What have you done to your XS today?

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Do you always take a trailer with you on a leisurely drive?

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"I don't always take the trailer but when I do it comes home with XS650's"
 

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assembled my sons bike over the weekend, have to get oil and get it running.
 

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Nice looking bike but I see a couple potential issues with the carbs. First is the pod filters you've chosen. These CV carbs don't like a pleated K&N style element, one that tapers, or a very short one with an endcap. Your filters check all those bad boxes. Also, it appears you left the tin covers off the intake manifolds? Unless they're JBM replacements, you need those covers. They give added support, especially important since you no longer have the airboxes supporting the other end. The manifolds may split on you in short order.

And I see you drank the PMA Kool-Aid, lol. All I can say is good luck with that.
 

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After riding 3 or 400 miles over the weekend after heavy maintenance, I just synced the carburetors, snugged the steering bearings, and inspected the drive chain. There is a tight spot and when I push up on the chain it makes a clunk and gives up some slack. On another evening I’ll clean and lube and see how that goes.
 

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That sounded (vaguely) familiar.... It's what a stretched chain does when the stretched out links get forced down into the sprocket teeth.
Kinking links never get better but they WILL crack and break a side plate.
This one was REALLY nasty but................. Weekendrider busted a chain he had "rescued" from kinky links on the way back from a rally.
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It seems like I just bought that chain and sprockets! Time goes by faster now, but I swear it was just last week that I put that chain on there!
 

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Nice looking bike but I see a couple potential issues with the carbs. First is the pod filters you've chosen. These CV carbs don't like a pleated K&N style element, one that tapers, or a very short one with an endcap. Your filters check all those bad boxes. Also, it appears you left the tin covers off the intake manifolds? Unless they're JBM replacements, you need those covers. They give added support, especially important since you no longer have the airboxes supporting the other end. The manifolds may split on you in short order.

And I see you drank the PMA Kool-Aid, lol. All I can say is good luck with that.
Hi 5twins, Thank you for the good advice. The tin is on the manifold just hard to see because somebody before me thought it looks better being black.
The filter itself came with the bike as well as the ignition. Will see how that works out. I have a XS650 D myself I need to finish it up and there are the same ignition and air filters. What would you recomend as filters instead?
 

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For pods, a long, straight foam one works best. Most of us run UNI pods. For the BS34 carbs, you'll need #UP4229 or UP4229ST (dual layer) .....



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Pictured above are the dual layer version (ST) but you really don't need them. I only have them because I got them cheap from a local guy because they wouldn't fit his bobber.
 
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