1986 XR600R Basket case - Hope to revive!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by LandsVW, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    I got as far as the dropped pin and then headed back. Pictures taken from that point.

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  2. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    Bike number 2 got a stock muffler with baffle and headerpipe courtesy of Eugene Craigslist 20$ ! If anyone needs the other one (as shown on floor), PM me and we can work something out. Also, still have the small pile of parts although I think I will keep the valves.

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  3. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    I have a muffler w/o a baffle and a ugly but usable aftermarket headerpipe available now.

    Muffler is gone as of today...

    Most everything is gone as of May 18th... Was able to send a box of pieces/parts to an inmate.
  4. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    Finished my workbench today. Then the bikes got jealous so had to take their picture too.
  5. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    Representing the older generation :clap
  6. JohnPainter

    JohnPainter XRing

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    I was wondering if you'd be willing to share any tips or tricks for a top end rebuild. I have a newly acquired '85 XR600 and want to rebuild the top end as it's blowing smoke around the top gasket, left side, on start up, though surprisingly it is easy to start, runs strong and has good compression. This actually has me a bit confused, but since I'm new to XR600 (I've ridden a XR250L for years) I don't pretend to understand the bike yet. I noticed you have an early model XR too, any suggestions would be appreciated if you care to share. Than you.
  7. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    John,

    Pull the top end and cylinder. Have the piston and cylinder measured by a machinist to see if the piston is still in spec. If so then you can re-ring it. If not then a new piston is in order. Do a valve job on the head.

    Some light reading:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=713831
  8. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    I'd be glad to help any way I can. Steve is def the guy for the technical good stuff tho. Stripped thread repair, quality parts and attention to detail will give you success. PM or write here if you have a question - no problem. I'm in Alaska commercial fishing until August 10 so Internet is sketchy right now. Happy trails!
  9. JohnPainter

    JohnPainter XRing

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    Thank you!
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    JohnPainter XRing

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    Thank you both!
  11. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    I think this fall I will take the cylinder off the smoky/noisy bike and spend some of my hard earned fishing money getting it bored and a piston installed. I'll keep adding to my thread as the project progresses.

    I'm enjoying fishing but am missing my bikes...
  12. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    I got some black sign vinyl and put it on the side panels. I like the look. I need a tank graphic now.

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    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    I've gone to the dark side. I couldn't resist the magic button.

    I traded both XR's for this 2002 XR650L

    Yes, the dirty deed was done in the back parkinglot of a diner located in a desert and deserted region of Oregon. Appropriate don't you think?

    I will wear a full faced helmet for a week or more... ;)


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  15. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    My 2002 xrl650


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    Its in pretty good shape actually!

    Took the 5.8 Acerbis tank off, noticed that the front mount welded nuts to the frame tabs have cracks. Am still trying to figure out an easy procedure to fix that without welding.

    Countershaft a little worn. Used the XRR sprocket trick and hopefully solved that.

    Checked and rejetted. Was 55/165. Went to 55/160 for closer to sea level. Has had the Dave mod done and egr removed.

    Checked valves, ok.

    Pulled plug, cleaned and regapped

    Replaced front tire. Tube has too much goo in it but oh well.

    Titled and licensed. Check.

    Checked UNI air filter, ok.

    Want to install my garmin, and fix tanks, then go riding. Garmin wouldn't work on XR600 because no battery.

    Then, hit the magic button and go riding!
  16. Mike the Yank

    Mike the Yank Long timer

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    All sounds good!
    I hooked my Garmin to the XR600 headlight, worked a treat! :thumb
    Bought a crf450x for the magic button :shog
    Swapped the 88 xr600 for a 89 gsx600f Katana :evil
  17. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    For some reason, my older garmin that has no battery would start to boot then shut down on the XR600. I only had a capacitor. Probably not steady enough current. This bike has the batt. Garmin worked great on steady 12v.

    Just gotta get the tank secure and I'm close!
  18. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    Back on the road! Tank remounted, sprocket on, all systems go! except - the small digital meter that is probably tachometer. Doesn't seem to work. Do they have a battery?

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  19. Joe Motocross

    Joe Motocross Been here awhile

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    I'm disappointed to hear you ditched the 600's for an electric starter. I had one of those classic 86 XRs. Total sled but it did get the job done long as you didn't catch too much air or pound the whoops too much. Long kick starter lever. I don't recall starting it with flip flops so, I kinda get where you're coming from.
  20. LandsVW

    LandsVW Been here awhile

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    Tomorrow I'm gonna ride the BRP with the LRB to work and earn me a little street cred, yo... :rofl

    I've only ridden it about 15 miles so far, too busy and actually been too hot.