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  1. SEd27

    Is it my turn? Anything to do with lathes, mills and other shop tools

    Its hard to tell from the first photo, but the square portion (at the head) was turned down to an interference fit. I couldn't find stainless metric cartridge bolts locally, so opted for commonly available 5/16" units. Once aligned, I tapped them home with a dead blow hammer and used a bit...
  2. SEd27

    Is it my turn? Anything to do with lathes, mills and other shop tools

    Had a try at turning down some stainless carriage bolts on the the mini lathe today. Was trying to mimic the the look of the original rivets that held together the foot rest assemblies. Its a much improved look over the socket head cap screws that I had installed previously.
  3. SEd27

    Memory Lane

    Glass fuses tend to be more prone to breaking and are also becoming harder to find. I was also concerned about seat clearance and relocated on the battery box under the right side cover (see below). If you are careful and keep the wires long when cutting out the old fuse box, there should be...
  4. SEd27

    Memory Lane

    This is the best blade fuse box I have come across: https://www.cycleterminal.com/mp280-fuse-box.html It was recommended by a member here and I installed one on my special last year. Its affordable, compact, and weather resistant. You will need to have ratcheting crimper per to install.
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    XS750 or XS850 Speedometer?

    Yes, this is true, but the odometer reading will be logged in miles not Kms.
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    XS750 or XS850 Speedometer?

    Good to know Gary.
  7. SEd27

    XS750 or XS850 Speedometer?

    That is great info. Thank you. I was debating going with an electric aftermarket unit. Looks almost stock and would probably be more accurate than a 40+ year old NOS unit.
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    XS750 or XS850 Speedometer?

    My speedo packed it in on the last ride of season this past fall. I am looking at options to replace (ie. aftermarket, OEM, or NOS) and was wondering if a XS750 or XS850 unit would work. I am a bit limited on choice, as being in Canada my Speedo in KPH and the majority available are in MPH.
  9. SEd27

    Handle bar grips - glue or no glue

    Hairspray works really well. Wouldn't have thought so until I tried it.
  10. SEd27

    Wanted - WTB 1979 Speedometer in KPH

    My speedo gave up the ghost on the last ride of the year. Looking for a decent condition speedo for a 1979 Special II in KPH (I am in Canada).
  11. SEd27

    Petcock and fuel line routing

    Left Carb: 90 degree petcock barb; straight fliter Right Carb: Straight petcock barb; 90 degree filter Hope this helps.
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    Petcock and fuel line routing

    I have VM34s w/ uni pods /dual mikesxs petcocks and found that using clear inline filters help keep the fuel lines in place where you want them. I use a straight filter on the left carb and a 90 degree filter on right. The right carb can a little bit tricky to route because the fuel inlet is...
  13. SEd27

    DIASATER!

    Motormike, Glad you are ok. I’ve seen pictures floating around of a mechanic who did something similar, but wasn’t as lucky (the ring shaped burn on his finger looked like crispy bacon). I’ve gone to a silicone unit as my original wedding ring was getting uncomfortable after 10+ years of...
  14. SEd27

    So I wasn’t crazy after all…

    On a related matter, I was planning on coating the spoke threads with anti-seize to prevent galling. Do I need to also apply at the hub where the are seated to prevent and galvanic corrosion between the stainless and aluminum?
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    So I wasn’t crazy after all…

    *Warning* Longish Post…. I have been running XS Performance rims and cad spokes on my Special for a while now. When I originally laced the wheels, the front went together no problem. However, the fit on the 18” rear left something to be desired. It was as though the spokes were slightly short...
  16. SEd27

    650 Special brake caliper upgrade

    I have this set up: https://www.motolanna.com/ourshop/prod_3022219-Brembo-Brake-Caliper-Adapter-Right-Hand-CNC-Billet-Alloy-Yamaha-SR500-SR400-XS650.html It works well and provides a nice progressive feel vs the stock set up. You will need to source a master cylinder, Brembo caliper, and...
  17. SEd27

    What have you done to your XS today?

    Getting ready to replace the cam seals. Don’t ask me how much I paid for the o rings at the local Yamaha dealership. There seems to be a “healthy” markup from US prices to what we Canadians actually pay, even with the exchange rate factored in (rant over). This said, I’m happy we can still...
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    What have you done to your XS today?

    Finally bit the bullet and changed out the original glass fuse box for a modern blade unit from cycle terminal. There wasn’t enough clearance under the seat to mount the new one, so I relocated under the right side cover on the battery box.
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    Front disk brake lever movement.

    How did you bleed the system? Another trick I picked up on the forum was to pop the master cylinder cover and zip tie the brake lever to the and leave over night. This allows any small air bubbles in the system to migrate out. I also had really good luck with a Mityvac brake bleeder. It...
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    Front disk brake lever movement.

    Others with more knowledge than I can chime in, but I think you master cylinder might be too large for a single disc. Have a look at the link below: http://vintagebrake.com/mastercylinder.htm Stainless lines will also give a much improved feel over rubber. The quality control of some master...
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