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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. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    That’s interesting plug and play because the SR500 brake is on the left. The site states it’s a Right. XS650 applicable it seems though but is there a left available ? (SR500)
     
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  2. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I didn't think that through before posting. But, you can mount the XS650 brake on either side, depending what caliper you have. I kept the right one off my wrecked Moto Guzzi.
     
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  3. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    I found the site itself confusing combining the SR and XS as both Right is all. Very good brake upgrade!
    :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

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    So these are my only two swingarm pivot tubes. They were wire wheeled firstly than spun in a lathe and hand polished a bit. Surprisingly they are still straight, round, and have no visible runout rolling on a granite plate. Drilled for better grease flow. Bushings are dirty but probably fine. If not I’ll make new ones.
    Going for the win here ! Maybe this evening.
     
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  5. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Are you using the factory bushings or going bronze?
     
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  6. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    I will either use the factory, have additional two in good shape to remove from an 81 swingarm.. good luck right ? Or I can make some out of Teflon impregnated nylon.. here at work. We’ll see soon
    :)
     
  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Oh well heck, that one gets my vote right there! I’d like to see that, and it sounds like it would be slick as ice!
     
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  8. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Judging the condition of the pivot tubes and pivot shafts, which are just not too high tech :lmao: I’ve decided to keep it simple and admit that they just need cleaned and greased occasionally. Something that these XS’s just don’t seem to have gotten much.
    Nice work on your 77 Bob ! :thumbsup:
     
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  9. SEd27

    SEd27 XS650 Enthusiast


    Thanks for the links jetmechmarty.

    The plan is to go with the motolanna bracket and spacer, with 320mm aftermarket wave disc.
     
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  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Gonna do a photo intensive write up? For all that wish they had brakes like that? :rolleyes:
     
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  11. SEd27

    SEd27 XS650 Enthusiast

    Yes, I will put something together. Just need to order up the parts.
     
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  12. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

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    Well, two swingarms, four original bushings to knock out. I didn’t even think it would happen but I now have four fine original bushings to clean and use. Takes two knock rods, one 3/4” and the easy second bushing takes a 1” push rod
    :whistle:
     
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  13. Jerry2197

    Jerry2197 XS650 Enthusiast

    The bike has 110/90-18 rear tire now.
    I want a little bigger, I know 120 will be a little wider compaired to 110.
    to get a little bigger diameter would I go 120-95-18 Or a 120-100-18?
    And would a 120-100-18 fit on this bike. with the current tire there is plent of room back there. I'm just a little unsure, I just want to a little bigger the rear looks a little to small on it now and its time to replace it
    I want it to fill out the rear more like my Harley.
     

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  14. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    I don't think it's capable of looking like your Harley, but then again, maybe you have the necessary talent.

    I believe the Special swingarm is the same as the standard. So, that means a 130/90-16 tire fits in there. 140/90-16 not so much. It depends upon the tire brand. 120/90-18 should fit without any issue.
     
  15. ReycleBill

    ReycleBill Part Time Tyrannicide XS650.com Supporter

    My experience with my '83 Special has been that a 130/90-16 tire is the widest you can fit in it and if alignment isn't perfect it will rub on one side or the other. And yes, there are slight differences in brands.
     
  16. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

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    Actual tire sizes do vary from manufacturer to manufacturer even though the claimed size is “120/90-18”
    This Dunlop fills the area well.
     
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  17. Jerry2197

    Jerry2197 XS650 Enthusiast


    Might go with a 120-90-18 I dont want to mod anything back there
     
  18. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    On the 16” “Special” models if you really want a fat hotroddy look, check out this Shinko 5.0-16 it’s meaty. Not a canyon carver but tough looking
    :cool:

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  19. Jerry2197

    Jerry2197 XS650 Enthusiast

    Nice what about a side shot?
     

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