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Mailman’s XS2 a full on restoration

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Mailman, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

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  2. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    I don't mind standard cable ties where you don't see them but on the handlebars, I prefer the original removable plastic straps .....

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    They were black on the later models but may have been white on yours.
     
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  3. Jim

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

    Looking good there.... sparky. ;)
     
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  4. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Some small details.......

    The early bikes didn’t have much of a system for mounting mirrors. Most advertising doesn’t show mirrors and to the best of my knowledge they came with one long stem clamp on mirror on the left side.

    Well, my new right side master cylinder / brake lever , has a 10mm right hand threaded hole built in to accept a mirror, and I also wanted a matching mirror on the left side, so I bought these on eBay.
    They are small and discreet and inexpensive, and now that I have two right hand threaded 10mm mounting holes, I’m not limited to Yamaha mirrors. I bought a set of round chrome early Honda mirrors with 10” stalks, which I will install later.
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    WHO YOU CALLIN A DIPSTICK?!

    Now seemed like a good time to address setting the correct level on my XS2 dipstick. As per this service bulletin.
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    I removed the dipstick from my ‘77 650 for comparison and laid them side by side on my bench. They are exactly the same length , but clearly marked differently. The XS2 was marked to hold more oil.
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    Here’s some detail shots of the difference.
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    Here I’ve scribed a new oil level line on my XS2 dipstick.
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    While I had them both on the bench it was a good time to freshen up the no good gaskets that each of them had.
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    There! Much better!
    Alright, I had a good productive day. I’ll have to hang on to these good feelings for a few days. I’ve got a couple doctor appointments in the first part of the week.

    “Now turn your head and bark! “
    2AF6A61D-A1FE-4819-A9F9-8BFC2A725C42.jpeg Until next time,
    Bob
     
  5. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    That looks like a later model fork lock. Early ones were a smaller diameter .....

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  6. MrBultaco

    MrBultaco it ran before being parked Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

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    I hope you get some sleep tonight...tomorrow I bet you will hook up a battery to see if everything works.:cheers:
     
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  7. GLJ

    GLJ If you can't laugh at youself you shouldn't laugh Top Contributor

    Looking good.:cheers:
    Another week or so it may be running.:rock:
     
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  8. kshansen

    kshansen XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    Wish I still had the key for the lock on my 1972 I'd ship it for cost of shipping to Mailman. Then again I probably spent over $20.00 in labor time trying to pick the lock on the frame with out any luck.

    Probably should just bite the bullet and take the cut-off wheel to the frame then I could chuck the piece in the lathe and machine away till it falls out. I'm just afraid if it did that the next day someone would post that they are in need of a bare frame for a 1972!
     
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  9. MaxPete

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

    Very nice Bob - really pretty!

    May I ask, where did you get the gaskets for the dipsticks?

    Pete
     
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  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Thanks for the comments guys, I have a battery that’s supposed to arrive tomorrow. I sure hope I ordered the right size! :umm: I ordered an AGM just going by dimensions. As I was saying I still have quite a bit to do. Just what I can remember right now off the top of my head,

    Install the coils and ignition
    Fill the crankcase with oil
    Set Cam chain tension
    Adjust valves
    Make spark plug wires
    Install front drive sprocket and drive chain
    Install clutch and speedometer cable and tach cable
    Intake manifolds, carbs, airboxes and throttle cables
    Crankcase vent tubes
    Fuel tank, petcocks, fuel line and filters
    Seat ( and add some extra bumpers I bought )
    Install new emblems on side covers and gas tank
    Install and adjust Decompression cable

    I’m sure there’s more I haven’t thought of. :shrug:
     
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  11. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Thanks Pete! I’m sure I ordered them from Mikes.
     
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  12. GLJ

    GLJ If you can't laugh at youself you shouldn't laugh Top Contributor

    New side cover emblems? Where did you get them? Pics.
     
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  13. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I ordered the chrome scallops from an eBay seller, now not available. Couldn’t find anymore on eBay.
    I bought the 650 emblems from Marble Motors when I had them do my paint. They still have everything.
    They’re VERY expensive , all new and they look great.
    I’ll try and get you some photos tomorrow. Meantime have a look here.

    http://marblesmotors.com/product-category/badges/page/5/
     
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  14. GLJ

    GLJ If you can't laugh at youself you shouldn't laugh Top Contributor

    WOW they do look nice.
    Don't you ever park that bike on my block . :rolleyes:
     
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  15. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Haha! I keep trying to convince my wife , that it would look really nice in the living room. :D
     
  16. GLJ

    GLJ If you can't laugh at youself you shouldn't laugh Top Contributor

    I think you are right. You don't want to get a bunch of desert sand and grit on that thing.
     
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  17. MaxPete

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

    I’m sure you’ll want to add an exhaust.....
     
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  18. Moabite

    Moabite XS650 Enthusiast Top Contributor

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    IMG_20190210_205129.jpg ...if single you could have bike on side of bed next to you... IMG_20190210_205204.jpg
    ...my ex told me that...
    ...your bike seems to be your love, I just your hobby?
    ...I guess I answer question wrong ...to her...
    ...and now sleep with bike in bedroom in her honor...
     
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  19. Fullcircle

    Fullcircle XS650 Member

    I have the place in the basement livingroom picked out already. Wife knows she will lose this battle but keeps trying.
     
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