The XT600 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by CR_TurboGuy, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. reimorei

    reimorei Brazillian Adventure

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    Hi folks! I´m looking for a dual-purpose bike here in Brazil and my choices narrowed to the Yamaha XT 660R or a Husky TE610. The Yamaha, I think, is more road oriented then the Husky but as I´m a former enduro rider here (used to have WR 450, KTM 200, KTM 250, etc..) I think I´ll have more fun with the Husky in off road sections and bad Jeep roads, although I´ll need to use the bike also on the street, but only for comuting to work, about 5 to 10 miles a day.
    For the same Year-model, the Husky costs 25% less then the Yamaha, and this is because the Husky importer here went out of businness and we have replacement parts problems, whereas Yamaha is solid here for more then 40 yrs, and the XT 660R is built in Brazil, and as it´s much more popular it´s resale is also better.
    I´ve heard of some XT660R putting more than 100k miles before a major engine rebuild.
    What can I expect from a TE610 before a rebuild? I´m aware of the cam chain problem.
    The TE610 weighs around 100 lbs less than the Yamaha (306 vs 400) and have 5hp more.
    I can find a 2008 TE610 here with the odo as low as 3.000 miles for 75% the price of 2008 XT660 averaging 15.000 miles.
    Can I live with the TE610 in the streets on a daily basis? I´m 5´6 tall, would have to lower the bike?
    I can import parts if needed from USA, only have to wait more.
    Thanks in advance for the advices
  2. G600

    G600 Been here awhile

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    I guess it depends on what “dual purpose” means to you. The XT660R is not much of a dirtbike but it is very good for long days in the saddle. Comfortable commuter and adv bike, will handle luggage well, and is ok for easy trails.

    I sold my XT660R this summer. I have not owned a TE610E (I assume you are talking about the E model) but have had several Husky bikes through the years and I’m sure it is much more capable off road. 5-10 miles per day commuting is nothing, the husky will be fine for that.

    I don’t know about the fuelling system in the TE610E in your area, but the XT660R Yamaha has FI and not a carb. IMHO that is a big minus, lots of things more to go wrong.
  3. JensEskildsen

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    Use a relay, or run them directly to the battery, either one has its advantages and disadvantages.

    As I said, you've got 50w or so to spare, but if its not required to run with the headlight on, you can turn that off and save another 50-60w.
  4. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    I have not bought them yet. Where do you get these molded ones you speak of? I am picturing something that has the heat element closer to the surface of the grip and is integrated into it? As for the wattage, I'll replace tail lite and turn signals with LED to save as much power as possible. Also, where do you get the LED HID headlight? I bought the bike with a Lithium Ion battery, should I add the relay after the fuse? Thanks!
  5. no eye deer

    no eye deer n00b

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    G'day,
    I am new to the site. i've owned a TT500 an XT 500. Also a TT600 and an "cough" XR600.Also numerous smaller 250's, and some roadbikes. .

    What Id like to know is - what motor designation is in the XT600e from 2003.

    Also, whats the difference between black and blue models around 2003?

    I am getting a 2003 Black XT600 2003 tomorrow.:clap Cant wait.
    Thanks fellas.
    (Anyone on here in Cairns?)


    Mark from Cairns Au.
  6. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    As I recall, from 1996 and forward the bikes are basically the same, just different colors and such.
  7. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    Check out what I did last week.
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    No photos of the process, but I removed the old seat cover. It had been spraypainted black but was original. It had been disintegrating rapidly. It was a thermally sealed cover made of 4 main pieces plus a pocket at the nose of the seat. After getting it off, I carefully cut down the center of each heat sealed seam line and heated the pieces with a heat gun and let them flatten out being pressed between pieces of plywood under weight. I took the pieces in the best shape and used them symmetrically to trace new onto the back of the vinyl. Then I added 1/2" seam allowance to the sewn areas and stapled it together using a regular paper stapler, and ran it through by brand new industrial grade heavy duty walking foot sewing machine, and ran a top stitch over that. Installing it was painful due to a defective Arrow T-50 staple gun that was shooting bunches of 5 staples at a time. Rode out to get an alternative and painfully stapled it on. I need a pneumatic one soon. Heated the cover once on with the heat gun again to let the vinyl relax a bit. After stretching it on it pulls the seat smaller. Looking good now though!

    I offer my service to anyone in need of a seat cover. I've been making these for a couple years now. Watch for the bags I'll be making as well.
  8. A-Wind

    A-Wind Andreas RD07a

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    I was using 60 Watt heated grips for years and without any issues what so ever on my XT600 when I lived in cold climate. XT electrical and lights all stock.

    The 60W setting was full power and the grips got soo hot that you had to let them go every once in a while to let the wind cool them down a bit.

    If I remember correctly, the low setting was around 20W, which in winter temperatures that was not really enough.

    Now in California, I got rid of my grips.
  9. BIG ED XT FAN

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    Great work on the seat!!:freaky:eek1:deal:lol3
  10. gingertom

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  11. Harry Backer

    Harry Backer Ran when parked!

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    I have an 85 XT600 I need an output shaft the teeth are gone. Is Ebay my only option?
  12. ***Woody***

    ***Woody*** n00b

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    Hi Mark,

    Pretty sure the motor designation for the 2003 model is called the "3WR".
    That is what I have in my 03 model anyway. Both my VIN and Engine numbers have 3WR in them.
    Most accessories seem to fit our model from 1996 on so they must not have changed them much.

    As far as I know the only difference between the Black and Blue models is the colour...hehe!!

    Mine also is black and I am preparing it for a Cape York trip in June next year. Just waiting on racks to arrive from Hepco & Becker and I am just about ready to go. Have fitted the Acerbis 23L tank, Pro-circuit slip-on muffler, Wolfman Saddle and Roll Top bags, tinted screen, and GPS. Hope the old girl makes it ok!

    Brett
  13. JensEskildsen

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    My 2003 is Dj02
  14. G600

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  15. G600

    G600 Been here awhile

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    Hi all

    I just bought a 2000 XT600E 4PTA with 4500 km on the clock:clap:clap. Pretty happy with the find.

    I can’t drain the carb bowl since the drain screw has some weird “Philips” (cross) head. Anyone know what it is and where I can get one?

    I need a decent bash plate before next summer. Any recommendations?
  16. McGoo

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    I got a new drain screw from boats.net, I don't remember the cost as I bought a bunch of other bits with it.
  17. G600

    G600 Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I definitely will get a ordinary drain screw (flat head or Phillips) when I get this one out. I’m sure a screw from a older model will fit fine but I need to get this one out first.

    As far as I can tell this is not a deformed Phillips one. It looks unmangled but a phillips screwdriver will not fit. I suspect this is some anti-tamper thing.
  18. G600

    G600 Been here awhile

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    Nevermind... apparently the carb drain screw is just a regular Phillips head, but mangled up in a beautifully uniform way. After spending some time on all fours with a magnifying glass I’m not 100% sure, but I guess it must be.
  19. gingertom

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    Hello all, I have an XT600e 2003 on standard knobbly tyres atm, I am thinking of getting supermoto wheels fitted but know little about doing so -_- Anyone give me a heads up on which rims are the best to get ect, If they will go straight onto the standard wheel hubs and so on. Thanks :D
  20. gingertom

    gingertom Tom Holding

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    Thanks :D