Updated July 25 2022
Listed below are quick-reference links to threads in the forum on specific XS650 technical topics. If you can't find what you are looking for, try the Forum Search feature or browsing the main forum by Tags.
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XS650 Model Identification/Year/VIN, Workshop Manuals, and Other Information
XS650 VIN number lookup: "ID your Model"
Yamaha XS1, XS1B, XS2, TX650 Tech Bulletins, Service Data, Brochures
Yamaha 1974-1979 XS650 Technical Bulletins
Shift Shaft Chain Guard*
Engine Oil Seals*
Replacing a Cylinder Sleeve (How To)*
Straightening a bent engine fin*
Shift shaft chain guard*
How To: Replacing the Shift Rubber the Easy Way*
Valve stem seals: replacement without pulling the motor*
Cam Chain Guide Mod*
XS650 Top End Buildup *
Calculate engine displacement
Rephasing an XS650 engine: "Rephasing, What is it?"
Cylinder head torque pattern and specs: "Bad Head Torquing?"
XS650 piston rings
Overdrive 5th gear
Flushing out an XS650 engine: "calling all engine guys..."
Splitting the crankcase
Starter and big bore
Power from 750cc big bore
Upper engine mount
XS650 kick start
Advance rod bushing/bearing replacement: "removing camshaft bushings??"
Powder coating vs heat retention
XS650 electric start system (starter)
XS650 - oil coming out of exhaust pipe
Different types of XS650 oil filter modifications: "oil filter"
XS650 oil coolers
Oil sight glass?
Removing carbon from valves to increase compression
Lapping valves (video)
How-To: Remove the camshaft rocker arms
Cam chain tensioner information (differences between years)
- Cam chain tensioner information (direct link to page two with information on type D and E tensioners)*
How-To: Fix grinding starter gear
Cylinder head cutaway
Video: Replace left main oil seal / pull rotor
Long rod conversion
All about the XS650 clutch: "XS650 clutch"
XS650 clutch plates: "clutch service limits"
Removing the clutch center nut
8-plate billet XS650 clutch project
8-plate clutch mod (completed)
XS650 clutch spring screw modification
Clutch lever hard to pull
Alignment hole in the clutch pressure plate
Clutch worm actuator experiment and tidbits
Clutch worm mod testing
Clutch pushrod experiment and tidbits
Clutch cable experiment and tidbits
Video: Replace clutch pushrod oil seal
Video: Replace clutch plates (discs)
Video: Clutch basket removal and installation
XS650 carburetor manuals, guides: "Carbs"
Cleaning carburetors: "cleaning carbs"
Removing the XS650 airbox and using pod filters: "Airbox to cones..."
Methods to clean rusty gas tank: "Rust removal from inside gas tank"
Fiberglass tank problems
2 into 1 intake manifold
Fuel injection on an XS650?
Ethanol gas bad for intake manifolds?: "inlet manifolds with ethanol"
Using Dell'orto carburetors on an XS650
Carb holders splitting: "Split carb mounts after 3 months"
Rust in the tank
Carburetor fuel "T": "Carb T-connector"
Mikuni Round Slide (VM) ID and 34mm vs 36mm vs 38mm
Throttle shaft seals (butterfly seals)
Throttle shaft butterfly screw removal
XS2 gas tank / saving my paint job from gas incursion*
Installing MikesXS Non-Vacuum Petcocks on Later Models*
XS650 wiring diagrams: "some wiring diagrams"
XS650 permanent magnet alternator
How-To: Permanent Magnet Alternator Swap (Also known as the Banshee Swap)
XS650 ignitions "what ignitions are out there?"
PAMCO ignition systems
TCI box - a successful repair, electronic ignition, igniter
Using an inductive timing light for rpm
Cleaning alternator stator
Ignition box TCI: "xs650 need to have the comp to run?"
XS650 electric start system (starter)
Technical information on on LED lights "LED"
Headlights: "Best Headlight Anyone?"
Charging System: Nylon Screws
A look inside the TCI: "TCI forensics" (igniter/ignition box)
How-To: Diagnose charging system problems (charging system guide)
Explanation of the electrical systems on the XS650
Points timing basics
PAMCO Ignition - Wiring diagrams, FAQ, Tips, Troubleshooting, etc.
Flasher (blinker, turn signal) fault troubleshoot flowchart
Ignition Switch Overhaul
Hi-Lo Switch Repair*
Honda MP08 Coil*
'77-'79 Standard In-Dash Voltmeter*
Voltmeter Power Connection on Special Model*
Boyer Bransden Ignition installation on my XS2*
Boyer Bransden Ignition - 1981 Yamaha XS650 SH*
DIY Reg/Rec. 5twins and Jim*
TCI Timing Tweak*
Gonzo DIY TCI System*
Alternator Disable Mod*
XS650 frame dimensions, drawings
XS650 swingarm brace dimensions
How-To: Install tapered roller bearings in the neck
How-To: Rebuild/rejuvenate early model 70-71 instruments
70-83 Gauge Repair - Bezel removal - DIY Damper Replacement - Replace Face Decals
How to: Make a brat style flat seat on the cheap
How to: Recover seat "Installing a new seat cover"
Opening up a speedo/tach*
1972 XS2 tachometer repair*
Seat Cover Repair: How-To DIY A primer*
Installing Bronze Swingarm Bushings and Setting Sideplay
Lowering front forks
How-To: Rebuild XS650 forks / install lowering kit
XS650 front end shake
fork oil change?
Fork interchangeability: "Fork Swapping"
Springer front end
Harley Davidson XL Sportster narrow glide conversion : How To
How-To: Make fork gaiters using parts found at the auto parts store
1970 1971 1972 1973 Lower Triple Tree steering stem differences & identification*
Wheel interchangeability: "xs650 wheels"
XS650 drive chain
XS650 conversion to belt drive: "what about belt drive?"
What is the hub width on an XS650 Front wheel?
19" Rear wheel, wheel sizes and tires: "street tracker guys"
What size wheels were originally on a 1971 xs650?
Motorcycle wheel truing stand and static balancer
How to read a motorcycle tire sidewall, tire information: "motorcycle tyres (tires)"
Wheel bearing removal
21" front wheel information
Rear axle (differences between years)
Homemade chain tensioner
How-To: Wheel Bearings
How-To add Brembo caliper and a 18" spoked rim*
Drilled Disc Hole Sizes*
650 Rear Drum Brake Plates*
Stainless braided brake and clutch lines
Upgrading XS650 front brakes: "Fazer Blue Spot Caliper"
Brake rotors (discs) that will fit the XS650 front wheel: "My mistress "the dirty screamer" build log"
XS650 front brakes: "adding second brake caliper-?"
Cable operated remote master cylinder
How-To: bleeding the brakes
Stainless braided brake line information
One or two piece front brake lines?
How-To: Cross drill rotor with patterns
How-To: Rebuild master cylinder
General XS650 troubleshooting - Symptoms and their potential causes
How to properly store your motorcycle
Bike won't start? Running rough?
Buying guide - Getting to know your bike
How do I check and change oil on an XS650? Oil recommendations?
Heavy Metal. Rust Removal and plating*
The great o-ring, seal, gasket, nut, bolt, sizes used on the XS650 thread.*
Tips for finding parts
Identifying ignition keys
Motorcycle tow hitch review, TMS800 800lb front wheel hauler
Shop safety - Fire extinguishers, safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.
XS650 shop manuals
Reducing weight on an XS650: "weight reduction ?"
A collection of XSJohn's mods
Polishing Made Easy
Getting new keys made and information on re-keying a lock
How-To: Polish your valve covers
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