XR600- Donkey Fix Up & Full Rebuild

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by SlickSix, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    Hey guys, I´ve been a Iong time lurker around the site but never took the time to sign up, didn´t think I could contribute that much.
    This just changed :D so let´s see if I´m worthy...

    I ride the streets but was always looking out to see if the opportunity presented itself and I could bring home my first love - the XR600.

    Since I was around 13 and a few of my friends older brothers started showing up with that mean, bada**** XRs, Huskys and Husas, I wanted one.
    That growl coming up the street...was my wet dream at the time.
    Got older and somehow the bike elluded me. Rode some CRM125, DTR125, Bandit400, CBR F3 and now the F4i Sport.

    Well, last week it finally happened, I just picked up my donkey :clap

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    **Update**

    Ok, just thought I would update this first post to give you an ideia of what to expect of this rebuild and include the parts list and mods.

    **Parts List**

    Countershaft - 100
    Sprocket & Chain kit - 90
    Tires - 100
    Gear Shifter - 15
    Gasket kit - 45
    Spark Plug - 3
    Exhaust - 50
    Carb Hoses - 3
    Dust/Oil Seals - 20
    All Bearings - 50
    Caliper Seals - 10
    Pads - 15
    Front Rotor - 40
    SS Brake Lines - 40
    Brake Switch - 5
    Nipples - 5
    Levers - 10
    M22 x 1.5 - 7

    **Mods / Extras**

    Strip & Paint - Free
    Lightened Flywheel - Free
    Rewoud Stator - Free
    CRF450 Plastic Kit - 65
    Handguards - 15
    628cc Kit - 200
    Suspension Valve & Spring - 120
    Oil cooler - 25


    Guess that´s about it. If any more comes up, I´ll update again
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  2. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    Got her really cheap (for Portugal at least) and she runs good. No knocks, no smoke and easy starter.

    That´s not good enough for me :evil
    I take pride in my toys so the plan is to do a full tear down and rebuild. She won´t be my main transport and I´ve got the time to mess with her.

    Ok, I know that some of you might be thinking that it´s just another rebuild. You´re right. But it´s my rebuild :freaky
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  3. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    Already have her down to the bone, but since I´ve enjoyed watching and following other members threads, I think it´s only fair to share my own, right?

    Just want to apologize for the initial lack of disassembly photos but my camera card acted up and lost most of them.

    Took her home and started immediately to crack nuts and bolts

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    Anyway, the disassembly is pretty much straightforward and like all others.
    I was pretty satisfied, all the zerk fittings were greased and everything went smooth with no stripped nor broken bolts.
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  4. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    At first sight she might look ok, but no. She´s a crude,slimey ugly mess.

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    This will be fun
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  5. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    This doesn´t look good...

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    But I already knew that.

    What I didn´t expect was to see the calipers in this state. I truly think I should´t rode her home when I picked her up :eek1

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    I´ve spent the better part of an hour to completely remove the pistons from both calipers. They were as nasty as... I don´t know, never seen calipers like this ones!!
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  6. Grover6

    Grover6 Been here awhile

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    Nice! Keep' em coming:clap
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  7. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    I'm in. I have a spare front XR caliper for you. PM me your name and address and I'll sent it to you. Hopefully the postage won't be an arm and a leg.
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  8. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    Wow!
    Thanks mcma111!

    I knew the people around here help each other out but that was fast. Really appreciate it man, parts around here are though
    to source. I resort to the Uk and States.

    Actually, I´ll pm you in a few.
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  9. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    Ok, let´s get this thing rolling.

    One of the reasons that this bike was so cheap... the coutershaft.

    It´s welded so, it has got to go.

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    Notice the shifter, it´s welded too.
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  10. elsalvadorklr

    elsalvadorklr southern xr rider

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    well there goes the good buy!

    welcome to the forums, and have fun!
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  11. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    First good news of the day, all rockers, sub rockers and cam look in tip top condition.

    All journals are smooth and in spec and the center of the valve cover where the cam sits, is good too.

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    Pretty clean also.
    I think someone was here before. Don´t know if you can see but the bolt that hold the tensioner
    is almost rounded....
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  12. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    Stem seals shot and a bit on the rich side for sure. These valves are going to be a pain to clean.

    Let´s see if they seal after cleaning and lapping them...

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  13. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    Thanks!

    I bought her knowing about the countershaft and that´s why I got her for cheap.

    The guy selling her was asking double of what I offered. Called me nuts!
    I told him that if that the shaft was in good condition, I would put the full asking price in his hand but if not,
    I would bring her for half. He said ok so I asked for an allen key and removed the aluminium sprocket cover that completely covered the zone.

    Voila! CHeap XR600
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  14. elsalvadorklr

    elsalvadorklr southern xr rider

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    youre a smart and lucky man!

    whats that a possible buyer touching my bike? that doesnt fly down here! jajaja

    awesome deal

    hey thos valves lool ok

    just clean them up with some solvent

    new seals and good to go

    it all depends on what and how much you want to spend

    once again good luck

    christian
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  15. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    Gotta go guys, tomorrow I´ll update on the cleaning part and give you a parts list and expected price for the whole shebang.

    Already have most of the needed stuff but not everything.
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  16. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    Thanks Cristian.
    I followed your rebuild thread even before coming a member.
    Well done man, she turned out really good.
    It´s an awesome feeling, grab an old bag of bolts and turn it into a proud ride!
    For me at least. That´s why I try to replace only what´s necessary and the rest it´s all clean, polished and fixed, if possible.
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  17. wlkn_mn

    wlkn_mn out riding

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    Go get 'em slick! I have a few extra parts laying around too. Shoot me a pm if you start finding yourself needing replacements!:freaky
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    SlickSix Been here awhile

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  19. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    I´ve started on the engine but can´t go any further. My brother has my air gun and I´m still waiting for the flywheel puller
    so it has to wait a few more days for the tear down.

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    While waiting, there´s the cleaning part. Not that fun, but part of it.
    This has to be fixed, it seems the previous owner did not check his chain clearance that often...

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  20. SlickSix

    SlickSix Been here awhile

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    It might not look like it but this loom was a mess. Cut & stripped wires and some funny home lightbulbs connections...

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