The XT350 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Burtonridr, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. SBG

    SBG Neville1 to TT boys

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    Looks great, but I'm wondering why your seat doesn't appear to butt up so well against your tank? Also, I think the TT350 and XT used most of the same frame geometry, and I'm wondering if you would be better served with a TT shock than the XT.
  2. Grreatdog

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    Those Clarke tanks aren't the tightest fit. But you can close up the gap a little monkeying around with the tank and seat mounts. On mine there was a stiff wire under the tank that had to be bent a little to let the tank go down further on the mounts. But, really, why bother?
  3. Indiesol

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    Greatdog is right, it's a Clarke tank, so I didn't really expect it to fit perfectly. It really doesn't bother me at all, so I'm not going to sweat it.

    Re: the shock, my understanding is that the TT shock doesn't bolt up, and the main problem with the stock XT shock is actually a piss poor spring. At the recommendation of another XT enthusiast, as well as a post or two in this thread somewhere around page 130 or 140, I picked up a Hypercoil spring with a spring rate of 600lbs. It should be a substantial upgrade from stock for less than $100. What I'd like to do is pick up a donor shock to install it on rather than my known good stock shock, which I'll keep as a spare.
  4. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    I am digging that Clarke tank. I may have to get me one.
  5. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    It is first thing I do to all Japanese dual sports. Those Clarke tanks don't look nearly as good a steel tank when the bike is new and the paint fresh. But a few years down the road they will still look the same because they don't dent, scratch or rust. My XT350 had white but I switched to natural so I could see the fuel on my XL600R.

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  6. Indiesol

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    I like them too. I believe the only one available for the XT350 is the 4 gal like I have, but I've gone 220 miles on it before filling up and there was still some fuel left in the tank. Man I love this bike. Blew the low beam the other night though. I spent half my Saturday trying to track down a bulb locally but ended up having to order it. Picked up two so I'm covered the next time. I need a new rear tire as well. Looking for suggestions on a DOT legal knobbyish tire. What are you guys happy with?
  7. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Both my XR200 and XR500 Honda's have Clarke tanks. On these two bikes the Clarkes fit and look "factory".
    I kinda wanted to see what their XT tanks fit and looked like before parting with the coin for one for my XT350.
    Thanks for the pics.


    IMHO tires are a deeply personal choice.
    I Kind of like Perrelli's Rally Cross, Kenda's K324 and Dunlops K-70 ..
  8. GaMtnRider

    GaMtnRider Adventurer

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    Since I got an XR400 my XT350 has been relegated to "loaner" duty.

    That duty finally caught up to it this weekend when my novice-rider buddy tried to hop a downed tree on an angle and it shot him off the trail into some trees.

    Shame on me for not taking pictures, but his crash took out the clutch and brake levers, the front fender and may have bent the handlebar mount (bars look straight).

    Honestly, I was thinking of replacing all of these anyway, since the stock front fender is sort of "droopy" and the brake/ clutch levers are enormous compared to the aftermarket ones on my XR.

    Anyone have any recommended replacement fenders and control levers?
  9. SkidMarx

    SkidMarx Long timer

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    YZ125 front fender works. you just have to put a couple of washers in as spacers for the back 2 bolts.

    not sure what years work, but the one I used was a '98

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  10. GaMtnRider

    GaMtnRider Adventurer

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    That looks a LOT better. Is that a stock YZ fender or an aftermarket one?
  11. SkidMarx

    SkidMarx Long timer

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    Aftermarket. No idea who made it. My brother had black plastics on his YZ at one time but then switched back to blue. It was sitting in a pile of his junk.
  12. GaMtnRider

    GaMtnRider Adventurer

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    Thanks for the lead. Got a YZ aftermarket fender on the way.

    Question for those that have installed the Progressive 1136 springs-
    How much do they firm up the front fork? I saw a few mentions of front end sag with the springs.
    Also, has anyone installed a gold valve emulator?

    Looking for a significant improvement in the front fork and trying to decide between upgrading what I have and swapping to a TT setup.
  13. NordieBoy

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    Even swapping to a TT front end, you're going to be looking for Emulators/Intiminators anyway.

    I'd go for straight wound over progressives any day to counter sag.
  14. Indiesol

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    Anyone have any pictures of their handlebar setup? Anyone running electrical to a GPS or iPhone charger or anything? I'm going the lightweight adventure route with mine. Thinking about replacing the handlebars with something a bit beefier and the blinkers and brake/tail light with LEDs to make room for a 12v adapter. Not sure if it'll power it though. May have the stator rewound, but again, not sure on the cost vs. benefit on that one.

    Picked up some medium size ammo cans to use as saddlebags.
  15. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    As for the post above, would a higher rated smaller li-po battery help with running chargers? More power in the same space?
  16. Grreatdog

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    I just saw a Supertrapp and mid pipe for an XT350 on eBay. Those come up so rarely I thought a heads up might be in order. No affiliation, I just thought somebody might want to know. Search on XT350 and Supertrapp and you will find it. For a $100 buy it now price somebody should jump on that.
  17. StuartL

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    Hey,

    I have a major oil leak coming from one of the four holes in the top of the cylinder head. I'm sure I found, in a previous Google, something on this thread about this being a rubber bung but I can't find it again. It looks like the other forward hole is covered by what looks like a large rubber bung, it's the front-left hole that's spewing oil everywhere.

    My XT-350 parts PDF doesn't show anything in these two forward holes. Should there be something in there, if so does anyone have a part number for what's missing?

    If it matters it's a 1987 import.

    Thanks!
    Stuart
  18. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Is this the four holes where the cylinder head studs go through or the the 4 semi circles for the cam cover gasket?
  19. StuartL

    StuartL n00b

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    Four vertical holes. Does the parts list mean that the two labelled holes with vertical studs (incl rubber washers/seals/bungs) have the same part (90109-064f0) for the two front holes?

    In which case I'm missing a whole bolt assembly! The bike is new to me and I didn't notice any major leak when inspecting/test riding so I assume that the previous owner didn't torque this bolt down properly.

    Can I get this assembly as one or do I need to buy the individual parts (90109-064f0, 2GH-1111G-00 and 90209-11262)? Are there equivalents easily available, e.g. a standard metric bolt/metal washer/rubber washer?

    Thanks for the speedy reply :)

    Stuart
  20. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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