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What have you done to your XS today?

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

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  1. 650Skull

    650Skull Dinosaur Lives Top Contributor

    There is an advantage having 2 single phase rectifiers.........if one of the diodes do crap out the wire can be changed to the spare diode, and back on your way........full brake down with the 3 phase
     
  2. TimG

    TimG XS650 Enthusiast

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    Installed my new all black Progressive 12 Series rear shocks and springs and gave the bike a good wash. Painting the tank and side covers is next.
     
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  3. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Addict

    Installed my AGM Battery last week, Tuesday I believe. I’ve put just over 200 miles on her since my new battery, clutch plates, and fresh oil. She’s running stronger than ever. That old battery must have just been done. I would think if my charging system was to blame, my new battery would be giving me problems by now. Still need to track down the cause of my flickering dash lights, and I’ve developed a rattling in the my right exhaust; I think the spacer must have fallen out from between the pipe and muffler and is just knocking around in the muffler. Will have more time to look into these issues after we close on our house, and I’ll have garage to work in. Tim’s old shocks should be showing up here in the next few days, so that will be a fun upgrade to look forward to. For now, all is good.
     
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  4. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Addict

    What color did you decide on then?
     
  5. TimG

    TimG XS650 Enthusiast

    The burnt orange grew on me, so I'm going with a similar metallic burnt orange but jus a bit darker than the existing.
     
  6. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Success!!!
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    Hooked up like Dr. Frankenstein's monster, the '77 had gas and electricity. The starter spun without the all too often bilious cacophony but no start. Oops, kill switch on. Still nothing. Added a little huff of starter fluid to each side and got a couple sooty backfires.
    Switched sides on the plug wires and instant relief! Motor started right up and ran smoothly without any bad noises. Very pleased. The 2 into 1 is no louder than stock.
    Now that it looks like I have a motor that is in good shape, I can plan where the project goes now. Maybe it's worth getting the shortened seat pan upholstered so I can use the 750 tank.
    Looks like I will be replacing the odd seal.
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    Don't think the last guy read the instruction sheet on that repair!
     
  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Pardon my ignorance, i found this confusing, I thought these were a wasted spark ignition with both plugs firing simultaneously, or is that only electronic ignitions? :umm:

    It sure is colorful though! :laugh2:
     
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  8. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Gonna need your lawnmowers tank back on it Lakeview! That is great you know you have a runner. Coming together quite nicely! J-C
     
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  9. TimG

    TimG XS650 Enthusiast

    I stripped the side covers with some aircraft stripper last night. That stuff is getting hard to come by. Good news was the local Advanced Auto Parts sold me a $20 quart of it for $2.....they're not supposed to carry it any longer. Running my finger around the inside of the gas tank there was a good amount of rusty grit. I filled the tank yesterday morning with white vinegar and turned it upside down to soak. when I got home I added a bunch of stainless nuts and bolts to the tank and shook the hell out of it. Rinsed and repeated a few times until the vinegar came out clear. I rinsed the tank with hot water and then a final rinse and shake with a gallon of distilled water. I tried using my compressor to dry out the inside but then had the bright idea to use the outlet on the big shop vac I have. I stuck the hose in the gas opening and let it run out of the petcock holes for 5 minutes. not a single sign of moisture. Gonna strip the tank tonight. Weather is nice here so trying to get this project done quickly!
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  10. Wordman

    Wordman XS650 Enthusiast

    Yamaha.jpg Brought it home!

    This is actually my second (I have a '75 basket case). This one runs... or rather, ran... until the battery died (charging issue, I'm sure) on his way to meet me so I could look at the thing. I met him at the gas station where he'd broken down, as he was installing the new battery (there was a parts place across the street). Unfortunately, he reversed the terminals and smoked some stuff. I'll have to look into that once I'm able to get out in the garage and get a good look at it.
     
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  11. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter

    That bike looks familiar...Congrats.
    Love the Grand Wagoneer. I wish I had never given ours away :(
     
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  12. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Addict

    There was a green wagoneer for sale here in Iowa City years back that I was really tempted to buy. They really are awesome looking trucks. Old skool SUV. Also, congrats on the bike!
     
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  13. Wordman

    Wordman XS650 Enthusiast

    I bought it in Knoxville... Do you know who had it before?

    The Wagoneer has an '08 Silverado LY5 backed by a 4L60E in it.


    Thanks
     
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  14. TimG

    TimG XS650 Enthusiast

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    Melting tank....
     
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  15. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Wonder if there is old bondo?
     
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  16. TimG

    TimG XS650 Enthusiast

    Finding a lot of body filler for what seems like fillers sake. As has been said before, unless you know what’s underneath (and even then) if you want it done right you have to get down to metal.
     
  17. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Convenient Alloy Handle
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    '83 harness with all the safety features is giving me fits. Cannot get starter button to activate solenoid so will have to go back through harness to check my work.
     
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  18. tzimmerm

    tzimmerm XS650 Addict

    C96D9844-D011-4C83-9E32-EE4EA42D2FE4.jpeg 87E2CDDF-217A-4872-94B8-6DB0F319A96F.jpeg 0086726A-313E-4471-AD25-D5EE45842239.jpeg Got my new-to-me shocks installed this evening before boogie’n up the interstate to my soon to be new hometown. Ride is much improved. No more residual bouncing around after bumps, and maybe even more exciting, no more shock oil all over my swing arm and wheel. It will take awhile to get used to the new look, but I do like how the shock bodies blend in with the rest of the black frame. My neighbor pointed out that the gold accents the gold tank decals nicely.
     
  19. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    That's lookin' right smart there young man. :D
     
  20. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Yeah TZ, your bike just keeps getting nicer and nicer, you have been steadily making improvements on it and it really shows. Well done! :thumbsup:
     
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