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Forum: Thumpers 01-29-2015, 10:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By redprimo
PM. sent. That's a sweet looking Ascot. ...

PM. sent. That's a sweet looking Ascot.

That's a sweet looking Ascot. I have
Forum: Thumpers 01-29-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By redprimo
I did check the end gap on the rings before...

I did check the end gap on the rings before installing them, but I didn't check the piston to cylinder clearance. I used a very good machine shop and they had lapped the top of the cylinder prior to...
Forum: Thumpers 01-29-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By redprimo
I'm running 10.5:1 compression vs the stock 8:1...

I'm running 10.5:1 compression vs the stock 8:1 and a 38mm Mikuni. Plus I have to run crap gas vs that non alcohol leaded fuel that was around when you drove yours out the dealer show room. That...
Forum: Thumpers 01-29-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By redprimo
help me with adding an oil cooler to a 1980 XL500s

http://i453.photobucket.com/albums/qq259/rcorell/honda/honda%20xl500s%20stuff/20141021_155022_zpsze7bfh2n.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 01-29-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Posted By redprimo
Well I found the leak, a classic good news bad...

Well I found the leak, a classic good news bad news scenario. so the good news is I found the source of the leak, a missing head nut between the exhaust ports, the one that attaches from under the...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-24-2015, 02:59 PM
Replies: 269
Views: 26,617
Posted By redprimo
I'm liking the panels and what ever you want to...

I'm liking the panels and what ever you want to call the cowling under the engine. I'm probably the only one following this thread that doesn't care for the look of your frame. The fabrication is...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-24-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 638
Posted By redprimo
Mine didn't have any packing. The best way to...

Mine didn't have any packing. The best way to clean out the exhaust is to remove out from the bike and pull the baffle then heat both and burn will the oil put. You don't want to get out red, just...
Forum: The Garage 01-22-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 688
Posted By redprimo
The machine shop near me will install a timesert...

The machine shop near me will install a timesert for about half the cost of buying a kit.
Forum: Old's Cool 01-20-2015, 10:43 PM
Replies: 2,414
Views: 649,177
Posted By redprimo
A few pages back in this thread I posted about...

A few pages back in this thread I posted about swapping out a replaceable bulb light for the sealed beam unit on my xl500s which is also 6v
Forum: The Garage 01-20-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,158
Posted By redprimo
I got turned on to Emtek 15 years ago when I...

I got turned on to Emtek 15 years ago when I installed one in my brothers house as part of a kitchen remodel. The door it's on is the one they use as the main point of entry. Both the deadbolt and...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-19-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 269
Views: 26,617
Posted By redprimo
I like that trim, is it GFRC?

I like that trim, is it GFRC?
Forum: Old's Cool 01-19-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 2,414
Views: 649,177
Posted By redprimo
Your turn signals run off the battery and it must...

Your turn signals run off the battery and it must be fully charged for then to work properly. Three bike will still start with a dead battery, just no turn signals.
Forum: The Garage 01-19-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,158
Posted By redprimo
emtek, hands down the #1 choice for me.

I've been converting my house over to Emtek door hardware. They are about double the costof the stuff from the big box stores but the quality is way better. Very solid heavy feel to it with no...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 03:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Posted By redprimo
The bike is 34 years old and there are very few...

The bike is 34 years old and there are very few OEM parts available for this bike and a gasket set was not one of them.
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 03:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Posted By redprimo
It's definitely coming from between the cylinder...

It's definitely coming from between the cylinder and the head. As i think about it more I can't see how the head gasket could be leaking and now I'm starting to suspect that it' the rubber grommets...
Forum: Thumpers 01-16-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Posted By redprimo
Help, Iv've got a head gasket leak on fresh rebuild

The bike in question is a freshly restored 1980 Honda xl500s. I rebuilt the top end with a Weisco 10.5:1 piston and not sure on the brand of gaskets but I usually prefer Japanese. I have a rather...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-10-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 14,988
Posted By redprimo
It will probably fit, not sure if it will lift...

It will probably fit, not sure if it will lift the rear tire of the ground. The 75 has more front suspension and a slightly larger front tire. My ko feels lower to the ground than my k1 but I've...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-10-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 2,414
Views: 649,177
Posted By redprimo
[QUOTE=BluRoad;25898112]I'm deep into my...

[QUOTE=BluRoad;25898112]I'm deep into my carburetor on an '81 XL500S. Both the air cutoff and accelerator pump diaphragms are disintegrating and need replacement. The cutoff valve is available...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 01-06-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 269
Views: 26,617
Posted By redprimo
It looks like the carb linkage points the intakes...

It looks like the carb linkage points the intakes to the center line of the bike. Could you rework that to give you a bit more room. Another thought would be to go to fuel injection which would...
Forum: The Garage 12-23-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 789
Posted By redprimo
I did the tank, fenders and aside covers on a...

