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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. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Today I made adjustable fork stops and reassembled and installed the forks. Back on it`s wheels.:thumbsup: Finally found my shorter clutch cable and assembled the side cover. Thought about a front fender and spedo:doh:. Lucky for me I snapped out of it.:shootme: Needs to be completely finished by Oct 15th.:shrug:
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  2. JAX71224

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  3. JAX71224

    JAX71224 jax71224

    Pliers will remove fuel line well enough . Can same pliers replace fuel line back in place?
     
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  4. azman857

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

    Somewhere along the way I aquired a pair of standard length bent nose pliers. They are great for removing or instaling fuel lines.
     
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  5. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Yes! That was the beauty of it!
     
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  6. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    Today I mounted a headlight and "bobbed" a front fender.:thumbsdown::thumbsdown::thumbsdown: Now I might have to center mount a spedo just to fill the gap between the headlight and the upper tree. :banghead: Since all this is for resale the new owner will probably change it anyway.:shrug: Oh Well.
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  7. Oldfartaussie

    Oldfartaussie XS650 Enthusiast XS650.com Supporter

    Noticed new rear brake disc wearing unevenly and removed the calliper to find the pads are worn only on the top 20mm of the pads and the piston retracts when the brake pedal is released.? I managed to grab hold of the piston and boot and pumped the pedal to get the piston and boot to expand out 30mm or so and then pushed it back in and reassembled the calliper on the bike. Seemed to work OK this morning on the ride to work but it needs adjusting, may need rebuild kit. 20211001_041004.jpg
     
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  8. Adamc

    Adamc XS650 MEDDLER XS650.com Supporter

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    Love the work so far.
     
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  9. gggGary

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

    Hey with the rear wheel in the air is there any side to side play if you grab it and rock back n forth??
     
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  10. Oldfartaussie

    Oldfartaussie XS650 Enthusiast XS650.com Supporter

    There is a very small amount of side play, maybe 1 or 2mm, I replaced the wheel bearings and the swingarm needle bearings recently as well as the rear shocks.
     
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  11. Signal

    Signal XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

    Oldfart it looks as though your disc is cupped. To test put a straight edge across the disc, you will probably need to take the wheel out. If it is distorted it may be saved by precision grinding but it may be cost effective to get a used true disc. Never seen an XS disc that has distorted before but other discs do on racing outfits.
     
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  12. gggGary

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

    Was hat spacer removed from old LH wheel bearing and put into the new one?
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    Part #20 Missing this critical step in bearing replacement has happened to many....
     
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  13. JesseeS

    JesseeS XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Since I'm rebuilding my motor I decided to take my carbs apart to give them a good cleaning. They felt a bit gunked up and I wanted to write down the jetting. Took them apart and holy crap! Left carb gunked up like I've never seen, right carb clean as a whistle.
     

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  14. Oldfartaussie

    Oldfartaussie XS650 Enthusiast XS650.com Supporter

    I checked the disc before fitting with a steel ruler across the face and it looked OK and so did the old disc I took off the bike. Definately put the top hat spacer in when replacing the wheel bearings as i was aware of it being a problem with other's leaving it out. Maybe I need a new axle? Or swingarm bolt?.
     
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  15. Mikey

    Mikey got muscles in his head that ain't never been used XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Just finished cleaning the inside of my 73's tank with rust restore
    It actually cleaned pretty good
    I had a little time so I thought lets do a little polishing I take it I am putting to much compound on the part and not enough pressure on it
    A 1/2 HP bench grinder just don't cut it (should have gone bigger
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  16. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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    @Mikey I keep a small bag of flour near my polishing wheel to help take off the black residue.
     
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  17. teamWicked

    teamWicked XS650 Addict Top Contributor

    Guys that buff boat gelcoat use a screwdriver tip or needle nose pliers to dress the pad now and again. You need revs more than power. My bench grinder/buffer is 3450 ram and worked great polishing Mustang stainless trim.
     
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  18. Mikey

    Mikey got muscles in his head that ain't never been used XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Who knew
    I'll have to try that Thanks !
    Edit: I know dumb question but you don't put flour on the part and then use the wheel to get the black marks off?
     
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  19. Mikey

    Mikey got muscles in his head that ain't never been used XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I have to look at what mine is rated at
    If I l don't put a lot of force on the part seems to spin fine but It's got no guts to keep it spinning fast
    Ya get what you pay for
     
  20. Mikey

    Mikey got muscles in his head that ain't never been used XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I just checked my grinder says 3450 RPM too
    I must just have a bad technique ?
    I also dress the wheel once a a while
     

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