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Old 10-26-2013, 07:48 PM   #1531
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Bought this bike 2 years ago for a winter project. Basically just needed a good cleaning (by means of full disassembly) and freshening up. Lots of fun to ride - love old bikes and hope to acquire a few more! Love this thread! 7600 miles on the odo.
Nice! It looks brand new!
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Old 10-26-2013, 08:43 PM   #1532
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Not sure on the sprocket sizes, where to even find the info on what was originally installed. Usually that's where I've left my bikes, seems a good compromise. If you are light enough and your roads are flat, taller than stock gearing may work for you. I wouldn't go as high as a whole countershaft sprocket tooth up. Maybe go down 3-5 on the rear sprocket. There's a bunch of discussion about sprocket changes in the Minimalist Touring thread under thumpers, maybe that'd be helpful.

As for the overly rich condition, I'd have to ask how it ran on the original carb? Maybe just jet that one up to match your new pipe. My observations have been that folks tend to put too much carb on their bikes, hot-rods, etc. Of course double check all your other tuning settings like valves and ignition before getting to far lost too.
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Just check the sprocket on my bike,its 14t-53t....I'll try to go down on rear and find what's best for flat road!
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:29 PM   #1533
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Haven't had a 350, had '76 250 though and it was a tough, reliable ride, back in the early 80s. I imaging a 350 would be the same with more grunt... Looks like the Rh side cover is missing... Hard to find but easy to install..
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:10 AM   #1534
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Has anyone used one of the SS Bolt kits off of ebay before?
I would like to change out all of my screw head bolts on the case, with allen head bolts. Im not looking to tear it down, so I should be ok to just change out and retorque one at a time , right?
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:16 AM   #1535
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Has anyone used one of the SS Bolt kits off of ebay before?
I would like to change out all of my screw head bolts on the case, with allen head bolts. Im not looking to tear it down, so I should be ok to just change out and retorque one at a time , right?
That should be fine.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:52 AM   #1536
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Make sure you put anti-sieze on every stainless steel fastener, or you'll be looking back fondly on those philips heads you took off. Stainless galls and will fuse itself to light metals and especially other stainless. Stainless is great but you need to follow a few rules.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:08 AM   #1537
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+1 on the anti-seize. SS will gall more readily in aluminum than about any other combo.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:57 PM   #1538
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On the local CL, about 6k miles, all original, with title. Asking $1700 obo. Anyone have one of these? I'm not really sure why, but it really appeals to me.

Yup I also had a 73, I kinda like the 73 a little better mostly cause of looks but the 76 was a great bike - the center port head frame may be a little stronger than the center backbone on previous models. Looks like you got one in great shape (except that leaking fork seal ). Keep posting as you move forward - inquiring minds like to know
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:07 PM   #1539
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Make sure you put anti-sieze on every stainless steel fastener, or you'll be looking back fondly on those philips heads you took off. Stainless galls and will fuse itself to light metals and especially other stainless. Stainless is great but you need to follow a few rules.
OK, Thanks for the heads up on that.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:25 PM   #1540
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Just bought it from my friend.....
the engine is sound good except the Valves noice.
Front fork need to be changed! rear shocks also.
I'll try to rebuild it first,if it not work....i'll find the new pairs!



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Old 11-01-2013, 04:17 AM   #1541
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Make sure you put anti-sieze on every stainless steel fastener, or you'll be looking back fondly on those philips heads you took off. Stainless galls and will fuse itself to light metals and especially other stainless. Stainless is great but you need to follow a few rules.
If you want to use stainless bolts and nuts, the trick is to make sure that they are different grades- eg. 316 bolt and 304 nut. Solves the galling problem.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:03 PM   #1542
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Perhaps, but I've always used some sort of anti-sieze of any threaded stainless steel connection. Otherwise you'll only get it tight enough to gall the threads into whatever position the nut or bolt stops, and never any more.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:51 PM   #1543
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I've got a line on a complete front end from a 2001 XR250R. I'm considering attempting to mate it to my 1986 XL250R (disc brake, better suspension, more ground clearance, etc). Anyone have any thoughts. I'm guessing the steer tube will likely have to be machined at the very least....
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:04 AM   #1544
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Question:

Can a XL350 K1 (73') exhaust be fitted to a XL250 k2 (75')? Or maybe a new exhaust flange could make it work?

I have seen some unverified accounts that it will work. Obviously they aren't the same part number and, according to cmsnl, the part number for the exhaust gasket is different between the two bikes. The exhaust in question is probably from an old race bike and has some great bends so I REAAALLY want it to work.

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Old 11-12-2013, 11:30 AM   #1545
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XL Seat covers

Just picked up a 80 XL500s.
Anyone have a preference on seat covers? Several sellers on ebay and there all close in price. Pit replica, 1carri23, joemamma1931 etc. Any recommendations? Thanks!
Did some reading.. went with Gumtwo. Looks like a good option.

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