The XT600 Thread

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

  1. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    I'm having trouble accepting my "auto-decompression". I come from riding Honda XL and XR600s, both of which have manual decompression levers on the handlebars. I'm sure I could rig one of these too, but I don't know if my automatic one is even actuating at all. See, when I kick it over, I get lots of resistance. I push against the kickstarter as hard as I can for 5-10 seconds before it reaches that sweet spot where I can kick with all my might and start it. If I am lucky, the hard compression spot will be towards the bottom of the kickstarter's throw so I have more leverage. I've tried to look at the lever on the head to see if I can see it moving, and I don't THINK I do, but it's hard to do while kicking the engine over. The P.O. broke and replaced one of these cables I can tell looking at the parts stash that came with the bike. One last thing I'll tell you I did: adjust the auto decompression cable using the adjuster barrel to make it tighter with the engine running until I heard a ticking and then backed it off until the ticking went away.

    I haven't had a proper tuning session with my 1987 German 2KF, just replaced the dash lightbulbs, perfected front turn signal wiring, and oil change/air up tires/ rear flat repair/ chain lube/ chain tension adjustment.
  2. webmonstro

    webmonstro A Aventura Continua....

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    You should be able to see it move , at least on my 350 you can see it quite easy

    try removeing the spark plug , to make it easy to kick over and be able to see the part move
  3. Brage

    Brage Mechanic

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    Hi Zombie duden.

    Heres a pic of how to do the XT 600 decomp adjustment. The adjustment is to be done at TDC ( engine piston at Top Dead center )
    good luck:freaky:
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    Best regards Brage
  4. A-Wind

    A-Wind Andreas RD07a

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    I believe the XT600 has one of the easiest to kickstart engine of all bikes.

    With properly working automatic decompression, the XT600 engine should be able to be started (using the proper technique) almost effortlessly.

    If you ned to use strength to start the engine, then something is wrong or you are doing something wrong.
  5. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Call Buchanan Spoke and Rim.
  6. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    Today I cranked the kicker over by hand while looking at the lever on the head connected to the cable. As I "kick" it over by hand, the cable isn't moving. I haven't verified whether the cable inside is intact or broken, but I am now also wondering what is going on inside the little panel where the cable connects at the bottom near the kickstarter. On other similar bikes there is a lever and cable mount outside the engine. So does anyone have a diagram of the lower part before I get inside of it? Thanks, you guys rule. Looking forward to having this worked out, if I keep it up, I'll be scheduled for knee replacement in my 50's. Already gets it sore in the knee joint sometimes, this is my all-day everyday ride.
  7. snofrog

    snofrog Been here awhile

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    I weigh about 220# I have to stand on my lever to initiate the kick . no way from a sitting position
  8. G600

    G600 Been here awhile

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    Thats all wrong. When the compression release is working OK, the you can "kick" by hand (dont do it though)

    Zombie_Stomp, you can also search for a workshop manual for the XT550. You should find it easy enough on the internet. It has the "same" (almonst) engine.
  9. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    OK. Today I pulled on the bottom of the cable and the housing just came right out of the hole with no cable inside. That means the cable is totally broken. Sounds like the last guy to comment about his weight being needed has the exact same problem. The PO of this bike broke his cable too at one point since his parts box had the broken cable in it. So my next question is, WHERE DO I FIND A CHEAP REPLACEMENT? Thanks. Zombie out.
  10. Buddaman

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    Look on Ebay, or kedo or wemoto are good sites also
  11. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    So my '84 has a DG exhaust with a supertrapp end. It's a bit rusty and kind of loud but no holes and it's solid for the most part. But, I'd like to replace it with a stock exhaust. If anyone has one sitting around gathering dust, let me know if you'd like to get a few bucks in exchange for it.

    Nice new spokes:

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    I like the 4 Gal. clarke tank that came with the bike.

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    And..what it looked like earlier today:

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  12. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Iffn any of you guys want to buy my 1985 XT 600 red and white up here in MN let me know. I have to thin the herd. It's worn out and works but I don't plan on using it too much anymore. Any reasonable offers accepted. Not listed anywhere else but here.
  13. Buddaman

    Buddaman Adventurer

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    Hey guys, Anyone know of a choke that will fix a 89 xt600 that is manuel? Im done messing with the cable and have always preferred a manual choke anyways? Any ideas?
  14. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    my 2003 xt600e had a choke-knob on the carb itself, yamaha often reuse parts, so perhaps it will fit?
  15. Buddaman

    Buddaman Adventurer

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    Ive tried looking but no website lists a 2003 XT600 for there OEM parts, the last year most sites list the XT600 is 89 i think. Any ideas?
  16. nathan_yamaha

    nathan_yamaha n00b

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    Hello fellow XT enthusiasts, showin off my bike got this year. <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/k7rjCEg-VXo" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe> -Nathan

    Ps. is this bike a 43f? I think I saw that under the seat.
  17. joatmoa

    joatmoa Joatmoa

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  18. A-Wind

    A-Wind Andreas RD07a

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    I'm using a carb from a TT600 (59x type) and planted my existing XT600 choke in it. So TT600 choke has to work.

    As far as I can tell carbs of XT600 (43f and 49r) and TT600 (59x) are identical, although jetting might be different.
  19. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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  20. Buddaman

    Buddaman Adventurer

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    Ok sweet, thanks guys. Do different chokes affect the bike in different ways? for instance an old dirtbike choke that would screw in but looks different then the stock, would that would also?