Jim's 1980 SG Miss September

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Just signed up yesterday. So if I break some unwritten rules of etiquette, please don't hesitate to let me know.

In the early seventies I owned more R3's R5's and RD350's than I care to remember. Since they were all pretty well wore out by the time I got em (I was poor), I spent in inordinately large amount of time at the Yamaha parts counter. Of course, to get to the parts counter, you had to walk past all the shiny new bikes on the showroom floor. Funny how they set that one up huh? Anyway, they always had a few brand new XS's setting out there and a ten min. trip to get parts would last all afternoon till the salesmen would chase me off so they could clean all the slobber off em.

Finally, around 78 - 80, I talked a salesman into trading me straight across 3 RD's for a used 76 XS. Man, it was love at first ride! I've owned 3 more since then. I've had lots of Beezers, Triumphs, and Norton's, and I swear the XS is still the best all around vertical twin ever built!



I bought this "bible" in 1980. It's a little dog eared, but it serves me well.
Jim.

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Cylinders.. comment 26
Pistons.. 29
Discussion on polishing.. 32
Spring compressor.. 33
Valve grinder.. 38
Stud removal.. 43
XS1 pics..59
Paints used.. 63
First paint batch..66
Head bearings..78
Frame cleanup..85
Start of frame jig..91
Seat..100
Fork badge.. 103
More frame jig..111
More frame jig..119
Frame jig...done..132
Mounted frame..159
More frame cleanup..188
Painted frame (phew)..195
Head race removal mod..209
SS hardware polishing..219
Reg/Rec f&ckup..229
Reg/Rec test the right way..246
Fuse box mod..289
Fuse box plate..299
Steering head zerk..322
Minton fork mod..351
POR15 paint..371
Fork seals..395
Fork cleanup..402
Fork spacers..447
Little box on wheels buffer.. 475
Start of fork reinstall..485
Headlight bucket..500
Instrument buckets..515
Voltmeter.. 522
Front wheel and brake rotor..558
Front wheel mounted..584
Handlebars..611
Swingarm bushing mod..648
Swingarm installed.. 651
Rear fender..693
RLU wiring mod..699
Rear shocks oops..705
Rear wheel..713
Painted engine cases..730
Bottom end reassembly..744
Sump and cam chain..761
Engine stand..781
Top end buildup..811
Engine W&B..813
Engine hoist fixture..827
Engine install..845
Starter.. 850
Clutch.. 859
Grab rail..903
New seat..979
Rewound rotor..987
Stator..991
Timing..1000
Clutch seal mod..1015
First run..1035
Second run..1059
Carbs..1072
Floating heads ;) 1084
Closed up headlight.. 1103
Front master cyl... 1111
Finished front brake.. 1131
Switch decals..1137
Exhaust..1173
Exhaust video..1197
Tank bodywork..1220
Seat..1236
Priming tins.. 1279










 
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First off, I'm new here.. Just signed up yesterday. So if I break some unwritten rules of etiquette here, please don't hesitate to let me know. I'm a big boy, I don't have a problem with criticism.
One criticism I know some of you will have is that I tend to get a little long winded. I spent the last 13 years teaching aircraft maintenance at a school called AIM. That long windiness is dug in too deep for me to change now. So, either be prepared to put up with my meanderings... or just look at the pics. I promise I'll put lots of em' up here.

First off, a little background (did I mention I'm long winded:D). In the early seventies I owned more R3's R5's and RD350's than I care to remember. Since they were all pretty well wore out by the time I got em (I was poor), I spent in inordinately large amount of time at the Yamaha parts counter. Of course, to get to the parts counter, you had to walk past all the shiny new bikes on the showroom floor. Funny how they set that one up huh? Anyway, they always had a few brand new XS's setting out there and a ten min. trip to get parts would last all afternoon till the salesmen would chase me off so they could clean all the slobber off em.

Finally, around 78 or so, I talked a salesman into trading me straight across 3 RD's for a used 76 XS. Man, it was love at first ride! I've owned 3 more since then. I've had lots of Beezers, Triumphs, and Norton's, and I swear the XS is still the best all around vertical twin ever built!

Anyway... there you have it. I'll get another post up this afternoon and start into the nuts and bolts of the bike I'm bringing back to life.

I bought this "bible" in 1980. It's a little dog eared, but it serves me well.
Jim.

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I was at a bike meet last month with my '76 XS and someone said, "the best Triumph ever built was the XS650."
 
You have the best manual in my opinion. I have the Haynes and Clymer as well but rarely look at them. You got the right version too, one that spans up into the '80s. 1980 was a big change year for the 650. It got totally different carbs, an electronic ignition, and a slightly different version of the old charging system. '79 and older manuals wouldn't apply to any of that stuff.
 
Dude you want to come organize my shop? I understand separating metric from sae. And I can go keeping 1/2 3/8's and 1/4 drives seperate, but when you start labeling 1/4 drive shorts and longs. . . well that is organized to the max.
I don't mind long winded as long as you got something say.
Welcome to the site!
 
By chance were you one of my instructers at Shepard AFB in '75? I too have an '80 SG. Best "B" roads bike there is these XS650's. Working on these bike are almost as fun as riding them. Almost...IMO haveing a factory Maint Manual is the most important tool in the box. Happy wrenching on your project!
 
Dude you want to come organize my shop? I understand separating metric from sae. And I can go keeping 1/2 3/8's and 1/4 drives seperate, but when you start labeling 1/4 drive shorts and longs. . . well that is organized to the max.
I don't mind long winded as long as you got something say.
Welcome to the site!
Old habits I guess. As an aircraft mechanic, being organized is kinda a necessity. Ya don't want a wrench rattling around in an engine bay when she takes off. Could be catastrophic.
Thanks for the welcome, Jim
 
By chance were you one of my instructers at Shepard AFB in '75? I too have an '80 SG. Best "B" roads bike there is these XS650's. Working on these bike are almost as fun as riding them. Almost...IMO haveing a factory Maint Manual is the most important tool in the box. Happy wrenching on your project!
I was in Europe in 75. What school did you go to in Shepard?
 
