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Old 02-23-2012, 02:05 PM   #976
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>>> '82 XL500

Even though I owned and rode one for a few years I don't know what would need to be looked at in particular. I purchased mine in very used condition in the mid '90s. It was utterly reliable. The only things I had to do to it was oil, fork seals, chain/sprockets, tires and front brake shoes.

I do know that, given my own regular perusals of CL around here, I would expect it to be a very nice example at that price.

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Old 02-23-2012, 06:27 PM   #977
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My '82 XL250R needs a new countershaft seal.

I've never split cases on an engine before. What special tools do I need?

The thing ran fine, currently registered, etc. Shop wants $700 to do the work... bike isn't worth that much in the eyesore shape it's in.

ANy help appreciated.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:32 PM   #978
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My '82 XL250R needs a new countershaft seal.

I've never split cases on an engine before. What special tools do I need?

The thing ran fine, currently registered, etc. Shop wants $700 to do the work... bike isn't worth that much in the eyesore shape it's in.

ANy help appreciated.
It's been a while since I busted one of the apart but I'm pretty sure you will need a flywheel puller. Sometimes thats is just a bolt.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:37 PM   #979
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Actually, you might not. I can't remember how the "newer" bikes come apart, but the older crank cases come apart top to bottom instead of side to side. Leave the whole top end alone, remove engine side covers, remove crank case bolts, pull off bottom half of engine. A little harder than it sounds, I've done it about 5 times. On the same bike. Think I learned my lesson.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:28 AM   #980
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.....I trust this post will be in the right place.......Details : Looking at an XL 500, 1982, for 1500 bucks. Complete.
What important things would you look for upon inspection ?? Any common problems with these bikes ? Thanks in
advance, Dave.

If it was me try to make sure the seller does not start the bike before you get there. The reason why you want to do it yourself to see if it smokes (burning oil). Also just check for any peculiar noises. Good Luck

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Old 02-25-2012, 09:35 AM   #981
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My '82 XL250R needs a new countershaft seal.

I've never split cases on an engine before. What special tools do I need?

The thing ran fine, currently registered, etc. Shop wants $700 to do the work... bike isn't worth that much in the eyesore shape it's in.

ANy help appreciated.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:39 AM   #982
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My '82 XL250R needs a new countershaft seal.

I've never split cases on an engine before. What special tools do I need?

The thing ran fine, currently registered, etc. Shop wants $700 to do the work... bike isn't worth that much in the eyesore shape it's in.

ANy help appreciated.
29 is the part in question...Hope this helps?

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Old 02-25-2012, 09:46 AM   #983
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Yup, if thats the case (case... cases? *sigh*), you don't need to take the flywheel, clutch, or top end off. Just the engine side covers and then the bottom case. It can be a royal pain getting the shifting yokes back in the right place but its do-able.
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:49 PM   #984
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Thanks guys! I may try it.

Either that or shed a tear and unload the bike for $200. It's such a versatile, user-friendly machine, that it would be a shame.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:01 PM   #985
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Does anyone know for sure what the wheel rims on a '72/73 XL250 are made of?

I've heard rumours that they are magnesium, bit they seem like aluminium to me.

I intend polishing them up, but if they are magnesium, they will corrode pretty quick so they'll need coating .
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:15 AM   #986
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Does anyone know for sure what the wheel rims on a '72/73 XL250 are made of?

I've heard rumours that they are magnesium, bit they seem like aluminium to me.

I intend polishing them up, but if they are magnesium, they will corrode pretty quick so they'll need coating .
Why they are made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails of course.

AKA: aluminum alloy. They are not magnesium only the early XL side covers are magnesium. I'd suggest that if you polish them that you apply caranuba wax to them after polishing. Most of the aluminum from Japan of that period is not alloyed for any real corrosion resistance, which is why all the old XL fork lowers look like a roll of french cheese.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:52 AM   #987
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Why they are made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails of course.

AKA: aluminum alloy. They are not magnesium only the early XL side covers are magnesium. I'd suggest that if you polish them that you apply caranuba wax to them after polishing. Most of the aluminum from Japan of that period is not alloyed for any real corrosion resistance, which is why all the old XL fork lowers look like a roll of french cheese.
LOL. Thanks for the info. I know just what you mean about the fork lowers, I've spent many happy hours rubbing them down and polishing them.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:02 AM   #988
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LOL. Thanks for the info. I know just what you mean about the fork lowers, I've spent many happy hours rubbing them down and polishing them.
Yea, but they're purdy when they're polished though...

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:54 PM   #989
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Howdy everyone, trying to help my neighbor out. He has a '75 Honda XL250 and is currently rewiring the bike but staying 6V. He needs to source some bulbs (turn signals, brake light). Anyone have a source to get them or maybe even know of any brighter bulbs that would work with his bike?
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:04 PM   #990
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Any car parts store should have them in stock, if not they can certainly order them. Brighter? Not much you can do there thats simple...
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