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Old 10-18-2011, 04:54 PM   #871
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I double checked and it's just a plain washer that it mates with. I'm not to worried about it since I can't imagine why it would need to be aligned with anything except for balancing issues (perhaps a small hole was drilled to remove material.) It would still be nice to know why it's there though. Maybe someone has recently serviced their clutch and remembers if they had the mark or not.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:04 PM   #872
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(This is for a 1981 XL250S)

Does anyone know if this mark is for alignment? I've looked in the manual and at the engine but can't find a corresponding mark (except for the journal oil holes in the shaft and guide.)

My opinion as a grumpy old machinist, is that it is a "construction hole" used to index when broaching the inner splines.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:21 PM   #873
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Thanks, that makes sense.

I also found other images of it on ebay so it's not just a case of mine being modified somehow. If it was on this clutch from a `78 it should have been mentioned in the manual by `81 if it was important.

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Old 11-20-2011, 08:59 AM   #874
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Anybody know where I can find a TL250 flywheel?
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:04 AM   #875
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Could try here...

http://forum1.aimoo.com/XLBoard
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:36 PM   #876
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Hey guys. really like these older Honda's. I just have a quick question. I am looking at a 1981 xl 250 s. Has anybody ever put a 21 inch wheel on the front of one of these? Is it possible, would it screw up the geometry? What bike would you be able to use a wheel off of. Any info would be great. Thanks.
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:56 PM   #877
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Its been done lotsa times. I think the wheels from the older XL250's and 350"s from '76-78 are a direct fit, but I've never done it so dont quote me on it...
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:13 AM   #878
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So which 250 runs stronger. pre 78 or after 78. For example. 1975 xl250s vs 1981 xl250s?
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:20 AM   #879
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So which 250 runs stronger. pre 78 or after 78. For example. 1975 xl250s vs 1981 xl250s?
Early side port or later center port?
I've had an 1983, 1991 & now a 1973.
& think the later the model year the lighter,faster they are.
Or at least the cheaper it is to make 'em lighter & go faster.
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Old 11-25-2011, 12:54 PM   #880
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Changed the 15/48 gearing to 14/42.
Eliminating the old exhaust system & air box lightened it up a bit.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:32 AM   #881
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Should I get an XL?

What's the opinion on these XL500's vs the Yamaha XT500? I found a real nice XL for around $1300 it's an '81.Are the XL's like the XT's? That is fun to ride and reliable?
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:39 AM   #882
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What's the opinion on these XL500's vs the Yamaha XT500? I found a real nice XL for around $1300 it's an '81.Are the XL's like the XT's? That is fun to ride and reliable?
I get the XT 500. More aftermarket, Lots of webs sites about the XT 500. I had about 5 500s so yes, i draw blue blood from me!! ED
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:06 AM   #883
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Hey BigEd,I'm in CentralNY.Do you know of any around for sale that the owner doesn't want a fortune for? I was also thinking of an XT600?
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:25 PM   #884
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Bought an XL185S

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...7#post17438147
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:54 AM   #885
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Top Rack / Luggage Rack for XL's? I need one for my XL185S

What other model XL's are the racks interchangeable with, and where can I get one? If anyone here has one for sale that'll fit, please PM me. I'd like to avoid the expense of paying to get one custom fabricated.

Also, if I can't find one that'll bolt on, plan B would be a rack for another bike that would be easily modified to fit.

My XL185S is registered and insured for road use, and I like to be able to use any and all of my bikes for errand running light shopping for things like small grocery runs, ice runs while camping, etc., and a rack would make this much easier, as I'd have something to strap a redneck top case (milk crate) too.
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