 exhaust, while losing its important, helpful function for service procedures. Consider.
*radiator....could have been serviced by pro radiator shop rather than costly replacement.
*carbs.......ditto....if DIY be prepared for multiple R&R (remove and replace) repair attempts. Thousands of posts over many years..."I cleaned my carbs, and now my bike won't.... start, accept throttle, idle properly, leaks"...on and on, pick your poison. Consider the #77 refurbed set by the Custom Carb guy. Bolt on, ride....save a lot of headache.
*turn signals....likely required by your state laws, no? Electrical repair, brand, type...any type possible to install. Suggest have a wiring diagram on hand.
*service manual....GET ONE. IMMEDIATELY. Whether Haynes, Clymer, factory. GET ONE. Invaluable, important investment.

Welcome and have fun.
 

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Have you cleaned your own carbs before?

@ducatiman is the local carb expert. Highly recommended!

If you do decide to do it yourself get a good quality kit, there are some parts you can cause a lot of damage forcing a screw out (Ducatiman replaces the screws with Allen head to avoid any issues in the future). There are a few write ups on how to clean your own carbs.

As for the headers I know Hindle makes one and it's a 2-into-1 with a pretty nice exhaust. But why do you want to replace yours? Is it damaged or broken? For my money is rather out that towards an investment in something more useful, but that's just my opinion.

AS far as tires I put on a set of Perreli Diablo Rosso 2s and they are great.
I have not cleaned my carbs before this is my first bike and I am basically learning things as I attempt them. I saw a kit on ebay for like $60. I've checked local shops and they charge and arm and leg, I understand its labor intensive but the numbers did not seem right. If @ducatiman is affordable and local (Im in jersey,PA and NY is still local to me) and trust worthy I willing to pass it on but I would still like to know how to just incase. I do not want to be dependent on anybody should something else happen you know.

I saw the hindle but also saw the Delkevic one as will I am leaning towards Delkevic atm. My headers look rusty and just plain beat up and I want to freshen up the look of it a bit espicailly since I am keeping of the lower fairing. Also one happens to have a slip on I guess and the other completly off Ive attached picture.

As for the tire I saw the OEM recommended tire size is there any other option just curious honestly.
Exhaust1 copy.jpg eXHAUST2 copy.jpg eXHAUST3 copy.jpg
 

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Waldo, I suppose you made a point somewhere in that book, but my eyes glazed over ad fell asleep in the first paragraph.
Point is : keep your posts short and to the point, show pics as required to help explained (we all know what a ex looks like).
Then maybe I’ll be more inclined to read it all, and help, if needed

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Welcome. Your center stand looks possibly bent and missing the frame extension that keeps it from hitting the chain. I would take your center stand off until you get that sorted out. Used center stands should be pretty inexpensive on ebay.
@slower @radiant.desigtner
From what I can tell I believed there was something missing but the fact that it difficult for me to put into the middle stand made me think other wise. I ve attached photos for reference.
CENTER2.jpg CENTER STAND1.jpg CENTER3.jpg CENTER4.jpg CENTER5.jpg
 

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.02 on some of your various topics:

*bandwidth....keeping stuff short and to point will garner more member focus
*exhaust ........."I personally want it to sound as loud as possible." If you are actually riding any sort of long distance, you'll regret that. Becomes quite annoying.
*centerstand....will likely be "lost" (require removal) if going 2-1 exhaust, while losing its important, helpful function for service procedures. Consider.
*radiator....could have been serviced by pro radiator shop rather than costly replacement.
*carbs.......ditto....if DIY be prepared for multiple R&R (remove and replace) repair attempts. Thousands of posts over many years..."I cleaned my carbs, and now my bike won't.... start, accept throttle, idle properly, leaks"...on and on, pick your poison. Consider the #77 refurbed set by the Custom Carb guy. Bolt on, ride....save a lot of headache.
*turn signals....likely required by your state laws, no? Electrical repair, brand, type...any type possible to install. Suggest have a wiring diagram on hand.
*service manual....GET ONE. IMMEDIATELY. Whether Haynes, Clymer, factory. GET ONE. Invaluable, important investment.

Welcome and have fun.
@ducatiman Understood this is actually my first forum ever and I wasnt really sure how to go about it I am more understanding now.
Loudness doesnt bother me much as all my cars are loud for the exception of my jeep. and I also ride with music on ( I know not safe) but in general that rumble really doesnt bother me.

Plan on keeping the 2-2 option with delvkic honestly feel like it look nicer that way.

