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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. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Guess I'll Cancel the Carnauba Wax Order

    So I had this Special tank hanging in the shed, a victim of a guy with a whole case of beer and a half can of BBQ grill spray paint, and I see there are no dents showing up in the matte black in the shed.
    Spent 20 minutes with an EPA approved citrus paint remover and a worn out scotch brite pad and the original ruby red is showing through.
    Had it been a factory colour I really liked, I would have put more effort into it.
    As it is, it's a dead of winter basement diversion maybe.
    But I see Tremclad/Rustoleum has a nice metallic Rose Copper .....
     
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  2. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Back to the bike. Idle is hunting. Right cyl points solid as a rock, timing dead in the middle and running 22 degrees on the 4 cylinder scale. Left side advanced and jumping around like a crotch full of fire ants! Had them hanging on their leader. Replaced with a Yamaha set. Gapped at .010, caught the light between the timing marks, locked em' down and fired it up. Dwell was 22 degrees, steady as a clock. (Lucky puppy) Re-checked right and good to go. Ordered a push pull gage, 0 to 2000 grams. I've got OEM, K&S ( china) and some branded China points to check! Book say points should open between 700 and 800 grams pressure. At the least you can match up a pair that will break the same!
    Still don't sound just right. May have an air leak? Replacing the Pea-shooters had nothing to do with the points but it may the mix.
    Thu
    PS Yamaha Service Manual, Mods 74-77 XS650 pg. 2-21 Para 14. States to 'Bend the advance weight stoppers'!
    Clymer Yamaha pg. 20 Para. 9. States "DO NOT bend the advance weight stops to change the amount of advance." "The stops will snap off!"
    You do ya' trust? We know not to bend them! :rock:
     
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  3. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Ah, the joys of a points ignition, lol. I stuck with them for the first few years I owned my '78. I was used to and familiar with points after using them on my old BMWs for many years. But, that BMW system is nicer, just a single points set-up and very well made. This Yamaha dual points set-up is much more complicated to get set right. And now it's getting harder to find quality points. Back while I still had mine in use, MikesXS sold the quality Daiichi points, but not any more.

    Glad to see you using a dwell meter. It makes getting the gaps perfect (and matched) a bit easier at least.
     
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  4. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hey, 5T.
    Yeah. Tough decision. Old Biker had an Elect Iggy. It jumped all over so he went back with points. Steady freddy. So I suppose you can install the Elect Iggy and with the timing marks dead on, you can rev to 3K or above and the max advance will fall, 3mm to either side of the mark?

    I do happen to have Hugh's Hand Built, full enchilada, about $600 bucks worth. But... I'm teetering on the edge of an Installation. If it ain't broke and all that.
     
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  5. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    I eventually got a Pamco and never looked back. One thing I did while the points were still in there to calm down the jumping around of the marks was to shim out the excess lateral freeplay in the advance rod. Mine had quite a bit of end play, like .015" or .016". When you pushed/pulled on the end of the advance rod, you could easily see it move in and out of the cam. If you pulled out on it and let it go, it would snap back in with an audible "click". I thought this might be adding topend noise or "clatter" so that's why I shimmed it. It really didn't do anything as far as noise goes but it did seem to stabilize the timing marks some so they didn't jump around so much any more. I shimmed the endplay down to about .005" or .006". I did so by adding shims on the points side under the points cam. I left them there when I switched to the Pamco.
     
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  6. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    That's interesting. I totally went through the advance unit making sure it was as factory new as I could make it. Seals and lube but never gave any thought to the end play. Pamco. Back when I was building her up Hugh's was getting good reviews so I went with that. Dang near plug and play.

    Pamco's are out of stock

    Now that you mention it, I think I remember Pamco Pete pulling the plug.
     
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  7. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Yes, unfortunately Pamcos aren't being made any more. Too bad, mine is a very, very early one, almost a prototype, that Pete sent me many years ago to test and report on. It's never missed a beat and it's been a good dozen years.

    If you want to try the advance rod shimming, here's a little write-up I did about it long ago. You can get shims from McMaster-Carr. See the 1st post on page 2 .....

    https://xs650temp.proboards.com/thread/1372?page=2
     
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  8. JesseeS

    JesseeS XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Tore down the top end as I found a bunch of small shavings in my sump filter. Turns out it was my cam chain guide getting sawed down. Replacing the guide and tensioner. I was debating doing a big bore, but now it's kind of "why not?"
     

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  9. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I like your adapter!
     
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  10. JesseeS

    JesseeS XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Thank you! Easily the best money I've spent for motor work.
     
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  11. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yamaha changed their mind and issued a service bulletin to NOT bend the tangs.I have epoxied shims inside the tangs to reduce the advance. Also have reshaped the weight round ends to reduce slop in the notch.
     
