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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. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Iowa City
    I agree, that is a gorgeous bike. I have been a fan of Orange/white as a colorscheme for quite some time. I have a orange 70’s schwinn Varsity that I built with all white components, seat, cables, bar wrap, tires, and brake pads. I also stripped down and rebuilt a 70’s Schwinn Stingray muscle bike that I painted burnt orange with white grips and seat. Your bikes paint reminds me of the motorcycles and bumper cars on those old carnival rides.
  2. Ipa62

    Ipa62 XS650 Addict

    Orange (gold) with white is the colors of original XS1b’s. Tried to match.
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  3. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    My front turn signals were a bit floppy. One side had even lost it's pin that kept the head from spinning and the head had started to point down. The other side head just was flopping around. So with some parts swapping and wire crimping, they are not pointing down or flopping about any more.
    Also swapped out rear fenders. My Special fender with the KZ 650 tail light for the fender with a Special II or Standard tail light.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2018
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  4. highboy_coupe

    highboy_coupe XS650 Addict

    I finally got my Stainless 1.5" system made up, I fitted them last night but too dark for pics, so here are photos from the test bike whilst it was being made:

    Photo from Graham Baines.jpg Photo from Graham Baines(1).jpg

    Then he polished them, I have since rubbed them down because I hate shiny!

    Photo from Graham Baines(2).jpg Photo from Graham Baines(3).jpg

    These were £300 (about $390) delivered, to a design of my choosing, and including all fittings, not bad!

    I also fitted a tiny little fuse box, as I wasn't happy with my previous (small) fusebox


    It's about the size of an 8 way connector, comes with W-crimp terminals.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2018
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  5. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    You should make a little video when you get those pipes on. I’d love to hear it. I’m guessing it’s pretty aggressive!
  6. NashGTI

    NashGTI XS650 Addict

    Mufflers showed up yesterday along with some adapters to jump the pipes to the 1 3/4 inch inlet for the mufflers and a piece of stainless 1 3/4 pipe to bend into midpipes. The plan was to take all of those and make it happen sometime in the near future, maybe this Sunday if the wife is OK with me spending a second weekend in a row at work to go with the previous all day ride a couple Sundays ago.

    That plan lasted an entire hour after I got home and saw the stuff there before I was taking a hack saw to the bike and just slapping the mufflers on to hear the sound. I'm not leaving it like it is there because frankly, it's embarrassing the "attachment" method they give you with the mufflers. Other than the leaky adapters and the fact that I didn't bother to adjust the idle mixture since the piping is changing, I love the sound. I really wanted to ride it to work today, but can't justify more time on it like it is right now than is necessary so its the CBR to work today and tomorrow.

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  7. DanielBlack

    DanielBlack XS650 Junkie

    Would you please provide some details on this little guy? Not all too happy with my own mini fuse block.
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  8. highboy_coupe

    highboy_coupe XS650 Addict

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  9. DanielBlack

    DanielBlack XS650 Junkie

    Excellent, thank you! Really nice and trim.
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  10. highboy_coupe

    highboy_coupe XS650 Addict

    I forgot to add, normal blade fuses fit, infact I think he has it wrong, I reckon it was designed for standard blades. So no need to waste your money in Halfords....(or the US equivalent cheapo auto store)
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  11. NashGTI

    NashGTI XS650 Addict

    Couldn't wait till tomorrow so I put the mufflers on today. Totally digging them, the looks, the sounds, exactly what I was thinking of when I bought the bike. I'd still like to wrap the headpipes but that stuff is so damned expensive that it's just too hard to justify when the rest of the bike is in such ratty shape.

    Cut the headpipe an inch back from the lower engine mount bolt and welded in a cut up conical expander to step the pipe up from the 1 1/2 inch headpipe to the 1 3/4 inch muffler inlet, then took a piece of 1 3/4 stainless pipe and bent it to 22.5* and welded it to the expander. Then welded the muffler to the kicked up pipe.

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  12. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    VERY nice installation Nash - tidy and neat. Well done!

  13. NashGTI

    NashGTI XS650 Addict

    Thank you, I'm going to see if I can get my wife to do some camera operator work tomorrow and capture some of the sound. They are the 19 inch Emgo universal cafe mufflers. Certainly not for those looking for understated sound.
  14. ThatXS650Guy

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

    Finally got around to figuring out a couple of nagging issues that surfaced at the Vintage Yamaha Rally. My starter button quit after the first start and my taillight went out less than a mile into the ride.
    The starter button was due to the housing not being grounded. The problem began when I replaced my steering stem bearings and cleaned up the front end a little. It would do it sporadically but became permanent when I came back from the Rally. I tried scraping paint off the handlebars and bending the grounding tab in the housing but that did not work. I ended up running a ground wire from the housing to the frame where the battery grounds. I also scraped the clear coat off one side of my HHB engine mounts to get a good contact between engine and frame JIC. Not the cleanest solution...

    The taillight ended up being a broken solder joint inside the housing and was an easy fix except for taking it all apart. Since the light is pretty cheap I ordered another one as a spare. With the days getting shorter I need to have a working taillight.
    Glad to have the 'ol girl back...:bike:

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  15. Nice bike . Mufflers and fab on the pipes outstanding. Waiting for the pipes to show was long enough. Bike looks great.
  16. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Had the intention to do more but only replaced 2 bolts that were not stock on the front axle pinch bracket(got the arrow facing the front now lol). Changed out to studs, nuts and washers. 20181021_161913.jpg

    Also got my workbench sorted out and added a pipe rack to get my 8' ladder out of the way.
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  17. NashGTI

    NashGTI XS650 Addict

    Promised videos of the exhaust, so here we go

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  18. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Cool exhaust! Has a real classic sounds. Nicely done!
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  19. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Very nice! I like it, it has a nice snarly sound to it. It’s always hard to gauge loudness on videos. What is your perception?
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  20. NashGTI

    NashGTI XS650 Addict

    It's hard to get a true feel for it while on the bike and haven't had anyone else ride it, though I've told a coworker he needs to go for a blast on it as he's never ridden anything more than about 15 years old. Asking my wife who did the camera work she says it's not anything that stands out for how loud it is, maybe a six out of ten. For what it's worth I live roughly 1/2 to 3/4 mile from the interstate in Nashville, TN so we hear bikes fly by frequently. Take that opinion for whatever it's worth to you.

    On the bike, it's fantastic, before you had a lovely induction noise but no exhaust what so ever, now you have a pleasant bit of exhaust noise on a light throttle cruise to a very racy exhaust note under heavy acceleration. It doesn't feel any louder than my CBR F4i riding on it that has a Yoshimura slip on, though louder than my 79 CB650 with an MAC exhaust was.
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