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Forum: Thumpers 11-05-2014, 05:16 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
As to the fuel screw, approx 2.5 turns, depending...

As to the fuel screw, approx 2.5 turns, depending on altitude. The way to set it is to warm up bike so it idles well, turn screw in and out slowly. What you are looking for is highest RPM. When I...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2014, 02:55 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
Since this is the XT550 forum I assume that is...

Since this is the XT550 forum I assume that is what you are having problems with. This bike uses a CDI ignition that is powered by certain coils in the stator. It does not need a battery to run,...
Forum: Thumpers 10-23-2014, 09:23 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
After my last post, I returned the fuel screw to...

After my last post, I returned the fuel screw to 2.5 turns. I did not fine tune it as I am pulling the top end, rehoning, new rings and hopefully get a good ring seal and stop the oil consumption. ...
Forum: Thumpers 10-23-2014, 10:55 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
The pilot screw is the one underneath the primary...

The pilot screw is the one underneath the primary carb closest to the engine. From what I've experienced and read about, once engine is warmed to normal temp and idling well, screw the pilot in and...
Forum: Thumpers 10-17-2014, 08:06 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
What year model bike do you have? Good advice on...

What year model bike do you have? Good advice on cleaning the carbs.
Forum: Thumpers 10-16-2014, 12:12 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
From your picture of the ignition switch, the...

From your picture of the ignition switch, the only thing I see is the switch's main connector and yes, it does plug into the main harness. If this is disconnected, the bike will run but no lights...
Forum: Thumpers 10-15-2014, 06:28 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
A bad battery will fake out the rect/regulator...

A bad battery will fake out the rect/regulator and the light WILL be dim and flickering. When you install the new battery, hook up a digital volt meter to the battery terminals with the engine...
Forum: Thumpers 10-05-2014, 07:49 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
Has anyone installed a set of Race Tech Gold fork...

Has anyone installed a set of Race Tech Gold fork emulators in a middle 80's XT600? I inquired on their website and they responded I need to send them dimensions of certain parts of the internals. ...
Forum: Thumpers 09-29-2014, 11:12 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
Actually if you are using a digital OHM...

Actually if you are using a digital OHM Meter/voltmeter and you have unplugged the wires under test so no other circuits are included in the test, those low ohm reading are pretty easy to duplicate. ...
Forum: Thumpers 09-29-2014, 08:16 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
On my 86 XT the colors don't match the manual,...

On my 86 XT the colors don't match the manual, however, there are small sleeves that are the correct color. On my 84 the colors do match.

I don't see how you get the low reading you indicate. ...
Forum: Thumpers 09-22-2014, 07:56 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
Sounds like someone to stay away from. Bite the...

Sounds like someone to stay away from. Bite the bullet and get a quality shop to fix the bike. Boring and piston fitting is usually a quality machine shop operation but some bike shops can do it.
Forum: Thumpers 09-21-2014, 08:21 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
Looks like a lack of lubrication, low oil. Any...

Looks like a lack of lubrication, low oil. Any idea of how it got this bad?
Forum: Thumpers 09-20-2014, 09:31 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
JJ, remember the guy on here or elsewhere that...

JJ, remember the guy on here or elsewhere that had a knocking sound that was NOT rocker arms, but sounded like valves? Turned out to be a loose piston rocking and a valve was actually touching the...
Forum: Thumpers 09-20-2014, 07:53 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
That is so obvious, how could someone put that...

That is so obvious, how could someone put that together and call it good?????
Forum: Thumpers 09-13-2014, 08:37 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
The KX500 ran GREAT! My son found a jetting...

The KX500 ran GREAT! My son found a jetting chart by altitude and temp. We followed that, he used 40 to 1 ratio using Amzoil premix oil. He said it ran so much better than last time about 10 years...
Forum: Thumpers 09-10-2014, 08:19 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
The 84 runs very strong. Seondarys are a bit...

The 84 runs very strong. Seondarys are a bit rich. I ran the first day with original jets, no problem with low revs as we were just taking it easy on us and the bikes. This morning I put in a 125...
Forum: Thumpers 09-09-2014, 09:47 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
We made it to Ouray then on up to Engineer Pass. ...

We made it to Ouray then on up to Engineer Pass. Been raining for a day and more forecast. We should get a short break today to get more riding in. Should get better later in the week. That's me...
Forum: Thumpers 08-29-2014, 04:33 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
What JJ is talking about is on top of the...

