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      5twins replied to the thread First start after rebuild.
      Yes, the guide hangs out both the top and bottom and should be centered at both ends before the jugs go on .....
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      5twins replied to the thread First start after rebuild.
      When you installed it, did you center it in the tunnel, checking both the top and bottom? This is important and often isn't done. If not...
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      5twins replied to the thread Oil Filters.
      You have to remove the caliper bracket from the forks, then flip it around and take that little Phillips screw out of the back. Then the...
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      5twins replied to the thread Removing chain guard question.
      As far as the gearing change goes, I know it probably seems like a tooth isn't going to make much difference, but it really does. The...
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      5twins replied to the thread Removing chain guard question.
      Just Google "DID 530 Drive Chain", you'll get lots of hits, like this one ...
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      5twins replied to the thread Removing chain guard question.
      Well, these bikes benefit greatly from a gearing change, but only a small one. Leave the front sprocket stock (at 17T) and just go down...
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      5twins replied to the thread Oil Filters.
      Pretty much all the service and parts manuals are available for free download from the XSCafe here ...
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      5twins replied to the thread Removing chain guard question.
      As far as chains go, this bike barely makes 50HP so I don't think an expensive o-ring chain is needed. Just a quality standard chain...
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      5twins replied to the thread First time owner and first post.
      Yes, the speedo drive. It acts as both the dust cover and axle spacer on that side of the wheel ..... The unit pictured above is...
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      5twins replied to the thread Memory Lane.
      Yes, I invested in a bunch of good brand name ones (Littelfuse), not too expensive from eBay ..... https://www.ebay.com/itm/166329437338
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      5twins replied to the thread XS650 engine serial number.
      Any carb set will fit any engine. Personally, I prefer the later linked sets, either BS38s or BS34s.
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      5twins replied to the thread First start after rebuild.
      Time to check the head bolt and nut torques again too. You need to do this several times after a rebuild in the first thousand miles or...
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      5twins replied to the thread Memory Lane.
      I've got an '83 as well that I brought back from the dead. It was parked a good dozen years and yes, some of that time was in a barn...
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      5twins replied to the thread Memory Lane.
      Yes, K&N filters will last many, many years if properly cared for. Use the right stuff, the K&N cleaner and the K&N oil. Most auto parts...
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      Yes, it's steel. I was hoping it would be chromed, but no such luck, lol, just cad plated by the looks of it.
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      5twins replied to the thread Project Bobber X2.2 the rework..
      Is that a replacement from Mike's? If so, they're known for doing that, lol.
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      5twins replied to the thread First start after rebuild.
      Well, that sounds much better, lol. This is a rather crude old motor design so it will never be as quiet or smooth as a newer bike...
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      5twins replied to the thread Got it Back.
      The sump plate on the bottom of the engine is most likely stuck on too, lol. That one is pretty easy to knock free with a block of...
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      5twins replied to the thread Fng here poulsbo wa ..
      Let's move on to something else ..... I see you already have a replacement MC. One with a slightly smaller bore than the 14mm original...
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      5twins replied to the thread Fng here poulsbo wa ..
      Well, the charging system really doesn't have any effect on that, it's the size of the battery. The stock battery isn't real big so it...
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      5twins replied to the thread Fng here poulsbo wa ..
      This bike being so old, you need to go through all the wiring, cleaning and checking all the connections and checking for any rubbed...
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      5twins replied to the thread Fng here poulsbo wa ..
      If it really is a 1980 model then it looks like someone swapped on an older set of BS38 carbs, a '78-'79 set from the looks of them. No...
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      5twins replied to the thread Memory Lane.
      I plan on trying something similar soon but instead, I'm going to "gut" the original fuse box and hopefully fit the new blade fuses in...
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      5twins replied to the thread 75b Frontend redo and deep clean.
      I think you mean 2" Roloc discs? By red I think you mean what they call maroon, a medium grit equivalent to 150 grit paper ..... You...
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      5twins replied to the thread Eight pump chump.
      Your choke jets may be plugged or partially plugged. If they are, the chokes won't work and cold starting will be very difficult. Here's...
