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Mailman’s XS2 a full on restoration

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

  1. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Hi Oddjob,
    My resolution to the brakes issues, is all new parts from top to bottom. New master cylinder, caliper, hoses, and inline oil pressure activated brake light switch. My brakes were a huge disappointment for me. I bought rebuild kits for the M/C and caliper and new pistons for the caliper, and the parts were too corroded to rebuild or new parts didn’t fit, so I scrapped it all and am going with new.
     
  2. cra-z1

    cra-z1 XS650 Junkie

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    What really bugs me is the reflector mounts will slowly rotate/wander about +/- 20°.I haven't seen anything to keep them perfectly straight.
    Just nit-pickin'...[/QUOTE]
    Yes my 72 reflectors do the same thing. Kinda like the bike walking backwards when on the center stand when you rev it.

    My Rd is a 73. Build date is 10-72.
    Bob ,yes it would have been a full resto, just like your doing.
     

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  3. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Yes my 72 reflectors do the same thing. Kinda like the bike walking backwards when on the center stand when you rev it.

    My Rd is a 73. Build date is 10-72.
    Bob ,yes it would have been a full resto, just like your doing.[/QUOTE]

    That RD looks exactly like the one I had! Good luck with it!
     
  4. cra-z1

    cra-z1 XS650 Junkie

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    I paid $700 for it several years ago. Probably could have gotten it for less but the guy had cancer and needed the cash. Its in very good overall condition.
     
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  5. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider Top Contributor

    Bob......Have you given any thought to putting an job application to Truly Nolen for their car restoration shop?....Maybe part time....
     
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  6. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Ha! Can’t say that I have. :laugh2: I rather enjoy being retired.
     
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  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    WELL THIS WAS FUN !!!

    Today I set up shop, broke out containers of clean hardware , sorted in bags by application, containers of clean brackets, my iPad full of reference photos, and went to town.
    The steering head is all assembled, the forks have been installed and still need fork oil in them.
    The rear swingarm is installed. I had spent a lot of time getting things right on that swingarm and it fits like a glove,
    I’m very happy with it, I even reused the unobtanium shim that I found when I took it apart.
    And I’ve got the shocks back on, I’ll try them out when I get this bike on the road, and maybe trade them for some Hagons later. Anyways here are the pics.
    7D8D3438-80EF-499E-B889-151533F706E8.jpeg 9EF8B55A-4A1C-4C0C-AA8F-5A25D0F4FF76.jpeg 9EECE8B8-B486-4010-B7F4-CA4DB7E9880C.jpeg 2AF710AC-E8AB-4B8C-BF7E-96D2546E85A4.jpeg BF94B640-5D0D-4A90-B989-26044B941F03.jpeg 50B35DAB-148F-499F-8CDE-A00CE9EE16F3.jpeg 6227CC80-E884-45B0-8812-94D1E203D829.jpeg 9DC6BBC7-6A57-4DB7-8B0D-3C35AF72EE21.jpeg

    It’s starting to look like a motorcycle again! It sure is nice just reaching for clean, rebuilt , ready to go parts.
    I do still have a few things that haven’t even been cleaned yet, but not much. I should have a roller very soon!
    Later,
    Bob
     
  8. 59Tebo

    59Tebo 59Tebo Top Contributor

    Wow! That's a lot of nit-picking over stupid reflectors! :wink2: I was just gonna put some red and yellow reflective tape on the down tubes and rear shocks and call it good. :laugh: I guess that's just one more reason I call it "The Basketcase"! :whistle:
     
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  9. cra-z1

    cra-z1 XS650 Junkie

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    Oh starting to look very nice. Watching it go together is like reliving my past when I was doing mine(8yrs ago). What silver paint did you use on your engineThat paint job looks very nice. May have to use them for the RD350
    :popcorn:
     
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  10. kshansen

    kshansen XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    Tebo, Maybe we will run into each other at Rudy's some day and can compare Basketcases! If you see some guy ride in on a Sproty Sidecar following a Vespa scooter, say HI!
     
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  11. cra-z1

    cra-z1 XS650 Junkie

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    Ok Bob, hate to be a kill joy but you have your fork ears upside down xs2 fork ears copy.jpg
     
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  12. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter

    Wow that is gonna be one good looking bike sir! JC
     
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  13. kshansen

    kshansen XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    Not upside down but switched right to left believe. Hate to use my ratty parts bike as an example but here is a picture of the front on that one:
     

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  14. cra-z1

    cra-z1 XS650 Junkie

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    Both upside down and switched right from left.
    :banghead:
     
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  15. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Yup, got some good eyes here.
    Another tell is the location of the turn signal wireclip.
    It should be on top...
    MailmanFrontEars.jpg
     
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  16. MrBultaco

    MrBultaco it ran before parked Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

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    Bob, your bike is looking sooooo good at this point in your restoration. I hope you're glad you got your frame powder coated.
    (sorry about the head light ears)
    :popcorn:
     
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  17. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Well hell....thanks for catching that. You know I took a look at those painted headlight ears , while holding them in my hand and then I glanced at my ‘77 and thought OK they point up.
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    Oh well. One step foward...two steps back.
     
  18. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I AM happy I went with the powder coating, it came out really great. As for the headlight ears, well, at least I know what I’m going to do tomorrow.
     
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  19. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Here it is. Good product.
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  20. MaxPete

    MaxPete New knee installed but still breakin’ her in.... Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Looking very nice!

    ...and I would guess that those ears would look fine to the folks in NZ and Aus....;)
     
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