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What have you done to your XS today?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by I am Carbon, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. geedubya

    geedubya geedubya Top Contributor


    But still they come.

    When does one stop ?

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  2. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yeah, I know, right?
    Near as I can tell the answer is; when I croak.
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  3. SAFU

    SAFU XS650 Enthusiast

    Hooked up a voltmeter and brass rotary switch for headlight on/off

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  4. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict


    Where did ya get the pipes they are awesome!!!
  5. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    How well dose that cas cap fule gage work ?
  6. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

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  7. Safu - looks good. I like the patina on the triple clamp and tank. Where did you get the voltmeter from and how did you mount the speedo?
  8. Doug79

    Doug79 XS650 Addict

    I got my head and cylinder picked up from Diamond cut on my way back from Arizona. They do nice work. I also got the vapor blasting done on the side covers and carb. while I was in Tucson at Retro Cycle. IMG_1798.JPG IMG_1799.JPG I am about out of excuses and will have to start putting this engine back together.
  9. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Boy thems some fancy lookin jugs! What did you think about your experience with Retro Cycle? I was
    looking at their website the other day. They seem like a good shop.
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  10. Doug79

    Doug79 XS650 Addict

    I really liked dealing with them. I asked, if I gave him advance notice, if I could get them done quickly as I was only going to be in town for a couple days and wanted to avoid shipping the parts home. He told me to bring them in and take a long lunch and he would jump on them while I waited. I didn't need them that quick but it was good that he was willing to do that if needed. I really like the satin finish that you get and am going to have them clear coated with ceramic as I think anything would stain them. I don't hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
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  11. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Got the 650 up on the rack for a bunch of stuff: Swing arm bearings, larger rear disc, steering stem bearings, graphics, paint, polish, etc...
    Should have it done by the Dogwood Rally. Hoping anyway...
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  12. XSWestgate

    XSWestgate XS650 Enthusiast

    While installing some of the new parts I got yesterday, I opened up the clutch cover because it's got a heavy pull (new clutch cable didn't completely fix it) and found this. Based on what i've read, it's good to clean and replace but the amount of debris is a sign that the main filter is pooched, is that right?

    Most of it looked like sand with a couple of small pieces of plastic (assuming cam chain guide wear).

  13. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Yup, better pull that sump filter.
    Save whatever particles you find, for a post-mortem.

    Start a new thread if you want to get deep into this...
  14. Doug79

    Doug79 XS650 Addict

    I got my bodywork back from the pinstripe today. I'm not very happy with the results which is mostly my fault for not suppling pictures of kinda what I wanted. I learned, a long time ago that you can't instill your vision in someone else so why I got careless, I don't really know. I am not willing to grind everything off and start over so I will have to live with it. I will have to find another painter to correct some of the work then clear everything and cut and buff.

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  15. timbeck

    timbeck XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter

    Hey SAFU---I like your bike but how about a pic of your Speedo set-up ??
  16. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Started in a on a set of carbs a member wanted, looked pretty good on the outside. slides moved free, dropped slow, butterflies moved fine.
    Inside was a different story
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    Stubborn who me?
    Got all the jets out and the diaphragms, slides are good, but they're going to need a bit of cleanup.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2018
  17. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Wow Gary! Those are some rough looking carbs! But I got a feeling you’re just the man for the job! :thumbsup:
  18. kshansen

    kshansen XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Dang! I hope the carbs off my 1978 don't look like that when I tear into them. Bike was last registered in the 1990's so will be interesting to see!

    Well I believe I finally got all the wires inside the head light connected. Just need to put the left switch assembly back in place that was acting a little sluggish. Sprayed it out with some Radio contact cleaner and lube and seems nice now.

    Think I'll do the valve settings and then move on to the carbs, probably should take some picture during that just to show how they looked on disassembly. If they are too nasty I'm hoping the ones off my 1981 I used as the "ride to work" bike for several years will at least function enough to get this one running!
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  19. peanut

    peanut XS650 enthusiast & inveterate tinkerer XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    bought yet another set of $100 BS38s just so I can get a pair of slides and jet needle fixing plates .
    pretty soon I will be able to open a Mikuni spares shop if this keeps up grrrrrrrrr

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  20. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    looks like some slightly ratty 78-79s you should be good now!

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