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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. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yeah...I have been instructed to leave those there as they look cheery in the sh!tty weather season.

    That's OK - I have too much readin' and writin' to do right now anyway.
     
  2. Wulfbyte

    Wulfbyte XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

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  3. billy icon

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

    it rained on my snow, and made MUD,,
     
  4. ReycleBill

    ReycleBill Part Time Tyrannicide XS650.com Supporter

    You think those bolts in your seat might hurt your ass?
     
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  5. billy icon

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

    I think this is actually what the guy was using to do the leather work, but I think it would work for engraving too, he had made one tip that he could change for different patterns,,, these are normally used for knocking slag off welds when using flux core, its the only thing I can find that even looks like the tool he showed me, but I would think something air powered and industrial would work for the mass of the work, and the dtail with other finer tools
     
  6. billy icon

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

    recycle bill those are actually the bottom mounts fro the seat springs, and the seat pan has holes all around the edge for looks, and it just so happened\s the holes line up with the bolts that are part of the frame... ..I actually rode 1400 miles at once shot to the redwoods run in CA... with a seat like that, it ended up with all kinds of padding duct taped to it for the ridde home lol,,, im hard core just not that hard..
     
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  7. Old Okie

    Old Okie XS650 Enthusiast

    Speaking of calipers, I spent 2 hours trying to assemble the caliper and pads on the '81 XS650 Special.
    Is there some trick to this. I have done lots of brakes without a problem but this one has me stumped.
    Got the seals in but the pads are not going in. These pads were in that caliper when I took it off the bike.
    Is there a special tool for this??? I should have had this thing running by now.
     
  8. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    pics? Caliper/pad assembly is straightforward, no special tools needed.
    http://www.xs650.com/forum/showthread.php?p=417294
     
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  9. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Make sure you've squeezed the piston way in, and removed the left-hand side securing screw.
    The pads push up against the spring metal clip at the top.
     
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  10. Old Okie

    Old Okie XS650 Enthusiast

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    My caliper is much different than the one in the video. The 2 parts of the caliper have to be assembled and the pads fitted into guides in the U shaped part and maybe secured by a screw.I think I had it right but it all fell apart. Seems like some kind of clip could be helpful to hold the pads in place until the unit is mounted of the bike.
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  11. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    So Steve, have you had the chance to get any miles on this beauty? Riding impression?
     
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  12. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    I was able to get out there and fool around with the mystery gadget some more.

    Post #6968.
    http://www.xs650.com/threads/what-have-you-done-to-your-xs-today.32082/page-349#post-625296

    Found another design flaw, a bit too involved to fix, so it's been shelved. I've used up this month's allotment of web data, so will have to post details about it next month.

    In the meantime, been super-preoccupied with the new toy.

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    Learning how to ride all over again.
    Kicking and clawing, being dragged into the 21st Century...
     
  13. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Oh, man, this thing is a 106 cu-in beast.
    Got the high "A factor" with the weight loss.
    Even the XS1B is much perkier now.

    Having a problem with wind blast.
    It likes to cruise around 90mph.
    Got a small wind screen coming...
     
  14. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Try installing the bracket on the fork leg the pads on the bracket THEN push the caliper into place.
    Note exactly how that stainless clip is positioned. it will go in backward.
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  15. Old Okie

    Old Okie XS650 Enthusiast

    That method may work. I will try that tomorrow. My caliper is much different than the one you are showing.
     
  16. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Looks the same to me and what I'm showing is correct for an 81 special.
     
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  17. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Note how pads are installed in bracket with the small tabs facing up.
     
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  18. Grimmith

    Grimmith Samurai

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    Relief is soooo good. super happy I did it. I added some weird swirls around the oil filter cap since the cap is a weird face lol
     

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  19. Holy shit, that is fuckin fantastic! Sorry, guys, I'm from Jersey!
     
  20. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider Top Contributor

    Showed the SG some love today. Sprayed the engine down with degunker and took a toothbrush and acid brush to her. Changed the sparkplugs too. She looks cleaner but more cleaning needed on the sump area. She is not a leaker anymore!
     

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