The 1989-2002 Suzuki GS500 DIY repair manual by Clymer, covers all GS500E 2-cylinder models.
Book Excerpt: 1989-2002 Suzuki GS500 Twin Repair Manual
LUBRICATION, MAINTENANCE AND TUNE-UP
REAR SUSPENSION CHECK
- Place the bike on level ground on its center stand.
- Have an assistant sit forward on the seat to keep the rear wheel off the ground.
- Push hard on the rear wheel (sideways) to check for side play in the rear swing arm bearings.
- Remove the frame right-hand trim cap (Figure 91) and make sure the swing arm pivot bolt and nut are tight.
- Make sure the shock absorber upper (Figure 92) and lower (A, Figure 93) bolts and nuts are tight.
- Make sure the shock absorber lever assembly bolts and nuts are tight.
- Make sure the rear axle nut is tight (Figure 94). On models so equipped, make sure the cotter pin is in place.
There are 2 different handlebar configurations used on these models, and they are covered in separate procedures. The 1989 model is equipped with a separate "clip-on" type short handlebar on each side that can be removed separately.
From 1990-on, the handlebar is a single continuous bar that is removed as an assembly.
Refer to Figure 49 for this procedure.
- Remove the fuel tank as described in Chapter Eight.
- Unscrew and remove the rear view mirrors from the handlebar holder plate.
- Remove the plastic strap on each side securing the handlebar switch electrical cables to the handlebar.
- Disconnect the front brake light switch electrical connector from the switch.
Subject: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Suzuki GS500 Twins service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 0892878339 | ISBN-13: 9780892878338 | Clymer M484-3