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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. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Can someone tell me more about the hammerhead shocks? Never saw those before.
     
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  2. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Well no expert but I'll take a stab; they were Japanese made, Redwing,
    found on the web
    "These shocks were produced during the 70's in Japan by a sub-brand of Kayaba mainly for flat-track and off-road use. Featuring one spring or two springs with different dampening ratios and they owe their name to the beautiful finned aluminum oil reservoir at the bottom makin' them looking like hammers."
    For a while there were quite a few NOS sets being sold, that was 5-10 years ago,
    https://www.ebay.com/i/303710960201?rt=nc&_trkparms=aid=1110006&algo=HOMESPLICE.SIM&ao=2&asc=20160908110712&meid=896116a011ff42068ab0a8b24e64f71d&pid=100677&rk=7&rkt=30&mehot=none&sd=184291658691&itm=303710960201&pmt=0&noa=1&pg=2386202&algv=DefaultOrganic&brand=Red+Wing Pull out yer money gun!
    The "head" is pretty big so there are some issues with fitment on the chain side. I have a set, but so far haven't fought the fight sufficiently to have them mounted on an XS. One of mine has a "non fatal" groove worn in the back from having been on an XS650 (when I bought it/them). It's a cool attention drawing look, perfect for a period cafe racer theme.
    Similar to the old finned reservoir Marzocchi shocks.
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  3. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Here’s a better shot of mine. An additional note is that these are rebuild able. One can still find parts on eBay, but as Gary mentioned, they can get a bit pricey.
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  4. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Hey Willis, could you give some info on that seat...........A shot of the whole seat on the bike if you don't mind..........My son wants to chop the end rail on my bike because he wants to have a flat seat............that looks to be a flat slab.............
     
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  5. willis

    willis xsive compulsive disorder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    It was made by Wes at Counter Balance cycles. He does very fine work. I had one of his other thin seats previous to this one that kicked up in the back. Ultimately it wasn’t the look I was after, so I sold it and ordered a new one from Wes with the request to build up the foam more for a flat seat. I can get some more detailed pics if you like.
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  6. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Thx for the info. Cool looking pieces. They’d even be nice just to hang in the wall to look at.
     
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  7. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    I see what Gary mentioned about clearance with the chain. Very nice. Thx
     
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  8. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Machine! That is the cleanest transition from Exhaust Pipe to muffler I've seen. Whats you got going on there?
     
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  9. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    That's a stock Special one piece headpipe/muffler. They are welded together.
     
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  10. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    5 twins said...They are welded together. I knew it looked too good! :laugh2:
    5 T, how are you liking your bolt baffle mod to your pipes / peashooters, now that you have had time to get some rides on them? ( It's on my list of things to do along with my rear brake check, can't find the time)
     
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  11. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

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    Lack of Muffler options.. :cussing:It is really a concern.
    Thuban this set of, I was told Triumph but I bet Harley Bubs mufflers were "custom fitted " pretty well actually using Dole Pineapple cans lol. The little ones in the mixer aisle at the liquor store along with some kind of asbestos like gasket sheet. :lmao:
    I dont drink any longer so my own home imaginative solutions aren't quite as frequent. But I'd do this again if I ever found Bubs mufflers for sale at the bar again.. Oh ya, I don't go to bars anymore either ..
     
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  12. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    How do those mufflers sound? Are they much louder than stock? They look great!
     
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  13. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Machine! That looks good! But I hate your post! Makes me feel like I want to laugh and holler, "Good Job" and cry for ya all at the sale time!
     
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  14. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Its All very Goood. No worries Thuban
    Mailman the Bubs were So cool I didn't even realize what a rare score they were. I re packed them with FMF muffler fiberglass and they were still loud but.. they had a very deep rumbley tone that was right ! Didn't have the tinney plain Chinese sound.
     
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  15. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I’ll bet they sound a lot like my old ‘76 Triumph. They were factory silencers, but were more throaty than our Stock Yamaha silencers.
     
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  16. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    I'm quite liking my Peashooters with the "crossed bolts" baffle mod. They sound pretty good, louder than stock of course, but not too loud (like they were the way they came).
     
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  17. Paul Sutton

    Paul Sutton Still Looking Good Top Contributor

    When fitting new mufflers what is the impact of not having that cross-pipe anymore?
     
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  18. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Thanks 5 T. Paul, that cross pipe balanced and tuned the exhaust. It's supposed to help in a lot of areas especially when the mufflers may have been a little restrictive. Is it needed? I guess Yamaha thought it was.
     
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  19. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Didn't thank you the other day..............thanks.

    I wouldn't mind seeing the other pics
     
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  20. stinky78

    stinky78 XS650 Addict

    @willis, I’m really liking that seat too, does it allow you to run the stock fender?
     

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