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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 05:23 AM
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Posted By davek181
oil cooler

I used a cooler off an XR400. I found a build post on 4strokes.com that outlined how to mount it on a 650L and fairly well copied it with the necessary changes to fit my XL. The parts list for...
Forum: Thumpers 04-15-2015, 05:27 AM
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Posted By davek181
Make sure your left float bowl has the choke...

Make sure your left float bowl has the choke passage as mentioned. I have an 87 myself but with XR carbs which are really not much different. I have played around with jetting extensively and have...
Forum: Thumpers 04-12-2015, 03:51 PM
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Posted By davek181
The XRL CDI is 12 volt d/c battery power switched...

The XRL CDI is 12 volt d/c battery power switched on with the ignition.
Forum: Thumpers 04-12-2015, 01:48 PM
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Posted By davek181
I believe on the e-start model XLs the ignition...

I believe on the e-start model XLs the ignition is d/c, much like the XR650L. The battery could have an effect on the ignition if the accessories are consuming more than the charging system can put...
Forum: Thumpers 04-11-2015, 07:59 AM
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Posted By davek181
no idle

Myztied

Sounds like a plugged pilot jet or passage to me, if it ran fine before. Pilot jet is in the left carb. With a little finesse and the proper length tools you can pull the float bowl with...
Forum: Thumpers 04-10-2015, 05:35 AM
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Posted By davek181
A good starting point on main jets is 122-125...

A good starting point on main jets is 122-125 primary, 115-118 secondary. It varies a little by altitude and temps. Those settings are for near sea level, at higher altitude go to the lower...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-05-2015, 03:51 PM
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Posted By davek181
XL 600, 10,000 miles average.

XL 600, 10,000 miles average.
Forum: Thumpers 04-04-2015, 09:18 AM
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Posted By davek181
Take off as little as possible and try to keep...

Take off as little as possible and try to keep the uprights perpendicular and square and uniform in size.


Just a little care and common sense.
Forum: Thumpers 04-03-2015, 05:40 AM
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Posted By davek181
Fifth gearset and low gear sent out today.

Fifth gearset and low gear sent out today.
Forum: Thumpers 04-02-2015, 11:56 AM
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Posted By davek181
First gear, countershaft. For the lower XRL...

First gear, countershaft. For the lower XRL shaft.

I think that is what you meant Steve.

We are using the XRL low geared mainshaft w/first gear c/s 32T, with the NX second . and necessary...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2015, 01:00 PM
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Posted By davek181
A bit grooved on the clutch basket can be cured...

A bit grooved on the clutch basket can be cured by carefully filing it smooth. I haven't heard about kevlar being either good or bad. I have only had troubles with oil additive poisoning. I just...
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2015, 01:50 PM
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Posted By davek181
Laugh OK Steve. Are you going to send the poor guy a...

OK Steve. Are you going to send the poor guy a mainshaft, or me? I thought he would cough up the extra funds for second gear, but apparently not. :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2015, 06:49 AM
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Posted By davek181
I was thinking the best cheapest fix would be...

I was thinking the best cheapest fix would be that. XRL mainshaft complete, and the c/s first to match with the second gear NX mod. if that were done then the extra low first would allow another...
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2015, 05:42 AM
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Posted By davek181
gears

I don't need or want another left nut, I will donate them to your cause if they will work. I don't really know their origin since I did some mix and match myself but they came off a XRL mainshaft...
Forum: Thumpers 03-30-2015, 06:07 PM
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Posted By davek181
My spare trans 5th gear looks the same on the...

My spare trans 5th gear looks the same on the solid side, but the slotted side has 6 slots in it instead of 4. The corresponding 3rd gear next to it has 6 dogs also. Probably the pair together will...
Forum: Thumpers 03-29-2015, 08:42 AM
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Posted By davek181
Gears

I did a little microfiche research and found that on the mainshaft 3rd gear engages fifth, and on the countershaft 2nd gear engages with fifth. The tooth counts are identical between XL and XRL in...
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2015, 06:25 PM
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Posted By davek181
I might have a good one. I had to replace my...

I might have a good one. I had to replace my original with XRL stuff to engage with my fifth gear mod. I will look next trip down to the shop.
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2015, 06:09 PM
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Posted By davek181
I forgot which gear it was thank you. I bet you...

I forgot which gear it was thank you. I bet you have some of those too from takeouts.
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2015, 05:40 PM
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Posted By davek181
The dogs are different from early 5th gears and...

The dogs are different from early 5th gears and later ones so you will need the gear it sits next to on the shaft so it will engage properly. Tooth count was the same if memory serves me, so the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2015, 10:58 AM
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Posted By davek181
88 on trans gears are different. XRL shafts are...

88 on trans gears are different. XRL shafts are different. Gear sets will interchange between them all. You need to retain the XL c/s to have a kickstarter, and the XRL mainshaft and matching c/s...
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2015, 09:38 AM
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Posted By davek181
It is about the equivalent of one countershaft...

