SL175 Project

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Lapchik, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Lapchik

    Lapchik Tinkeritis posterboy

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    Well. . . .here it is. My next project, a 1970 SL175 (with a title!). I got it like this.
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    The heads have been done (valves ground), carbs gone through, new battery installed, and engine assembled, all done by Farmer. The donor engine gave up the jugs and head. The original bike (being rebuilt) had a bolt between the fins bent around to hold the exhaust on, as the previous owner (twice previous owner, that is. Not Farmer.) had broken off an exhaust stud. So far, I have only checked and adjusted points gap and ignition timing, which was only off a little. Next to do is fix the kick start gears and see if it has spark. If it does, I'll put a tank on it and get it running. It'll be a reasonably smooth project (knock on wood). I can see new cables, tires, and a few rubber parts needing replacement/to be found, but I'm not too worried about that. I plan on making this a survivor bike. I won't be doing any dent removal, and only painting things that have to be painted to keep the rust at bay.

    You can also follow my rebuild project on my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/korysrides I don't have any videos of it up yet, but I plan on starting in on it soon. After I get Christmas presents built for my family, that is.

    Getting a little crowded in here . . .the XS400 needs to go . . .
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  2. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave blame Reaver...

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    Looks like a fun project. Looking forward to your updates!

    You may want to post your XS in the classifieds at XS400.com There are plenty of enthusiasts there...

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  3. Lapchik

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    Update. Got the title transferred, custom plate on the way, and have some parts ordered.

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  4. Lapchik

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  5. never2old4fun

    never2old4fun Been here awhile

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    Keep the pictures coming as I'm working on a couple of SL 175's myself. Yours look to be in about the same condition as when I started on mine. Just wondering what kind of condition your exhaust pipes and muffler are in?
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  6. Lapchik

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    Three out of my four headpipes are ok, one rotten muffler, and one good one.
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  7. never2old4fun

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    Good to hear that you've got at least one good muffler as all of them from the SL's I've got were bad, but that doesn't matter as I've built a new system for it. Still did use the stock pipes, but made new 2 into one setup which used a shorty muffler that I had lying around.
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  8. Lapchik

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    With every single vehicle I have ever owned, there have been exhaust changes. I will probably coat the factory muffler with rust inhibitor of some sort, and put it away. I like my rides loud. Turnout on the head pipes loud. Or maybe I'll bust out the TIG welder and make some sort of chambered deal. Not sure what route I'll go, but it won't be factory muffler for very long if at all.
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  9. Lapchik

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  10. Lapchik

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    I was home sick with a bad cold, and on day 2 felt better and got a few things done on the SL. While out in the garage, I started getting a little dizzy. I thought it was just the fact I was using the parts washer and had a propane heater on. I went outside for a while. I got up off the steps 5 minutes later, and was still dizzy. I shut the garage down, went inside, and took a shower. Still dizzy. Went to bed with my head swimming. Woke up this morning, and had to have my girlfriend take me to the hospital. Turns out I have positional vertigo, and there is no cure other than time. I have meds for the dizziness and nausea. I don't think I'll have any progress for a week or so, unless I can really heal fast.
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  11. never2old4fun

    never2old4fun Been here awhile

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    Very sorry to hear about your condition. Hope you are able to back to your project soon. In the mean time if you are up to it and of course if you haven't checked it out " Honda twins. net" it might be worth a look for info and some ideas.
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  12. Lapchik

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    When I went to upload the 2nd set of videos from my camera to my laptop, there was a static shock that killed the camera and power supply on my computer. I lost a lot of video, so what I say I'm going to do in the beginning of the video doesn't all get done. $350 later I have a new camera and power supply.

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  14. Lapchik

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    It lives! Almost . . .I think the carbs are out of sync. Also, there is a small exhaust leak I need to fix. Other than a few cosmetic items and the carb sync, it should be all good to go!

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  15. misanthropic

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    After my mini bike I inheritied this exact bike from my dad. I literally destroyed it doing things on it that it was not designed to do. Thanks for the memory.
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  16. Lapchik

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    Been quite a while since the last update. It is running, but only makes it 3 blocks and then fuel starves. I've had the carbs apart several times, and I think it might be flooding the right side carb. Still working on it, but getting frustrated. Might need a side project to work on for when I get too light headed on carb cleaner-ing the SL.
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  18. Lapchik

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    Partially sunken float. I didn't hear anything inside the float, but when I put it on the bench a little gas leaked from it. Hopefully that will fix my problem.
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    I just started a CB 125 project and wanted to know what has been your best source for parts? I need a tank and side covers, any suggestions
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  20. Lapchik

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    eBay

    Other than that, voodoo, rain dance, go all American pickers at motorcycle repair shops, or just some PFM. (pure f%$#ing miracle)

    I have a tank, but I'm not sure if it is a XL100, 125, 150, or 250 tank. Also, I am not certain if I need it for sure or not. A little rusty inside, but not rusted through as far as I know. Decent paint. If you are interested PM me
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