The XR400 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Hayduke, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. Tachedoutoffroad

    Tachedoutoffroad Mr. Parrish

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    Clean '96, he's had it since '05
    Only 2 owners
    No motocross or anything
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    29" bars
    Bark busters
    Newer tank
    Rotor protectors
    Pretty clean
    Getting from a buddy who has 4-5 bikes



    Looking to go through the process to tag it and have a backup bike/replace my 310???
  2. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    $1500 -- $1800 ....and thats IF you get a clean title...$500 -- $700 less if no title

    Should not be too hard to get it tagged in AL, IF you have the title!
  3. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    had the same thing happen to mine...had a friend weld it up for me, but we was swapping out motors at the time and it was much easier to do with the motor out..good luck
  4. Tachedoutoffroad

    Tachedoutoffroad Mr. Parrish

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    Cool. Thanks.

    No title now. I want to go through the process to make it legal though.
  5. Brewster

    Brewster Adventurer

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    I hope you paid considerably less for a bike without a title. Depending on the state you live in, you'll probably find out that its "Quite a Process".

    Good Luck

    Cheers,
  6. Wallrat

    Wallrat Been here awhile

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    Depending on your state, not having a title can be a really massive headache. I wouldn't even consider the bike myself, but if you think multiple trips to the DMV sounds fun, then I wouldn't go a penny higher than $500. The last time I got a bike without a title it took me 11 months and probably a dozen DMV trips to get it settled.
  7. Tachedoutoffroad

    Tachedoutoffroad Mr. Parrish

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    It's about a 3 month, $100 process in AL. May not be worth it.

    There is a 610TE for cheap that I'm looking at too. Was very interested in the basic technology and dependablity of the XR, but it's got to be plated/ lights/ stuff to ride off Post. I may just have to deal with extra 40lbs?? Of the 610 if he wants too much for the XR.

    Thanks guys
  8. Wallrat

    Wallrat Been here awhile

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    My experience was that it completely depended on which inept DMV clerk I got that day. Some were extremely helpful with everything and gave me a nice list of things to do. Then when I came back with all of those things done the clerk that day would tell me it was all wrong and I need a whole different set of stuff - either that or he'd just flat out tell me I was SOL.
  9. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    Here is the little write up I did when I had to tag my XR..I did not have a title and had to go the "Bonded Title" route..keep in mind, this is for Arkansas, laws in your state may vary, but hopefully some info here will be of some help..
  10. mark1150

    mark1150 Been here awhile

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    Does anyone know what if anything needs disconnecting from the bike before the welding shop gets hold of it?
    It's an R model, so no indicators, battery etc, so as far as I know just a CDI - ECU box.
    She's in the shop tomorrow getting the side stand lug welded, as it's fractured.

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
    Mark.
  11. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    unhook the CDI and tape up the wire-plug-in to it..and just for grins, pull the plug wire off the plug too...and for added measure, follow the stator wires up under the seat and unplug those too..better safe than sorry
  12. Tachedoutoffroad

    Tachedoutoffroad Mr. Parrish

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    Ive welded on the frame of 20+ vehicles with the battery and ecus hooked up.I've never had a problem.


    But it is your bike :deal

    I had more issues with the heat melting wires or slag from a torch cutting fuel/ brake lines :D
  13. curlysurfer

    curlysurfer in need of a ride

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    Ditto, just have the earth clamp hooked onto the thing your welding, or as close as possible to the weld. keep the circuit short!

    Earth clamps make great pliers!
  14. mark1150

    mark1150 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the help guys, job done, and I'm as happy as Larry with it.
  15. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    I had a similar issue sidestand issue and didn't unplug anything during welding...no problems...but in retrospect....I'd be more careful in the future. Also....My XR400 has a frozen swing arm bolt...never had it apart, or ever checked it...it's "IN THERE"...will be drilling it out this winter...again...in hindsight...is the swing arm bolt rusted in there?....or did the welding somehow warp the frame enough to pinch that swingarm bolt and keep it from coming out?.....If I were you, I'd see if it is free now....grease the be-jeezus out of it before any welding....and maybe leave it out...I'm not sure...regardless...be careful
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    Wallrat Been here awhile

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    Common issue, not related to welding. Need to pull that puppy and grease it once/year or it rusts itself to the sheaves that are in there.
  17. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    Wallrat:

    Yup...mine's in there .....real good and tight....a 4' breaker bar won't budge it....got a big horizontal boring machine with a rotary table...gonna bore the SA bolt out in 3 steps...got a used swing arm if this one needs the "sawzall-treatment".

    I can afford a KTM....had one sold it, went back to the XR.....now, after Dr. Lewall's guidance, the XR starts reasonably well, so it deserves a new swing arm bolt...that'll hold it till I hit 70.....
  18. mark1150

    mark1150 Been here awhile

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    Thanks guy's,
    My swing arm has always been free, and the welder also copper slipped it before he reassembled it.
    My bolt is stainless steel, the reason I mention it is because an SS bolt of that dimension is going to be a proper sod to drill out.
    Would it not be possible to try and apply localised heat to the rear of the stand, (as it's mild steel) so as to expand it, as that's the part that is threaded, and once it's loosened it should just come away as normal?
    Cheers,
    Mark.
  19. davidgibson999

    davidgibson999 Been here awhile

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    Does anyone know if this is possible?
    Can I power a zumo 550 from a standard 2000 XR400R
  20. IronSpadeCycles

    IronSpadeCycles Button Pusher

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    I think your going to need a battery and a regulator/rectifier like the 150w Trail Tech unit. I have one on my XR4 when I did the dual sport conversion I added a fuse block for a cigarette lighter power jack and a power wire for my Garmin 276c as well as the lighting circuit. Its worked perfect for over 6000 miles so far. I added a small 1000ah SLA battery I mounted under the seat in a slot I cut in the airbox.

    I really don't think you can power it off the simple AC lighting circuit. Good luck. Hope this helps.

    Later Travis