The XL600 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Gregster, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. bork

    bork Been here awhile

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    Hmmm I wonder if a 3d printer can make?
  2. dixda

    dixda Been here awhile Supporter

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    It'd be nice to get the proper carb gaskets for our old dual bowls. Remember to not mix them up or you'll lose your choke.
    Might get mine out of mothballs now the weather has improved in The Great White North of southern BC Canadia.
  3. jagarra

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    Hey guys have a problem. Just am in the process of finishing up bring a 1986 bike that parked for over 20 years back to life. tore it down to frame and painted unit , rebuilt carbs, front end and replaced every bit of rubber items and seals. Working on electrical, I got everything to work except no headlight and no spark. Just installed new battery, turn signals work, tail light and brake light work, but no headlight. cleaned connectors, wiring looks like everything is hooked up and no damage to harness as far as I can see. Now would a defective stator winds cause me grief as it looks like there are lines running through the unit that may be effected. Looking at a Ricky Stator but would like to get everything working before I spring for it.

    thanks,
  4. lookfar

    lookfar from the land of OZ Supporter

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    I reckon your stator is stuffed. The headlight and spark both rely on A/C voltage from the stator. Get a multimeter and check the voltage on the red/black wire from the stator, you should have around 50-70 volts A/C when kicking it over.
  5. lookfar

    lookfar from the land of OZ Supporter

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    Big bore XL porn.
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    XL600 RM 1986 (euro version with electric leg as well as kick)
    XL600 RF 1985
    XLV750R 1985 (V-twin, shaft drive)

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  6. jagarra

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    thanks, just the information I needed as to where to look.

    cheers,
  7. sh0rtlife

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    i would agree with the toast stator, as i recall they both work offthe same side of the stator, of course in theory you could swap the legs on the stator to make sure you dont have another issue

    as i am aware the ignition switch CAN kill spark and headlight so it would be the other place to check...but the stators on these bikes kinda suck so the ricky would be a good place to start anyway
  8. jagarra

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    Thanks for the reply's, ordered a Ricky Stator.
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  9. dixda

    dixda Been here awhile Supporter

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    I did and have had no worries since.
  10. XRLated

    XRLated Long timer Supporter

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    Aside from paint and graphics and the California-emissions difference, are there differences among the various XL600Rs distributed here in the USA from '83-87?

    Is every part interchangeable year to year?

    If not, is there a list somewhere of the differences?

    Thanks!
  11. mulanee

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    One of the difference is the rear passenger footpegs, from swingarm to the frame on the latest versions
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  12. sh0rtlife

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    early vs late carbs they changed..interchangeable sure but the bowls are entirely different on them, im also told the "early" heads have bigger ports

    i "think" theres alot of "little" things that changed over the years but most of them are either internal(fork springs) or just too minor to notice

    the better question is..what are you looking for/to replace?
  13. jagarra

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    Hey guys, just to close the loop on my no spark, no headlight issue. received my new Ricky Stator the other day and installed the unit, still no sparky, went to check output with a DMM and readings were really low to non existent, pulled out my trusty analog meter and I have around 70 volts on the AC scale when I kick it over so next is replacing the CDI unit and coil. Found them on Amazon.

    This also brings up the issue I have with DMM is that they always don't react accurately/quickly when used in the application of seeing a short duration event, where the analog movement bounced up to 70 VAC the DMM was at a few volts. Analog are also better in determining whether capacitors are charging and discharging correctly. Again equal bounce is what you are looking for.
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  14. sh0rtlife

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    are you certain you dont have a dissconect at the ignition switch or any of the connecors between the cdi the pickup and coil?..tripple check it all..of all the bikes ive had and worked on over the years..ive only ever had 1 cdi die and it was killed by other components, the other cdi had pins fall out but i dont count it 0on account it was a cheep chinese POS pit bike

    more likely your pickup is shot...which isnt as uncommon
  15. bork

    bork Been here awhile

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    What I'm doing is, changing out the stator & pulse trigger and carry a spare cdi. Might even bolt up a spare coil next to existing for back up.
  16. jagarra

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    all I can find is a used one on e-bay for a pulse trigger, does anyone know of an after market unit?
  17. sh0rtlife

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    nope.....theres story of retrofitting a specific XR unit but youll have to dig thru the 1007 pages in here to find the exact details
  18. jagarra

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    Checked the pulse generator, it is within specs at 370 ohms. Will blast the contacts in connecter with cleaner they looked a bit grungy , wiring looks to be hooked up and correct for all other items.
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    I still have this external res xr500r rear shock in great shape if anyone wants to buy it, been collecting dust for years
  20. bork

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