The XT550 Thread: Info, Stories and Mods Inside!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by XTwarrior, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. ThumperStorm

    ThumperStorm Long timer

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    Nice looking bike. Tell me about that tank bag.
  2. Shuswap Rider

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    Thanks ThumperStorm, the tank bag is a CCM from a pedal bike, its weather proof and has alot of room, should work for what I need.
  3. papawhellie

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    I like that bike too. How about the Yamaha bag on front? Aftermarket period piece? Also got detailed info on the rack and a link to the CCM bag. I didn't find it with google? Know I am Mr. Twenty questions but hopefully by spring I will have mine going It is clean and the same year as yours. Roll us any pictures you have. Not a lot of posting going on for these bikes.
  4. papawhellie

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    Oh you put the rear bag on the front?:D
  5. Shuswap Rider

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    Sorry about the multiple pictures, I was having trouble posting. I found the tank bag at the local thrift store and the back rack is from a scrap yard. I believe the rack is medical surplus, it had a stainless handle on it with some framing; It's made of heavy gage plastic and arborite. As for the Yamaha tool bag it is from the back, putting it on the front felt like the logical thing to do, I like having the "Yamaha" showing!:evil
    "Take pride in the fact that you don't conform to the norm"
  6. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Not riding? How about putting some screws in the tires and riding on a lake? Or pond. I ride every winter theres ice, Not very good last 3 years but this winter looks good!! BI(G ED XT T550 FAN!!!:lol3:lol3:lol3:eek1:eek1
  7. Shuswap Rider

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    Not a bad idea! What do you think about my carb problem that I mentioned in my previous post, do you think it is my primary needle and jet? I hope to have this fixed before spring.
    Thanks BIG ED XT FAN for any help you can give.
  8. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    I get a manural and clean that carb..Pinesoll works great!! Make sure your gas tank is clean. Clean the gas off-on valve too!! BIG ED XT550 FAN!!:lol3:lol3
  9. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Nice to see thread still active.
    I haven't start XTique in a few months and will getting back on it son at I can get things cleared out in the shop and get it out of its hole.

    I lost a plastic side cover the last ride, right one.
    So if anyone has an extra let me know. I have to get back to work before I can buy anything right now.
    So just keep me in mind.
    Thanks
  10. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    So, What have you been doing? No driving? ED
  11. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Been driving locally.
    But that had dried up for a month.
    Been working part time since Dec 1, it suppose to pick back here pretty quick in the new year.
  12. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Good Luck in your job hunt. Wife lost here job in may 2012 and have put out over 95+ resumes :deal It sucks!!!!
  13. Futura

    Futura Been here awhile

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    I had what I thought was a carb problem. After running great for a couple of years It would sputter and bog down under load making it unridable.

    I took the carb off too many times to count, cleaned it to an inch of it's life, replaced needle and seat and floats. Even tracked down a new intakes as I thought it might have been a leak their. I even found a new to me carb on ebay and rebuilt that....nothing fixed it...until I bit the bullet and bought a new CDI and problem solved. Runs like a top again.

    If a serious cleaning, replacement of needle and seat, and correct function of your float giving you the right fuel levels does not solve your problem it might be the CDI
  14. papawhellie

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    We need a forum loaner cdi!!!!! I will paypal 20 to the fund. I'm going to have to buy one too. If you want to purchase one asap and it does not fix your problem I will buy it from you. The one from Great Britain is 160 and I think 6 months warranty VS the New Zealand 200 bucks 1 YR. I would surely pay postage to see if your bad CDI would crank my bike. It could be a tester for a no start bike. A old mechanic used to keep one of the GM brains in his tool box that would tart them but when it got hot the car would die. His "tester".
  15. papawhellie

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    I got my CD manual a few weeks ago and searched out the troubleshooting on my XT. I do get some spark but won't crank. I ohmed the coil with the spark plug wire and the feed wires(primary wires) are way off spec. Reading from the plug cap to ground is way off as well. Based on my sheet that follows does anyone know if a coil from another bike I have here might suffice for cranking purposes? Any help is appreciated. I guess I can order one off ebay but wanted to get opinions here. I used a fluke quality auto ranging meter and I am an electrician but Am just embarking on my powersports career! Should I go ahead and order a coil off ebay? Anybody got an extra they want to sell ?

    My coil results are jotted on the paper. See the chart troubleshooting below.
    .5 ohm and mine is 37

    6K ohms and mine is 14.8 K ohms

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  16. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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  17. G600

    G600 Been here awhile

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    37 ohm is way off for the primary coil. Get a new ignition coil before buying a CDI. You need one anyway even if the CDI is bad also. My coil is 0.6 ohm.

    I did build a DIY CDI for testing purposes, it worked fine but it has a stepped ignition curve. It switches from 12° to 36° in one step (the 550 has two ignition pickups 12 and 36°.)

    After confirming the CDI was bad, I bought a CDI from hpi. It has proven a great unit, plug and play, no problems.
  18. Shuswap Rider

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    I'm quite sure my problem is too much fuel, I have checked the float operation and fuel level and all is correct, the choke is seated and the air-fuel is leaned out as far as I go. I have a new plug which has a nice blue spark, it starts on the first or second kick even at -6 degrees C with no choke, but the problem is it dry fouls the plug fairly quickly.
    I love how it starts but on my last ride I was 5km up the mountain and she died, I pulled the plug and cleaned it, thump thump I was on my way.
    If the primary jet/needle was worn would it not let too much fuel go by? I have also checked the throttle idle setting, it is set correct as well.
    Ideas?
  19. Futura

    Futura Been here awhile

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    I know I mucked around replacing everything else but the cdi. Spending as much money on that before I got around to replacing the cdi and fixing my problem. The list included a used carb, stator coil, ignition coil, needle and seat, and intake boots before I got around to replacing the cdi and fixing my bike. I was ok with that though as I want to keep this bike for a long time and spare parts are good to have around.

    My magic powers say it's your cdi. bite the bullet
  20. Ironpan65

    Ironpan65 **UNTOLD**

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