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      From Partzilla, but check Part Shark, it's probably cheaper ...
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      Back the idle speed adjuster screws out. They act upon the slide, raising and lowering it to control/set idle speed.
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      Before installing the housings with the new seals, thoroughly clean the ends of the cam where the new seal lips will ride. Buff them...
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      As I said, the 5mm thick seal is what Yamaha went back to using and is what they sell now.
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      5twins replied to the thread Points Gap Adjustment Interval?.
      Points do need replacing, but not that often. Usually, you can go 10 to 15K miles before you need to replace them. Even though they may...
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      For those oil seals, I like the originals as well. Yamaha changed from a 5mm thick seal to a 6mm thick one, then back to the original...
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      The original o-ring used in this location was red in color and I believe it's silicone ...
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      5twins replied to the thread Starter advice.
      Be aware that if the new drag clip is aftermarket with the sides machined flat, it's not as strong.
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      5twins replied to the thread BS 34 carburetors.
      How many miles are on those plugs? They look rather old and beat up. I've found the XS is rather tough on plugs, wearing them out in 3...
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      The nice thing about the Krausers is they snap on and off with the touch/push of just one button, leaving the rack behind ..... You...
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      I don't go all the way down to 10°, I only go a couple to maybe 12° or 13°. I did it originally to alleviate some pinging I was getting...
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      If you retard the timing a couple degrees, it may run even stronger. At least that's my "seat of the pants" impression after doing it on...
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      5twins replied to the thread Resistor Vs. Non-Resistor Plugs.
      I know you can run no resistance in a points system, I did it for several years. I guess you can't with an electronic ignition it seems.
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      May be time to change your "handle", lol. Of course, we will call you "Mr. Dipstick" if you prefer.
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      Yes, speaking of Krausers, I finally got around to installing the $45 set I got off Craigslist on my '83. I was surprised how nice they...
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      Yes, it's a process, lol. It took me most of a seal kit and a gasket kit to get mine relatively leak-free. It sweats a little oil in a...
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      5twins replied to the thread Spark plug ?.
      Jeez, that's too bad. It's a wonderful spark plug cap.
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      5twins replied to the thread Musings on clutch overhaul..
      Well, I wasn't familiar with broaching, but after watching some YouTube vids, I am now. Unfortunately, the 5mm hex tool required costs...
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      5twins replied to the thread Musings on clutch overhaul..
      You can mod the original screws by cutting off the threaded portion, grinding the dome off the top, and drilling a 1/4" hole through...
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      5twins replied to the thread Musings on clutch overhaul..
      Another thing about those aftermarket aluminum spring holders - their O.D. is usually a little bigger and they won't fit into the stock...
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      I have an older HF lift and it's made better than the new ones. But I think you'll still want to replace most of the hardware. The bolts...
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      If you have a leaky 3 hole valve cover, many times you can just rotate it 120° and it will seal. Don't know why but they sometimes seal...
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      5twins replied to the thread Wiring trouble....
      To check your charging output, simply connect your meter (set on the 20V scale) to the battery terminals. At idle you want to see about...
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      5twins replied to the thread Chain self-lubrication feature.
      I usually use a big old Craftsman 150 lb clicker type I've had for years. It was the first nice torque wrench I bought, and going from...
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      5twins replied to the thread Chain self-lubrication feature.
      I used to use around 72 ft/lbs. I didn't get any actual dripping leaks but every spring when I'd go under that cover for it's annual...
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      5twins replied to the thread Chain self-lubrication feature.
      Make it even tighter than that. Use the early spec of 94 ft/lbs.
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      5twins replied to the thread Clutch cable snapped.
      DO NOT get a MikesXS clutch cable, you will be disappointed. The one they sell uses a skinnier wire than a better cable. You can see it...
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      5twins replied to the thread Conversion.
      No by-pass is required for the sidestand one, but you must remove both the switch AND the relay. If you remove just the switch, the bike...
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      5twins replied to the thread Conversion.
      The sidestand switch and relay would be the one because they act upon the ignition black box. The clutch lever relay only acts upon the...
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      Yes, the XS can be made into a pretty competent running and riding bike. Granted, it will never be as good as a modern bike, but it will...
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      Pretty fancy there, lol. I just cut mine from some pipe. However, I did manage to source some of the original top hat shaped spring...
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      5twins replied to the thread Fuel leaking.
      The float may have gone bad, sprung a leak and is filled with gas. Then it's no longer a "float" but rather a "sink", lol. You'll need...
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      5twins replied to the thread Newbie.
      Well, welcome back after all these years. It took a while but it seems you finally came to your senses, lol. I think you'll find the 650...
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      Yes, just remove and discard those spacers, although I'm not sure how they shortened things. Seems to me they would extend the forks...
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      No, there's just a small lever built into the cover that pushes the valve open when you pull the lever up on the handlebar. Nothing is...
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      5twins replied to the thread Spark plug ?.
      I wanted to replace the plug wires on my '83 so I changed coils. I had been wanting to try a Honda MP08 coil after reading about them...
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      5twins replied to the thread First time owner and first post.
      It certainly can't hurt. I use this red rubber grease on the rubber parts all over the bike. It's great on the footpeg mounts. They...
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      5twins replied to the thread More carb/power issues/questions.
      Yes, you will need to lube the advance unit occasionally. After a ride, while it's still warm (or hot), I just dribble some foaming...
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      5twins replied to the thread Spark plug ?.
      Well, if your coil is an original, you can't replace the plug wires, they're molded in. About the best you can do is snip off 1/4" to...
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      5twins replied to the thread First time owner and first post.
      That's red rubber grease, specifically made for use on rubber. It's vegetable oil based, not petroleum, so it won't harm the rubber...
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      The mix screw on the VM carbs is a true air screw. Turning it in reduces the amount of air being added and richens the mix. That may be...
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      5twins replied to the thread Chain master link.
      If moving the arm one spline results in a working brake but requires you tighten the adjuster nut so much that a couple inches of brake...
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      5twins replied to the thread Chain master link.
      Boy, you sure can make a simple job complicated, lol. I guess that's why they have bike shops. I never break the chain or remove the...
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      5twins replied to the thread Spark plug ?.
      Yes, I'm pretty sure the "R" means "Resistor". They seem to be more and more the "norm" these days but we don't want them. If you must...
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      Yes, and the advance weight pivot posts are bone dry and rusty. The springs may be OK if you can clean all the rust off them and oil...
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      Yep, that advance unit is pretty bad and needs servicing. If I was that bike, I wouldn't run right either, lol. When the engine revs up...
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      5twins replied to the thread Reunited with XS650SH.
      OK, the trick now is to use them, lol. I'm pretty good using mine but I do occasionally forget to make entries after doing something to...
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      5twins replied to the thread Reunited with XS650SH.
      With several bikes, I have to write stuff down or I'd never remember which bike I did what to, and when, lol. How do you know when it's...
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      5twins replied to the thread Dipstick marks?.
      "Weight weenies", I like that, lol. I'm going to use it in the future if you don't mind.
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