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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. Yup, yours is a lot worse than mine. After 25 years, although mine was kept in a warm basement, the brake fluid was like old Jello. All parts were good after thorough cleaning, but I replaced the internal rubber in the master. Good luck!
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  2. Yes, the el cheapos were just OK on smooth roads until I checked the pressure. Truthfully, though, when you check the pressure you lose more than half the gas. So I got directions online and it said the pressure has a max of 70#'s. After I put 70#'s in them, they were at least twice as good. No more teeth rattling and neck cracking when you hit those unexpected road humps. Oh, and the 1st time I checked the pressure, the schraders came out with the caps. I like them now. Mine have that anodized gold on the reservoirs. Did you paint yours?
    Your bike looks great by the way!
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  3. Ratranger

    Ratranger XS650 Junkie Top Contributor


    Attached Files:

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  4. Won't be tearing them down anytime soon, but thanks!
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  5. ThatXS650Guy

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

    Thanks! No, I didn't paint them.
  6. Old Okie

    Old Okie XS650 Enthusiast

    Finally back on track after 4 years if nothing. Today I researched some part sources. The brake parts will come today, I hope. Rebuilding the caliper, I hate moving a big bike with no front brake. Last week I cleaned the bike, getting ready to sell it. After I saw it clean and shiny I decided not to sell it.
  7. ccconrad

    ccconrad XS650 Member

    So it's a Relatively warm here in Ohio today, started her up and noticed that A) the left hand cylinder didn't seem to be warming up as quickly as the left and B) I notice this thing *smoking?* After I let it warm up and rode it around the block. It doesn't smell like anything's burning. But would anyone have any starting points to look into?

    Video of issue:
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  8. Scottrt

    Scottrt XS650 Addict

    Oil leak around the right hand exhaust tappet cover?
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  9. ramblin5

    ramblin5 XS650 Enthusiast

    Changed oil, replaced alternator bushings and replaced blown speedo light. Then rode the heck out of it.
  10. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Did not do anything on my bikes but added this to my garage!

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  11. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Well that sure looks like a hoot! :geek:
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  12. Scottrt

    Scottrt XS650 Addict

    I presume you're planning on putting that snowmobile engine into your next XS build... Right?
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  13. azman857

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

    I had gotten the airfilters and boxes from machine this afternoon. Fixed the seal on the filters and used the tubes on the covers and went for a ride. Thats a write up for another thread.
  14. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Scottrt no way I will be doing that!!! It would be a fun bike but Yamaha already has a newer triple lol. Wife and I are getting back into the sport. Will be different now going with a 4 stroke sled. JC
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  15. Scottrt

    Scottrt XS650 Addict

    Superjet, course I was just pulling your leg. modern 4-stroke snowmobile engines rival motorcycle engines for output, they're simply amazing.
  16. ReycleBill

    ReycleBill Part Time Tyrannicide XS650.com Supporter

    Nobody I know has one of those things. We'd get about 3 days riding every 10 years if we did.
  17. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Northern and Northwest New Brunswick where I grew up gets plenty of snow. I still have family up there and my wifes family are from up there too. Winter usually starts early December and riding can be had in certain areas until Easter or sometimes later. Even in Southern NB where I am located now gets a fair amount of snow in the Caledonia mountain area due to higher elevations. Last year riding was still happening at early April but needed to trailer up. Gonna be a fun time once we get all geared up! JC
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  18. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I've had the '83 Heritage Special in the warm winter workroom for the past week.

    Got this pulsing in the front brake at very low speeds. ggGary's thread from 2010 was helpful in sorting it out:
    I found that the runout in the disc was well over spec, and it was heavily grooved from a crumbling brake pad. The mating surface was running true.
    I remembered that I had salvaged a rotor from the '78 I bought a few years ago for $100, and dug it out. Thankfully, it is in superb condition; minimal runout and wear.
    Got new pads and checked the caliper in regards to the piston moving freely: AOK.

    Next, replaced the clutch cable and surfaced the worm gear contact area on the side cover to remove that nasty casting ridge.
    Replaced the pushrod bushing which was quite worn.

    Replaced the chain with a new HT item, and bought new sprockets, dropping two teeth on 5T's suggestion. 17/32

    Pulled the carbs and cleaned them, installing 135 mains (again, on 5T's recommendation), replacing the stock 132.5's. Drilled out the brass plugs hiding the idle mixture screws and adjusted them to 3 turns.

    Following a cam chain and tappet adjustment, there was nothing left to do than to take it for a spin!

    It was my unusually good fortune that it rained heavily friday night, clearing the streets of road salt, and when I woke up saturday morning it was 62 degrees at 8am! A freak warm spell for Syracuse NY. By 3 pm the streets had dried pretty well, so out it came.


    The brakes feel great, the performance is excellent, idles good, although I need to do a bit more work on the clutch.

    Back in the winter workshop, I slapped into the AIWA a favorite old cassette recording of Bob Marley live.


    ...and pulled in the next winter project, the '73 DT3 250.
    Couldn't be happier :)


    Last edited: Jan 12, 2020
  19. billy icon

    billy icon test pilot,gunnie pig, and all around experiment

    ive been gone for about a week or longer, trying to pull my ass outa my head,, wait no ok sure whatever, anyways I painted a tank with rattle can then clear coated it with real clear from a gun, and also adapted a Harley stainless spoke black anodized hub and powdercoated rim to the front of the new build.[​IMG]
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  20. Jim

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

    Pics aren't showing up Billy.

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