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PostAuthor: Daniel J » Sat May 30, 2020 3:46 pm

Hi!

I'm very new to these forums. I semi-recently acquired an 83 Virago 500 that sat in a garage for the last 30 years and that was never properly stored. I've had it for a couple years but just have not had the means to work on it. I recently bit the bullet and started getting the parts and fluids to get it going again (new petcock included). The bike itself is in pretty good shape but as you can imagine the fuel sitting in the carbs for so long had an impact.

I've gone through the carbs and the rubber caps that sit under the main jet (and what looks like forcing fuel to go into the main jet) disintegrated. Would anybody be able to point me in a direction for carb rebuild kits for some of these seemingly more niche gaskets and caps? I believe I did the basic bowl gaskets, needle valves, and floats when I first got the bike. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Reason: Split from XV 500 People- check in?

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Re: Any help would be greatly appreciated!

PostAuthor: Jake » Sat May 30, 2020 4:17 pm

1st

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Please add your location to your profile so no one has to ask in the future. With members all over the globe, some info is geographically specific.

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2nd

I spilt your post from the original thread because you asked some questions in a thread that clearly stated it was a “show and tell” thread, not for asking questions:

rchawaii wrote:Mod edit:

This is a show and tell thread. Please do as the OP asks and please do not ask questions about problems you are having. If you have an issue you need help with, start a new thread.




That was so I would not have to do this sort of thing. You are forgiven for this since it’s your first post.

Now, someone will be along to help you shortly.
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Re: Any help would be greatly appreciated!

PostAuthor: rchawaii » Sat May 30, 2020 5:35 pm

Hi and Welcome.

The XV 500 is the most unique Virago you can get.

So congrats on that!

As far as the pieces you’re referring to you should go to partzilla.com and search for the bits you need first. They will be broken down there by part sections, so look under carb.

If you try that and don’t find them, check back in here.

I can’t access them at the moment. But if part I’ll doesn’t have them we will have to look for another solution.

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Re: Any help would be greatly appreciated!

PostAuthor: mark75 » Sat May 30, 2020 5:59 pm

Howdy Daniel.

Welcome to VTF.

the xv500 is kind of a 'rare-bird' in the USA. it was only available here for (IIRC) one year. later morphed into the 535.

although some OEM parts are still available (shared off-the-shelf with other models no-doubt) >>> https://www.mrcycles.com/oemparts/a/yam ... carburetor

if the your 500 is like the other XVs, it likes totally clean-as-brand-new carbs (esp. the old Hitachi carbs)

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Re: Any help would be greatly appreciated!

PostAuthor: baxterj787 » Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:47 pm

I do not know of any carb kits off the shelf for the 500 (or 535). I know those plugs in the carb; one each pilot and main jet plugs (per carb). They are still available from OEM Yamaha.

I had to replace those plugs (all four), both pilot jets, main jet nozzle o-rings, jet block gaskets (paper, look like a skeleton key hole for lack of a better description), decel enrichment valves (aka transient enrichment valves), CV diaphragms, fuel mixture screw o-rings, petcock and all vac lines / fuel lines, all individually through OEM Yamaha. Check that; the lines were sourced from AutoZone.

It runs well now; 55 mpg is normal, easy start and smooth idle.
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Re: Any help would be greatly appreciated!

PostAuthor: Daniel J » Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:57 pm

Hi all,

Thanks for all the responses! I actually forgot to check back here for a little bit. I ended up using BabbitsOnline for the part numbers and ordered the rubber caps and new fuel cock from Yamaha directly (cheaper than I would be able to order anything into Canada from a 3rd party). I'm at a bit of a loss at this point. Every day I start it runs totally differently. One day the front cylinder won't run, the next both will work great, the next only the rear will run. Im thinking I might just need to give it a good long soak in a cleaner. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Ill try and keep some progress updates to help out any others who are going through the same thing.

Daniel

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