Hey guys, This is my first post here and well from everything I've seen while lurking I just want to say y'all seem like good people and I look forward to sharing with you all in my new adventure which is fixing up this 1983 XL 600. A little history on the bike and me: The last time it was running was 1986 when my unlce drained all the fluids, pulled off the seat and tank and put her in storage. About 5 years ago my uncle gave me his 1983 XL 600. And while I wanted to fix her up, you all know how things go and it was thrown onto the back burner. Recently my roommate and I where talking about how it would be fun to buy some bikes and get riding. After looking at several bikes on Craigslist I was sitting at work one day and thought how cool it would be to fix up and do some custom work to this bike and have a bike that no one else had. Plus I thought it would be really cool to breath life into into it's 30 year birthday. So I headed over to here the bike was and took a look at it. After spending sometime looking into it I came across Ere109's XL restoration thread and a few other like it on this site. First of all nice work Ere109 an everyone who has also taken on the task of fixing up not just the XLs on here but others as well. This is the first motorcycle I have ever worked on and quite frankly have limited experience working on vehicles and motors in general, so I warn you now I'm probably going to ask some rather obvious questions along the way, and I thank you all in advance for your patience and guidance along the way. While I Have limited knowledge on motors I know my way around a garage as I'm a self taught blacksmith and welder and of the crafty sort. The way I figure it you got to start somewhere, right? So pleAse don't write me off as I know that in for a long haul both mentally and physically. I'm not going to downing a complete OEM restoration but more of customizing it into a cool little street thumper that will be a blast to ride. So today it all began as I took it to my parents garage (sucks living in an apartment, also where I keep 95% of my tools). Took a boatload of photos and started on the tear down. Right now I'm typing this thread from my phone. But tommorrow I promise to upload photos of day one. And I look forward to hearing from some of you as well! Sakadt PS sorry if my typing sucks as I'm doing it from my iPhone before bed. I was just to excited to wait!