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2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:31:55 PM »
Hi all! New to the forum and the GS500

I found a partially disassembled 2008 gs500f on Craigslist today and a friend and I are going to pick it up to put back together. How does $400 sound? If everything is in decent condition I think we can make our money back in parts if it doesn't work out.

Pics when it is had!

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 03:28:02 PM »
Sounds great.  Maybe $350? :dunno_black: :icon_razz:

If you get it, need pics!
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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2018, 03:29:29 PM »
$400 is something you almost assuredly can make back in parts, so I say go for it. If the reassembly doesn't go well, part it out!

Also yeah, post pics when you get it and post progress updates, people love a good project thread lol.

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2018, 09:50:52 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

+1 for pics!! And to go for it!

I'll be following this one for sure :cheers:
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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2018, 11:18:11 PM »
Sounds like it could be a good deal either way.  GL with the purchase.

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 02:57:29 PM »
Hey guys, sorry for the delay.

We DID get the bike! It looks like it's in great condition. We're excited to get it back up to it's former glory.

I took pics, but the format isn't right for posting on this site, apparently. As soon as I can I'll get some up.

Also, I hate how this site makes you verify for each post. Any way to get around it?)

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2018, 04:05:33 PM »
It'll stop captch'ing after you post a few more times.

I host at imgbb and post pictures that way.  There are some other sites out there too.  Don't use fb.  The pictures stop showing up after a few days.  A-holes >:(

Can't wait to see your acquisition! :bstar: :bstar:
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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2018, 04:29:28 PM »





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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2018, 04:35:13 PM »
I tried.
It's not showing up for me.

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2018, 05:18:24 PM »






You didn't use the address for the actual images, you used the address for the webpage the images were on. I've posted them here for everyone to see:









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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2018, 07:11:58 PM »
"Its something you take apart in 2-3 days and takes 10 years to go back together."
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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2018, 11:31:27 PM »
hey guys! I'm c3powill's friend! Can't wait to get the rest of this bike together, it's my first bike ever, so the prospect of building it "back from the ashes" and riding it out has me really pumped! Happy to be part of the team.

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2018, 01:28:11 AM »
Wow, looks really clean.
Any idea why it was taken apart in the first place?
If something goes wrong you will have no problem getting $400 out of that bike. Especially if the frame is titled and the tank is in good condition.

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2018, 01:24:44 PM »
Yes, the frame is titled and tank looks to be in really great condition as well.

Apparently, it was taken apart in order to do a 10,000 mile service, which puzzled me because this seems unnecessary. It become known that the bike was purchased by a young man going to school for mechanics. His father recently passed away, and he is now moving away soon and didn't want to, or didn't have time to, rebuild the bike.

I think he must have been eager to get into the disassebly, being a new mechanic, and once his father passed away he lost interest in completing it. The man who put the bike up for sale was just a family friend, although we did meet the son while we were there.

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2018, 02:04:16 PM »
Sweet, can't wait to see more progress. :woohoo:
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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2018, 03:12:09 PM »
So our first question is:

How do we know if the camshafts are aligned properly?

It looks like the markings on the right side intake cam are not present, but they are on the left side. It looks like the PO may have removed them for one reason or another. We're not really sure how far he got with disassembly.

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2018, 05:52:14 PM »
Also, is there anything attached to the carburetors we can get rid of? It looks like there is a lot of unnecessary crap.

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2018, 06:30:20 PM »
Also, is there anything attached to the carburetors we can get rid of? It looks like there is a lot of unnecessary crap.

If the bike is a California spec one, you can basically remove the entire secondary air injection system and just cap the ports and it'll still work. Lots of people here have done it.

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2018, 09:48:08 PM »
UPDATE:
Today we had our first big day to look over everything and determine what we need. The carbs are in great condition and found out that the pairing system was what we we're looking at earlier and found out there is a way to safely remove it, if we decide to do so.
Unfortunately there isn't much more for us to do until the cylinder head gasket and the other base gasket come in, which won't be until the end of the month... Also we were having some trouble finding where everything goes on the wiring harness, or whether or not we have everything we need. If anyone has any wiring expertise it would be greatly appreciated, or if you know where to get a full set pretty cheap. That would work too if we need to. Thanks for keeping up! We'll post more updates and pics as they come!!

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Re: 2008 gs500f - up from the ashes!
« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2018, 02:07:27 AM »
In another thread it was suggested that you start wiring from the rear and go forward.  Might help with the harness you have, but I don't have any experience with it myself.  Someone who does can confirm this. 

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