The XL600 thread

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

  1. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    Check your valve clearances too.
  2. INTMD8

    INTMD8 Been here awhile

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    crobox- nicely done!
  3. INTMD8

    INTMD8 Been here awhile

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    LOL, only an xl600 owner could type those words. Spot on.

    I pulled mine out of the garage today after sitting for 5 months. Gas on, choke in. Spun through to compression, pull de-comp and bump it a little more. Deep breath and kick the thing to China and it fired up on the first try.

    Put a smile on my face but we all know it isn't always like that!
  4. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    If it's really nice and clean then $1500 is a good price. Go for it.

    Don't take the motor apart either, just do a compression test and make sure the oil is clean.
  5. Sacciochi

    Sacciochi Adventurer

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    Done. Valves were a bit tight. But the bad noise is still there. Maybe lookfar is right: timing chain. Is there a way to be sure for that before remove the engine?
  6. cam14

    cam14 Been here awhile

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    Just shareing, so happy, after being in a non-running state for over a year, I finally got my 85 XL600R back up and running again. I've upgraded to a big fin head with a custom mid cam from CycleWizard, and only had to take the carbs apart three times to get it close enough to run. Need to do a nut and bolt check and change the oil then go for a long missed long ride.

    While I had the engine out, really should have repainted the frame but too late now, it's time to ride. :clap
  7. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    They look better when they show their age, wear and tear. :deal
  8. Stretchah

    Stretchah Been here awhile

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    It's been a couple of months since I took the XL off the road and found the head was cracked and a valve seat knackered...finally got all the welded head back last thursday and have rebuilt the bike and it is awesome :D

    Running great and the XR rear shock is good too :) Went out for a ride yesterday and managed to lose the right hand side panel on the way :( the fixing where the bolt goes was knackered so not a huge surprise. Anyway was thinking about getting new ones anyway...

    I like the look of the XR500 ones does anyone know if they fit? If not, I'll go with the standard ones...
  9. terrordaktyl rexxx

    terrordaktyl rexxx Adventurer

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    My Xl keeps blowing the headlights, seems to happen when the revs at up. Any known fixes? I'm thinking grounds, haven't Had a chance to track it all down .
  10. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    There is an ac regulator and a dc regulator. Maybe time to replace the ac regulator.
  11. doc.heckle

    doc.heckle Adventurer

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    Check the earths before anything else
  12. terrordaktyl rexxx

    terrordaktyl rexxx Adventurer

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    yall know off hand where the headlight grounds?


    also, shameless plug here, trying to scoop up a cheap aftermarket exhaust, just the muffler bit, stock one is a but roached. Thanks yall.
  13. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    there is only a couple grounds for the whole system. I know there is one by the ignition coil and your turn signals. there is a dummy by the turn signal relay.
  14. INTMD8

    INTMD8 Been here awhile

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    I had another bike do this when I ran it without a battery. Not sure if the XL would do the same.
  15. davek181

    davek181 Long timer

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    My headlight quit on dark night on the trail. I grounded the headlight to the frame temporarily to repair, and it is still that way today. I guess next time it quits I will chase the original ground path.
  16. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    Need a stock upper triple clamp to send to a guy for measurements, anyone have one for sale? Doesn't need to be that pretty just intact.

    TIA!
  17. davek181

    davek181 Long timer

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    I have one but not for sale. What measurements do you need? I can make some and send pics if that will help. Or I can send the whole thing if you want to send it back when done.
  18. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    Thanks, but I found one.
  19. JStory

    JStory Long timer

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    Could you please post some pics of your big-fin head? I'm curious
    how the de-comp chamber cover was dealt with during the big
    fin installation.
  20. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    Finally fixed those damned oi leaks. piece of mind now I dont gotta put oil in it every other day. the leaks were getting worse too. The whole process wasn't nearly as hard as I anticipated.

    Those gaskets I got on ebay fit perfectly. OEM was just too damn much.