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Old 01-29-2011, 06:31 PM   #91
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What'cha running for rear shocks on this beast, size wise? Are they 14's, or is the chopped fender throwing me off? I bet this thing is fun on the fire roads with the 21 on the front!

Edit: That's not a 21... My bad.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:49 PM   #92
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Q to TheRadBaron, those forks, what size over are they? 2" or 4" ?
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:47 PM   #93
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The high fenders must be misleading. The forks are very close to the stock length. The tubes are from a '79 Honda CB750F and the sliders are '74 CB450. I forget the exact measurements, but I believe this setup is within 1/2" of the stock XS650 length.
The rear shocks are Progressive 13" units with adjustable preload and damping. They work very nicely. I was thinking about using some longer shocks, but I didn't like the increased chain slack necessary with the more severe swingarm angle.
I laced the front wheel up myself and I wish that I would have gone with a 21". I've had some bad crashes off road that I am convinced wouldn't have happened with a 21.
On the subject of center stands vs. side stands, I removed my side stand since getting rid of the big mounting lug gained 1.5" more ground clearance. I never bothered to fabricate up another side stand and just rely on the center stand. It works great around town, but becomes a BIG problem off road with a heavily loaded bike.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:51 PM   #94
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Looks like a few nice XS's around here. Picked mine up in May last year and started playing around with a few different looks. I've decided to go with more of a Scrambler look, but this is how it sat up until the now started flying. It's been a ton of fun to play with!




What are the details on your seat? It looks really nice. I like the look of a semi-solo seat. If purchased, did you have to put the stock XS hardware on the bottom of the pan?
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:42 AM   #95
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I really like what you have going on with your bike, do you have any pics of the other side to share with us? I've been wanting to do a 2-1 exhaust but see guys saying they can't tune it right...


It's an older picture, but it's a clear shot of the exhaust. The original "exhaust" basically crumbled away when I rode it home from a friend's grandfather's barn.....I picked up the 2-1 setup used for cheap...it's from MikesXS.

Runs like a charm but getting the mix right is tricky, took about a week of checking my plugs every 20 miles before I got it right. Tuning it with a $5 homemade manometer was very helpful.

My buddy makes excellent exhausts for the xs650, he's on this site I believe, but is very active on xs650.com.

http://mysite.verizon.net/reszw9bp/

That's a link to his site.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:26 PM   #96
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It's an older picture, but it's a clear shot of the exhaust. The original "exhaust" basically crumbled away when I rode it home from a friend's grandfather's barn.....I picked up the 2-1 setup used for cheap...it's from MikesXS.

Runs like a charm but getting the mix right is tricky, took about a week of checking my plugs every 20 miles before I got it right. Tuning it with a $5 homemade manometer was very helpful.

My buddy makes excellent exhausts for the xs650, he's on this site I believe, but is very active on xs650.com.

http://mysite.verizon.net/reszw9bp/

That's a link to his site.
I've seen lots of talk about Gordon's work over on the XS site, I've been lurking over there off and on for just a few weeks. Gordon has a really sweet side hack XS with a nicely done up scrambler style exhaust. What I've been wanting is a High 2 -1 that goes into a reverse megaphone style exhaust, think Arrow or Zard scrambler (with out the price tag). Your setup is great, I like how the megaphone has a nice up-sweep as apposed to the Mac 2-1.

It's probably time I send an email off to Gordon and get some input. Oh, and thanks for the link.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:27 PM   #97
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What are the details on your seat? It looks really nice. I like the look of a semi-solo seat. If purchased, did you have to put the stock XS hardware on the bottom of the pan?
Thanks for the compliment buffaloborn, the seat is a plain solo sportster seat that I got when I bought the bike, as well as a set of saddle bags and a windshield (bike came with OEM seat). When these pics were taken I had nothing but a U-bolt holding the front tongue in place and a single bolt for the rear tab that went down through the rear fender. It was fine for a few short trips up and down the road for a mock-up, but I wouldn't trust it on any long rides. I'm debating if I should trim down the original seat pan and toss the sportster foam at it to see what happens. I just haven't made up my mind yet as I also really like whats going on with the bike below.

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Old 01-31-2011, 02:17 PM   #98
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Nice looking rides ! I found an 81 I believe and added the Street tracker kit w/pipes. I now need points and new petcocks on the gas tank , the old ones are not rebuildable , the tank was second hand and I repainted it so it may be from another year . My question is who's the one to contact for parts on these old bikes ? I've fired mine up a few times but I'd like to get it up to par. Sounds like it'll wake up the whole neigborhood with the megaphones ! Thanks for the help .
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:26 PM   #99
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Nice looking rides ! I found an 81 I believe and added the Street tracker kit w/pipes. I now need points and new petcocks on the gas tank , the old ones are not rebuildable , the tank was second hand and I repainted it so it may be from another year . My question is who's the one to contact for parts on these old bikes ? I've fired mine up a few times but I'd like to get it up to par. Sounds like it'll wake up the whole neigborhood with the megaphones ! Thanks for the help .


I could be wrong but an 81 should have electronic ignition.

for parts..... http://www.mikesxs.net/
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:39 PM   #100
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:39 AM   #101
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Both those mobs are great people, use them all the time to get parts here to OZ, haven't had any problems with shipping, etc.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:46 AM   #102
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.Here is one of my projects, an old Tracy body that my brother had in the mid 70's. I found it about 5-6 years ago, haven't done anything with it as you can tell. Maybe I'll sell it, I dunno, but I know it has potential.








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Old 02-05-2011, 04:28 AM   #103
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[QUOTE=hoggjaww;15099967].Here is one of my projects, an old Tracy body that my brother had in the mid 70's. I found it about 5-6 years ago, haven't done anything with it as you can tell. Maybe I'll sell it, I dunno, but I know it has potential.

Is that all fibreglass or a combination of materials?
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:12 AM   #104
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Is that all fibreglass or a combination of materials?
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It is all fiberglass except for the bung for the fuel cap and taps for the petcocks which are steel.


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Old 02-05-2011, 08:30 AM   #105
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Xs 650 for off road?

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Both those mobs are great people, use them all the time to get parts here to OZ, haven't had any problems with shipping, etc.
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Hunter, Hi, How the TT600 and XT 600 do it the ocr? I have a XT600 and a TT600 too. Also a Xs650 for the street and putting together a XS 650 for the dirt. I putting a XT500 front end on and will put a 2 into 1 high exhaust. Run a big can it the end. 13 inch rear shocks too. What length are you running on your xs 650? A Xt500 rear wheel too. Gearing? I run a 18 tooth on my road 650 and no vibs. Thanks ED
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