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My $Free.99 Project

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wannabridin, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    Well, the VIN checked out and I've a bond ready for the title office! A small step in the right direction. I figure since I'm going for a budget build, I should keep track of the budget so I can see how much money I might be wasting. Remember, the goals are to eventually have a nice running bike with the proper (if appropriate) upgrades. As in, I'm not doing the elephant feet if the valve covers don't need to come off. I'm also excluding the fuel used to get around for whatever the bike needs.

    Next up is diagnosis and planning. I'll need to get the EX carb parts based on that thread. Figure I'll run as close to the general average (138 mains, 38 pilots and JJJ or GJH needles i. Needle clips at mid (JJJ) or 4th (GJH) position, inline 'zuk fuel filter and idle turned out 2 turns) as I can and call that a day for now.

    Title application fee: $15
    Title bond: $95
    EX500 carbs: $131.25
    Fork tubes: $30 + s/h

    Grand total so far: $271.25
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2017
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  2. ron bayless

    ron bayless XS650 Addict

    remember I have the xs carbs if you are interested.complete with filters and throttle cable.they could get to fort worth or you come get them quickly.I paid $230 with shipping.$150 to you.easy peasy to get them on and get going.
     
  3. 650Skull

    650Skull Dinosaur Lives Top Contributor

    Ron i suggest you go through this thread........ http://www.xs650.com/threads/keihin-flatslide-pwk-carburetor-oppinions-issues.6592/ .....took Mrriggs a year and a half to get those mikes PWK carbs to work successfully and the things he had to do to them.........like take out the slides and use valve grinding past on ares of the slide to make them slide sliderly..............then they craped on him again so tossed them for ex500 carbs.................
     
  4. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    Ron, I appreciate the offer, but I fought with some of those carbs a few years back with another XS I was working on. I too found the EX carbs to be the best bet for the price, even comparable or better than the VM's.
     
  5. ron bayless

    ron bayless XS650 Addict

    ok.I have heard nothing but praise for the mikes carbs but everyone has their preferences.You have probably seen by now how junked up the stock carbs were.
     
  6. ron bayless

    ron bayless XS650 Addict

    good lord.Thats ridiculous.for $359 from him they should perform perfectly.I wish a weber could be put on these bikes.
     
  7. ron bayless

    ron bayless XS650 Addict

    Have you found out anything yet? Also,any luck with the title?
     
  8. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    TX750 swingarm: $39.60

    Grand total: $310.85
     
  9. ron bayless

    ron bayless XS650 Addict

    is the bike running?
     
  10. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    The bike hasn't come off the trailer since I picked it up, sorry. I've had less time that I thought, what with the bathroom remodel, '68 Mustang rebuild and A/C going out. Dang life gets in the way!

    I told my wife that I really need a solid day to just play the tiniest bit of catch up, but I don't see this happening. Maybe I'll take a vacation day...
     
  11. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    So you're the guy who bought that swingarm. I was watching that one, lol. Now you'll need to watch for a cheap 750 chain guard, the 650 one doesn't match the mounts. But maybe it could be adapted .....
     
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  12. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    :-D I looked up historical prices on here and decided the ebay price was about as good as it gets, so I snagged it up. Should help with the improved handling theme I like doing on my bikes.

    And if for some reason I want to use it on my bobber, I can easily swap its stock braced arm on the budget bike! :-D
     
  13. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    It's a very nice, drop-in upgrade. Out of all the handling mods I've done to mine, it was one that really made a noticeable difference. The bike feels more solid and "planted" at all speeds, not just going fast. The prices have gone kinda nuts on them since it's become somewhat common knowledge that they swap right into a 650. I should have kept my mouth shut until I grabbed up a few cheap, lol.
     
  14. ron bayless

    ron bayless XS650 Addict

    sounds like you are busy.You have the title thing sorted out it sounds like.
     
  15. XSLeo

    XSLeo XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    650Skull, The oil cooler thermostat works a lot like a car water thermostat. As the oil temp goes up the thermostat starts to open. This allows some of the oil to flow through the cooler. Good ones are set up to run up to 80% of the oil through the cooler, keeping 20% flowing in the engine. This keeps oil flowing in the engine at all times. Some cheapies don't do this. They can shut of the oil through the engine till hot enough to flow oil through the cooler.
    Oil coolers work well. On cool days, just cover the cooler with a leather cover. If cover is set up right you can leave it partly open to adjust air flow and control oil temp.
    Leo
     
  16. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    $100 for front and rear brembo calipers (dual piston up front, single out back).

    Grand total: $410.85
     
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  17. MaxPete

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

    You're getting there WannaB - keep on!
     
  18. wannabridin

    wannabridin XS650 Junkie

    SSSSLLLLOOOOWWWWLLLLLYYYYYY!!! I certainly need to focus on the potential for the build and simply make sure the motor fires before I go off and get myself down a hole and find out the motor needs a rebuild :-\

    I'm planning on taking a day off work soon to get the garage re-organized and bring this bike inside. Fingers crossed it happens soon!!
     
  19. ron bayless

    ron bayless XS650 Addict

    what about the wiring?
     
  20. 650Skull

    650Skull Dinosaur Lives Top Contributor


    Thanks for the explanation XSLeo. I still have my original concern regarding that particular oil cooler.................. More so now..........my concern is how it affects the oil level and the amount of oil getting to the head..............If there is no thermostat regulated temperature then the cooler is going to drain out and need to fill, this will affect the amount of oil getting to the head for a long period on start up............. If there is a thermostat, and it doesn't open, till a certain temperature is reached, the cooler has drained, from the last ride, so will need to be filled again, again i think it will reduce the oil to the head while filling the cooler...........
     

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