The XT600 Thread

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

  1. MrLuftkopf

    MrLuftkopf Adventurer

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    Update (no pics yet, I'll get some tonight or tomorrow). The beast is almost alive.............

    Well, the bike is almost back together. I had the frame blasted and repainted silver (the disco red was bugging me and the frame had rust and needed help). I also have coated the stock fuel tank internally with the Caswell Phenol coating, replaced all the bearings on the bike that needed replacement, and bought new 'used' wheels (mine had huge dents). I rebuilt the carbs, changed all the cables, adjusted the valves, etc. Upgraded to progressive fork springs, and moved my stock spring to the heaviest spring setting (The little clip under the top spring support).

    I should have it all together late tomorrow if all goes well.

    As an aside (yes I know I am impatient) I have picked up a very inexpensive fork assembly from an 89 KX500. This thing has 46mm tubes, is conventional in layout (the bike is NOT a racer.....or a jumper.....LOL) and is of a cartridge style. Other than the beefy fork diameter, did you know that the upper and lower bearings are the same as those on the XT600? The stem is about 3/4" too long for the frame though, so I popped the stem out of the lower clamp and machined the upper bearing surface 3/4 'lower' so as to comply with the XT frame. I then made up a 3/4" stainless spacer to fit under the top triple clamp. The setup looks very nice and should work well. I won't be installing it until fall, I am just poking away at it for now. I want to get a KX wheel and front brake setup and as well a Trailtech computer to act as a speedo. I may even convert the rear to KX500 wheel and disk brakes if it looks like the stock swingarm can be altered to accomodate them.

    ciao!
  2. spinning wheels

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    I think Supertrapp has dropped the XT600, from their current catalog. You should be able to slip on one of their universal mufflers. As for them being too loud, I had two disks in mine and it made the bike sound like a lawnmower, "put put put". I added six more disks, and now it sounds just right.
  3. wolfhoundaddy

    wolfhoundaddy Been here awhile

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    I'm goiing to take the right side cover off so I can helicoil a new thread for the cover bolts. I have heard some folks retap and install bolts (using nuts to hold the cover on)instead of going with the original setup. What is the advantage of this? thanks, dp
  4. socket086

    socket086 Been here awhile

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    hi tall boy if you get the 4 gal tank and want to unload the small one i would be interested in it, also you can take the exhaust off and put a straight through 2" pipe on [will have to re jet carbs] runs crisper and everything gets out of your way.:wink:
  5. yoashman

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    Hey. I have just got muself a 1990 xt600e and I am soooo pleased with it already!!!! I have ridden quite afew other dual purpose type bikes, and loads of dirt bikes, and with my xt being 18 years Im I am suprised at what a beast it is. I had only planned to get it as a hack bike but I have already fallen inlove with it and have plans to turn it into a decent adventure bike, so I have some questions that need answering and was hoping that you lot may be able to help? I want to fit a long range fuel tank to it, I live in the UK, do any of you know where I can get one? Also pannier racks...is it possible to get them for this model? Any help would be great. I will be postion some pics of the bike, sort of a befor and after, with quite alot of pics during the process too hopefully!!! Thanks alot!
  6. ekkemu

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    You're lucky being in the UK. A guy from UK preped his XT 600 for adventure riding, you will find A LOT of useful information here:

    http://www.touringted.com/preparing-the-bike

    These guys will probably offer you a lot of custom accesories if you ask them:

    http://www.davidlambeth.co.uk/


    Take care now and ride safe!

    Adrian
  7. yoashman

    yoashman Adventurer

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    Hey. Cheers for the links. I have managed to find a long range fuel tank for the bike, and I have decided on "Andy Strapz Adventure Panniers", I will be making the rack for the panniers and also a bash plate. So that just leaves buying some new bars for the bike and locating a decent treated sheeps skin, fortunatly I work on farms here in Scotland so that shouldnt be too much of a bother! But if any of you have any more links or ideas please let me know!!! I will also be getting the frame painted, possibly powder coated...but I think thats just a wee bit too expensive, so spray paint it will be, it will end up getting scratched up anyway!!!
  8. XTC

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    Another pic of mine. 2005 model Prepped for sale including the Acerbis tank and Leo Vince muffler
  9. ekkemu

    ekkemu Adventurer

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    Hei, one question if I may. Does the acerbis tank have that fuel hose to allow the fuel to go from one side to the other? I've seen that on the tank of 640 Adventure, and it is a smart thing. On these kind of tanks, fuel might stay just in one half...


    Thanks,
    Adrian
  10. alexk243

    alexk243 Been here awhile

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    Mine actually just has two fuel valves, one on each side and the both feed into the main fuel line
  11. Whorepedo

    Whorepedo Been here awhile

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    Same here. Once the fuel is down to the sides it actually makes it kinda like two tanks. You can run off either side if you choose to.
  12. CR_TurboGuy

    CR_TurboGuy Iowhat?

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    I usually run off the right side tank, so if I get low, it's an easy reach down to the left to turn on that side.

    --JOsh
  13. Milinka

    Milinka Yamaha XT 600

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    Hello XT guys :clap
    Beautiful pictures,beautiful bikes.
    Here is my XT 600 1991 year.I ride that bike for 5 years,and then i sold it and bought Honda Dominator.After only one year with Honda i realise that XT is my kind of bike....and:rilla

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  14. Milinka

    Milinka Yamaha XT 600

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    ...i sold Honda and buy this beauty

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  15. Milinka

    Milinka Yamaha XT 600

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    Little guy on previous picture is my brother son,and here is my son Marco.
    Picture was taken on bike meeting in our town Sremska Mitrovica,Serbia this month and we have more then 1 000 bikes at one place.
    Best Regards

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  16. Whorepedo

    Whorepedo Been here awhile

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    Thats a nice lookin XT! Glad to see you come back to the Yamaha! I sure hope the XT makes it back to the states before its time to replace my old girl.
  17. dirtyrod

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    Hi folks
    I'm trying to start up a new Yahoo XT600 group. I just posted it so I know it will take some time to get going but I hope you all will get a chance to check it out and sign up and see how far it can go with your help. Her is the link
    http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/yamahaxtridersforum/

    Thanks
    dirtyrod
  18. CR_TurboGuy

    CR_TurboGuy Iowhat?

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  19. Whorepedo

    Whorepedo Been here awhile

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    I joined. "Strickk_9" is my yahoo profile.

    Im trying to upload the 90-95 Service Manual to our file database but its been working for a while now so i dont have a good feeling about it. Would be nice to be able to share it, though.
  20. dirtyrod

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    I did Josh but I did not find much there so I thought I would giver a try and start one myself. Thanks for signing up .
    Rod