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 soak in lemon juice diluted with a bit of water can help clean up the brass pieces. Boiling them in that solution works well if they're really nasty. Warning for this trick is that the lemon juice is acidic so it will start breaking down the brass itself if left too long. If leaving soak cold 30 min or an hour works decent. If boiling only a few minutes.
  2. Carter Pewterschmidt

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    Was once at a large supply store in a trashy rural town. Went to buy some carb cleaner and found that they had almost a hundred cans of that stuff on the shelf, half of it gone. Was not surprised.
  3. davek181

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    one of the worst hope in a can items ever made is A/C freon with leak sealer. Sells very well at the local auto parts stores. If we have any suspicion that a car has any sealant in it, we refuse to work on it since it can plug up our freon recycler.

    So you not only fail to fix your A/C, you also render it untouchable by anyone that can.

    Fancy labels and idiot kids behind the counter can be detrimental.
  4. Carter Pewterschmidt

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    Once did a head gasket job on an old Chrysler minivan for a customer who was very tight on money. Single Mom, Dad gave her the van so she could get her kids around. Got the job done, van ran great, handed it over to the customer in the middle of a ripe Wisconsin January. The next day we get a call saying the heat doesn't work. We get the van back in, run it, fan is blowing, but when we felt the lower heater hose it was stone cold. Clogged heater core. (Glad I didn't have to make the phone call) Then they pay us to do the heater core job, which for those who don't know is just about as expensive as a head gasket job, and when we get the core out we find that the inlet is plugged with little jelly like beads. Turns out it was a stop leak product that the father admitted to have previously poured into the coolant system, thus clogging the heater core himself. We still felt pretty bad for them.
  5. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Hahaha. I replaced a heater core for a college professor. He gave me a cherry pie in payment.
    Air/oil cooled XL600's don't have those problems. You can actually sit around a running bike in the winter to keep warm like a campfire!:clap
  6. davek181

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    Heater cores can be fun. When selling a heater core job and someone asks why it is so expensive I reply. "When they built the car they started with the heater core in the center of a room and added everything else around it." They get the idea then.

    I had a guy plug a radiator on a rabbit once with aluma-seal, no flow at all. You could pull off the bottom hose and the radiator stayed full.
  7. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    I ordered the swing arm bearing rebuild kit. I might as well do it while the engine is out. I imagine it is going to be a heck of a mess in there with all that grease. Probably enough grease to lube TWO gut wagons. Man I hate old grease. It gets everywhere.
  8. mcma111

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    Good fucking luck getting the old collars out of the swing arm.
  9. doc.heckle

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    I would rather find a swing arm full of old grease rather than no grease !!
  10. Carter Pewterschmidt

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    :rofl
  11. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Thanks for the positive reinforcement.:evil Sounds like a chisel might be invited to the party.
  12. davek181

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    A trick I use to remove bushings from swingarms, or lower control arms, or similar things is to thread a hacksaw blade through the bushing and very carefully slice the bushing lengthwise. Cut very carefully and the arm will not be touched. Once you get a saw blade width slot cut in the bushing it will collapse inward a little and be easier to drive out.
  13. mcma111

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    Your quite welcome.

    This is what's needed:
    Swing Arm/Rising Rate Linkage Bearing Install Tool

    • Designed for installation of the swingarm bearings on late-model Japanese off-road motorcycles
    • 200 mm long threaded installation bolt
    • Puller draws bearing into the swingarm
    • Includes three drivers for use with common bearing sizes
    • Kits includes driver sizes I.D. 20mm / O.D 26mm, I.D. 21mm / O.D. 26mm & I.D. 22mm / O.D.27mm
    [​IMG]



    I have one in the tool box.
  14. Reposado1800

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    I ordered one.
  15. Reposado1800

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    I am going to assume the gray/white coating on the rocker arm pads is the hard plating. When that wears through and it hits shiny metal it is going to wear fast. Does it seem the exhaust rockers have a shorter life than intakes? A and B rockers from the intake side can be swapped over to exhaust side?
  16. RFVC600R

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    What would cause my bike to sound like a barrel full of nuts and bolts rolling down a hill?!?!

    I was on a day trip desert loop in the natl park with my buddy on his v-star. mile 44 my bike starts making a racheting noise, i stop. It increased with revs and got really loud (i thought it was about to blow!) so I shut it off, smoke a bowl and a cigarette, and I go start the bike back up and noise is gone! WTF!! I rode the remaining 40 miles home with no problems and now I'm worried?? it starts fine, no loss of power or anything, I can't seem to make the noise reoccur either.... I couldn't figure out where it was coming from though it sound like the stator side :puke1

    Atleast I didn't have to ride home on the back of a cruiser, the Honda loves me enough to make it home.
  17. Carter Pewterschmidt

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    Well just how big of a bowl was it? Because that may make a difference.
  18. Reposado1800

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    dropping a valve seat.
  19. Reposado1800

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    That bearing race is extremely hard. Hacksaw is a no go. I dropped the swingarm out and am using a sawzall. Even that is barely getting a bite.
  20. davek181

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    Hate that when that happens.

    When in doubt add lots of heat.