I did the tank, fenders and aside covers on a bike a few months ago after a 25 year break from painting cars. I found a great source for good quality paint online, thecoatingstore.com the paint I...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-13-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 2,414
Views: 649,177
Posted By redprimo
the unattached hole you supported is supposed to...

the unattached hole you supported is supposed to have a bracket that clamps around the frame. There are two other very solid mounting points on the muffler. Of only seen one of those brackets on...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-12-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,435
Posted By redprimo
That looks just like the seat on my xl500, nice...

That looks just like the seat on my xl500, nice retro touch.
Forum: Thumpers 12-06-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By redprimo
Have you tried cleaning the oil screen? You have...

Have you tried cleaning the oil screen? You have to pull the left side cover to get to it. If there is a lot of crud on the screen it would restrict the oil flow to the top end when the oil is cold,...
Forum: The Garage 12-06-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,387
Posted By redprimo
I don't know if Ford still does this but on my...

I don't know if Ford still does this but on my superduty I had to add a relay. It came with the truck and plugged in the electrical box under the hood.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 12-05-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 269
Views: 26,617
Posted By redprimo
So here is some FYI for you If you live in the...

So here is some FYI for you If you live in the soviet state of CA.
Wayne called me yesterday and said in all the stuff I gave him was the emission sticker from the airbox and said that some guys...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-03-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2,414
Views: 649,177
Posted By redprimo
You hit the nail on the head. I mistakenly...

You hit the nail on the head. I mistakenly grabbed some cheap EC oil for seating the rings. I put 100 miles on it before swapping out with the correct oil. Its gotten a bit better but its still...
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 944
Posted By redprimo
It is not customary to replace all the valves,...

It is not customary to replace all the valves, springs, and keepers, unless you are doing an extreme build and need larger or heat resistant valves and an extreme cam that needs stronger than stock...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-02-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2,414
Views: 649,177
Posted By redprimo
Thanks, yeah its a blast, my odometer rolled over...

Thanks, yeah its a blast, my odometer rolled over to 1000 yestarday. It needs a new clutch so I can really take advantage of all the torque this thing has. Prices are all over the place from about...
Forum: The Garage 11-30-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 779
Posted By redprimo
I have a background in pattern and mold making. ...

I have a background in pattern and mold making. There are some short cuts and some one off tricks but as a general rule every thing gets sealed/ painted and sanded to 320 or finer, buffed with 0000...
Forum: Thumpers 11-30-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 944
Posted By redprimo
If the bore checks out within spec you can hone...

If the bore checks out within spec you can hone the cylinder and install the rings yourself. If the bore is toasted or if the clearance between the piston and cylinder is out of spec you well have...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-17-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,289
Posted By redprimo
I did a frame up restoration on the bike I can...

I did a frame up restoration on the bike I can certianly figure out how to hold the bike with the engine level if I wanted to.

I am refering to the fact that the manual states to park the...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-16-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,289
Posted By redprimo
My reason for asking this seemingly obvious...

My reason for asking this seemingly obvious question is because on bikes with both a side stand and a center stand the manuals instructions for checking the oil are to park the bike on the center...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-16-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 981
Posted By redprimo
You could skip the chemical coatings and go with...

You could skip the chemical coatings and go with EN (electroless nickel) plating. Take it to a shop and they will do the whole tank insde and out so there is no seam to start lifting or flaking....
Forum: Old's Cool 11-15-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 2,414
Views: 649,177
Posted By redprimo
Adjust the valves, then adjust the decomp cable...

Adjust the valves, then adjust the decomp cable so it has 1.5-2mm of free play. It is important to adjust the valves first because the de comp cable actuates a lever that depresses one of the...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-14-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,289
Posted By redprimo
How do you check the oil levvel on a vintage honda?

This probably sounds like a stupid question but here goes anyway: how to check the oil level in a vintage honda? My Clymer manual says to park the bike on level ground. The bike is a 1980 xl with...
Forum: Ride reports 11-13-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 25,624
Posted By redprimo
About a week or two before you started your...

About a week or two before you started your adveture I finished the restoration on my 1980 xl500s. I chose my bike because it was $100 and ran, well for a 1/4 mile at least. Ive been impressed at...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-12-2014, 11:48 PM
Replies: 2,414
Views: 649,177
Posted By redprimo
If its the same as the kick starter operated...

If its the same as the kick starter operated decomp on my 1980 xl500 why would you want to disconect it? once adjusted and the proper start sequence is used it works beauifully. the first step is...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-07-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 2,414
Views: 649,177
Posted By redprimo
What is that behind the seat? Is it some sort of...

What is that behind the seat? Is it some sort of storage or a rack? More pics please.

Nice bike. Ive got a Kenda on the back and it seems OK un pavement and dirt, . Ive got the 23" front...
Forum: Some Assembly Required 10-25-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,343
Posted By redprimo
how about picking up a xl650 frame and a 90...

how about picking up a xl650 frame and a 90 something Honda hawk front end and building up a gb500 on steroids
Forum: The Garage 10-22-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,461
Posted By redprimo
I'm not familiar with your formula so the one I...

I'm not familiar with your formula so the one I use is pi *r^2 for the cross sectional area of the hose multiplied by the length, which works out to 35.34 cubic inches ann my math came up with...
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