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Re: Xv500 tips & tricks anyone???

PostAuthor: rchawaii » Fri May 15, 2020 9:13 am

Thankfully, replacements are still available. They just are not inexpensive. 150 bucks, a little less in some places.

Yes, it would involved removing YICS and PUMP, but I believe due to the level of the tank in relation to the carbs, it is problematic.

If you read the details about the reason for the vaccuum operated fuel pump in the XV500 there is a small note in one of the manuals, specifically explaining that the system is because it takes the pump to get the fuel from the rear of the tank to the carbs. I cant find that note right now, but I recently came across it while looking at where someone kept suggesting just going to a pingle setup for a petcock.

Its easy to recommend something, making it work is another thing.

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Re: Xv500 tips & tricks anyone???

PostAuthor: Jake » Fri May 15, 2020 9:15 am

Jake wrote:
No need to tap an adapter plate, the XS650 petcock bolt spacing is 50mm, the same as the 500.



Do not confuse XS650 with XVS650, they are totally different petcocks.
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Re: Xv500 tips & tricks anyone???

PostAuthor: rchawaii » Fri May 15, 2020 9:18 am

The ad Im looking at says the mounting for that petcock is 42mm hole to hole.
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Re: Xv500 tips & tricks anyone???

PostAuthor: Jake » Fri May 15, 2020 9:28 am

rchawaii wrote:
I keep hearing someone say just go to a single petcock, on off style, with an adapter plate on the xv500.

I have yet to see the details on one of those alleged setups.

I mean yes, you can buy a plate, and tap it and mount a "normal" petcock. But the delivery system is the issue for the xv500.



I thought I saw this before, I looked it up again for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxRKUT2nGe4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHcW-ayFAyg
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Re: Xv500 tips & tricks anyone???

PostAuthor: rchawaii » Fri May 15, 2020 9:30 am

Thanks Jake. The guy suggesting this change also showed me these videos, and Ive seen them before.

But, I have yet to see it actually working. ;)
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PostAuthor: jonno51 » Sat May 16, 2020 4:15 am

Shane058 wrote:I'm a new be to the viragos but inherited my dads old xv500. It sat for 22years n a barn but still in really good shape!!! From all the looking I've done it seems like the xv500 is different in alot of ways from the rest of the virago family. The 500 seems to b hard to find out a hole lot about. Does anyone have any carb running tips or other advice that is specific to the xv500??? I'm all ears at this point


With parts availability/cost in mind, unless it's of real sentimental value, if it's in good nick I suggest you sell it and get a decent 535 instead.

Spare parts will become an increasing problem as our bikes get older. For example the cam chain guides (I call them blades) on the 1100s are now listed as no longer available. I'm keeping my eyes open for any NOS on eBay.
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Re: Xv500 tips & tricks anyone???

PostAuthor: rchawaii » Sat May 16, 2020 8:14 am

On the other hand, I’ve kept mine just because of that reason. The XV 500s are a diamond in the rough. If we suggested to everyone who picked on up to ditch it this area wouldn’t exist . :)
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Re: Xv500 tips & tricks anyone???

PostAuthor: jonno51 » Sat May 16, 2020 9:19 am

rchawaii wrote:On the other hand, I’ve kept mine just because of that reason. The XV 500s are a diamond in the rough. If we suggested to everyone who picked on up to ditch it this area wouldn’t exist . :)


I'm holding my hands up here to the charge of typing without engaging brain. I got the 500 confused with the 400, I now know it's a totally different bike to the 400/535 and well worth persevering with.

The caveat regarding parts still applies though. I've just found out you cant buy new camshafts for the 1100 either, and judging by the prices asked for used ones the vendors know that too.

I think its time to buy a parts bike.
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Re: Xv500 tips & tricks anyone???

PostAuthor: rchawaii » Sat May 16, 2020 10:01 am

I agree. If I could find a 500 parts bike I would definitely buy it locally.
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