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Old 03-27-2013, 08:14 PM   #3301
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Sounds like what you really need is a big "World Bike" and a cheap and light 2-smoker.
I went from an XT350 to exactly that.

I thought about buying new. Then decided that same money would buy exactly what I wanted. The trick was having the patience to find the right used bikes. But an interim $500 XL600R got me over the hump.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:27 AM   #3302
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Yeah, it's always hard to decide if I should put the money into the XT or just get something that is a bit nicer from the start. I've been going back and forth between modifying the XT suspension to make it competent and selling it and buying a DRZ or something with more aftermarket and that is better from the start. I like the XT, but I keep reading about the flimsy frame and stuff, and eventually I expect I'll have an issue with that if I bring the suspension up to snuff.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:40 AM   #3303
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I didn't have any choice about replacing mine. The engine had already been rebuilt three times and was bored to the limit. The shock was worn out to the point of being useless and the forks were about the same. Then it dropped a valve which basically destroyed the engine.

It just wasn't worth tearing into a 17 year old engine that I had already abused so badly. Plus I was actually on a friend's SXC625 having a religious experience about power and suspension when mine grenaded under another friend. So I already knew I wanted to go orange anyway.

I enjoyed my old XT350. But old is the key word. Once I discovered that my knees and legs still worked after a long day off-road on the orange bike there was no way I could go back to being beat senseless. Even the suspension under my buddy's old XR650L is way better than my old XT350.

As much as I loved that XT350 engine and the relatively light weight, there is just no way to bring the suspension up to the level I want. But you can tell I really liked the old beast or I wouldn't still hang out here.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:31 AM   #3304
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The thing is, I think I may have found a way to bring the suspension up to par, as in adjustable USD forks and possibly adjustable damping in the rear as well, with a rebuildable rear shock and an extra 2 inches of travel to match the forks...and it shouldn't cost more than about $300 to do, if it works out. But like you said, it's still an old bike, with some pretty serious inherent flaws (plastic oil pump gears, stretchy cam chain, bad tensioner, open loop frame, etc...). I do enjoy building something unique, though, if it at least makes sense on some level. I'm leaning towards trying to make the suspension work though. Either way I'm sure I'll be happy enough with it.

A friend of mine has a 450EXC that I've ridden a few times. I can understand what you mean about a religious experience, haha. I would go that route too if $$ weren't an issue, being a college kid and such.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:44 PM   #3305
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Fork Brace.

Does anyone make a fork brace for the xt350? Or has anyone fabricated their own? Also.....Ive seen people use the progressive fork springs for the xt250, does this make much of a difference? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

Here is my bike.... SO you can see why i need some fork upgrades.

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Old 04-01-2013, 12:18 AM   #3306
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If you do get new springs, get straight rate. Progressives give too much initial dive.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:14 AM   #3307
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Does anyone make a fork brace for the xt350? Or has anyone fabricated their own? Also.....Ive seen people use the progressive fork springs for the xt250, does this make much of a difference? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

Here is my bike.... SO you can see why i need some fork upgrades.

I would love some info on the Hack. My XT has been a barn queen since I got the WR and the kids Hacks are pretty cool.

I have progressive XR200 springs in mine. It helps a bit, but they are no miracle cure. The extra preload I added likely helped more.
You can also use the XR emulators. I hear they work pretty well.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:25 AM   #3308
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sure thing. here is a link to the sidecar build. the bike started out as a xt350, then i put a 400cc twin in it. i did a bunch of other stuff to it,but it is an xt350......um....400.haha

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=830629
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:04 PM   #3309
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Does anyone make a fork brace for the xt350? Or has anyone fabricated their own? Also.....Ive seen people use the progressive fork springs for the xt250, does this make much of a difference? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

Here is my bike.... SO you can see why i need some fork upgrades.

Just finished making a brace for my 83 xt250, couldn't buy one anywhere. I'll get some pics for you.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:49 PM   #3310
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[QUOTE=RunningBare;21085334]Just finished making a brace for my 83 xt250, couldn't buy one anywhere. I'll get some pics for you.[/QUOTE

Pictures would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:52 PM   #3311
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Just finished making a brace for my 83 xt250, couldn't buy one anywhere. I'll get some pics for you.[/QUOTE

Pictures would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:13 AM   #3312
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Awsome homemade brace.

Thanks, that looks great! Its hard to tell from the picture but What is the clamp part made out of? did you machine it, or was it a premade clamp you welded the other piecec too? It it steel or aluminum. Could you maybe email me a picture so the file would be bigger? Thanks again!!

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Old 04-02-2013, 03:03 PM   #3313
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[QUOTE=MILLENNIUM FALCON;21088906]Thanks, that looks great! Its hard to tell from the picture but What is the clamp part made out of? did you machine it, or was it a premade clamp you welded the other piecec too? It it steel or aluminum. Could you maybe email me a picture so the file would be bigger? Thanks again!!

Hi MF, I made the clamps out of 12mm thick al 100mm wide I bored 56mm holes and drilled the clamping bolt holes then cut it in halves, then I tapped the threads, I made the cross bridge out of 10 mm thick plate by cutting and bending and then welding. Before i did that I bored 56mm holes in the ends so that it fits around the fork rubbers. Hope this makes sense, I'll try to resize the pics but I'm a computer idiot




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Old 04-04-2013, 10:12 PM   #3314
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Nice lookin job on the fork brace Mr Bare - industrial strength good !
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:57 AM   #3315
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Would anyone be able to give me the OD or the ID measurement for the collector on the header pipe for the 350? The widest part before the mid pipe . Thanks , thumpthump

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