  12. Oldfartaussie

    Oldfartaussie XS650 Enthusiast XS650.com Supporter

    Developed a loud scrape/shudder in the rear calliper and replaced the shims but no change. When I removed the calliper and inspected the lugs that hold the shims which the brake pad's slide on it evident the four lugs are not even/square. I purchased a new/ used hanger from a xs parts supplier and it is actually worse than the one I have. Has anyone seen this before or know if they were actually straight/even/square when new??. With the twin discs callipers on the front the lugs on the hangers are even/square and there is no movement/ slop in the shims/pad's or calliper but they cannot be fitted to the rear. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. 20210914_153236.jpg 20210721_163022.jpg 20210908_171644.jpg
     
  13. gggGary

    gggGary On the road of life I'm a speed bump. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    No biggie on the shape of those lugs pressure is all sideways. Might want to look inside the caliper see it the rotor is scraping, if so look into some sort of alignment issue 'tween mount, caliper, wheel. Remove, clean, LIGHTLY lube, the caliper slide pin in it's rubber cocoon.
    If you haven't; a full strip rebuild of the caliper MC etc. is always a wise investment of your time. Especially on the rear brake, fill, bleed BEFORE you remount the caliper. Otherwise an air bubble in the line will fight you til you give up in disgust.
    A caliper rebuild how to, front and rear are about identical (bleeder location).
    https://www.xs650.com/threads/help-with-caliper-rebuild.41676/#post-417294
    A quick Great way to bleed the brake. (works for rear also)
    Jim's 1980 SG Miss September
    That rotor could use a bit of facing.
     

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  14. Oldfartaussie

    Oldfartaussie XS650 Enthusiast XS650.com Supporter

    Thanks for the info on the lugs, thought they must have worn that way. I rebuilt the calliper last year and it is working good, just not sure why there is so much play when in it sits in the hanger . Even with the large shims in place there is side movement where as the front callipers are a firm fit in the hanger and so are the shims and pad's. I have a new/ used disc to install and I replaced the wheel bearings and swingarm bearings and rear shocks six months ago but turning the wheel by hand the disc has a slight wobble as though it is warped.?.
     
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  15. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I couldn't pass up a deal on JIS screw drivers, with magnetic tips. First set I've ever owned. Yeah, that's right. But did you notice how they look so much like a Reed and Prince? I'd hate to live on the difference!
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    Hey, I got my Tail Lite Strobe Controllers in today. Jim's look to be as big as a bread box. Not so, these are little bitty and mount with a piece of sticky back whatever it is.
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    Am I gona use these? ( I got one for the Yam and one for the Honda) Probably not. At least with the Chicken Squat 1157 LED's I have. I have an LED set coming in tomorrow and a "Universal safety light alert" with four flashes then solid. I don't want it to cook in fourteen different languages, I just want it to blink and then go solid. Cool beans. But, I'm gona wire up and try both sets. I just want to see the difference between the two systems.
     
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  16. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    New LED 1157 bulbs work great. Plenty of brightness separation between tail and brake! This is only the tail light. It's a white LED and looks white on camera but it's red.

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    As you can see in the photo of the controller above, the strobe controller has a pos and neg IN and a pos and neg OUT. It's made to be used with a brake light that does not have a common ground (un-like the 77 Yam where you have a yellow brake light wire, a blue tail light wire and a black common ground.)
    EDIT:
    My Controller is a knock off of a GS-100A. This tube tell you all about it.



    On a 77 with active Light Checker, you will have to disconnect the checker. The checker reads system ground through a resistor. You will no longer have the warning lite in your eyes at night telling you your riding the brake. :thumbsup:
    I moved as many connections to where I could get to them when I built up the bike. You can see the plug, check-ER. Made it easy to unplug.
    Drag out the connectors and heat shrink. I needed some wire too.
    I already had a pig tail on the Neg Batt post, so one black ground went there. The other got a piece of heat shrink.
    Unplug the yellow brake wire at the rear fender grommet.
    Plug the "V In" red wire into the bike side of the harness.
    Plug the Red OUT wire into the yellow brake side of the harness.
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    I'm leaving the mess to see how she goes. If smooth, I'll tidy it up and stick the unit down.
     
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  17. Jim

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

    Just take the controller ground (on the light side) and run it to the frame ground. The strobe comes from the power wire.... pretty sure the ground side won't care where it's grounded, long a the electrons make their way back to the battery.
     
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  18. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    I tried hooking up one of those controllers last winter and couldn’t get it to work so it’s sitting in my parts bin somewhere. With this new intel from the two of you, I may give it another try.
     
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  19. thuban

    thuban Horse Scratcher XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Didn't need this:
     
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  20. Jim

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

    Mine is an 80. Don't think it has the checker.
     
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