The Honda XL (and other vintage singles) thread!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by dorkpunch, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. TS888

    TS888 Deer dodger Supporter

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    Hi all,

    I've taken on the restoration of an early XR500 ('79-'81 vintage). It's a commission, not my personal bike.

    I'm chasing some OEM or equivalent engine parts. I saw the post from @rexelstar and contacted him about cam chain guides. Where is the best source for OEM parts, or near equivalent? I'm new to old Hondas, so to speak. I may need piston rings for an 89mm piston, and possibly a cam and some rockers.

    Thanks
    T
  2. rexelstar

    rexelstar Been here awhile

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    PM send.
  3. bultacobill

    bultacobill Long timer

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    Bike bandits is a good source for OEM
  4. shinyribs

    shinyribs Thumpers for life

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    Just a heads up in case you don't already know, XL500, XL500S, XR500 and Ascot's all used the same engine. There are some minor differences like the XR having a lighter flywheel, but that can help broaden your search.
  5. GregT58

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    Mine is a 74 and has the SL number on the engine too, did you find out why?
  6. redlabelmoto

    redlabelmoto Been here awhile

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  7. bultacobill

    bultacobill Long timer

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  8. TS888

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    Thanks man! That's very helpful info!
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  9. redlabelmoto

    redlabelmoto Been here awhile

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    Yes I may have slit my own throat lol. BaT has done such a good job creating a feeding frenzy on things that I didn’t think my post will make much of a difference. Although if someone from advrider ends up with the prize after they saw it here I least expect a Christmas card haha.
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  10. bultacobill

    bultacobill Long timer

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    I sure do hope you get it though. If you get it you need to post lost of pictures for us . Good luck. That was the best of the XL’s . You got the front disc brake and the coolest paint scheme ever on a bike.
  11. shinyribs

    shinyribs Thumpers for life

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    AlpinaE24 Long timer

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    I really do miss my 85 600, those twin carb motors are beauts....$10k is a bit nuts though...hopefully you don't need to pull the airbox...it would be nerve racking on that perfect paint!
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    Got at '0 dark thirty for a 80 miles ride this morning in the Ouachitas mountains

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  14. snake89

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    Well here is the bike i made the best of 2 from pictured on post #5059. Will be delivering it to my buddy this week then start on what's left over for me. :D Larrys XL185.jpg
  15. 62hsr

    62hsr Been here awhile

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    Can anyone tell me which other XL’s/XR’s share the same front brake caliper as my 1984 XR350R ?
    Looks like I may be on the hunt.
    Thanks.
  16. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    Go to a site like Bike Bandit, look up the part number for your bike, and then browse other models to find a matching number.
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  17. 62hsr

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    Yes, it’s not available on Bike Bandit. A guy from another group said the caliper from a CRF230F fit his ‘84 XL600 perfectly. I think I will be going that route.
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    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    I wasn’t recommending buying from Bike Bandit, I was recommending using Bike Bandit or similar site as a source to cross reference part numbers.
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  19. 62hsr

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    Yup. Will do the next go around.
  20. bultacobill

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