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Awesome thread! Thank you for all the TLC you've given to a GS. Looks great and I'm glad you didn't keep the F style headlight without the fairings (not one of my favorite looks but I understand other people like it that way.)
Good job keeping that GS on the road! It should have many miles of joy to give you after all that maintenance. The blue 2006 GS500F was my favorite color combo. Love that tank. Can I assume that the previous owner messed up the front plastics? 13 years after the last model year, its getting pretty rare to see a GS500F that still has fairings that haven't been scratched/cracked from a drop or crash.

I didn't see a valve clearance check on your list. With the bike new to you at over 18,000 miles you definitely want to know where the valve clearances are at. Always good to check the valves before balancing the carbs on a bike that's new to you.

If you decide you like the bike and milk crate enough, there are a few good rear rack options to get that crate off your rear seat and straps off those plastics. Hepco & Becker, Renntec, SW-Motech, Ventura.
After not having a bike for many years, I bought a 2006 GS500F in March. It had been sitting for about a year. It was in rough cosmetic shape and OK mechanical shape.

I immediately started taking it apart and going through it. The bike wasn't in good enough shape for me to be comfortable riding it.

After a month or so of working on it, I happily put it back on the road. It's been fantastic having a bike again! I'm really happy with how the GS500F performs. I can see why it's such a widely recommended bike!

I'm looking forward to doing some tours around the Seattle area this summer :)

If anyone is curious, here's a list of most of what I did to it:
Add basket, tool kit, tire pump
Add windshield
Change mirrors
Reinstall tank and fuel lines
Install license plate
Balance carbs
Oil & filter rr (2022/04/18, 18,1xxmi Rotella conventional 15w-40 and k&n filter)
Top petcock: rr gasket, add fuel filter
Grips rr
Tail light bulbs rr
Rear wheel: torque brake caliper, torque axle nut, tension chain, rr cotter pin (redid chain tension)
Vacuum hoses rr
Airbox insulators rr
Reattach rear fairing 
Carb parts: rr bowl gaskets, drain screws, bowl screws, all insulator screws
Bleed brakes, f&r DOT4
Headlamp - l beam out - fixed
Chain and front sprocket: rr (JT x ring chain & sprocket)
Register with WA
Charge battery. Put on battery tender
Headlight rr + bolts (10mm x 1.25).
Turn signals rr
Clean bike
Tail lamp running light out - fixed Wiring harness was routed so it was cut by the forks. RR wiring. Works now. Fixed Headlamp issue as well.
Carb parts: main jet o-rings replaced with Storehouse 4.8mm x1.9mm o-rings
Fork oil rr - done. Filled with 20wt oil to ~110mm.
Cleaned carb bowls and jets
Spark plugs rr. Stock replacements
Cleaned front sprocket area, cover, and sprocket, Forks, R sprocket and carrier, R wheel, F wheel, shifter, chain
R wheel bearings, sprocket bearing rr - All Balls units
Tires & valve stems rr - done, Kenda k671 f&r.
Top petcock: repair nipple
Front wheel: rr cotter pin
Brake lever rr
Front wheel: installed brake rotor, put on bike
Dash lights: hi beam and turn signal rr
Add rubber isolaters around fork legs for headlamp brackets
Hahaha.. Yeah man, I'm not sure, but it was the negative from the relay missing.. it doesn't make sense to me either, I must be mistaken about when it started and when I found the negative not connected. Either way, when it did start it wouldn't stay on without the jumper battery pack connected, so that seems like symptoms of the stator to me.

This issue has been such a headache I'm replacing the starter and the stator. I might test both and comment what was broken incase somebody else makes the same mistake.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Valve Clearance...
« Last post by HPP8140 on May 09, 2022, 05:30:16 PM »
General GS500 Discussion / Re: 2009 gs500f driving issues
« Last post by Aaren S. on May 09, 2022, 11:22:54 AM »
I sadly just got the part in. How would one go about installing the screw? I'm sure it is like most (put slack in cable and replace) but I'm not super familiar with the bike is there any guides on this?
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Valve Clearance...
« Last post by Bluesmudge on May 09, 2022, 10:55:42 AM »
Looks perfect to me. The only one that might concern me would be the .10 on your right intake but its close enough.

For the exhaust I run mine anywhere from .05 - .15 on the exhaust but I aim for .08
For intake I aim for the Suzuki spec .03 - .08 but would accept .09 or .10 if that's what worked out with the shims I had on hand.

As The Buddha says, run it for awhile (like 2,000 to 4,000 miles) and then check again so you know the direction and speed of change on your bike's valve clearances. Once you know that you can generally go 8,000 miles between valve checks and you can predict which shims you will need to order ahead of time.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Valve Clearance...
« Last post by The Buddha on May 09, 2022, 04:34:59 AM »
Yea 2000 miles is about perfect, see if it increases, then you can do 1 thicker all around. And you also see the pattern of wear for your bike. Also learn to hear it and know what's happening by tying it to that data point.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Valve Clearance...
« Last post by lenwe on May 09, 2022, 02:30:03 AM »
Okay so you do not think it will hurt to drive 2000km more and then check again ? :)
Slow down a sec there tiger. Plugs are white at what throttle position ? Remember 5 seconds of steady state in that throttle position will color the plug.
If I were you, and jets were the same cost as they are in the US, I'd buy every size there is from where you are to what is 10X and maybe even 12x. Going to the dealer to get them costs more than the jets sometimes. So buy 20 and you will spend only 1/4th that on gas.

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