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Old 06-18-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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Question 96 XR600, What to check before buying..??

Hey Inmates...

Next week am buying a 1996 XR 600, In Australia. (2k AUD)
Pretty much standard/orignal. with 15,000k's on there.

Extras: Full Staintune exhaust. Ballards choke kit, new cables/bearings

What else should i be looking for....??

Any input would be welcome....links etc..!!

Thanks Looseplug..
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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Wheel bearings, countershaft sprocket for wear, steering head bearings, cracks in the rims where the join is, motor should be relatively quiet with no knocking noises although the cam chain can make a rattle, there is so much that could be wrong with a bike of that age, also depending on how many owners it has had its difficult to track any history, I tend to steer away from modified bikes as many things could be wrong with them as to who has done the work and has it been done properly.
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:12 AM   #3
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15000 is not necessarily big k's for one of these depending in it's usage. A valve grind and valve clearance adjust might be all it needs if that? Be worth popping the top if you get it to have a look. They're pretty overbuilt machines in general but worth doing a general check around for lateral play in swing arm, steering etc, pull the plug to check condition and rattle through the gear box at speed. 2k seems pretty reasonable and gives you some latitude for a rebuild....and everyone likes a rebuild story anyway.

I just rebuilt my 2000 more as a pre-emptive strike. Had 18000 on it and the bore and piston was still within tolerance. Got the valve seats reground and is all pretty crisp now. They're a good bike to keep going I reckon. Good luck!
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:09 PM   #4
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Cheers

Very Very Clean, that little piggy u have there noprogram

thanks for the info...
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:42 PM   #5
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Definately check the counter shaft splines which the front sprocket is on. Just picked up and XR6 with the splines largely stripped out which does happen on this model sometimes.
Other than that, they are still one of the best and a worthy bike to fix up if need be, compared to many others.
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15000 is not necessarily big k's for one of these depending in it's usage. A valve grind and valve clearance adjust might be all it needs if that? Be worth popping the top if you get it to have a look. They're pretty overbuilt machines in general but worth doing a general check around for lateral play in swing arm, steering etc, pull the plug to check condition and rattle through the gear box at speed. 2k seems pretty reasonable and gives you some latitude for a rebuild....and everyone likes a rebuild story anyway.

I just rebuilt my 2000 more as a pre-emptive strike. Had 18000 on it and the bore and piston was still within tolerance. Got the valve seats reground and is all pretty crisp now. They're a good bike to keep going I reckon. Good luck!
Very nice bike you have there!
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:58 PM   #7
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Thanks Smithy. Need to put a few pics up of the rebuild. I reckon they're worth the effort and a good bike bike to work on. Parts and consumables are still pretty easy to find as well.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:20 PM   #8
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Thanks inmates....

I pick up the old pig this Saturday...

Items to be checked...front sprocket shaft, all gears..
Plug checked, wheel steering bearing, suspension rear.
I've been told the valves/timing chain have been checked..??

Any Aussies on here know if a Staintune Exhaust will pass the Road Worth Cert in Queensland..????

Anymore in put would be great..

Stayed tuned for some pictures next week..!!!
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:58 PM   #9
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It goes without saying but let's have a look at it when you get it Looseplug and we'll start a list for you to spend money on! IMS wide footpegs were a good improvement.

Pretty beefy engineering so not much that can't be fixed. Sounds like it's had a bit of attention? Listen for any obvious top end rattles of course and pressure the kick lever at TDC to see if obvious compression fall off. They should sound pretty smooth and sewing machine like if all's well up there when running. Some of the other guys might have more to say on gear boxes etc. Mines been all good.

Yeah it's a pretty piggy now. Gave it a ground up rebuild and good for a few more laps I reckon!

Might have a carb overhaul kit for that year....I'll have a dig around.
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