The XT600 Thread

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

  1. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    Funny...that is exactly what I expected. Wouldn't move off $100. I passed.
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    Mac Ka Been here awhile

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    loved my '93 XT which I lashed together from parts in a box. It was stolen within 3 weeks of its maiden voyage in 2007 and later found abandoned, covered in house hold white-wash paint. I guess the thief had better paint schemes in mind.

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    They always paint them to change the look so people won't recognize it .


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  4. LilYoda

    LilYoda Been here awhile

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    Don't know about US market, but in Europe, when they are listed at 100€ (so around $120), they are sold within 24 hours.
    $50 seems ultra cheap to me. I wouldn't sell mine for less than $100 either. But again, maybe a different market on this side of the pond
  5. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    Its somewhere around 27-32 as I recall. An adjustable wrench can be used. Slather it liquid wrench/wd40 for a few days before you start.
    It can be done with the shock in place, but if everything else fails, remove it and put it in a vice.
    This might also be a good opportunity to grease the linkage bearings.
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  6. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    I assume your tank is cosmetically decent and not UV roached and the fuel taps work at that price? One I looked at was on a trashed bike that had been left outdoors for a long time. I'd have paid 100 if it looked like it was recently used and not cosmetically like sh*t and the taps worked.....but not paying going clean rate for a project...that will probably crack first drop.
  7. LilYoda

    LilYoda Been here awhile

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    Well, my tank has seen its fair share of bike drops, so yes it has scratches. When I got it the petcocks were leaking, and I had to change them. And the bike sleeps outside, so it has seen UV. Not sure what you mean by UV roached.

    In any case, over here, they sell for 300€ when you find them in "like new" condition. A new one (for the bikes that are post 1995) sells for €300. At €100, visible wear is to be expected.

    Again: this is for Europe, where they are near impossible to find. The consequence is that, as long as it's not leaking fuel, it sells in 24h, with a price that is at least €100. When I got mine, the craiglist ad was less than 1 hour old. The guy had already been called a few times, and I got mine just by sending the €100 immediately with PayPal, right where I was, on the side of the road.
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    It doesn't matter what kind of price the tank is going for if no shipper will accept it going overseas . Most shipping companies won't allow used fuel tanks on airplanes.



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  9. LilYoda

    LilYoda Been here awhile

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    Agree. Was merely providing pricing and context info to Sic Semper Tyrannis from our side, to maybe compare with US market to find the right price
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  10. jsaul53

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    I just picked up a 1989 XT600 that I plan to go through the motor from top to bottom. I have already discovered the left side case cover (shifter side) should be replaced. I am looking for a case COVER to purchase and understand that the range is 84-89 for US models. Are there any other bikes that will work or other years. First time posting and if this needs to be in another location let me know.
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  11. OzCRU

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    Welcome @jsaul53
    Glad to have you on board.
    This is definitely the place for your XT questions :-)
    I'm down in Oz & we have a 'WTB' wanted to buy thread in our regional forum so you may have something like that in the US forums?
    I'm not as up on the pre 90 models so one of the other guys will chip in shortly for sure.
    (Calling @jjxtrider to the phone ...)
    Also you may not know this yet - you can search the whole of the 386 pages of this thread by using the search bar up the top right & selecting 'this thread'
    Hope that helps.
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    My phone seems to be not working.

    but , the info is right , left side cover has to be of an '84-'89 model only. No other bikes will fit that I know of. The problem your going to run into is that many of the used ones out there are cracked also , they crack rather easy by a good rock hit or the shifter punching through. If the crack isn't bad you can take the cover off and thoroughly degrease inside and out then sand all paint around the area and fill it in with JB weld . Wait a couple days so it's 100% dry and sand the outside to match the contour then paint it. I've had a repair last years without a drip .




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  13. Rider 101

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    Latest acquisition is a 1991 XT600E Australian Army spec. Basically it has been painted camo and black. It needs some TLC and a few new parts. Excuse me for not reading every post for the info but can anyone confirm that most parts from 1990 to 1995 are interchangeable ( apart from colours )? In particular side cover plastics and maybe front and rear guards.