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      5twins replied to the thread Need help with timing assembly.
      New chains are very tight and have no play, so I'm assuming you have re-used an old chain? To check the cam timing, I would install the...
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      5twins replied to the thread BS34 Carbs with open pipes ?.
      Yes, they don't call straight, open pipes "drag" pipes for nothing lol. They may make more power at very high RPMs but hurt performance...
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      5twins replied to the thread Weird Idle Issue.
      Yes the seals are so cheap from Suzuki that it's foolish not to replace them. I order them by the dozen, lol.
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      5twins replied to the thread Memory Lane.
      The kicker works through the clutch on these bikes. That means that pulling the clutch in (disengaging it) should disconnect the kicker...
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      5twins replied to the thread Got it Back.
      The only thing I don't like about the headpipes is they don't kick up quite enough at the rear. The muffler blocks axle removal and must...
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      I've changed the brake rod adjuster nut to a wingnut ..... My old BMWs came with these and I always liked them. This one is a Yamaha...
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      5twins replied to the thread Mikes XS 13mm Master cylinder.
      I'm pretty sure you can get dogleg style replacement levers as well. I went the opposite direction, replacing my brake lever to match...
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      5twins replied to the thread Mikes XS 13mm Master cylinder.
      These perch and lever assemblies were used on many of the Kawasaki KZ models from the mid '70s up through the mid '80s. Most of the '80s...
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      5twins replied to the thread Mikes XS 13mm Master cylinder.
      I have a 1/2" on one of my 650s, an 11mm on the other. The 1/2" MC will give you a slight improvement in "feel" and modulation compared...
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      5twins replied to the thread Got it Back.
      Yes, I have them on my '83 and they're pretty nice. The pipe is pretty thick and the chrome seems good. I've been running them for...
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      5twins replied to the thread 75b Frontend redo and deep clean.
      I've never needed to add an o-ring, but I leave the top grease seal out.
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      Yes, that's a '74 - early '77 brake plate with the electric brake wear switch and the bracket on the plate for the wiring to run...
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      5twins replied to the thread Brake hose holder.
      If you've switched to a braided stainless line, you don't need that bracket anymore. The stainless line is stiff enough without it and...
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      Best spoke prices I've found are from XS650Direct ...... https://xs650direct.com/products?show_all=true&category=135&page=1 They've...
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      The "deluxe" Special models had mags up through '81, the cheaper Special II models had spoke wheels (normal 36 spoke). You can run that...
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      Yes, an '82 or '83 Heritage Special wheel. I have one on my '83 and will be re-doing it with an alloy rim and stainless spokes once the...
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      5twins replied to the thread Memory Lane.
      If you get a blade fuse block, make sure it's the kind with separate inputs and outputs for each fuse. You don't want one with one input...
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      5twins replied to the thread Project Bobber X2.2 the rework..
      Hold on to those 1.6mm steel plates as they are N.L.A. and one gets used as the bottom "damper" plate in the '80 and later 6 plate clutch.
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      5twins replied to the thread Project Bobber X2.2 the rework..
      I'm not sure, but you may need to use the newer 1.4mm thick steel plates as well.
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      5twins replied to the thread Fuel recommendations.
      I've always run the hi-test in all my bikes. I tried the regular grade but they pinged with it. The new alcohol laced gas seems to work...
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      5twins replied to the thread BS34 Carbs with open pipes ?.
      Don't forget, you also have pilot circuit air jets you can change. They don't have as big of an effect as changing the pilot jet itself...
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      5twins replied to the thread Engine mounts.
      Here's a chart I put together. Personally, I use the '77D values as they make the most sense to me. I don't know why Yamaha increased...
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      5twins replied to the thread Bleeding the Brakes.
      I have a Mityvac vacuum pump just like this one ...
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      5twins replied to the thread Is this a 78 or 72?.
      Yes, it appears the cylinders have been changed back to 650 ones. The cam chain adjuster may be mid '71 all the way up to '75, but it...
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      5twins replied to the thread Is this a 78 or 72?.
      Oh my, that may be one of the rare factory 750 motors (only 200 made) put out in '72 to qualify it for "production" racing. We'll need...
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