The XL600 thread

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

  1. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    I wanna rejet mine but I don't know anything about it. I'm pretty sure I can get more power out of this thing if i changed the jets
  2. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    So basically I go WOT and shut the engine off and pull the plug for a reading?

    Mine kinda looks like this when I check/change it once in a while

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  3. Edouard_Bracame

    Edouard_Bracame Adventurer

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    Anyone knows where I could find the white seal wich is installed on the edge of the fuel tank on a XL600 LM?

    Many thanks,

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  4. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    How about automotive door edge protector?
  5. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    Car door edge trim at an autoparts store. They usually have it in black , chrome and clear.
  6. davek181

    davek181 Long timer

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    I really hate to burst your bubble, but today's gas does not give accurate plug reads. It will show if it is sloppy rich and black and sooty, but otherwise not really at all. The best way of all is a wideband o2 sensor in the pipe. In lieu of that, start with a running combination that someone else has tried and fine tune from there if needed.

    I have tried nealy every jet, slide, emulsion tube, carb synch combo I could dream of over the years. I have finally achieved a point where I think it is as good as I can get with limited parts. I find now that if I change something today, like needle clip position, I generally change it back tomorrow. That is a good sign that I am very close. :1drink

    I did it all with the butt dyno method over several years, I would go months at a time with no change because it was really quit rideable but..... I guess I just can't leave well enough alone if I think I can get better.
  7. TonyfromOR

    TonyfromOR Adventurer

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    I'd be more concerned about who's been shooting at your tank! :eek1
  8. wvspike

    wvspike Adventurer

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    will xr footpegs work on an xl600r?
  9. m2h

    m2h "Old guys rule"

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    Thanks Dave I had the feeling the bike was not getting the gas so i think you're onto it with regards the jetting. I will take your advice and am going to try a 120, 118, 65 combo. Will let you know how it goes. Am still waiting for my conrod to arrive from partzilla:cry
    Regards
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  10. Edouard_Bracame

    Edouard_Bracame Adventurer

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    I have 4 other tanks in spare don't worry, I even have a brand new one, but the white seal is not installed on it...reason why I try to find it on the aftermarket, anyway if anyone of you guy's can check at the opportunity of a visit to an automotive part shop in the US, I would really appreciate, I have checked here in Thailand but so far for...no success.

    I might try as well when I'll be back to Belgium for Easter vacation next April...but I haven't seen something like this for sale so far...:huh
  11. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Proud new owner of this fine machine. Kindly donated to me by a friend, this '83 XL has 34K showing on the odometer, the previous owner tells me it had a full top-end rebuild about 10K miles ago. Bike runs strong but has trouble idling. First thing I want to do is get a new front tire, then go through the front suspension and the carbs. Could use a rear fender as it's been rear-ended and there's some cracks.

    I'd really like to upgrade the suspension somewhat, try to get some more travel out of it. Whatever I do it's going to be on a budget. All I want out of it is a useful machine that works well and doesn't look too bad.

    If anyone has any advice, especially carburetor info and good sources for parts let me know!

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    Cheers! :thumb
  12. Schrauberklaus

    Schrauberklaus ***ifyer

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    PM me your E-Mail and i send you my selfmade Carburator discription
  13. Schrauberklaus

    Schrauberklaus ***ifyer

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    In Thailand you get only the black one , and thats hard to find in
    local Hardware shops .
  14. royal120

    royal120 n00b

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    Hi all, Does anyone have or know where i can get a right side panel for a XL600R 1983. I have looked all over!!! I live in the United Kingdom so not easy to get your hands on.....

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    Also i have not seen any other xl600r with this rear fender has anyone?

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    Also the colour of this bike??? only seen a few online like this i thought the 1983 was all RED?
  15. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    That might be the Australian XL. I think they have laws on colors of motorcycles over there. :eek1

    I was looking at street legal sand tires, and they're frigging expensive! And I want one of those LM tanks, I'd paint it like the earlier tanks and slap it on my bike.
  16. R. Smith

    R. Smith n00b

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  17. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    Thats some kind of aftermarket rear fender.
  18. davek181

    davek181 Long timer

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    DC plastics sidecovers don't have the tits that plug into the rubber grommets, they screw on instead. i have seen nuts welded in where the grommets used to be to make removal and installation easier. Still better than none at all. Sometimes original covers pop up on eBay.
  19. bdcorrigan

    bdcorrigan Been here awhile

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    Yes they will, you will have to drill a larger hole possibly.
  20. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    Okay I need to change gearing for offroad.

    I have been getting better at riding since changed my fork seals and put in heavier fork oil (I think it was 15w idk) and I've been getting way more trail time in and riding by myself. I've been confident the last two weeks and been climbing hills like a mad man

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vodpzXj0dw Skip to 4:15 to see what I've been practicing on, going up of course. It's scary as hell the first time you do it, kind like, dropping in on a skateboard. and theres about 10 trails of varying difficulty all in this one spot. you start out in soft sand, and by the time you shift into third you run into some whoops right before the actual climb, so you have to blitz them WOT just to get up the hill. I get about 1/3 up the hill and the engine starts to sound strained so I try to down shift to second before that happens and then launch the rest of the way up the hill in second gear in really high revs. I think I might be stressing the engine out more than I need to be :puke1 but it's just too damn fun.

    Also, when I'm riding the really tight single track in the mountains, I'm constantly jumping from 1st to 2nd 3rd over and over again. 1st is too much revs and wheel spin and 2nd and 3rd gears are too weak to huck over a hill.

    I'm about to buy a 13t front sprocket to swap in when I do serious dirt riding. but I want some thoughts first. btw I'm running stock gearing:ear