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xs650 scrambler build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sean colleary, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    well i go to pick up this 1979 xs650 next weekend going to be doing a scrambler build. so starts my new adventure with the xs cant wait to see where this project takes me mechanically and literally. ps i live in denver co
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  2. Jim

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

    Lookin' forward to watchin' it come together. :)
     
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  3. GodJockey

    GodJockey XS650 Member

    Care to share some details in what you plan on doing?
     
  4. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    ok so get a new fender or cut the one on there to shorten it up i want to be able to get something that covers the frame by the tires to protect the carbs yamaha-scrambler-1.jpg .idk what im going to do for the front fender right now front fender high bmw scrambler ninet.jpg maybe something like this. for pipes i found some cool stuff might do something low with this muffler with them stacked like a old 2 smoker J4A1809-2.jpg or do like a normal scrambler with thes mufflers 53mm-Torpedo-reverse-cone-shorty-muffler-3-e1500778155741.jpg .now for wheels im not sure how big i want to go or just stick with what i got and get some good dule sport tires on it . bars im going to get some pro-tapers and eliminate all the mic bar controls for some sleeker ones 7-8-Micro-Switch-3-Button-3.jpg . o and tuck all the wiring i can and make it look as clean as i can ... and of corse square number plates on the side where the bat box would be and want to do a bat elimination.... i think thats it lol ... for now @GodJockey
     
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  5. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Welcome to the forum Sean,
    You might consider keeping this thread going as your build thread. You can post all your updates and photos here all in one location so we can follow along. We love photos!
    You might enjoy looking at some of the builds on this website. They might have some ideas that interest you.

    http://www.therapygarage.com/builds/
     
  6. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

  7. Jim

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

    Since you're building a scrambler, you might want to follow this build as well. @halfmile does some good work.
     
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  8. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    lol i have that one saved on my desk top lol
     
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  9. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    so ive been thinking about tanks would you guys have any suggestions?
     
  10. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

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  11. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    so the guy im buying this 79 xs650 off of sent me this video of the bike i noticed a rattling sound is this normal
     
  12. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    Got her !!! 79 xs650 so stoked
     

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  13. Jim

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

    ...and the fun begins.:)
     
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  14. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    Its kindof a mess perfect for what im going to do lol
     
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  15. MaxPete

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

    What rattling sound? That bike in the video sounds pretty good to me Sean.

    Now - if you used the electric start and it sounds like "a teaspoon tossed down a garburator" (in the words of a Forum member) - then, yeah it is normal - as long as the bike starts. Most XS650's start well on the electric starter but if they have to crank for more than a few seconds, you often get a nasty sounding grind.

    It is a well-known problem and is easy to fix. Just look up "starter gear repair" on this forum and you'll find all sorts of stuff on that little task.

    Pete
     
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  16. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    here we go started to disassemble the bike today and i found a rats nest of a harness 100 splices so i have to redo all the wiring but for now im just going to rip it all out and start from scratch
    is there a good simplified wiring harness i can use for head light brake light motor and starter ? would the tc bro simplified o btw i am going to be getting the pma kit from dime city IMG_5320.jpg IMG_5321.jpg IMG_5322.jpg IMG_5323.jpg IMG_5324.jpg IMG_5325.jpg harness work for my application
     
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  17. Jim

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

    There's simplified wiring diagrams and sources for pins and connectors in the tech section if you can't find the harness you need. Pretty easy to make your own.
    If you're going minimal on electrical, you might want to consider sticking to the stock charging sys. instead of the PMA....
     
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  18. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    Whats your opinion on switching from points
     
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  19. Jim

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

    My general philosophy is if it ain't broke, don't f#ck with it... :) Points need adjusting and replacing periodically. I personally don't mind doing that. Electronic ignition is pretty much no maintenance. Both systems work well when properly maintained.... the electronic systems are spendy....

    More wrench time required vs. a lighter wallet... That's a choice for you to make. ;)
     
  20. sean colleary

    sean colleary XS650 Addict

    Need some inspiration lol
     

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