Welcome to the neighborhood KC Looks llke you got the full forum monte already, though we usually try to keep it a bit higher class than those forums. Hey we need to see some pics of your ride as it is! On many projects, a regret is not having a before pic for reference and shooting up a roll of film for "how did that go" is always useful. Summers near over, I'm in the get r running n ride it a bit now camp. You'll have plenty of garage weather soon enough. For sure get some testing done if you aren't going to do a full engine rebuild. If you're runnning stock carbs there will be some trouble shooting to do, and once you make changes you'll be changing jetting to compensate. Much easier if you have a base line of working parts. If you accidentally cross the border one fine afternoon I'll fill your ears with XS650 101 lore that just might make your project go easier. Warning; once I get going I won't shut up for about 2 straight hours, your ears might fall off. Bonus Devils Lake is right outside my door, perfect for a fall ride bike or car.