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Jim's 1980 SG Restoration. And Yeah.... A Few Mods.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jim, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Sad day Jim - there’s a bit of that going around these days.

    Glad to hear the bike is working well though.

    Pete
     
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  2. 2XSive

    2XSive XSively N. Michigan XS650.com Supporter

    Jim, I had the exact same issue. Turns out it was just the reg/rec connection. Was thinking my reg/rec must be on the fritz, but it tested out good. While I had carefully cleaned all electrical connectors, it appears I was overly generous with the dialectic grease. Cleaned the grease out of the connection, sprayed it down with electric contact cleaner, and good ever since. Lesson learned on dialectic grease.
     
  3. Scripto VU

    Scripto VU Dukes Speed and Custom

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    I just lost my little dog after 18 years, the only pet my family ever had. ( A small "palace guard dog" 20 # Lhasa Apso)

    It's kinda funny but pets like "Scout" and my dog "Jack" DO have souls meaning they share love, loyalty, and gratitude. In many instances our pet dogs are better off than a lot of our human friends.

    Time for a nice bike ride !
     
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  4. 2XSive

    2XSive XSively N. Michigan XS650.com Supporter

    Sorry to hear about your dog, Jim. Lost way too many companions myself. For weeks following the loss you are always looking for their shadow right behind you as you go about your daily routine around the home. Creates a real void in your home and heart. Current one inherited from my daughter is a 13 year old maltese poodle mix. Multe-poo (sp?) for short. She's not expected to be with us much longer. The way I look at it....it is the cost of years of love and companionship, and you know they had a great life. I heard a saying once that stuck with me. If you want to learn how to love unconditionally, just watch your dog. I just hope I can be the type of human being my dog thinks I am. A lot of humans could take lessons from dogs.
     
  5. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

  6. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Have a great Friday Jim.
    We outlast our four legged friends.
    -R
     
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  7. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

  8. kshansen

    kshansen XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    So sorry to hear about "Scarface" not that long ago we had to have our Libby put to sleep after she broke an leg due to bone cancer. It sure is hard to deal with at times!
     
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  9. That stuff is a nightmare and not to be used on electrical connectors. That's my opinion and you can't change it. :twocents:

    Condolences on the loss of your friend, Jim.
     
  10. YesX650

    YesX650 XS650 Enthusiast

    It's tough to lose a best friend. Sorry for your loss, Jim.
     
  11. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider Top Contributor

    Condolence on your loss Jim.
     
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  12. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Looking at Scout's pic, I see similarities to a dog I grew up with, spots on white paws, border collie mix. Sure hits home. I feel your loss, Jim...
     
  13. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Jus' Piddlin'....
    Wore myself out cuttin' and stackin' wood today. Still... I'm on a challenge to get out in the garage every day and do something... even if it's nothing to speak of.
    Guess what? Simichrome metal polish does an awesome job shining plastic. Who knew.....

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  14. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Wow! Those came out nice! They look like they’ve been buffed.
     
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  15. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Amazing!

    Phone holder will be on the way tomorrow Jim.

    Pete
     
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  16. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Looks great Jim. Finding the black plastic surround for those front reflectors in good condition is like the search for the holy grail. I'll add in; buffing plastic can be done BUT you need to have the buff wheel slowed WAY down. The danger is the heat of a typical high speed wheel melts the buff into the plastic, part trashed. :mad: A spritzer bottle of water at hand helps keep temps down. For just a few plastic parts, chuck a wheel in your drill press at slow speed.
     
  17. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I will also just throw in here, that headlight restoration kits work amazingly well on plastic lenses. I used them on all of my dull and scratched lenses for my XS2, with great results.
     
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  18. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    I think finding un-cracked ones is like finding unobtanium. ;)
    I took the least bad pair I had and wrapped 'em in some very fine (1.4oz.) fiberglass cloth left over from my R/C airplane days.

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    Looks much better than the tabs just sticking out there. I'm not gonna worry about the rear reflectors because they'd just be hidden by the saddlebags I'll eventually mount back there.
     
  19. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Wow, that’s an impressive amount of work to save the original reflectors! Looks great!
    You know I’m pretty sure that’s the first photo you’ve posted with all the little bits in place on your bike.
    Man, that bike didn’t look that good when it was on the showroom floor!
     
  20. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

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