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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. My '77 starts first time, every time with a quarter of a kick - which impresses dogs, small children and the occasional young lady at the gas station on the back of an electric start only cruiser - and I rarely use the electric foot, though it's good to have especially if stalled in traffic. I lost my starter button a week or so ago and replaced it with one I had in the parts pile.
    Today I hit the button just for old times sake and nothing happened. I'm not sure I tested it when I replaced it.......
    So I broke the switch down again for inspection and the voltmeter out to test for continuity and voltage. Continuity from the ground post on the battery to where it mounts to the frame was sporadic. Cleaned that up. Checked power to the solenoid...was good. Checked continuity on the L/W from the switch to the solenoid. Good too. Hm. Dug out another button from the parts pile and proceeded to swap again.
    On reassembly I noticed the stamped metal wire hold down/ground piece set just a millimeter or two above the switch body section that semi encircles the handlebar (the bottom half of the switch). Off that piece came for a minor adjustment. Laying it up on the vice and a couple of taps on the bent section that comes down to contact the handlebar and then reinstalled. Now that contact piece sets about a millimeter or two below the semicircle, contacting the handlebar before the switch housing. Buttoned everything back up, key on, hit the button and we're back in business.
    Was it the button? Probably. Was it the ground? Could be. Is it a tale? Yep.
  2. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Thanks, Machine. But Jims the painter!
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  3. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Strange. I did the fish scale thing on mine but still Iffy so I disconnected the wire at the solenoid. I'd rather not have the metal in my oil. I could be doing something wrong but I'll re-visit that on the first oil change.
  4. Goldenboy

    Goldenboy . XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I blew three low beams, each time while gunning the engine. Marlin seems to think the standard beams just can't handle the load, so I bought a halogen beam, this week. He said he had the same problem which never happened, again when he switched to halogen. And, as I mentioned, I got my bike out this week and also forgot to put the mirrors on.:banghead: Not only that, I stopped in a Sunoco for some 93 octane for my '71 and flipped the the petcock handles to "off" from "reserve" while sitting on the bike, instead of "run":banghead: :banghead: , reset the odometer to zero and took off down a busy highway filled with cars and trucks. It started sputtering out and I was juicing it to keep it running in snaking traffic, before it stalled out, luckily by an exit. I coasted off and kicked it a few times before I traced my steps from the fill up. What a rookie mistake...
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  5. ReycleBill

    ReycleBill Part Time Tyrannicide XS650.com Supporter

    Still working on the homemade air cleaner....

    I've learned a lot about what the popular air cleaners are made of. K&N uses 100% cotton gauze. UniFilter's foam filters are made of open cell polyurethane foam. Most OEM filters are made of paper. Oil makes a better air filter than any of them but oil sloshes around too much for motorcycles and oil bath air cleaners are huge. That's why K&N and UniFilter filters both require filter oil.

    I remember when I first got my driver's license I bought a '55 Ford pick-up with an oil bath air cleaner and changed the oil in it every 2,000 miles when I changed the toilet paper oil filter it had. My mother's '67 327 Chevy had one of those toilet paper oil filters too. I hated those things.
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  6. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Yup, I had a 1960 Chevy pickup with a big ol oil bath air cleaner. It was the best!
  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    A couple of days ago I wrote about attempting a repair on my leaking neutral switch.
    I just wanted to post a little follow up. A little 75 mile test ride today with a lot of highway speed. When I got home I took a look at it.
    Before it was beginning to really create an oily mess on my cases.
    And now?...........winner winner, chicken dinner! No drips no runs no errors. :smoke:
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  8. GLJ

    GLJ Never go faster than your guardian angle can fly. Top Contributor

    Going to have to do that to mine. Have been seeing a little bit of oil around mine. Figured it was the gasket. Maybe not.
  9. Gator xs2

    Gator xs2 XS650 Addict

    I can’t get my cap to stay on. Thinking of using a blob of RTV and bracing it till it dries.
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  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    That’s what I had expected to find also. The gasket was hard fiber and was fine.
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  11. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Yeah the one on my ‘77 sits on there all cockeyed.
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  12. Wulfbyte

    Wulfbyte XS650 Addict

    Yep mine did to, I changed it to a bigger cap that covers the whole thing!
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  13. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I checked the valves, re-set the timing chain, checked the points and set the timing. I installed a Slip Stream Spit Fire wind shield and a new set of case guards from back in the day! Then I took a 70 mile spin broken into three legs. The last leg was after dark to check the new head light. It's cross-eyed! The low is right down the road but the high is way high and to the left blinding other drivers. I have to drive on the far right of the road to get it near down the middle! Could it be the fact it's not a motorcycle head light?

    Oh, Oh. I forgot...I ordered me the makings for a blue dot tail light!
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2019
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  14. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Whut side of the road you ride on up there?
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  15. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Same side you do , I recon. Right side, inside of right lane is where I like to be.

    Hahaha. Sorry 2 Many. I mean high and left! ( Gotta cut back on the whiskey!)
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  16. Team Junk

    Team Junk XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Most modern headlights pattern on high beam have a upward slope on the right side to light up road signs and deer on the shoulder. Shine it on a wall from 20-30 ft away and see what the pattern is.
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  17. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yep, that's how I set it. low throws a beam straight down the road for a spell and then has a fan. You can see anything directly in front of you ( Like a foot deep pot hole!) and the road side to the right and left on a single lane. But hit the high and it's dark directly in front of you and lit up high and left. I think something is wrong with the bulb.
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  18. Team Junk

    Team Junk XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Could be. I have had good luck with Hella bulbs. Make sure the lens is right side up. This is all assumes a non sealed beam headlight. Make sure it was not meant for Great Britain
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  19. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    This one is a sealed beam Wagner. But I did notice sealed beam front lens are now stuck on with what looks like Yama Bond.
  20. Team Junk

    Team Junk XS650 Junkie XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    A lot of the cheap sealed beams are crap. It's the only light you got. Amazon Cibie or Hella. Or a Silverstar to save $. Here in my part of the world 80 MPH speed limits and every kind of critter it's worth the money for good lights.
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