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Old 07-28-2012, 02:25 AM   #1126
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Neat photo, where was that taken?
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:43 AM   #1127
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Thanks very much redprimo, that explains a lot. I shall get replacements ordered.

Also, if you or anyone else can advise; the seats and valves are about 1.7-1.8mm wide (for the exhaust side) and the manual says the service limit is 2.0mm. I spoke to my local bike guy who is very experienced and I trust him and all but want to see what others think. He says, as this isn't a high performance race bike/engine, I can just lap in valves and not have the seats recut. Do you think that I could just relap the valves I have instead of getting more? They had a little carbon build up on the seats as I think they were not quite sealing as well as they should. They have plenty of meat on them, not as much as the intake side but now I have removed the carbon they are very smooth and clean.
I should say that the carbon was not that bad, just the odd spot around the edge.

Thanks once again :)

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Years ago when I had a car that ran on LPG, I had the engine valves cut with a 2mm seat. More than a few cars used to burn exhaust valves purely because they ran too hot.
I never had any problems with burnt valves at all.

I stand to be corrected by more RKI on here, but I would be happy to just lap the valves in and run with it.


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Old 07-29-2012, 03:45 AM   #1128
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Here's my first project


That's a very nice XL200, what do you plan to do to it?
Doesn't look like it needs much

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Old 07-30-2012, 02:31 AM   #1129
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My old girl.......she only comes out on Sundays.


Yes very nice, I like to see the old ones in action, I use my classics more than my modern bike!!
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:30 PM   #1130
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Question Worth it...?

Hey guys! Ive been reading this forum for a while, so much good information. This thread especially. I love the old XLs. Ive been shopping for a first bike, and this 1973 XL 250 crossed my path.

http://delaware.craigslist.org/mcy/3178439549.html

Is $1000 too much? it seems steep for a not-quite-fourty year old bike. It has new tires, plugs, and mirrors though, which might account for the high price. one thing that worried me is that when i asked him if it was running, the seller said "It is hardwired to start but at the beginning of summer when I rode it last it started up after a couple kicks." hardwired? meaning wired badly so it will run? is this something im going to have to fix? I love the bike, but Im not sure if its worth it...

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Old 08-02-2012, 10:36 PM   #1131
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Hey guys! Ive been reading this forum for a while, so much good information. This thread especially. I love the old XLs. Ive been shopping for a first bike, and this 1973 XL 250 crossed my path.

http://delaware.craigslist.org/mcy/3178439549.html

Is $1000 too much? it seems steep for a not-quite-fourty year old bike. It has new tires, plugs, and mirrors though, which might account for the high price. one thing that worried me is that when i asked him if it was running, the seller said "It is hardwired to start but at the beginning of summer when I rode it last it started up after a couple kicks." hardwired? meaning wired badly so it will run? is this something im going to have to fix? I love the bike, but Im not sure if its worth it...

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That looks like a bike that would be $600 during winter. I bet for similar bucks or a couple hundred more you could get one in much better condition.

Unless of course that muffler is completely rust free... haha
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:13 AM   #1132
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Hey guys! Ive been reading this forum for a while, so much good information. This thread especially. I love the old XLs. Ive been shopping for a first bike, and this 1973 XL 250 crossed my path.

http://delaware.craigslist.org/mcy/3178439549.html

Is $1000 too much? it seems steep for a not-quite-fourty year old bike. It has new tires, plugs, and mirrors though, which might account for the high price. one thing that worried me is that when i asked him if it was running, the seller said "It is hardwired to start but at the beginning of summer when I rode it last it started up after a couple kicks." hardwired? meaning wired badly so it will run? is this something im going to have to fix? I love the bike, but Im not sure if its worth it...

Thanks!
Take a look at this one (no affliation): http://binghamton.craigslist.org/mcd/3169097167.html

I drive from Ithaca region to Hershey PA with my truck fairly regularly so could help if you were interested. Again, no affliation, just helping out an inmate.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:20 PM   #1133
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Here is my 84 XL350R.... still holding onto her glory and keepin up with the newer stuff....




unfortunately she developed a clatter in the top end during my last 500+ ride..... cant identify where the exact noise is coming from , guess i am gonna have to tear the ole girl down....
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:45 AM   #1134
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Talking 1982 xl250r, question on cyl head cover--is there a gasket?

Hi gang. New to the website, first post in this thread, although I did post a pic of my bike higher up in the forums.

I recently decided to get back into off road riding, although at a little slower pace at 55, than I did when I was 25.

I picked up a really nice bike, with about 5k miles. When I bought it, the owner pointed out a small weeper from the cyl head cover which I need to take care of. It's not a big leak, and the job looks straight forward.

I like to think that I can work my way around engines, both mechanical and search, but I cannot locate a gasket for it.

Is there one? Or, do you just use a thin film of gasket maker?

Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:50 AM   #1135
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None that I know of have a gasket there, just use the grey liquid gasket stuff- yamabond? or I think 1104 is the tube of stuff I have.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:24 AM   #1136
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there is no gasket oldjohn...if you do use a sealer I say use very little..remember that cover is also what holds your cam in place..machine fit is pretty important.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:21 PM   #1137
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Ok, thanks guys.

I couldn't find a gasket, and my inclination was that there was not one, but I didn't want to get it apart and find that it needed one, and then be starting from scratch.

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Old 08-17-2012, 03:39 PM   #1138
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:30 PM   #1139
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:35 PM   #1140
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you boys need to stock up on them 23" tires before they are obsolete
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