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  • #16
    Partshark.com generally has lower prices on OEM parts that Partzilla. They also ship much faster. UPS shipping is optional if you don’t care to wait. I’ve given them all the business I used to give to Partzilla.
    Marty (in Mississippi)
    XS1100SG
    XS650SK

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    • #17
      Originally posted by 2manybikes View Post
      Since I havent seen any Harley parts yet, ....SNIP.... Tread lightly though, the Parts Police are keeping an eye on you!
      LOL~ LOL ~ LOL

      Well there isn't much opportunity on this ole' girl for Harley parts. The Hardley muffs I'm kinda fond of using on my XS11's won't work here and that hugely expensive OEM exhaust fixed the loud problem.

      I really really want to make this a BETTER restoration than my SECA, FJ1200, and the FZR. The SECA is by far the most OEM original bike in my stable with the only real modification being: SS Brake Lines & Modern Fuses.

      Paint Color Woes:
      I'm still battling with the urge to re-paint in the OEM RED.

      The bike needs paint and decals.
      • The tank has a couple dings and some surface rust on the rear.
      • There are vertical stains on the front sides of the tank I assume are from brake fluid.
      • The replaced LEFT side cover is not in OEM black and has no decal
      • The RIGHT side cover needs a re-paint due to scratches and missing paint and the decal is crap.
      • The tail fin needs is in crap shape too.
      However, a wise friend once stated that "Paint is only OEM once". That said I don't think his paint was this bad.....

      The urge to make this one look like my original "First REAL Bike" is a strong one, but I already have two red bikes (FJ12 & FZR) and not a single black one in the stable. Either OEM 1978 SR500 paint color is going to be nearly impossible for me to duplicate (need to discuss with the PPG store). The black has that faint "Red Flake" in it, the red seems to have a faint "Gold Flake" in it. Either one of those is going to be a major undertaking to get them CLOSE to correct. Also my personal skills are "Adequate" AT BEST, most REAL professionals will tell ya that black is the hardest to do well..... Personally, I've never painted black on anything that really mattered.

      Still debating......

      Thoughts? OEM Red or OEM Black?

      Kurt.

      P.S.. I thought of strapping a HD muffler or a sportster seat on it just to mess with you.... Not today LOL



      Tank Rear Missing Paint from seat rubbing.

      Tail Fin Scratches & Gouges probably from tie-downs on the luggage rack.

      Right Side Cover Damage from the seat rubbing on it.

      Left Side Cover - Wrong color and it looks like the PO touched it while it was still wet.


      I tried to polish the heck out of the tank (that's what all the white dots are all over the bike from my high-speed buffer and cutting compound). But in the sunlight, all the stains and drips on the front from the brake fluid are clearly visible...





      Kurt Boehringer
      Peachtree City, Georgia

      1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
      1978 - SR500 - Thumper
      1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
      1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
      1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
      1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
      1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
      1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
      1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
      1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
      1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
      2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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      • #18
        The rest of this project is so nice, you already know you have to paint it.

        Your mind will subconsciously tell you what color you want to paint it.

        That's how I decide such things if there are no logical reasons.

        -Mike
        _________
        '79 XS1100SF 20k miles
        '80 XS1100SG 42k miles
        '81 XS1100H Venturer 35k miles
        '79 XS750SF 20k miles
        '85 Honda V65 Magna ~7k miles
        '84 Honda V65 Magna 48k miles (parts bike)
        '86 Yamaha VMAX 7k miles

        Previous: '68 Motoguzzi 600cc + '79 XS750SF 22k miles +'84 Honda V65

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Radioguylogs View Post
          Your mind will subconsciously tell you what color you want to paint it.
          I'm going with RED



          I purchased a RED side cover on Evil-Bay. I didn't really need another but I needed something to take to the PPG Paint Store they could match to. Once mounted.... The memory of my original from 40 years ago told me "This thing is going to be red!"


          Next problem..... Finding DECALS for a ONE YEAR ONLY side cover decal.... UGH!!! Tank is the same in 79+ (?) but the side covers went to a different style a big SR printed over 500 at some point in '79.





          Kurt Boehringer
          Peachtree City, Georgia

          1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
          1978 - SR500 - Thumper
          1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
          1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
          1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
          1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
          1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
          1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
          1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
          1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
          1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
          2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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          • #20
            https://www.diablocycle.com/SR500-19...er-Decals.html

            Is this the decal you seek?
            1979 XS1100 Special
            1980 XS1100 Std parts bucket
            1987 ZL1000 Eliminator
            1976 XS750D Project in waiting

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            • #21
              Originally posted by 2WheelFun View Post
              HELL YA! THANK YOU!
              I will purchase the full kit they have since everything is getting a coat of red.
              https://www.diablocycle.com/SR500-19...Decal-Set.html



              Never heard of those guys.....Last weird set I needed (85 FJ1200) came all the way from HUNGARY and cost me a small fortune!.

