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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. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Great score!
    PS it's the LH lower cover that's a hen's tooth.
     
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  2. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Well, I've got one on my '83!
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  3. image.jpeg I finally installed signal lights after 44 years. Don't know if they can be seen in the sunlight, though, because the Sun hasn't been out for days. Need a decent/bright indicator light and I need a 3 or 4 prong flasher to light just one bulb. Here's the original flasher with about 50 k miles of vibrations.
     
  4. Grimmith

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    I obtained a new right side cover and plan on engraving dragon scales and the traditional Japanese sun just above the kick start. With a good old xs 650 on top.

    Then I had an Idea and wanted to know if I can take the Tach rode out of the housing and tap some threads in the hole and put a small oil pressure gauge? Would that work?
     

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  5. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Can't wait to see the engraving.
    No the tach hole isn't into pressurised oil..
    There ARE some plugged oil gallery holes nearby but you will need a very low pressure gauge, 2many did the work. cold you MIGHT see 15lbs, quite a bit less once warmed up.
     
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  6. billy icon

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

    those are so cool Grimith, cant wait to see the results? will you show the engraver you use to do the work?
     
  7. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Perhaps Solomoriah
    [​IMG] would consider reproducing these rare side covers through 3D printing.
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  8. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Now THAT is a great question! Would be a real good use of a 3D printed for sure!
     
  9. billy icon

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

    im like a little kid right now, soooo ecited to see this engraving take place, don't forget to show us the tool used to do the work
    one of the reasons is I do hand tooled leather , like for seats, and ive been looking into the engraving stuff, as another outlet for my nerotic need to spend way to much time making something cool lol
     
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  10. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    I have one of his engravings. It is a work of art! JC

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  11. Grimmith

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    I'm just using a hand Dremel with a few bits lol. I'm still saving up for an engraving machine. I can't think of the name of what it's called, I think it's a jewelers engraver. But yeah all my engraving work on my bike is just with the same Dremel and bits lol. I also have a slightly addictive neurotic awesome sauce must create something cool as fuck all day everyday personality as well. haha. Do you see that king queen seat on my bike in my pics? would you be able to re-upholster it? and how much? :D
     
  12. Grimmith

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    I'm so happy you still rock that man, appreciate it! :D
     
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  13. Grimmith

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    Just a Dremel :D
     
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  14. Grimmith

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    So realistically it's moderately pointless to have? unless maybe for a race bike. I'll send updated photos on the engraving in a few days.
     
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  15. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Emulsion Tube O-Rings
    Local hydraulic shop had a pack of 10 in stock.
     
  16. tekk220

    tekk220 XS650 Member

    Going to attempt to rebuild these petcocks. Also is there a flat gasket that goes between tank and petcock or is it just the rubber o ring ?
     

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  17. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Just an O-ring
     
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  18. tekk220

    tekk220 XS650 Member

    thank you.. there was so much built up gunk that it looked like a gasket lol
     
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  19. The sun was out, so here's the pics. I know, whoopy freakin do! Ordered some diodes for my indicator light. I definitely need them, as I can't see them blinking and tend to leave them on FOREVER!
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    Oh, and yes I see that my right front blinker is not straight. It was bent up from an accident in 76. I guess I bent it down too far.
     
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  20. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

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    Hey, Nice tail light mod !
    That idea is going to happen to my 79 too somehow.
    -RT
     

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