The XL600 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Gregster, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    A little late but I found the swing arm goes in really easy if you pull it through from in front of it's mount point rather than pushing it in through the back. Don't know if that trick works with the motor in though.
  2. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    Yeah, What he said :rofl
  3. 12120

    12120 Indenturedx5

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    Anyone put one in? Experience with them, trouble, one to stay away from?:wink: I would am thinking of doing it. Should just need a H4/9003 kit to do it with. Just wondering about any feedback on it. Also I have ask this before, but is there a source for carb bowl orings?

    Thanks Chris
  4. brokeagain

    brokeagain Been here awhile

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    Honda still sells gasket kits for the carburetors, and should be able to be ordered from any online store or motorcycle shop. I'm not sure if they sell the individual O-rings, but I did just pick up two gasket kits a couple of months ago. I don't know if there are different gasket kits for the different year bikes, because the carbs change slightly (at least between '83 and '84).

    Hope that helps.
  5. davek181

    davek181 Been here awhile

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    I haven't done the HID conversion but I have pondered it. The advantages of course are the higher light output, but the disadvantages outweigh that in my opinion.

    The major disadvantage on an XL is the necessary Dc conversion to the headlight. I have read stories of lights shutting off due to voltage and/or battery reserves being low, and an XL is marginal that way anyhow since the DC circuitry is not utilized or designed very heavy. Bulb expense and vibration resistance fears compound my reluctance.

    Maybe as an auxiliary light but there I would probably opt for LED driving lights instead keeping in mind current draw limitations.
  6. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER!

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    I broke a zerk off of my linkage..... Now what??
  7. mcma111

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    Easy out or left hand drill bit.
  8. cam14

    cam14 Been here awhile

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    In the process is putting my XL600 back together and want to do something a little different with the air filter. I would like to install dual air filters directly on the carbs and by-pass the factory air box. My factory air box is pretty beat up already and the rubber snorkels makes remove and installing the carbs very difficult.

    Has anyone documented their successful factory air box replacement? Have not have not found anything whilst searching.
    If I removed the air box completely, then where does one mount the battery and related wiring?

    TIA
  9. davek181

    davek181 Been here awhile

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    My experience with aftermarket air filters, especially pod filters, especially K&N is that they are slightly better than no filter at all. They will filter out the sticks and rocks, but let damaging dust come right through. If you are running on only pavement and never in the dust, then maybe your rings will last a little longer.

    I would hunt eBay for a better air filter box if yours is damaged beyond belief and run either a factory Honda( preferable and still available ) or a twin air filter.
  10. daviethebiker

    daviethebiker Adventurer

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    I think partzilla .com has the bowl gaskets but they include the O-ring for the drain bolt at the bottom of the float bowl for $23.75. I have got a few things from them lately and the shipping was fair and took about 5-6 days with the ceap shipping.
  11. Oil-Burner

    Oil-Burner Ssssssssmokin

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    Did a web search and didnt find any info for XLs.

    I'm starting to prep our bikes to do the TLH this year and this has probably never been done on this bike :huh. The shock works great so I don't see a need to replace the shock itself and was wondering if anyone here has experience changing the rear shock oil on an XL.

    The rear shock has an air fill valve on top that could be used to drain and fill oil, like the Harley shock I changed oil in a few years ago, but I don't know what viscosity or quantity to use.

    Any ideas? Anyone done this? :ear
  12. Carter Pewterschmidt

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    I plan on running an open air filter setup and I couldn't find any info on pods either. So I don't know if I'm going to do the pods or do a different type of air filter setup. Either way I plan on fabbing up an aluminum tray to hold electrics and the battery. I'll make a thread about it when I put the bike together so you'll know then.
  13. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    The stock shock does not have an air valve on it because it's a non rebuild-able unit. You may have some sort of aftermarket piece, maybe a shock off another bike, or sometimes people weld one into the stock shock so it can be rebuilt. Put some pictures of up of that thing from a few angles and we can help you identify it.
  14. jaredtowne

    jaredtowne Huh?

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    Hey guys.. I need some help with some XL stator wiring.. I have this aftermarket 200w stator. it is NOT going to an XL harness. It is going to a homemade jobbie with a 200w DC reg/rec.

    In the following pic is the wires I have to work with,, The asshats I got this thing from could offer little to no help. I understand black/red is my ignition... I ASSUME the two whites are what I will hook up to my reg/rec (4 wire reg/rec). Then the green again,, i ASSUME is a ground? where the heck does it go? isnt the stator itself already ground to the engine through the bolts?.. Then the yellow??? another AC output? dont know! ... Any help on this is GREATLY appreciated!

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    My wiring is as follows - Battery -fuse- keyswitch, all lighting has its individual ground back to the block. The chassis was NOT used as a ground as of yet. or should the chassis still be connected to the (-) side?? is that required for the ignition?
  15. Oil-Burner

    Oil-Burner Ssssssssmokin

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    Thanks for the reply Carter I did not know that about the XL rear shock, maybe it is newer then i thought :1drink. I have not removed it yet, so the pics are limited to the top and bottom of the housing. However I did notice a number stamped into the top housing so that might help.

    I'm iPad challenged so I apologize for the large pics, but they do give good detail :lol3

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  16. 12120

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    I have a 200w stator to work with, and they make AC ballast now so no need for DC conversion. :clap You can get a dual bulb setup with a HID low side and halogen high side. So I guess if the ballast goes you can just switch to the high side. I am assuming anyway.:D I guess I will have to find a kit and give it a try. :wink:

    Chris
  17. Carter Pewterschmidt

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    Well for starters it doesn't look like it has a remote res so it's probably not a Works shock or a Honda Showa unit. It's aluminum bodied and kind of shaped like a Wilbers maybe it's an old one of those. Sure has a lot of dampening adjustment settings lol

    If no one else can figure it out I'd probably send those pictures to race tech or some other suspension shop and they may be able to figure out what kind it is and what oil to fill it with.
  18. mcma111

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    Looks like a WP or White Power shock
  19. beardothebeardo

    beardothebeardo Been here awhile

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    OK, got a problem with the upper rpm's on my 86 XL6. Runs out clean, crisp and quickly until about the last 1/5th of throttle. Basically WOT. I have a new Ricky Stator, coil, wire and plug. Went through the carbs. and the only known problem in the carbs is the diaphragm for the air valve. There is a pin hole in it, but was under the impression that it was strictly for decel. Is this the problem, or should I be looking at the CDI? This problem is completely consistent. I would very much like to get this problem sorted. Other than that, it runs well.
  20. davek181

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    What are you running for main jets? Super trapp with too few disks?

    If it is consistently repeatable I would guess one of the above problems, or something like that.