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Old 03-22-2012, 09:15 PM   #40441
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Try draining the carb. Gas won't go bad in the tank in 3 to 4 weeks, but it sure will in the float bowl.

Mine also starts a lot easier if the side stand is retracted.

Walter
Good point Walter, but mine does this sometimes after I have ridden to somewhere and the gas is in the bowl is fresh when I go to start it. This leads me to believe in a "over choke" condition. When ever this happens I do bang on the battery box sometimes just in case it's the CDI, but I don't think this is the case as it has only got a couple thousand miles on it.

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Old 03-22-2012, 11:18 PM   #40442
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I wrapped the CDI in industrial bubble wrap, attached it to the airbox wall with 3M Dual Lock,then zip tied it in place. It hasn't moved in 3 years and it's still alive.
Hey Mchester,

How did you Zip Tie your CDI into place? Please share a photo if you have one.

I have finished my tie-down job, and will post a picture soon. I also zipped the unit inside the air box, and used Velcro as well (following Mr. Spud's advice). I don't like my zipping method, however, and am looking for a better idea.

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Old 03-23-2012, 02:02 AM   #40443
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L is really hard starting. Turns over for quite a while prior to firing. When it finally fires have to hold down on the starter to fire it up. Any ideas? Once running, it's fine and fires right up after it's warm.
also check to make sure your spark plug hasn't loosened up, It appears that the BRP likes to sometimes slowly spit them out.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:30 AM   #40444
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I just got my 84 xl350 running. Its at 7000 miles does anyone know any of the milestone maitenance i should be coming upon? It been sitting since 94. I had the carbs redone and changed oil.
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:17 AM   #40445
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Exactly what mine does. Just doesn't seem to be getting spark. Eventually it sparks and then I seem to get it going. Problem is I get out there sometimes and am solo. Headed to Death Valley for 7 days of solo riding and I want the damn thing to start.
Have you cleaned the plug? It might be partially fouled... Good time to make sure it's tight and the connection into the boot is good and make sure the boot is tight too.

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Old 03-23-2012, 05:21 AM   #40446
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gas gas

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No, gas should be fine. I put non-ethanol in it about a month ago. Shouldn't go bad in 3 to 4 weeks I wouldn't think but what the hell do I know. Damn thing is a pain when it's cold. Could it possibly be my CDI going bad?
Hi All,

I try to put a splash of STABIL in the tank every once in a while.....
When my bike sits for a few weeks it is hard to start...I either drain the carb or put the bike on it's side until gas comes out the overflow...always fires right up.

Q: why does XR650L and others in ZA run YELLOW headlight covers?

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Old 03-23-2012, 05:35 AM   #40447
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Q: why does XR650L and others in ZA run YELLOW headlight covers?

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What's ZA?

Zebras Anonymous?
Zambia Avalanches?
Zoo Administration?
Zoro's ADV bike?
Zinkerpop Aperstein?
Zumba Aerobics?


I'm really at a loss here....

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Old 03-23-2012, 05:50 AM   #40448
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my L after its annual bath just need to put on a black seat cover that i ordered off ebay and ill finished spending $$ on it for a while. (though I might put on an aftermarket head pipe or some kind. any suggestions on that?)







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Old 03-23-2012, 05:52 AM   #40449
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my L after its annual bath just need to put on a black seat cover that i ordered off ebay and ill finished spending $$ on it for a while. (though I might put on an aftermarket head pipe or some kind. any suggestions on that?)

I just put on an FMF power bomb and I like it a lot. Gotta figure out that sweet heat shield/hose clamp thing though... unless someone would be so kind as to re-post it

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Old 03-23-2012, 05:59 AM   #40450
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Exactly what mine does. Just doesn't seem to be getting spark. Eventually it sparks and then I seem to get it going. Problem is I get out there sometimes and am solo. Headed to Death Valley for 7 days of solo riding and I want the damn thing to start.
Park,

Are you sure you're jetted for the elevation? My '94 used to act the same way when I lived in Redmond but now that I'm in low country GA it's better. Also, if you're going to let it sit for a while, like over night, shut the gas off before turning the engine off. A new plug might be in order too. Post pics from you trip OK?

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Old 03-23-2012, 06:01 AM   #40451
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What's ZA?

Zebras Anonymous?
Zambia Avalanches?
Zoo Administration?
Zoro's ADV bike?
Zinkerpop Aperstein?
Zumba Aerobics?


I'm really at a loss here....

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Country code for South Africa......what the heck is Zinkerpoop Aperstein??
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:05 AM   #40452
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my L after its annual bath just need to put on a black seat cover that i ordered off ebay and ill finished spending $$ on it for a while. (though I might put on an aftermarket head pipe or some kind. any suggestions on that?)







My $.02: skid plate & brush guards/hand guards

What kind of chain is that and is it red?
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:07 AM   #40453
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My $.02: skid plate & brush guards/hand guards

What kind of chain is that and is it red?
FORK BRACE!! sorry for yelling (and a SS front brake line)
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:09 AM   #40454
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I have a similar problem sometimes and my bike does not want to start like it is not getting spark. My CDI is relatively new so I do not think this is the problem. Sometimes when the temp. rises I still pull the choke out of habbit and I think this may get the spark plug too wet with gas to fire (or not enough air). Of course I am just speculating here. Once I let it sit for a couple of minutes it usually fires right up. I can smell gas when this happens, so I think it is due to a flooded condition.

Crank with the throttle WFO, even works on CV carbs.

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Old 03-23-2012, 06:10 AM   #40455
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Country code for South Africa......what the heck is Zinkerpoop Aperstein??
LOL, I was just shootin' from the hip

No Idea on the headlight covers, except maybe a street legal requirement, like the horn and blinker? If you contact the governing body they could tell you for sure though... but FWIW, I saved 25% switching to Geico!

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