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Old 06-16-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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about to buy a xl350r 1984 what should i pay attention to ?

I'm currently looking at a old 1984 honda xl350r dual sport 35'000 km

What are their weakess point ? What particular thing should i inspect rigoursly beside the general oil burning/leaking motors, brake condition, suspension, tire, chain/sprocket, cable wear, rust, bearing etc.

thx.... at 1k $ here in canada she will be gone fast so quick answer would be great !
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:40 PM   #2
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Be careful with the carburetor boot when you take it apart for cleaning. The boots are no longer available new, so if you put a crack in it, you're stuck with vacuum leaks.

Otherwise they're pretty damned bombproof, assuming the carb and electrics aren't degraded to the point of no return.

I wanted one in '87, but the 350's were out of production by then. I had to settle for a new XL250R, which I still have.
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:03 PM   #3
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Be careful with the carburetor boot when you take it apart for cleaning. The boots are no longer available new, so if you put a crack in it, you're stuck with vacuum leaks.
interesting. will google on that.. i shall make my homework...

edit: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/1984-Honda-XL...-/171297304733

sold for 175 dollar ouhhwaw !
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:12 PM   #4
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Be careful with the carburetor boot when you take it apart for cleaning. The boots are no longer available new, so if you put a crack in it, you're stuck with vacuum leaks.

Otherwise they're pretty damned bombproof, assuming the carb and electrics aren't degraded to the point of no return.

I wanted one in '87, but the 350's were out of production by then. I had to settle for a new XL250R, which I still have.
I just took the carbs off of my 1985 xl350r tonight and the boot disintegrated. I have looked around and not been able to find any boots new or used for sale for it. Do boots from the 600 work or anything else?
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:26 PM   #5
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Br careful. Essential engine parts like pistons and camshafts are NLA from Honda. You can get new Wiseco pistons for the XR350, but will have to fit an XR350 rod as well.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:52 PM   #6
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Oil leak at the countershaft sprocket seal...though that may be just me and it may have been because of improper chain tension. It happened twice in a row and the second time I was pretty damn sure I had the right tension, but who knows...
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I just took the carbs off of my 1985 xl350r tonight and the boot disintegrated. I have looked around and not been able to find any boots new or used for sale for it. Do boots from the 600 work or anything else?
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Doubtful... different carb and different head.

Diligently keep searching eBay. Something will turn up eventually.


Edit - For what it's worth, it may be worth your while to also get a spare intake boot, if you can find one.

My go-to bike is an XR400R, another orphan that has been out of production for ten years now. With my experience with my '87 XL's intake boot, I bought a new factory intake boot for the XR4. I'm keeping it sealed up and squirreled away in my parts department, ready for the day my original '98 boot cracks and crumbles.
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