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New member, new project

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Woods, May 27, 2019.

  1. Woods

    Woods XS650 Member

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    Great forum, been reading on this site for a while now. I picked up a xs 650 special II. Definitely not a creampuff lol, poor thing was left for dead in a shed for many years. I am closing in on my last project for a friend. We have completely redone a kz550 LTD with some tasteful changes. Well can't wait to get the next project started, thanks for a great site!
     

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  2. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Looks like a great find!
     
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  3. Woods

    Woods XS650 Member

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    Thanks! Odometer reads 6,820 miles. Even has the factory tool pouch intact. Not sure what way I am going with this build, hopefully no daggers will be thrown at me but I'm not restoring to factory.
     
  4. Woods

    Woods XS650 Member

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  5. Moabite

    Moabite XS650 Addict Top Contributor

    Factory tool pouch tools very collectible item especially when polished!!!!

    Seriously i like pics and since i waiting on our xs leader to post all his bike pics, what bikes you have in background?
    Build away how you like, just keep posting pics.
     
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  6. Woods

    Woods XS650 Member

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    1981 fxwg was my father's bike
    2017 fxdl
    1981 kz550 almost done
    1995 superglide, customer
    Trying to figure out how to post multiple pictures....
     
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  7. Woods

    Woods XS650 Member

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    I actually have had the bike for about 8 months now, but in between building the kz550 and me and the wife welcoming our first child into the family I just recently had the time to start checking into the xs.
    Yesterday I removed the carbs and soaked the all that needed cleaning in cleaning solution. Before starting I checked the timing chain, which needed adjustments and soaked the cylinders for a day with a little trans fluid in each cylinder. Put the carbs back on, made a temporary tank and installed new plugs. To my surprise it started on the fifth kick, and sounded pretty good. I wanted to make sure the engine did not need anything major. Next I will service the brakes so I can take a short ride to check the transmission.
     
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  8. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Sounds like you’re taking the methodical approach, that’s good! One thing at a time , testing as you go, wins the day!
    Welcome to the forum!
     
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  9. Woods

    Woods XS650 Member

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    Thanks mailman, learned the hard way in the past.
     
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  10. Woods

    Woods XS650 Member

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    Small update on my 650. Rebuilt the front caliper, also had a new master cylinder layin around so installed that too. " Just a inexpensive one from Amazon" brakes working great. So I rode it locally, not more than a few blocks from my house. All went well, shifted nicely. Decided to go the hard tail route so last night I ordered the tc Bros weld on kit. Will post some pics later this week when the kit arrives and the cutting and grinding begins!
     
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    Woods XS650 Member

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    Small update on my build. Got most of the rear cut, still have to smooth everything out. Set the new rear kind of in place just to get a visual of what it may look like......
     

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  12. Woods

    Woods XS650 Member

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    Just some more mock up. Everything lined up as the directions stated. This is my first hardtail so any pointers are appreciated!
     

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  13. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Take and KEEP the TCI off the bike when doing any welding, they HATE those stray voltages.
     
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  14. Woods

    Woods XS650 Member

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    Great advice gggGary, thanks. I noticed the rear adjusters don't seem to line up right with the hardtail. I'll snap some pics later. It could be a simple shim, pretty sure the directions stated I could re-use all the OEM hardware.
     
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    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

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