In NJ they state its requiered but they dont really go over it much. I personally want them to atleast let people who are aware of motorcycle of where I intend to turn or merge. I saw a all in one brake and turn signal light on ebay for the rear as well as just the turn signal alone. for the front i also saw on ebay ones that go on the fairing that is one unit with the sideview mirrors. LINKS BELOW

Front sideview with led turn signal
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Read Lapping the head to cure overheating
ie: you have a warped head that blowing high pressure gas into the cooling system and forcing coolant out the overflow

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From what I can tell I believed there was something missing but the fact that it difficult for me to put into the middle stand made me think other wise. I ve attached photos for reference.
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Yup there is your problem. The little pad normally rests on the exhaust and keeps it off the chain
 

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Yup there is your problem. The little pad normally rests on the exhaust and keeps it off the chain
So if I keep the 2-2 exhaust system I’ll be fine once I install the full exhaust ?
Two if I happen to change my mind and go 2-1 how will I keep it from rubbing chain then ?
 

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If the exhaust is on the left hand side of should be fine if it is on the same location as the OEM. You could always get OEM headers and just aftermarket slip on mufflers...

Another option is to add something to the frame or swing arm to keep the center stand from getting in contact with the chain.

Or just remove the center stand and just use the side stand.
 

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Waldo, I suppose you made a point somewhere in that book, but my eyes glazed over ad fell asleep in the first paragraph.
Point is : keep your posts short and to the point, show pics as required to help explained (we all know what a ex looks like).
Then maybe I’ll be more inclined to read it all, and help, if needed

Fog
LoL @fog.....I was thinking the exact same thing...and my eyes were in fact, glazing over when I scrolled down and read your post. Possibly the most quotable post you've made.......I like your take on pics!!
.02 on some of your various topics:
*bandwidth....keeping stuff short and to point will garner more member focus
Bandwidth? We don't need no steenkin' bandw....oh wait, you mean for this subject. LoL. (see my contributions to @jimnet 's thread about bandwidth)
Like the man says, just keep it on point. Too many unrelated details just cloud the stew and delay answers while members try to sort out what your issue is.
Consider the #77 refurbed set by the Custom Carb guy. Bolt on, ride....save a lot of headache.
Well done, I like what you did there. :)
 
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If the exhaust is on the left hand side of should be fine if it is on the same location as the OEM. You could always get OEM headers and just aftermarket slip on mufflers...

Another option is to add something to the frame or swing arm to keep the center stand from getting in contact with the chain.

Or just remove the center stand and just use the side stand.
Hi. the exhaust isn't a problem once fixed. the OP has to decide what system he wants. he is missing the left can that is why the stand rubs the chain. because aftermarket exhausts (that are designed for the EX) have a system that holds the stand away from the chain. below are two photos first is the the stand with the stock location of the pad (mine is missing I don't need it) 2nd is the pad placed on the muffler of the Motad 2 into 1 that holds the stand from the right hand side.
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Hi. the exhaust isn't a problem once fixed. the OP has to decide what system he wants. he is missing the left can that is why the stand rubs the chain. because aftermarket exhausts (that are designed for the EX) have a system that holds the stand away from the chain. below are two photos first is the the stand with the stock location of the pad (mine is missing I don't need it) 2nd is the pad placed on the muffler of the Motad 2 into 1 that holds the stand from the right hand side. View attachment 51674 View attachment 51675
In reference to the exhaust I went with a Full system 2-2 with mini 8” Carbon fiber round mufflers that made by Delkevic. So the stand so be able to rest on that. But I think I’m just take the whole off I don’t use it to be honest.
thanks for the pictures helped out.
 

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hi. glad it was of assistance. to be honest I would leave it on. there are a few reasons for this In my view.
1st if you have no centre stand you cannot work effectively on the bike as the side side is easy to knocked and the bike then falls over. to do work you would then have to buy a paddock stand at more cost to keep it upright while working on it. 2nd the side stand is almost useless on un level ground or if you park it and put the stand down in soft spot.
3rd the bike is slightly top heavy when full of fuel being new you may not understand this but there will occasions in the future when you think dam it why did I take the stable centre stand off.
 

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hi. glad it was of assistance. to be honest I would leave it on. there are a few reasons for this In my view.
1st if you have no centre stand you cannot work effectively on the bike as the side side is easy to knocked and the bike then falls over. to do work you would then have to buy a paddock stand at more cost to keep it upright while working on it. 2nd the side stand is almost useless on un level ground or if you park it and put the stand down in soft spot.
3rd the bike is slightly top heavy when full of fuel being new you may not understand this but there will occasions in the future when you think dam it why did I take the stable centre stand off.
I think I might have to replace or check it out further I see your point and but idk if its just me but I struggle to get it on last time i managed because my friend pulled from the tail and helped me out but i can not do it alone.
 

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I'm not sure what trouble you had. You'll have to rock it back to get it up on the center stand.

Also note if you get fogbones you may raise the rear up enough so the center stand won't keep the wheel off the ground.
 
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