The XL600 thread

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

  1. AlpinaE24

    AlpinaE24 Long timer

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    I have a bad habit of doing this the day after I get a new bike:huh

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  2. davek181

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    My XR shock, 86 I think is definitely longer than stock XL. About 1/2 ", 13mm. The top fit no problem at all, the bottom I think I had to space a little on the bottom, a couple of washers. It did raise the rear some. Someone mentioned earlier about using a 96 and later XR250 link to raise it even more. (shorter length)

    I mounted my reservoir just under the left intake boot, hose clamped to the frame.

    I found the fastest and easiest way to pull the rear shock is to pop the swingarm and wheel assembly off too.
  3. davek181

    davek181 Long timer

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    Please enlighten me, I need to know.
  4. m2h

    m2h "Old guys rule"

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    Today I managed to pull my shock apart and it wasn't that hard really:clap
    Had to make up a 'cunning plan' to get the seal head out and found there's a shit load more in there than I expected :eek1 There are three seals on the head and they all had numbers so I may be able to get replacements. The only thing being how much oil and how do I get it in? There seemed to be some gas escape as the head came out also. Maybe a nitrogen fill as well. Am going to talk to a racing suspension guru I found:D and see if he can reassemble the thing.

    DaveK I may have to do a deal with you on your spare if this don't work:evil!! As for the rear wheel, yeah i already figured the balance was bad will try and balance it myself and get it done again when the tire wears out. I think there is a rim lock cos there's a thread sticking out opposite the valve.
    Will let y'all know how it goes. Fingers crossed:freaky
  5. KT1

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    Small gloves.
  7. AlpinaE24

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    So is the clarke the only real option for a plastic tank? I have seen a couple guys modifying DR tanks but not really the route I wanted to take...
  8. mikejohn

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    modifying DR tanks ? got more info?:ear
  9. mikejohn

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    How much does that tank hold and how hard are they to find?

    Could you give me the years and models it went on? Thanks
  10. davek181

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    Thank you,I already knew that, do you know how hard it is to find good gloves in smaller sizes? Most of the racks are full of gorilla hand gloves. I sometimes even shop the women's section to get a good fit. I also have to buy the thinner grips for my bars to be comfortable.

    Before any of you smart asses out there pop up with some compensatory reason for small hands, let me note that I do not drive a lifted diesel dually pickup with stacks, nor do I have a humongous toy hauler full of side by sides. My house and garage are normal sized as are my cars.

    I do ride a 600 single cylinder kickstart dual sport every chance I get though, that is kinda manly, isn't it? My Audi is turbocharged to, does that count?

    Dave
  11. joexr

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    Small underwear.:lol3
  12. TahoeRider

    TahoeRider Red Rider

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    I pulled my XR shock back out and set them side by side, and eye to eye they are basically the same give or take a couple of mm. I'm not sure what I have going on here now, but mine is definitely not 1/2" longer as it should be :becca

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    I also have an XR350 shock sitting in the garage, and it is actually about 1/2" longer than the other two. Notice the upper mounting eye is different on the XR6 88+ shock than the other two. Anyone have an 85-87 shock and would be willing to measure the eye to eye length for me?

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  13. davek181

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    Okay, I knew that was coming. I should have been smarter from the beginning. You guys can all laugh about my little 3 incher, but some women like it that wide.
  14. davek181

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    Here is a comparative picture of shocks. left to right. CR125, XR650, XR500, XL600, XR600


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  16. crobox

    crobox Been here awhile

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    I am not a definitive expert on this topic (although I did recently score one of these tanks from another ADVrider inmate :D), but I believe that:
    • Volume is about 34 liters, or 8.98 gallons
    • Tanks were standard issue on the XL600LM offered in Europe and other parts of the world, never available in the US.
    • Not sure what years, but probably through the mid '90s like the XLR.

    Not too easy to find stateside, I don't think. The guy I bought mine from had bought his on German eBay, but decided not to use it after all, so put it up for sale.
  17. cam14

    cam14 Been here awhile

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    Can anyone point me towards a replacement petcock valve that screws to the gas tank? My XL600 has been sitting still way too long and got it running today but is leaking at the petcock valve.

    TIA
  18. lookfar

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  19. AlpinaE24

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    So is taking the airbox out some kind of sick joke? I spent far to much time today fighting that SOB and have come to really hate it.

    I think it is a pretty crappy design anyhow, why do the stupid rubber boots only pop into the box? And what is the deal with the little metal spring pieces? The boots come out with little effort and seem to have shrunk a little so they don't fully sit on the carbs either. Not ideal for all the dust I deal with.

    Has anyone fit a XR600 box? the carb boots actually bolt to the box like every other honda airbox:rofl Seems I would just need a xr side panel and some different mounts. I was planning on ditching the battery anyhow
  20. KT1

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    28 litres are the containers.
    The consumption is about 4, & off-road: 5 litres.
    The modell: Honda XL600LM Build: 1985-87, 591ccm, 44Hp