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Forum: Thumpers 02-28-2015, 06:09 PM
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Posted By davek181
Assuming all the bolts are out the places it can...

Assuming all the bolts are out the places it can hang together are the crank bearings and the knock pins. Honda makes a puller that pushes the shaft out of the case, one can be fashioned out of bar...
Forum: Thumpers 02-27-2015, 06:39 PM
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Posted By davek181
You should be able to just plug a switch into the...

You should be able to just plug a switch into the connector. The switch is nothing special, it just connects the d/c power to the battery when turned on and grounds the ignition wire when turned...
Forum: Thumpers 02-22-2015, 07:05 PM
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Posted By davek181
Spring fever up here in the wilderness. It...

Spring fever up here in the wilderness. It warmed up and dried up a little so I was able to ride just a little bit around town. I can't wait for warmer days so I can start to commute again and park...
Forum: Thumpers 02-14-2015, 06:50 PM
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Posted By davek181
Swapped my rear shock spring to my newly revalved...

Swapped my rear shock spring to my newly revalved shock and took it out for a test ride on the street. The difference is amazing on first ride. Much cushier just like I had wanted it to be. I...
Forum: Thumpers 02-12-2015, 08:50 AM
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Posted By davek181
Shock

With some consultation help from JJ I revavled my CR USDs a couple weeks back and had a break in the weather to be able to test them. They are much improved and in the clicker adjust stage now. ...
Forum: Thumpers 02-09-2015, 06:58 AM
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Posted By davek181
carbs

I like the XR carbs better for at least a couple of reasons. The mainjet cover unscrews to allow easy mainjet changes, and the needles are a better taper.
Forum: Thumpers 02-08-2015, 08:41 AM
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Posted By davek181
Ugly bike

I claim to have the most unrecognizable XL600. Sort of a patchwork quilt of many different bikes. Certainly not the fastest either.
Forum: Thumpers 02-05-2015, 06:21 AM
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Posted By davek181
More. Sorry....

More.







Sorry....
Forum: Thumpers 02-04-2015, 10:39 AM
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Posted By davek181
Look on eBay or motorcycle wrecking yard for an...

Look on eBay or motorcycle wrecking yard for an XR one. They are a little longer.
Forum: Thumpers 02-03-2015, 11:16 AM
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Posted By davek181
Some people think the red engines and white...

Some people think the red engines and white frames are blasphemy, but i like 'em. Best looking of the bunch in my opinion.

I am still a little torn on the 86 gold look, preferring silver instead,...
Forum: Thumpers 02-02-2015, 08:16 PM
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Posted By davek181
Beeper would require the same diode setup as the...

Beeper would require the same diode setup as the light would. It is really not hard at all, I can give you simple easy to follow instructions using diodes found at Radio shack stores, or similar...
Forum: Thumpers 02-02-2015, 02:16 PM
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Posted By davek181
LEDs take a lot less power. At one point...

LEDs take a lot less power.

At one point back in the past when I had a battery in my XL the stator charging circuit died. Everything else worked but would not charge the battery. I had to...
Forum: Thumpers 02-02-2015, 11:17 AM
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Posted By davek181
You might have to make your own wiring, or...

You might have to make your own wiring, or connections, but they will hook into the original harness. LEDs are polarity sensitive but otherwise simple.

Replace the flasher with the digital one...
Forum: Thumpers 02-01-2015, 08:24 PM
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Posted By davek181
Don't need the resistors, just use the digital...

Don't need the resistors, just use the digital flasher with any combo you want
Forum: Thumpers 02-01-2015, 03:20 PM
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Posted By davek181
Any LEDs can work, you just need to replace the...

Any LEDs can work, you just need to replace the flasher. I use one I get cheap from Napa. EL-12 is their number. About $12, I think.


I use it with LED and and incandescent combo, I like the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-30-2015, 01:27 PM
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Posted By davek181
If i know it is a long downhill I will often just...

If i know it is a long downhill I will often just pull the compression release, kill the engine and run on gravity for a while. One trail in paticular that we ride has about a 2 mile downhill...
Forum: Thumpers 01-30-2015, 06:34 AM
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Posted By davek181
I put one one and it was noisy, I took it off as...

I put one one and it was noisy, I took it off as it irritated me. Sometimes, especially on a long downhill through the trees I pull the compression release and coast through the forest silently. It...
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 06:22 PM
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Posted By davek181
I just counted 112 links.

I just counted 112 links.
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 01:11 PM
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Posted By davek181
I am not sure what my top speed is, haven't tried...

I am not sure what my top speed is, haven't tried for a while, though I did hit 98 on the GPS one time I did. I was running different higher gearing then, 16/45. I have found that gearing does not...
Forum: Thumpers 01-25-2015, 05:41 PM
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Posted By davek181
Gearing

Seems like a popular combo for gearing is 14/48. I am currently running 14/45 which is a little lower than stock, 15/43. I am thinking my ideal gearing is going to be 15/48 this year.
Forum: Thumpers 01-25-2015, 01:41 PM
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Posted By davek181
Spring?