43131 Jet aircraft 1 & 2 engine. Pre F-15 but the instructers were saying one was comming.
I've had a R-69 and a R-100RS in my past. Lessee....A-75 and a Norton 850 Commando too...A honda or 2 and a coupla H-D big twins too..Loved them all....and take any of em back too!...
 
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So here's what I have.

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Right now she's butt ugly. Engine is nice and smooth... good runner but oil leaks everywhere. You name it, it leaks.

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I can't stand a leaker. Engines gotta come out.

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20k on a 37yr. old bike aint bad.

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Are you f#%cking kiddin me? Who puts crap like that on their bike... That seat gives my wife the willies. Had to hide it from her. Anyway, you can probably tell from the pics that I started takin it apart then realized that I didn't have any "before pictures." So I backtracked and took some. That was last fall just as my rt. knee was about to give up on me. Kinda slowed me down. Over the winter I sucked it up and got a brand new (titanium) rt. knee. I aint a 100% yet, but a hell of a lot better than I was. Good enough to get back to work on the bike anyway.

Engines out and I pulled the top end today. Someone has been into this engine before... I swear, when you go down to Sears to buy a wrench set, you should have to take a mechanical literacy test before they let you buy. The oil tube nut that goes into the fitting that's screwed into the front of the engine case was cross threaded. Locked up solid:( Had to cut the tube to get it off. Not that big a deal cause tube is rusted and I was gonna replace it anyway, but I had to put the fitting in a vise to separate em, effectively ruining the fitting too. Not sure if you can see the cross threading here...

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Aside from that, top end looks good. no scoring on the pistons or cylinder. Cam and rocker arms show absolutely no signs of wear. Too dark now to get good pics. I'll get some more up tomorrow.
Jim.
 
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Bikes that we have both owned,
RD350 check
XS650 check
BMW check
Triumph check
Norton. Damn! Never been able to score one.
Got any pics of your XS1 ? We like the early stuff :)
I got the XS1 pics around here somewhere, I'll see if I can find em. It's even uglier than this one:)
 
Heh... ya gotta love packages from Mikes XS. I lent my alternator rotor puller out so long ago that I can't remember who it is I need to chew their ass for not returning it. After all these years I really should know better...

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They even sent me a decal this time. Cool!
 
Take care on what you buy from them. Some of their repro parts are pretty poorly made. Ask on the site here about things you're thinking about buying from them. As an example, here's that cross-threaded fitting you need that my buddy bought. Makes yours look good by comparison, lol. Mind you, this is a brand new part .....

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Best replacement for this fitting is a used original. Wire wheel it clean and paint it with silver Testor's model paint using a Q-tip.
 
Take care on what you buy from them. Some of their repro parts are pretty poorly made. Ask on the site here about things you're thinking about buying from them. As an example, here's that cross-threaded fitting you need that my buddy bought. Makes yours look good by comparison, lol. Mind you, this is a brand new part .....Best replacement for this fitting is a used original. Wire wheel it clean and paint it with silver Testor's model paint using a Q-tip.
He got that from Mikes XS? Holy crap! That's where I was gonna get one from...
 
To be fair to Mikes and not to criticize at 5twins,

That pic is a few years old, since then mikesXS has changed hands and his replacement policy and communication has improved by leaps and bounds. Some parts are suspect but also he has improved on some of the others............
 
Contact gggGary from the forum here. He's got one I'm sure, probably a good used oil pipe too.

You should probably invest in a complete gasket set and a seal kit too. It's cheaper than buying them individually and you will use just about everything in them eventually. Mine was much like yours when I got it, a virtual Exxon Valdez on 2 wheels, lol. Over the next few riding seasons, i worked my way around it and replaced most of the seals and lots of gaskets. That made it pretty oil tight, or about as oil tight as one of these gets, lol. Eventually I went through the topend but I had already fixed pretty much all the oil leaks.
 
Contact gggGary from the forum here. He's got one I'm sure, probably a good used oil pipe too.

You should probably invest in a complete gasket set and a seal kit too. It's cheaper than buying them individually and you will use just about everything in them eventually. Mine was much like yours when I got it, a virtual Exxon Valdez on 2 wheels, lol. Over the next few riding seasons, i worked my way around it and replaced most of the seals and lots of gaskets. That made it pretty oil tight, or about as oil tight as one of these gets, lol. Eventually I went through the topend but I had already fixed pretty much all the oil leaks.
Way ahead of ya...:D

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You can save some money buy buying from cruzinimage. They don't have the biggest variety, and seems they run out of stock lines before reordering so parts arn't available at all times. So far there has been no problems found with their stock...........Why they sell rear sprockets for the XS650 and not the front is strange and the 33 tooth rear is $6 less than the 34thooth rear and $11 less than Mikes 33 tooth rear sprocket...........may have to ask if it is a 530 or 520 but still worth a look........Their pistons have good reports by members on here, http://www.xs650.com/threads/cheap-piston-sets-on-ebay.26971/ and you can buy a full set of 2 pistons/rings/clip/pin for the price Mikes charges for one piston/rings/clip/pin

http://stores.ebay.com/cruzinimage-...42600011&_sid=526414511&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322

Freight times are very good, (Within 10 days to Aus) and they combine shipping. I found there was no way to separate the shipping costs per item, so i asked and they had already done a combined shipping price and refunded the extra.

They are selling slides with the diaphragm for $19 for BS34's, new item. Mikes wants $99
 
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