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Old 05-13-2012, 08:31 PM   #1006
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Drain the float bowl again, make sure there is no water in there at all.
Shaking it should not make it miss.
With it running I would spray some carb cleaner all over it the carb, and boots and make for certain its not sucking air.

Do you still have the stock airbox on it? Without it might be extremely lean.
Check the float/needle that it is slid into the slot on the float and the float is not just sitting on it. These things will never run right if its not slid into the float. This not only keeps it from sticking, it keeps the needle action smooth.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:10 PM   #1007
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Drain the float bowl again, make sure there is no water in there at all.
Shaking it should not make it miss.
With it running I would spray some carb cleaner all over it the carb, and boots and make for certain its not sucking air.

Do you still have the stock airbox on it? Without it might be extremely lean.
Check the float/needle that it is slid into the slot on the float and the float is not just sitting on it. These things will never run right if its not slid into the float. This not only keeps it from sticking, it keeps the needle action smooth.
After I adjusted the fuel height today, it idles strong and does not miss when I shake the bike.

i'll spray some carb cleaner and see if I can find a leak.

Stock airbox still.

The needle is in the slot on the float. But I'd like to check it again to make sure it's not binding or handing up at all.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:15 AM   #1008
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After I adjusted the fuel height today, it idles strong and does not miss when I shake the bike.

i'll spray some carb cleaner and see if I can find a leak.

Stock airbox still.

The needle is in the slot on the float. But I'd like to check it again to make sure it's not binding or handing up at all.
Did you bypass the kickstand safety switch? It's the first thing I would check with the symptoms you describe.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:24 PM   #1009
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Hey guys I just picked up a 550 off Craigslist. I'll post up some pics in a bit. Quick question... How and what attaches the Yamaha bag onto the back of the bike. Thanks
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:29 PM   #1010
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Hey guys I just picked up a 550 off Craigslist. I'll post up some pics in a bit. Quick question... How and what attaches the Yamaha bag onto the back of the bike. Thanks

Congrats on the new bike. Three 6mm bolts keep the yamaha bag put.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:20 PM   #1011
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Congrats on the new bike. Three 6mm bolts keep the yamaha bag put.
Thanks... I found a bag thats reproduced in New Zealand. But nothing else comes with the bag. Im guessing that there is a plate of some sort that holds the bag down along with the three bolts. Now need to find that. Just got done changing the oil and filter and damn near filled my 6 quart oil pan .. I can't believe someone could put that much oil in a motorcycle.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:22 PM   #1012
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Not hard to put 6 qts in the XT.
Most people don't know to run it then CHECK the oil. Not when its cold.

As to the tail bag there is a plastic tray that goes inside the bag.
I have no idea what tools was ever in mine. So thats where my help stops.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:30 AM   #1013
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Did you bypass the kickstand safety switch? It's the first thing I would check with the symptoms you describe.
The previous owner bypassed the kickstand safety switch. I'll check that out to make sure it's not messing up. Thanks the the idea.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:23 PM   #1014
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I could not find a leak any where. I sprayed carb and boots with carb cleaner, then brake fluid and found nothing. I took off the boot clamps, and loosened up the airbox to reposition the carb to make sure it was totally engaged and in line with all the boots. Then sprayed it again to confirm it was all ship shape.

Idles and revs fine when it's on the stand.

Took it out for a ride and before I got to the end of the driveway it started to hesitate and sputter.

ARRRRRRRRGGGGH So I came up for a beer

Any ideas?
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:40 PM   #1015
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almost sounds like its starving for fuel then.
On the stand requires less fuel than under load.
Soon as you load it its not getting enough.
Have you degunked the petcock?
Assuming your still running the stock airbox with a filter in too.
If your running pod filters etc your going to have to fatten the jetting cause your getting more air.

I got a secondary issue right now, at WOT it pops and snorts, but I'm running a free flowing exhaust too and I thinks the cause I need to richen the main on the secondary.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #1016
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almost sounds like its starving for fuel then.
On the stand requires less fuel than under load.
Soon as you load it its not getting enough.
Have you degunked the petcock?
Assuming your still running the stock airbox with a filter in too.
If your running pod filters etc your going to have to fatten the jetting cause your getting more air.

I got a secondary issue right now, at WOT it pops and snorts, but I'm running a free flowing exhaust too and I thinks the cause I need to richen the main on the secondary.
Thanks for the idea- I will check out and degunk the petcock.

Yup, stock airbox and stock filter.

I'm going to take off the carb again this weekend and clean it yet again. I'll also make sure the floats are not hanging up, and the needle is seated properly in the tang.

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Old 05-18-2012, 05:57 PM   #1017
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Not hard to put 6 qts in the XT.
Most people don't know to run it then CHECK the oil. Not when its cold.

As to the tail bag there is a plastic tray that goes inside the bag.
I have no idea what tools was ever in mine. So thats where my help stops.
Ok I now have the tray for the bag. I have no idea how to connect it to the bike. Where do the bolts go? How does it fasten to the fender? I feel I'm missing something simple. Like a bracket???
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:14 PM   #1018
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You should have three tabs/nuts welded to the end of the frame. I would have attached apic if I knew how...

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Ok I now have the tray for the bag. I have no idea how to connect it to the bike. Where do the bolts go? How does it fasten to the fender? I feel I'm missing something simple. Like a bracket???
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #1019
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You should have three tabs/nuts welded to the end of the frame. I would have attached apic if I knew how...
Thanks for the reply. There are no tabs at all...i can see where the tabs were. They were cut off. I guess I need to make a bracket that uses the turn signal mounts

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Old 05-21-2012, 12:02 PM   #1020
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What a Saturday.
Don't count out these old machines, with a few mods they're as capable a woods machine as anything built new today.
It will go in and back out again.
Of course mine is so far removed from what Yamaha envisioned of it that it might actually be apples to oranges.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=21
It was basically 9 miles of Heck for some.
I rode 180 miles Friday to NW Arkansas for the SLAP get together, I didn't get the oldest bike award that went to a fellow on the XT500.
Saturday mileage totals put me around 40 miles and spending 3 or 4 hours on 9 miles of it in the report.

I had actually thought about retiring the old bike.

I have a KTM LC4 640 too, but it had proven less than reliable and its engine is in pieces on the workbench and I'm seriously thinking that its going to leave one piece at time when I get ready.

Overall I out around 370 miles on the bike over the weekend without much flaw. I'm fighting a WOT burble still and it actually straightened out for a bit on the way home and the thing reached the 80mph mark. Pretty good chore since I'm not a light weight by any means.
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