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1980 XS650 Brat/ Bobber/ Chopper/ Who Knows? Build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by B_Crabaugh, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. B_Crabaugh

    B_Crabaugh XS650 Addict

    That’s what I was thinking. Would also double as a fender support. Seat is gonna be tops!!!
  2. B_Crabaugh

    B_Crabaugh XS650 Addict

    Update! Tank is painted, clear coated, and bunged up! Fuel line and filter in! Front brake painted (needs a respray), new piston and re-used seals that I soaked in brake fluid for a few days. Installed the cheap-o eBay line and bled it. Everything works and no leaks yet. Line is obviously waaaaaay too long. New one is on the way.


    Went through quite a few phases before landing on this paint job. Was getting way to complicated so I just went with something wacky old-school bold and bright.

    I am going to add thin gold pinstripes on each line for a little pop.
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  3. B_Crabaugh

    B_Crabaugh XS650 Addict

    It lives and breathes! Open pipes until I sort the mufflers out. Using UNI angled pods so they will interfere less with the soon to be made battery box. Gotta say, I LOVE not having to time this thing. Two thumbs up for the TCI so far.

    Feels pretty dang good to hear that for the first time.
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  4. B_Crabaugh

    B_Crabaugh XS650 Addict

    So we got ourselves our first oil leak. I’ll pull the filter housing and see what’s up, then add copper washers to the bolts I suppose.

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  5. B_Crabaugh

    B_Crabaugh XS650 Addict

    Tried these pipes out. I think they are Harley slip ons? Sounds great but a bit too loud. Thinking of using stock sportster mufflers.

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  6. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Noticed some “Bubs Mufflers” on EBay today. I did modify a pair of Bubs a few years back to fit a 78 Standard. They are very thick and durable , good looking, and they have a tone you might go for. AND the right inlet diameter..
  7. B_Crabaugh

    B_Crabaugh XS650 Addict

    Oooooh. Which ones in particular? Got a link?

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