Budget Build XR650l

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by DirtHopper, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    I picked up this 94' XR650l in running condition with supermoto wheels spooled up to it.

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    after closer examination found that the rear of the farme was cracked and hack welded under the seat area.:eek1

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    So obviously the first thing I did was mend it. not the proffesional best, but way better than before and straighter too.

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    now I'm starting the rest of the tear down and clean up. I also have a CRF mid pipe I'm thinking of trying out.

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    This is intended to be my street toy, so right now I'm on the fence about cutting on the rear of the frame and doing a custom tail, or leaving it stock in case I may want to change wheels and do some trailing with it. If I go full street I was thinking of getting rid of the air box and using a Pod filter. I guess I'll now when I figure out the exhaust.

    More to come next week
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  2. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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    Good start.
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  3. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    not too much progress at the moment. But I do have a new tank tanks to Palmer:clap I also had to cut out a damaged section of subframe. You can see the dark section that was donated from an old ATC frame I had laying around. At least it was Honda metal :lol3 I'm waiting for some cans to come in the mail so I can mock up the final placement for the exhaust. I'm digging the red tank over the white one. I'm thinking it will look bad ass against the white frame..

    we will see:wink:
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  4. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    Sorry all, after I started the project I went to training and have had no time. But I did get the gasket I needed to mock up the exhaust to see where it is going to sit. not welded yet, but maybe in a week or two after my training is complete.

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  5. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    after starting my new job and getting my schedule, I finally am able to get back to my ride. Got the exhaust brackets welded up today and I'm going to be putting a parts list together this week. exhaust looks way better than stock, and I can't wait to get it together.
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    next I will be working on the battery tray and any finish fab work on the tail section.
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  6. beyondhelp

    beyondhelp likes cheese too.

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    Nice job so far! I really want one of these supermoto and all. I can't wait to see what becomes of this.
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  7. Transalp Jas

    Transalp Jas Been here awhile

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    Niiiiiice exhaust. Can't wait to see the finished bike.
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  8. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    YAY Parts!!
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  9. Chad M

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    Looks like a fun build! For that little piece that you replaced with the atc donor bits, did you put a slug inside each end? I'm not sure it's technically the best way to do it, but I would think you could have beveled the tubing ends then welded it up making sure you had penetration into the slug too. That way I think you could have ground down the weld making it almost seemless. Again, I don't know if that is technically the way to go, just something I would have done.

    Carry on, I love these old XR's!
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  10. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    Shinkos? You were probably better off on the dry-rotted Conti SM's.

    jk, I have a friend who swears by Shinkos on his DRZ SM.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with.
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  11. RedRaptor22

    RedRaptor22 Been here awhile

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    Lol well if you want something that you can toss into a slide easy I can't think of many tires that are as slippery as the shinko's except for maybe the dunlop roadsmarts lol.

    I'm still holding out hope he will come out and say that those are power ones though lol.

    They don't make bad dual sport tires suprisingly, but the sport bike tires blow like nothing else I've ever ridden lol.
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  12. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    well, i haven't had any experience with the Shinkos, but since this is a pure fun build I was going to try these out and work on something better later on. but if they slide out easy, then it will get me some practice on kickin it sideways on the pavement:evil
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  13. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    I did not slug it, but the ends were beveled before i welded the piece in to ensure penetration. one day I will have a lathe th make such things
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  14. RedRaptor22

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    Lol well all jokes aside those particular ones are their stickiest of the street tires, but aside from drag racing and doing burnouts they are not good for much else than keeping from scratching your rims on the pavement lol. The front has a much flatter profile than usual and the rear is even more extreme, it's usually almost square on most rims, dunno how tubes will effect the shape though, I know on atv tires it makes them more round and balloony than they are without.
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  15. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    Well, I will be working on it more mid week and updating with new pics. I'll let you know how the tires work for me:1drink
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  16. RedRaptor22

    RedRaptor22 Been here awhile

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    Should'nt be too bad for a motard, but all the flexing you can feel in the Xr kinda hides a lot of what the tires are doing, if it were a sport bike or a real purpose built motard it would be a totally different case more than likely.
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  17. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    a little slow progress, but I had to spend some time working on my ol' truck in the background as well as on the bike. But I did fab up my bolt in battery tray. I'm not sure if I'm going to make some side filler panels yet, I'm going to see how it goes. also got the front fender mounted up and I'm working on the seat as well. If anyone has used a pod on the factory carb, I would love some insight on the jetting. I know I have a "custom" exhaust, but a baseline would be great.
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  18. DirtHopper

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    I was able to get my tires mounted today. I have the frame dressed up, and I started working on shortening the wire harness since to battery is in a new place. next week if all goes well I'll have time to go through the front forks and have her back on her own 2 wheels.

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  19. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    started her up today for the first time since I got her. she sounds AWSOME with the twin cans. I need to fab up a couple more things and service her and she will be ready to go. can't wait to hit the street:evil with any luck the jetting wont be to far off

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    Congrats...!!!
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