The XL600 thread

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

  1. doc.heckle

    doc.heckle Adventurer

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    Check the earths before anything else
  2. 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.
  3. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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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.
  4. 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.
  5. davek181

    davek181 Been here awhile

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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.
  6. 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!
  7. davek181

    davek181 Been here awhile

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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.
  8. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    Thanks, but I found one.
  9. 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.
  10. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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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.
  11. JimRidesThis

    JimRidesThis Local celebrity

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    If you're talking about Hagon' they'll make 'em to your spec and give advice on rates and so forth. Top guys! I put Hagon springs and shock on my FJ1200, 10% stiffer at both ends. It transformed the bike :-)
  12. JimRidesThis

    JimRidesThis Local celebrity

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    Nice to know that you don't have to go with OEM gaskets. I've taken the chance with aftermarket ones, they seem to be excellent quality items.
  13. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

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    I thought you English all used the term "Pattern"
  14. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Never use a paper or cardboard rocker cover gasket. That one is a metal shim which gets the right clamping force on the cam, bearings etc. Some gasket makers screw this one up.
  15. cam14

    cam14 Been here awhile

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    PM me your e-mail and I send them, don't mind posting pics here but do not have a hosting site and cannot post pic directly to this site.
  16. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    My XL quit running on my way home from work last night. Felt like it ran out of gas but I knew it wasn't even close. Eventually got me and the bike home thanks to some help from a friend. First thing I did was check for spark. No spark! now what fellas? I gotta go to bed its been a long night....
  17. bdcorrigan

    bdcorrigan Been here awhile

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    Stator! Pickup coil! CDI!....get a repair manual and a volt/ohm meter and start checking. My guess is the CDI
  18. scrubby81

    scrubby81 Auto Builder

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    check the easy stuff first got proper voltage ground res. at the coil cdi. box not sure what spark system you have on yours I went aftermarket with mine last year for a bad ground...:lol3
  19. davek181

    davek181 Been here awhile

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    Stator did that to me one time. Although it could also be CDI, or pickup coil or just plain bad connections. Get a Ricky stator if you find that to be the cause. I am on my third stator in my XL. Original died on the ignition side, replacement Ricky died on the charging coil side but kept running, replacement Ricky working fine. :1drink
  20. Stretchah

    Stretchah Been here awhile

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    Hi guys, wondering if you can help? Got a 2nd set of wheels a while back so I could switch thw knobblies and street tyres easier, but, that was before I realised I had CR forks and the front doesn't fit, doh !

    So, I've been looking at getting a CR front wheel to match, but, have now found that the CR ones are apparently 21 x 1.60 wide whereas the one on the bike is 21 x 1.85? As I'm fairly new to riding off road I'm wondering if there are any benefits of having the wider rim offroad or if it's more suited to road? If there's little difference I'll probably pick up a 1.60.

    Cheers