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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. yamahama

    yamahama '72 XS in Restoration XS650.com Supporter

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    kind of burned out doing nothing ...with bike prob. rest of week.
     
  2. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    It’s too hot to ride, and being cooped up in the house is driving me crazy. So, I went out to my garage, turned on a great big fan to blow on me, and cranked up some classic rock music and just started obsessively cleaning my ‘77.
    I spent five straight hours on it and I’m not even done. I’m cleaning it as if I were going to show it. :laugh2:
    What the heck, I enjoy doing it and it passes the time, plus I’ve enjoyed listening to some old rock albums from the 70’s I haven’t heard in a long time! Now.....where did I put that blue magic? :whistle:
     
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  3. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    :D 70's, 80's.. ya I use to misplace plenty of things doing garage projects with rock & roll on too
    :whistle:
     
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  4. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    pics ! We want to see that 77 again lol
     
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  5. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Ok, let me finish shining her up tomorrow and I’ll take a couple fresh pics. ;) Right now the tank and side covers are off.
     
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2020
  6. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Ok Randy, here you go! Two days of degreasing , cleaning, scrubbing and waxing. Probably hasn’t been this clean since I first put it back on the road. :cool:
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  7. Raymond

    Raymond XS650 rider, fettler, setting out on a journey XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    You deserve that puff on a cigar!
     
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  8. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Ha! Thanks Raymond. :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Signal

    Signal XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Stop that Mailman you are making us look like slobs.
     
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  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    That’s what happens when you have too much time on your hands! :laugh2:
     
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  11. azman857

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

    Took the SG put for an early run. 0800 and already 90*F. Just went on base and ran around "the Boneyard" to visit the XC-99. Basically, a cargo version of the B-36. She (the SG) wasn't running her best again. Ever since the top end rebuild she's been running rich. Been raising and lowering the needle and no sweet spot. I guess it's time to dig out the leaner main jets. Hopefully I can find the sweet spot then.
     
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  12. azman857

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

    Dang it Mailman! I knew I should have put on the sunshades before looking at your pics...
     
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  13. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

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  14. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    DAAAAAAANG BOB ! Looking spectacular!
     
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  15. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Ha! Thanks buddy! Now I’m gonna have to go dirty it up again! :laugh2:
     
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  16. pokerchief29

    pokerchief29 XS650 Member

    Hi everyone! New member here. New bike as well. It's my first bike. I fell in love with these bikes a few years ago. A week after I bought it, the bike started missing on the right cylinder. Initially assumed it was a spark plug then changed those made it a half a mile and same issue. So today I ordered a new coil off ebay and got everything ready to go. I'm not mechanical savy so any advice is appreciated
     

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  17. MaxPete

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

    If it has the stock coils, it may be that the high tension lead isn't well connected either at the coil end or at the spark plug end - so you might want to take a look at the connections between the coils and the high tension (HT or high voltage) leads and the between the high tension leads and the spark plug caps.

    If any of those HT connections are poor, the bike will miss, particularly at higher RPMs.

    If you examine the connections, you will find what looks like a big wood screw down inside the coil or plug cap connection point. You must ensure that the HT lead has a bit of bare conductor exposed and then you simply twist that lead down onto the “screw” while firmly pressing it in. Once you have "screwed" the spark plug wire in - do the following:
    • secure the connection with the little rubber sleeve and screw-on the plastic nut (on the coil end) and,
    • slide the flexible rubber “boot” on the plug cap end down over the connection.
    A little dab of dielectric grease in each connection will help keep water out of the connections.

    Just a thought.....
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2020
  18. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Cool bike real nice! These bikes are best to have as a second bike and not a first. But yet again, my 77 was my first and made out ok with it. Take a look at the tech section and start reading. These bikes need care and love to get them running good. Ask questions a plenty lots of great people on here ready to help. JC
     
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  19. Superjet

    Superjet XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Bob, I have to say your collection of both your 72 and 77 is something to be proud of. They are both show bikes in my mind and do represent the hard work you have shown us you have done. Hats off to you fellow member! :bow::bow2: love seeing those detail pics you have. JC
     
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  20. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Thanks JC! I appreciate that. :)
     
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