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Old 07-09-2011, 01:27 PM   #811
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Honda XL350 ARD Ignition

Hi,
Just picked up a Champion frame and other parts to build a XL350 motocrosser for vintage racing. One of the items I got was an ARD electronic ignnition for the XL350. Anyone got an instruction sheet for the unit. Any help would be appreciated. Will post pics as I make some progress.
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:41 PM   #812
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Is it similar to the Motoplat? I think thats what I've got, in a box here somewhere. I'll try and dig it up for ya.
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:50 AM   #813
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i just finished a 1200mile trip on my '81 xl500. the valve cover started leaking like a civ just 300 miles in and i ended up going through a quart and a half on the rest of the trip, the threads in the head are striped from previous owner(s) so i cant tighten it as much as i need to (which is why its leaking) anything i can fix that with?

also on this trip both the high and low beam burned out aswell as the running light in the back, i think iv found a place to get another headlight but i have no idea how to fix the running light in the back (its not the bulb) and iv traced the wires back but couldent find anything, help
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:28 PM   #814
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i just finished a 1200mile trip on my '81 xl500. the valve cover started leaking like a civ just 300 miles in and i ended up going through a quart and a half on the rest of the trip, the threads in the head are striped from previous owner(s) so i cant tighten it as much as i need to (which is why its leaking) anything i can fix that with?

also on this trip both the high and low beam burned out as well as the running light in the back, i think iv found a place to get another headlight but i have no idea how to fix the running light in the back (its not the bulb) and iv traced the wires back but couldent find anything, help
You have three options to fix those threads. Drill and retap larger, time cert or helicoil. Time certs are my choice, but you might not have room to install one, you need room around the hole to to use a time cert, Helicoil is the easiest and probably the most likely to fail, but you won't be installing those bolts that often anyway.

You need a multimeter or trouble light to troublshoot your electrical problem.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:22 AM   #815
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Bummer on those threads. I would look for another cylinder head, and replace it the next time you have the motor apart. For now, you could use some red permatex gasket sealer to stop the leak. Just be careful not to get ANY inside where it could come loose and block an oil passage somewhere. If you clean it with break cleaner, then put a small bead around the last few threads of the valve cover (closest to the hex head) it will seal pretty well.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:24 AM   #816
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My latest pics of my '72 250. A moment of glory at the top of the hill in Beverly Hills, ride ended with a 3 mile push through West Hollywood and a rescue ride home in the back of the truck. Need to sort out a few things still, fouled out rich.


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Old 07-14-2011, 01:20 PM   #817
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Skorpio-Nice scoot. Are there laws in BH about kickstands touching the concrete? Whats up with the pad below the bike.

The Xl looks as at home in Beverly Hills as it does in the Black Hills

Thanks for the pics.
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:09 PM   #818
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Skorpio-Nice scoot. Are there laws in BH about kickstands touching the concrete? Whats up with the pad below the bike.

The Xl looks as at home in Beverly Hills as it does in the Black Hills

Thanks for the pics.
It's a limestone driveway of a Beverly Hills Mansion, um not mine, and the bike has bladder control issues.
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Old 07-16-2011, 05:33 PM   #819
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:05 PM   #820
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Nice bikes folks! I love the old Honda's.

We just picked this up yesterday for my nephew. 1982 XL250R, $100 I ordered a bunch of parts today so it should be road worthy again by late next week I hope.:

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Old 07-21-2011, 08:47 PM   #821
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Frozen Rear Axle

I thought I'd do an easy project after work......spoon on my new tires for the trusty XL.

I cannot get the rear axle to slide out. It appears to be frozen to the fixed portion of the brake or the right side spacer.

Any suggestions to get my summer scooter back on it's way. I've douched it with PB blaster, tried to beat it out, pry it out, etc. Cut the axle? No not yet. Anyone else run into this?

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Old 07-21-2011, 09:47 PM   #822
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Chains off? Both chain tensioners loosened off?
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:54 AM   #823
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Yup


This side went well with the castle nut and adjuster sleeve coming right off

On this side the axle, spacer and brake all seem to be frozen together. The wheel slides in the swingarm opening, but when I put an adjustable wrench (15") to the axle it will not spin as it is stuck. I have beat from the opposite side with a hammerand didn't even budge. I think I'll tip the bike on it's side and load up on the PB blaster before I head off to work.
I looked on the Bike Bandit fiche and it looks like it should slide right out. The tire is the original Nitto so I have reason to believe the back wheel has NEVER been off and never been treated to a little antisieze.

I guess if it was easy, everyone would have vintage Honda's
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:26 AM   #824
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Damn! I'd soak it as best as you can, and apply some heat while applying torque & pounding. Try tapping on the sleeve/spacer also. If you partially thread the nut on the opposite end and hammer it, you will not bugger up the threads. Good luck!
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:25 AM   #825
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This side went well with the castle nut and adjuster sleeve coming right off

On this side the axle, spacer and brake all seem to be frozen together. The wheel slides in the swingarm opening, but when I put an adjustable wrench (15") to the axle it will not spin as it is stuck. I have beat from the opposite side with a hammerand didn't even budge. I think I'll tip the bike on it's side and load up on the PB blaster before I head off to work.
I looked on the Bike Bandit fiche and it looks like it should slide right out. The tire is the original Nitto so I have reason to believe the back wheel has NEVER been off and never been treated to a little antisieze.

I guess if it was easy, everyone would have vintage Honda's
Huh, interesting, what bike is this? what year?
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