              Kurt Boehringer
              Peachtree City, Georgia

              1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
              1978 - SR500 - Thumper
              1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
              1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
              1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
              1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
              1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
              1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
              1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
              1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
              1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
              2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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              • #22
                Glad I could finally help you out. That site has an amazing selection of restoration parts.
                1979 XS1100 Special
                1980 XS1100 Std parts bucket
                1987 ZL1000 Eliminator
                1976 XS750D Project in waiting

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                • #23
                  Rear rim is done: Cleaned, sanded & repainted, New Bearings, New Seals, New Bolt Locks/Retainers, New Tire (old tube), Properly Balanced, Polished (best possible), Rotor is marginal/questionable (looking for a replacement) READY 2 ROLL!

                  Rear Rim B&A






                  Kurt
                  Kurt Boehringer
                  Peachtree City, Georgia

                  1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
                  1978 - SR500 - Thumper
                  1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
                  1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
                  1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
                  1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
                  1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
                  1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
                  1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
                  1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
                  1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
                  2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by kboehringer View Post
                    Rear rim is done: Cleaned, sanded & repainted, New Bearings, New Seals, New Bolt Locks/Retainers, New Tire (old tube), Properly Balanced, Polished (best possible), Rotor is marginal/questionable (looking for a replacement) READY 2 ROLL!

                    Rear Rim B&A






                    Kurt
                    Awesome job. Looks great.
                    2 - 80 LGs bought one new
                    81 LH
                    02 FXSTB Nighttrain
                    Jim

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                    • #25
                      Looking awesome Kurt!
                      1980 XS1100 SG
                      1979 XS1100 F
                      1982 XJ 650
                      1983 XS 650

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                      • #26
                        Getting closer to Yamaha "STAR RED"!



                        Fixed the minor dings in the tank, gouges in the tail fin, wear ribbon in the top of the R cover. All-in-all only took about two tablespoons of filler for all the repairs (80% of that was sanded off).
                        Then, three HEAVY coats of PPG 2K High Build Primer with wet sanding between each.



                        HOPEFULLY, get some color on it in a week or so.

                        Kurt
                        Kurt Boehringer
                        Peachtree City, Georgia

                        1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
                        1978 - SR500 - Thumper
                        1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
                        1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
                        1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
                        1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
                        1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
                        1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
                        1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
                        1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
                        1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
                        2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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                        • #27
                          Color is on....Seems a little "Brighter" than the OEM sample I have but it's also not 43 year old paint... Close enough for my liking.




                          After a few days of drying, I'll likely sand and re-spray the tank as there are a few small defects. Only on the underside I have a couple fisheyes around the petcock area I didn't clean well enough. Then, it will dry for several weeks and get color sanded and buffed.


                          Unfortunately, I'm back to looking for decals again! The decals offered by Diablo Cycle are not correct for the Red version. They're actually not correct for either version as the gold letters are supposed to have a black border which few would notice (or possibly care about) on a black bike. Some of the guys on FaKeBook are suggesting a seller in Germany. Back on the hunt for the proper decals.

                          Kurt Boehringer
                          Peachtree City, Georgia

                          1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
                          1978 - SR500 - Thumper
                          1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
                          1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
                          1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
                          1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
                          1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
                          1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
                          1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
                          1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
                          1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
                          2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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                          • #28
                            Hi Kurt, Have you checked out The Vintage Spoke in Kansas? Looks like he produces some decals for the SR.

                            https://www.thevintagespoke.com/shop/SR500/Decals.htm

                            ---Bax
                            80 SG

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                            • #29
                              Looks great! A guy from another forum uses this place for custom reproduction decals. https://toddsgraphicstogo.com/

                              Maybe you can take the cover to a local shop that can cut the vynal based off an image taken from your side cover.
                              1979 XS1100 Special
                              1980 XS1100 Std parts bucket
                              1987 ZL1000 Eliminator
                              1976 XS750D Project in waiting

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Bax View Post
                                Hi Kurt, Have you checked out The Vintage Spoke in Kansas? Looks like he produces some decals for the SR.

                                https://www.thevintagespoke.com/shop/SR500/Decals.htm

                                ---Bax
                                Bax & 2Wheel Fun,
                                Thanks for the links but neither one of these retailers has the correct decals for the '78 model SR500. I've yet to find the seller in Germany others (FaKebook) recommended. I've got to keep looking......Otherwise, I may have to have them made custom.

                                I managed to get the "Sand & Buff" completed early see photos! (little kid couldn't wait). Seems this may be the best paint I've EVER done on ANY of my bikes, I guess after 10+ bikes I've finally figured out the process!

                                I'd hate to go through all of this and then put the wrong decals on it - UGH








                                Kurt Boehringer
                                Peachtree City, Georgia

                                1970 - CT70K0 - Mini-Trail
                                1978 - SR500 - Thumper
                                1979 - CT70H - Mini-Trail
                                1979 - XS1100SF - Pensacola
                                1980 - XS1100SG - The Ugly Duck
                                1980 - XS1100SG - Mayberry Duck
                                1981 - XS1100SH - DEAD Duck Cafe'
                                1981 - XJ550 Maxim - Nancy's Mini-Max
                                1982 - XJ650 SECA - Hurricane
                                1986 - FJ1200 - Georgia Big Red
                                1992 - FZR1000 - Genesis
                                2016 - FJR1300A - Montgomery

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