    It will be a long project ( about 12 months ) to get it back to a reasonable dirt bike and I will post up a few pics along the way.
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  14. OzCRU

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    Hey Rider 101,
    Your just up the road - I keep enviously watching the Newcastle thread & all the great rides while I wait to get mine back up & running
    My XT should be up & registered by this time next month with a new TT front end all going to plan.

    Re yours. Yes those years are fine. In ‘96 the side plastics get the little swept up bit at the front to join to the tank.
    Alternatively I think you might be able to change it all over to ‘96 onwards?
    I bought my ‘90 with a 23 Ltr ‘96 tank on it but ‘90 plastics & seat. It doesn’t match up but it does fit. (I didn’t care since it was to be used on the Scrapheap Adventure Ride). So if you collected all ‘96 Stuff instead I think it will just swap - I think the frame is the same.

    Are you looking to restore it or update it?
    What’s missing?
    (Another on here has swapped everything over from a WR or YZ - can’t remember - just another idea:lol3)
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    Hi OzCRU,
    the loose plan to make it a better dirt bike capable of a few longer trips. Not looking for a as new restoration but just make it tidy. It has the camo Acerbis tank which looks tatty. I might look for a Clarke or Acerbis in black. I thought the whole bike would look good totally black with a metallic grey frame and swing arm. The rear shock will have to go and I think I will change the forks to WR USD.

    I have had a browse of the threads with WR front and rear suspension but I don't think I will go that far.

    LH side plate and battery cover is the only thing I am looking for at the moment.
  16. OzCRU

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    I looked at those ones a few years ago when the army did a big clearout through grays online, didn't end up getting one, but there looked to be plenty of them still with life left in them.
    The tanks seem to be getting a little hard to come by at a reasonable price? I've seen some from Acerbis but they still want full retail for them.
    Front shocks - the stem bearings are different sizes top & bottom so you may find it easiest to turn up a new stem & press into the triples.
    Your right about the rear shock - I'm still on the original & it's woeful I've got a spare TT Ohlins one but not sure if I can make it fit, haven't really tried yet. Other options to buy off the shelf are Hyperpro, Wilburs etc but they are pretty exxy. I haven't yet seen an easy version of a swingarm swap, nothing seems to work without alot of alterations with exception of the one done with a whole KTM rear end if you can get one.
    For the side cover have you thought about just making a CAD (cardboard) template & cutting out of thin alloy, shape it & then paint or cover with vinyl wrap?
    I've put racks for plastic tool cases on mine, but have also been thinking of making a giant loop style bag to use instead & save the weight of the racks when I want to carry camping gear.
    Plan to ditch the boat anchor exhaust & reinforce the RHS of the frame with a strut in it's place. That thing weighs a ton. I've done a similar mod to the DR guys & their GSXR cans & it works well.
    There's lots more in this thread & the TT one has some other info that's relevant as well.
  17. Rider 101

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    Look at that muffler. Odd design where it becomes part of the frame. I have some 12mm seamless hydraulic tube and a TIG welder so will be able to get rid of the muffler. There are quite a few on ebay that will fit for around $350 - $400

    The rear shock may hurt the budget at up to $1000
    Forks could probably do for less than $500 depending on service/revalve costs ( maybe revalve is an overkill )

    The original rims will be replaced with Excel or SM-Pro but that is a way off yet.

    Biggest dilemma is what to do with the tank. Were they camo coloured out of the Acerbis factory or have they been coated? I have looked at the Acerbis 23 litre but not sure how they fit up with the seat and plastics even with the hook cut off.
  18. OzCRU

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    You've got the muffler sorted then :lol3

    Check out this thread for a rear swing arm swap - It's the one I would consider ... down the track (but I'll focus on my TT first)
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/is-that-an-xt600-no-way.1210499/

    Yeah the rims being steel are another thing that weighs heaps. - looks like you'll be giving your's a diet in the process too. - if you do the above then you'd get a better rear wheel anyway.

    Pretty sure the Camo colour was specific to the army requirements - don't think it's a coating, but rather moulded in that colour.

    I'll dig up some pics of mine with the 23 ltr
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    Corbin Seat - way nicer, seat base is stiffer so it's a bit hard to get in on & off where if presses against the tank. You can see the difference between the two seat shapes there.
    Side cover is off & you can see the strut & the GSXR can & the top mount for my rack.
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