Originally Posted by Ross1969
The bracket is the wrong one for your bike. I checked the brackets on my bikes, they are the same as your workshop manual photo, which has a raised centre and a hole in the middle. Bolted at 3 points.
I looked at the brackets on my xl500s which uses the same moter and the brackets look like the ones in your manual without the hole in the center. Also the brackets are not the same from side to side i.e. the left and right are not only dfferent they are not mirror images of each other, there is a bit of an offset on one side.
Someone refered to this bracket as a "head steading bracket" which is not what it is. The engine is an integral part of the frame and with only two of the three bolts in this bracket your frame will have more flex in it and potentially a week point where it could bend.
Also I was wondering where you got the PDF manual, Ive been eye ballin an estart swap from a ft500 into my xl500 and would like to see some dirty pictures.