The XT550 Thread: Info, Stories and Mods Inside!

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

  1. DJCW

    DJCW n00b

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    Landrover and yamahe xt 550. Life doesn't get better than that.

    Best bike ever!.
  2. sharkeysmachines

    sharkeysmachines HusqvaYama XTC 550

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    I have done a lot of adaptations lately. Reused the old front fender as an inner rear fender, mounted CDI a Regulator on it. Took a long time to find a K&N that had the angel I needed to not hit the seat bottom. Covered the seat in the Husqvarna Blue of that year (1983). Received my white plastic tank from Clarke, got my new front fender, handle bars and turn signals (eBay is wonderful!). Finished my Chain guides - what a magic in imagination that was. Then I wrapped my exhaust - from muffler connection on, and found a BAD measurement! I have to do that all over again (right rear shock rubbed). But, I just got lucky - I think. I found a site that is like eBay for China, or something (Ali Express). They had a Yashimura muffler set-up for $55 bucks! Yes, they messed up, and I took total advantage of it!<a href="http://s1306.photobucket.com/user/sharkeysmachines/media/WithWhiteTank_zps88384cbe.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s573/sharkeysmachines/WithWhiteTank_zps88384cbe.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo WithWhiteTank_zps88384cbe.jpg"/></a>
  3. Hungry Valley

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  4. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    Hi guys, I'm cleaning out the garage and have some xt550 parts I want to get rid of. I bought these thinking that they would make good spares for my xt500's... but it turns out they wont fit a 500 (Obviously I knew the shock wouldnt work, but I got all the parts together. If you have a 1980 or newer xt500 the forks will work.). All of it came off of a 1982 xt550 with 5,000 miles.

    Original paint red tank with decals with a few very minor nicks (you can see all the nicks in the photo).

    Complete front end.

    Rear wheel with good tire, good wheel bearings, good brake shoes, and sprocket.

    Stock rear shock.

    I'm located in Maryland. These parts are pretty big and/or heavy so shipping might not be cost effective... but if its worth it to you, it ok with me.

    Here is a link to my Craigslist ad so you can see photos:
    http://frederick.craigslist.org/mcy/3763339905.html
  5. Rahjah

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    Has anyone successfully sealed the clutch and stator covers on a 550 using rtv gasket maker and no actual paper gasket?
  6. sharkeysmachines

    sharkeysmachines HusqvaYama XTC 550

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    NO, and it's not worth the cheat to attempt. The bike I purchased for my project had so much sealant used that it looked horrible, still leaked and nearly clogged the frame filter. However, a "SANO" cheat is much cleaner, and works as well as factory - AKA SANO. Trace your cover onto gasket paper (at any auto parts store) or a manila folder, cut it out, and use a paper hole puncher for the bolt holes. Then apply a "THIN" coat of your gasket maker on each side. If there is a gasket, then it was not a machined matched case - it NEEDS a gasket. I prefer gasket assistance by Yamabond 4 = gray, Yamabond 5 = black, also available from Honda and Subaru under different names. The gray is for machined cases, and if used with a gasket, a guarantee no - never leak. But good luck removing the gasket if you ever need to go back in that area again. The black is a snotty type for use with a gasket, and in many cases, the gasket can be re-used. Hope it helps:1drink
  7. Rahjah

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    That's great info, thank you! I think I will give the gasket material a shot (I work for an auto parts retailer) tomorrow. I have to also get a kickstand installed.
  8. blackthumper

    blackthumper n00b

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    Saved this baby from the junkyard, stainles spokes,paint the frame and engine, put a 600 engine in it, she is gonna be sweet!!
  9. G600

    G600 Been here awhile

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    Nice... and you have the EURO bash plate. Not bad at all...
  10. Garrettr77

    Garrettr77 n00b

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    What kind of seat is on that bike?
  11. papawhellie

    papawhellie Adventurer

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    Interested in the parts. Definitly the tank and rear wheel. Would take the package deal but the shipping scares me. If you can figure how to package the tank and wheel and are close to fed ex or ups get me an estimate to 30293.
  12. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Looks like a seat off a TT600 bike? Or a XT 600?? Hard to say. The cover is off ebay. Big ED XT550 !!:eek1:lol3:clap:freaky
  13. Garrettr77

    Garrettr77 n00b

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    Well like every one of the bikes in the Greek 30 year pictures had that seat on it. It might be a dt seat?
  14. Garrettr77

    Garrettr77 n00b

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  15. Hungry Valley

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    I do most of my riding from 3000 to 8000 ft and never felt the need to mess with jetting.Some of the rides in Colorado get up to 12000 tho so it might be good to go prepared.
  16. ThumperStorm

    ThumperStorm Long timer

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    Thanks for the reply.
  17. ThumperStorm

    ThumperStorm Long timer

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  18. Garrettr77

    Garrettr77 n00b

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    Those seats look like they would be way more comfortable, I wonder what they are from.
  19. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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  20. sharkeysmachines

    sharkeysmachines HusqvaYama XTC 550

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    Received my $55 Yoshimura muffler. It is now a fact, someone on the Chinese version of EBay, "Ali Express" made a price mistake of between 5 to 7 hundred dollars (depending on the site). It took some imagination, but now fits perfect. Then wrapped the connecting pipe with fiberglass wrap. As for the small opening at the mufflers end, it is totally removable - should sound great after registration.<a href="http://s1306.photobucket.com/user/sharkeysmachines/media/yoshimuraside_zps0e3bc75f.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s573/sharkeysmachines/yoshimuraside_zps0e3bc75f.jpg" border="0" alt="Yoshimura side photo yoshimuraside_zps0e3bc75f.jpg"/></a><a href="http://s1306.photobucket.com/user/sharkeysmachines/media/yoshimuraback_zpsee7002a4.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s573/sharkeysmachines/yoshimuraback_zpsee7002a4.jpg" border="0" alt="Yoshimura back photo yoshimuraback_zpsee7002a4.jpg"/></a><a href="http://s1306.photobucket.com/user/sharkeysmachines/media/yoshimurafront_zpsd05add3d.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s573/sharkeysmachines/yoshimurafront_zpsd05add3d.jpg" border="0" alt="Yoshimura front photo yoshimurafront_zpsd05add3d.jpg"/></a>