It is about the equivalent of one countershaft tooth on gearing. 5th gear mod, that is.
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2015, 05:06 PM
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Posted By davek181
Perfect. Fifth is a nice touch too.

Perfect.

Fifth is a nice touch too.
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2015, 04:01 PM
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Posted By davek181
Yeah, I know. i was thinking of the large step...

Yeah, I know. i was thinking of the large step between 1st and 2nd in the XRL. Might be wiser to use the upper gears from the XRL and leave the better spaced XL gears down low.

I mixed and...
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2015, 03:36 PM
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Posted By davek181
Change out second gear if you use the XRL trans. ...

Change out second gear if you use the XRL trans. Otherwise fifth gear should work but I think you might have to change the one next to it to as the dogs may be different
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2015, 11:14 AM
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Posted By davek181
You can reface the valves if you don't take much...

You can reface the valves if you don't take much off. Mine have run about 30K miles since last time I did the head. No changes in adjustment since initial settings.
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2015, 05:30 AM
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Posted By davek181
The valves are expensive due to limited sales as...

The valves are expensive due to limited sales as opposed to the old beetle for instance. Those just never seem to die out and more and more (Chinese) companies are making parts for them. We have...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 09:21 AM
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Posted By davek181
Almost cheap enough to be a temptation if it was...

Almost cheap enough to be a temptation if it was in my neighborhood. I bet I have enough spare parts to make that thing complete. if....
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2015, 02:31 PM
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Posted By davek181
jetting

122 or 125 primary, 115 or 118 secondary is a good place to start for jetting at near sea level. Ambient temp makes a difference too. 122 summertime, 125 winter for instance.

jetsrus.com
Forum: Thumpers 03-22-2015, 06:50 PM
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Posted By davek181
I use a Snap on gasket scraper that I resharpen...

I use a Snap on gasket scraper that I resharpen as needed. I was shown how to sharpen it properly by a saw filer that worked in the sawmill. He used scrapers to scrape pitch off the blades before...
Forum: Thumpers 03-22-2015, 01:22 PM
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Posted By davek181
We have one of those giant dishwashers too. it...

We have one of those giant dishwashers too. it is supposed to take a special soap for foaming and other characteristics, which we do use. If I need to bring the ph up enough to stop foaming and...
Forum: Thumpers 03-20-2015, 01:47 PM
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Posted By davek181
Won't get you three inches but the combo to use...

Won't get you three inches but the combo to use with Honda parts is XR600 rear shock, about 1/2 inch longer, XR swingarm, about 1 inch longer, and 96 on XR250 link, I don't remember how much longer.
Forum: Thumpers 03-16-2015, 05:32 AM
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Posted By davek181
Tach

For me it is a needle thing. If it was digital I would barely use it. I did have a digital hour meter and tach at one point, mostly for the hour meter part of it. (it got relegated to under the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2015, 12:32 PM
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Posted By davek181
commute

On my ride home there is a 7% grade for 10 miles, the bike has no trouble at all with it. It is in fact a good test of overall gearing and jetting, and anything else for that matter. With stock...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2015, 11:40 AM
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Posted By davek181
commute

Come warm weather I park the cage and go everywhere on the XL. I have only a 18 mile commute one way, 15 miles of freeway though. I do try to ride as much as I can elsewhere on weekends too. I...
Forum: Thumpers 03-14-2015, 03:24 PM
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Posted By davek181
When I was building and calibrating and GPS...

When I was building and calibrating and GPS testing my Euro speedo conversion to MPH I found that the speedo accuracy was affected by ambient temps. The tach was and still is very consistent to GPS...
Forum: Thumpers 03-13-2015, 07:52 PM
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Posted By davek181
I was always told the banana belt of Idaho was...

I was always told the banana belt of Idaho was Lewiston Clarkston due to the low 700 foot elevation. I think you are trying to confuse my poor, shattered mind.

I have a buddy who lived in the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-13-2015, 07:02 AM
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Posted By davek181
suspension

I have not tried it offroad since the revalve because it is still cold and snowy up here in the wilderness. It was Great before with my semi moderate riding style, I don't go for big air and broken...
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2015, 07:15 PM
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Posted By davek181
http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn46/brppilot/X...

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn46/brppilot/XL%20tacho/IMG_0862_zps6d38f1d8.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 03-08-2015, 07:20 PM
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Posted By davek181
Rode my 600 a bit in the past couple days, has...

Rode my 600 a bit in the past couple days, has been warm here. I am thoroughly enjoying my new suspension revalve and getting my clickers dialed. I haven't had opportunity for dirt excursions but I...
Forum: Thumpers 03-06-2015, 06:25 AM
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Posted By davek181
Depends on how long. Fill the tank so you...

Depends on how long.

Fill the tank so you wont have rust forming from condensation. Ride the bike till good and warmed up, turn off the fuel and drain the carbs while it is still plenty warm. ...
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