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Old 03-02-2013, 09:47 PM   #1288
Al Tuna
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Originally Posted by Rot Box View Post
This thread has remained dormant for far too long (Assuming this is the official XL500 thread.......)

Just picked up this 1981 XL500S (12,000 miles) from a co-worker for $150. The good is it starts right up without any stress, idles well without any strange noises and it doesn't seem to burn oil. The bad so far is a major oil leak coming from what looks like the head or valve cover, blown forks and shocks, blown wheel bearings amongst other things. Planning on a major tune up and a lot of cleaning/repairs should be a fun project tough.

Anyway please school me on the cam chain tensioners. From what I've read it is very important to keep it adjusted properly but I have no idea where to start or what to look for...

Nice project!
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