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dirty rat

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by riv, Oct 1, 2019.

  1. got this about 20 years ago . its been stuck in the back of my shed since covered in crap. got it out a couple of months ago and it started third kick that was enough to make me have a go at finishing it . so far ive put on a digital ignition system from electrex world and a 1 into 2 manifold from greensand foundry and an amal 930 carb . this is my first project and im no mechanic but willing to learn . sorry about any spelling or grammar not my strongest point . will look forward to help and advice from this forum . o and im new at 51 years old im not new much these days ha, hi to all cheers riv

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  2. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Welcome to the Forum, Riv.
    Must have been exciting to have your bike start on the third kick.
    You'll find plenty of interest and assistance here.
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  3. rat getting closer carb I think is sorted engine sounds a lot better . need a ride to get any better .
    did oil and filter clean and o my god hole in sump filter . did the jb weld trick I found on this forum now its sound thanks boys .
    fitted a headlight not sure if I like it or not but it works for now . check out the skull indicators I put on, got to av some corny lol .
    I couldn't stop giggling while I fitted em and laughed out load when they flashed , will prob get some better fittings but just want to get it to a riding project . working on brakes now but every job I do is a bitch always the hard way all nuts chewed and seized one jjob leads to another . waiting for new bleed nipple now should come tomorrow . its hard but I think im falling in love with the old rat

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  4. Eotnak

    Eotnak XS650 Enthusiast XS650.com Supporter

    Nice, sounds like you're having fun now...how about some pics of those skulls lit up?
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  5. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    Those indicators are just in time for Halloween! :eek: And, welcome to the party, Riv! Way to make an entrance! Keep us posted (and more pictures...we're nosy! :wink2: ). Best wishes and regards! :cheers:
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  6. Raymondo

    Raymondo XS650 owner, fettler, setting out on a journey Top Contributor

    Started 3rd kick after twenty years? That bike wants to run. Keep us posted, cheers, Raymond
  7. any one know what this rear calliper is off think it may be kawasaki

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  8. rear brake is dead can any one tell me what I need to know to fit another cant identify the original . thought just fit another are there universal ones . on back of brake is n4 11/16
  9. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi riv and welcome,
    3rd kick after 20 years in the back of your shed? That bike is a keeper.
    What I tell any resurrectionist:- "first, fix the brakes"
    Your post #8 sez the bike's rear brake is dead. Was it working on your recent ride? Is it seized up solid or what?
    Take the complete caliper, reservoir and all, off the bike and tear it down to it's component parts.
    Clean it's innards "until they shine like a shithouse door on a frosty morning" Check it's seals are OK.
    Remove the seal rings and clean the seal ring grooves.
    No matter who made the caliper they all work the same so any bike book will tell you how to re-assemble.
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  10. its broken cases around bleed nipple pretty bad . think I may have been a bit heavy handed freeing piston
  11. billy icon

    billy icon XS650 Enthusiast

    hey Riv, when I have an oddball part and I want to replace it , I go on ebay, and go to a certain section, Like "brake calipers" and just scroll page after page until I find a match, sometimes its not easy to figure out how to get to a certain serch criteria so I do it like this
    go to ebay motors and search for a "motorcycle brake caliper" literaly type that into the search, then pick one and look at it and it will say at the top of the listing where you are in the ebay world it will be long like "motorcycle part/ brakes and components/ mastercylenders and parts/ brake calipers" after each slash mark you can then choose to only look in that category by clicking on it, like click on "brake calipers" now it will send you to that category, then on the left side of the screen it will say new , used and such click used that way it will remove all the thousands of Chinese and sucj items and now its atleast down to a decent amount of calipers, sounds like a lot of looking but it works for me when its something I have no idea what is, maybe it will work for you
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  12. yea man been doing that , looked at loads . got a friend bringing a gs 1000 calliper hopefully I can make that fit but thanks for the advice
  13. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi riv,
    non-damaging but messy way to remove brake pistons:-
    Remove bleed nipple, replace it with a grease nipple and pressurise the piston out with a grease gun.
    Even an el-cheapo side lever grease gun puts out 1,000+ psi.
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  14. nearly ready to ride . got a friend to make rear seat , fixed handle bars from slipping mounted rear lights fixed side stand and fitted new rear brake . pity weather pants rode it up and down street feels good . chomping at the bit to take her out and test then I will prob find much more to do . as long as I can ride it will give me much more enthusiasm to do more on project. all for now will keep posted would not have got this far with out the knowledge on this forum thanks folks

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