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  1. 5twins replied to the thread Neutral indicator light.

    Test the wire connection screw on the switch for continuity to ground. It should have it in neutral, not have it in gear.

    Jun 22, 2021 at 2:48 PM
  2. 5twins replied to the thread '82 XS - no headlight! The saga continues.

    If the sidestand switch and relay are working correctly, the bike should start in neutral, sidestand up or down, but will die if put...

    Jun 22, 2021 at 2:44 PM
  3. 5twins replied to the thread '82 XS - no headlight! The saga continues.

    Yes, here's a link with the info for removing and jumping the RLU ..... http://www.excess650.co.uk/tips%20&%20tricks.htm You can also...

    Jun 22, 2021 at 11:32 AM
  4. 5twins replied to the thread '82 XS - no headlight! The saga continues.

    Yes, there is a double safety relay (2 relays on one bracket) located under the right side cover. One of the relays is for the starter,...

    Jun 22, 2021 at 11:10 AM
  5. 5twins replied to the thread Yam_Tech314's official build thread.

    Once the bike is running, be sure to check the timing again with a timing light. The static timing method isn't always 100% accurate and...

    Jun 22, 2021 at 10:48 AM
  6. 5twins replied to the thread Yam_Tech314's official build thread.

    That sounds about right. The dwell is 93°, and that's about 1/4 of 360° which is one revolution. So the points are closed (and the test...

    Jun 22, 2021 at 1:42 AM
  7. 5twins replied to the thread Yam_Tech314's official build thread.

    Power to the points comes from the coils so I'd start there. Make sure the red or R/W power wires feeding the coils have power (when the...

    Jun 21, 2021 at 6:14 PM
  8. 5twins replied to the thread Miss November XS2 tribute.

    Yes, screws 7 - 10 should have the copper washers. If you look closely at the diagram in post #1615, they are pictured. Check your...

    Jun 21, 2021 at 10:10 AM
  9. 5twins replied to the thread '79 XS650 Special Low-Effort Resto.

    Well, you definitely don't want 10w-30 in there for a couple reasons. First, it's too thin and second, most 10w-30 oils are energy...

    Jun 21, 2021 at 10:01 AM
  10. 5twins replied to the thread Yam_Tech314's official build thread.

    You'll want to cover the bottom end of that new battery cable (like in my pic above) so you don't inadvertently touch something to it...

    Jun 20, 2021 at 7:41 PM
  11. 5twins replied to the thread Yam_Tech314's official build thread.

    The stock set-up had a small wire pigtail crimped into the battery cable end (along with the battery cable). You could duplicate that...

    Jun 20, 2021 at 4:00 PM
  12. 5twins replied to the thread '82 Bar Hopper.

    Well, I think they're going to stick out no matter what, but hopefully the angled version won't jam into the frame like that and bend...

    Jun 20, 2021 at 3:44 PM
  13. 5twins replied to the thread '82 Bar Hopper.

    The carbs look good. UNI makes an angled version of their pods. It's only a 15° angle but it might help ........

    Jun 20, 2021 at 12:04 PM
  14. 5twins replied to the thread '79 XS650 Special Low-Effort Resto.

    Well, there's a washer with bent up tabs that fits into the wheel hub. The tabs fit into slots in the speedo drive and spin it as the...

    Jun 20, 2021 at 11:42 AM
  15. 5twins replied to the thread '79 XS650 Special Low-Effort Resto.

    What about the old set of carbs you replaced? Can't you scrounge a spring from them?

    Jun 20, 2021 at 11:22 AM
  16. 5twins replied to the thread Miss November XS2 tribute.

    I've used the Athena and it works well. In fact pretty much all the Athena gaskets I've tried, despite their rather ugly light green...

    Jun 20, 2021 at 10:59 AM
  17. 5twins replied to the thread Valve adjustment.

    Yes, it's become the accepted practice to use .003" on the intakes and .006" on the exhausts for all models. Here's a reference chart I...

    Jun 20, 2021 at 10:24 AM
  18. 5twins replied to the thread Miss November XS2 tribute.

    I would clean it all up and observe it some more. It might be the kick start seal. You may also want to check all the cover screws. They...

    Jun 20, 2021 at 10:08 AM
  19. 5twins replied to the thread Yam_Tech314's official build thread.

    OK, so you set the points gaps, did you check the timing too?

    Jun 19, 2021 at 7:40 PM
  20. 5twins replied to the thread Current Rear Brake Switch replacement rec.

    Yes, you have to be careful with that switch. The body and threaded section is just plastic so if you tighten the mounting nuts just a...

    Jun 19, 2021 at 7:38 PM
  21. 5twins replied to the thread 79 Special II RestoCustom "Doomy".

    Those tracker bars look nice. For some reason I thought they were higher but they look good, lower than stock but not too low. The only...

    Jun 19, 2021 at 1:37 PM
  22. 5twins replied to the thread 22's 1980 xs650 build thread.

    Yes, you can use pretty much all those torque values. There are a couple I stray from ..... for the big acorn nuts on top of the head, I...

    Jun 19, 2021 at 1:28 PM
  23. 5twins replied to the thread Starting from scratch 1981 xs650.

    Glad the TCI has been mentioned. That's what the other big plug under the left side cover is for. I was drawing a blank on it, lol.

    Jun 19, 2021 at 10:59 AM
  24. 5twins replied to the thread Sensible engine decision (now top end refresh).

    I think he fixed that with an Alto 7 plate conversion.

    Jun 19, 2021 at 9:55 AM
  25. 5twins replied to the thread Starting from scratch 1981 xs650.

    I don't think the plastic inner fender needs to come off, just the side covers and airbox. Plug for the reg/rec is under the left side...

    Jun 19, 2021 at 9:53 AM
  26. 5twins replied to the thread Yam_Tech314's official build thread.

    The only issue I see is I think you assembled your advance unit wrong. See that slash mark on the little disc? It's supposed to point to...

    Jun 18, 2021 at 6:17 PM
  27. 5twins replied to the thread 1974 TX650A Engine Rebuild.

    Collect up several different manuals if you can so you can cross-reference between them. Some will contain info others won't. In...

    Jun 18, 2021 at 2:05 PM
  28. 5twins replied to the thread 81 xs 650 --->speedo and tach lights out.

    Here's some on Amazon that should do the trick ........

    Jun 18, 2021 at 1:53 PM
  29. 5twins replied to the thread 81 xs 650 --->speedo and tach lights out.

    I've never seen a video, probably because this is very simple and straightforward. Open your headlight and unplug the little harnesses...

    Jun 18, 2021 at 1:45 PM
  30. 5twins replied to the thread disassemble, then order parts.....

    You could also search for SR500 damper rods, they're the same.

    Jun 17, 2021 at 11:22 PM