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Old 05-13-2009, 08:59 PM   #106
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:15 PM   #107
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6Volt to 12Volt conversion for Early XLs

Hi all,
Has anyone got any ideas on converting the archaic 6V system to 12V?
I have been doing some research and only found a few references to this idea. Apparently a US racer in the early 70s did it to give him better headlights but had the coils on the alternator professionally rewound.
From what I can find it looks like the first 12V system appeared on the XL around 1979 and that motor is quite different to the early models.
The coil fitting looks different as well as the shape of the crankcase cover. The taper of the rotor may also be different?
I have also found reference to rewinding the original coils with half the wire size and double the turns.
Any ideas?

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Old 05-20-2009, 12:14 AM   #108
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Anyone know why the XL Board (http://xlboard.aimoo.com/) is not letting me sign up as a new user?
would like to sign up but can't
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:51 PM   #109
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Gasket Kit

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anybody know if a gasket kit designed for a Honda XL125 1976-78 will fit a 1974 model?
There just can't be that much (if any) differences!
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:57 AM   #110
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:31 AM   #111
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My turn...

anybody know if a gasket kit designed for a Honda XL125 1976-78 will fit a 1974 model?
There just can't be that much (if any) differences!
You can go to Bikebandit and search part numbers for both bikes, all years. If they match...you win!
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:20 AM   #112
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:28 PM   #113
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Early XL Fuel Tanks

Hi Inmates,
Has any one any idea what brand this tank is? Apparently early 70's universal for single downtube framed trailies.

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Old 06-11-2009, 03:14 AM   #114
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Looks like an early Don Vesco to me? Had one in the 70's on a XL , along with a Bassani exhaust! and Preston Petty Mudder guards! Arrhhhh , the memories are flooding back, those were the days
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:49 PM   #115
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In the 70's, I had a Honda '74 XL125 and so wanted a Bassani exhaust, but at the time they were just making them for the SL125's. I ended up getting a P&K racing header. A little loud, but man what fun.

Ahhhh the memories, countershaft sprocket 2-tooth drop - what for the light to change green, pop-up the front wheel in 1st, wheelie and shift into 2nd, hold until the balance is just right, shift into 3rd, ride through the next stop light and slowly let the front drop, shift into 4th & 5th and get the hell out the area before "The Man" shows up.

I bought a '74 XL125 a couple of years ago on Craig's List. Haven't done anything to it yet, but it makes me smile every time I walk into my garage.

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Looks like an early Don Vesco to me? Had one in the 70's on a XL , along with a Bassani exhaust! and Preston Petty Mudder guards! Arrhhhh , the memories are flooding back, those were the days
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:22 PM   #116
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Thanks for the input. So now for the next question.
Where can I get a Bassani.
In the early 70's there were 2 blokes I saw, one on a 250, the other a 350 and they both had Bassani's.
Sounded awesome!
I held that thought for years until I finally got my own 250 but I am still looking for the exhaust!
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:46 PM   #117
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i think you can buy a similar style pipe on xlintperformance.com.
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Old 06-13-2009, 04:25 AM   #118
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Hi All, I picked up the yellow tank today and it is definitely a Don Vesco.

Has anyone got another petcock for this tank as I would like to have both outlets operational?

Thanks Glenn
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:06 AM   #119
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G'day (again),

Thought all you XL buffs may like to see the Don Vesco attached to the bike so here it is.
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:11 PM   #120
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Hi all,
Has anyone got any ideas on converting the archaic 6V system to 12V?
Any ideas?

Glenn
Hey man, why bother? What's wrong with 6V? 12V is SO overrated. The cool thing is that LED lights actually run at very low voltages. I added two LED "light bar" headlights to my XL500 and they only draw 200mA of the available 1A (1000mA) generating capacity. Prepakaged LED lights are naturally set up for 12V because that is what everyone has - except us. All you need is a DC voltage regulator which is small, cheap, and dirt simple to wire up. If you actually want to dig into this let me know and I will give you some more detailed info.
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