Weather is finally warming up, today 45 degrees out and dry, so I finally dusted off the XL and took it for a ride. I was kind of anxious to take it out since I have completed two of the items on my...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 07:23 PM
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Posted By davek181
Pull the jug, the rings are letting oil by. I...

Pull the jug, the rings are letting oil by. I think you will find end gap excessive. I think the seal on the prechamber valve is also bad. Others too I am sure but you will obviously replace them...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2015, 11:09 AM
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Posted By davek181
Anybody with the funds enough can buy a shiny...

Anybody with the funds enough can buy a shiny antiseptic new bike. I kind of like one with a little patina, and experience.
Forum: Thumpers 01-12-2015, 09:43 AM
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Posted By davek181
I didn't take any pics when I did it and I...

I didn't take any pics when I did it and I haven't been back in there yet to look again, but it was pretty simple. I bought also at Radio Shack a small project circuit board and soldered the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 11:46 AM
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Posted By davek181
Sounds like the battery is toast. I got tired of...

Sounds like the battery is toast. I got tired of buying a new one every year, and the acid mess, and the weight.

I put in a capacitor pack to allow the signals to work, if I didn't have them I...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 10:10 AM
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Posted By davek181
I got tired of buying a battery a year, I chucked...

I got tired of buying a battery a year, I chucked the battery and made a capacitor pack out of Radio Crap parts. It provides enough reserve to allow the signals and stuff to work.

Check for...
Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2015, 11:01 AM
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Posted By davek181
Frozen fog last night, my entire world has a thin...

Frozen fog last night, my entire world has a thin layer of ice on it. Walking the dog in the yard is even treacherous.

25C sounds really good right now.

I am so up for a long comfortable...
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2015, 08:27 PM
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Posted By davek181
Aren't your seasons all swapped around down there...

Aren't your seasons all swapped around down there on the bottom of the world?

This August when I am riding in the sun and heat you will be shivering through your winter.

It's all good, as...
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2015, 07:36 PM
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Posted By davek181
It is only an S6, but as much as I do enjoy...

It is only an S6, but as much as I do enjoy driving it, (270K miles and counting). As soon as the weather gets warm it will get parked again till it gets cold out again in favor of the XL. It...
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2015, 04:12 PM
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Posted By davek181
My cage has climate control, heated seats, heated...

My cage has climate control, heated seats, heated mirrors, heated door locks, and heated washer nozzles. No good reason to let that all go to waste.

I do want to ride the XL, but....
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2015, 09:21 AM
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Posted By davek181
I grew up in Montana before this global warming...

I grew up in Montana before this global warming BS. I remember we set a record one winter of -40, 40 days in a row. I used to run around in a t-shirt till it got into the 30s but not anymore. I...
Forum: Thumpers 01-09-2015, 06:37 AM
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Posted By davek181
I am a wuus too. I thought of riding last...

I am a wuus too. I thought of riding last weekend, it got up into the 40's and the streets dried up, but I didn't.

I really need to start my winter projects or they will become next winter's...
Forum: Thumpers 01-08-2015, 06:49 AM
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Posted By davek181
Mine used to leak intermittently. The roller...

Mine used to leak intermittently. The roller bearing was fine and seal new, but if you looked as you operated it the shaft would wiggle some. Turned out to be worn out down in the cover where the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-07-2015, 05:24 PM
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Posted By davek181
Wouldn't have thought of using hand warmers for...

Wouldn't have thought of using hand warmers for carb preheat, but not a bad idea.

-15 degree riding on the other hand is what I would call a bad idea.
Forum: Thumpers 01-03-2015, 11:20 AM
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Posted By davek181
If it engages the gears fully and shifts back...

If it engages the gears fully and shifts back out, you are probably ok. When you get the other case half on it might get better too.

I generally pull the swingarm back to change the shock, it is...
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2014, 07:36 PM
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Posted By davek181
I had a set of 400 forks with a brace before the...

I had a set of 400 forks with a brace before the USDs, I liked them a lot.

I think the biggest improvement regardless of shocks or forks is the proper springing for weight. I tried many oil...
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2014, 08:52 AM
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Posted By davek181
People do like to see old bikes and often stories...

People do like to see old bikes and often stories abound. When someone asks me what year bike I have, I have to ask them what part of it they are looking at. I have parts ranging from the early...
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2014, 06:43 AM
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Posted By davek181
I have pondered the same thoughts many times over...

I have pondered the same thoughts many times over the years. Why am I still riding this same old turd year after year when there is so many other bikes out there?

Hard question to answer, but in...
Forum: Thumpers 12-30-2014, 07:53 PM
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Posted By davek181
Most guys use a XR shock on the rear. It is...

Most guys use a XR shock on the rear. It is just a smidge longer, but needs re-springing too.
Forum: Thumpers 12-29-2014, 12:21 PM
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Posted By davek181
If it running good, I wouldn't mess with it at...

If it running good, I wouldn't mess with it at all. You might be amazed how long it will go it you just let it.

I would keep your eyes open for a parts bike for sure and grab it if it comes up...
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