What JJ is talking about is on top of the rockerbox, where the 10mm bolt goes thru fastening the rockerbox to the frame and the triangle plates. Remove that bolt and underneath is another allen head...
Forum: Thumpers 08-26-2014, 07:32 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
I am pretty sure you cannot fit a 16 tooth, I...

I am pretty sure you cannot fit a 16 tooth, I tried on my 86 and just not enough clearance for the chain. I already had it from another application so no loss.
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2014, 04:30 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
I do not know how much clearance is needed, since...

I do not know how much clearance is needed, since it did not fit, I pulled it out. I tried to unscrew the knob but it would not budge. Not sure if it is molded on or screws on. I did not want to...
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2014, 08:22 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
The knob/enrichner will fit, only problem is the...

The knob/enrichner will fit, only problem is the tank sits so low you cannot operate it as the shaft and knob stick out too far. If you can shorten the shaft and reattach the knob, it would work. I...
Forum: Thumpers 08-11-2014, 05:09 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
Since I am an Aircraft pilot, not currently...

Since I am an Aircraft pilot, not currently flying, I went back and researched cylinder head temp (CHT). This is one of the many things you monitor while flying as you have to manually lean your...
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2014, 10:00 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
Thanks for info.

Thanks for info.
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2014, 08:45 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
Yes, I agree, the plug temp will be a sort of...

Yes, I agree, the plug temp will be a sort of peak reading and JJ's location is more like monitoring water temp in a water cooled engine. This is good info from both of you..... I see a winter...
Forum: Thumpers 08-05-2014, 07:56 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
I just did two sprocket carrier bearing...

I just did two sprocket carrier bearing replacements. I drove the seal out with the old bearing. Once out I put the old bearing with collar in a vise and used a thin knife blade to drive between the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-03-2014, 10:34 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
As to chains, DID X-Ring chain is very good. The...

As to chains, DID X-Ring chain is very good. The 520 size comes in different tensile strengths, look for a very strong one, can't say what strength though.

The X-ring is the latest and should...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2014, 09:00 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
I agree completely. I followed a guy with a NEW...

I agree completely. I followed a guy with a NEW BMW 800 who went south as far as he could in S. America, then to New Zealand, then to Australia, and S. Africa. He had prepped to the N'tn degree,...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2014, 07:42 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
My opinion is that they are too old. Parts are...

My opinion is that they are too old. Parts are getting harder to find. Don't know about Honda. I'd think any bike over 20 years old would be risky. Just my opinion, I am sure others will chime in...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2014, 03:09 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
I have used these. Seem to be very good quality. ...

I have used these. Seem to be very good quality. They ship from Taiwan fairly fast to the USA. They are all chrome but do have the correct 10mm treads and reverse thread for the right side. They...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2014, 07:39 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
I re-read your earlier post about the neutral...

I re-read your earlier post about the neutral light. Now that I think about it and the fact your ground wire was disconnected, you were probably backfeeding a ground from the neutral light circuit....
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2014, 07:07 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
Very happy you found the problem.

Very happy you found the problem.
Forum: Thumpers 07-28-2014, 06:24 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
Do you have a blue/Yellow wire? That normally...

Do you have a blue/Yellow wire? That normally comes from the side stand switch. The blue/yellow can be grounded to simulate the side stand is up. Then the neutral light switch should work...
Forum: Thumpers 07-28-2014, 06:12 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
I hope you can find another set, I'd sure like to...

I hope you can find another set, I'd sure like to have that one. I've got a little over a month before leaving for Colorado and would like to find one before then.

Steve
Forum: Thumpers 07-28-2014, 07:49 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
Great, thanks..:clap

Great, thanks..:clap
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2014, 08:01 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
Can you send a pic of it, I have a very damaged...

Can you send a pic of it, I have a very damaged one that could serve as a source of material to fix the melted spot. Is the one you have faded or bright red still?
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2014, 05:59 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
A sea of red, anyone have an extra Right side...

A sea of red, anyone have an extra Right side air scoop and both black deflectors for the 80's XT's?

Forks look awsome, Jeff.
Forum: Thumpers 07-26-2014, 06:03 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
WOO HOO, always good to hear... I thought...

WOO HOO, always good to hear...

I thought I'd pass on info about a new tool I just found out about, the Baja No Pinch Tire Tool.

http://www.bajanopinch.com/how-to-use-the-tool/
Forum: Thumpers 07-24-2014, 05:26 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
JJ, you seem to have more experience with Wiseco...

JJ, you seem to have more experience with Wiseco and I accept your wisdom. I've never had problems with cast, and as long as you don't have excessive rocking due to wear I don't expect there to be a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-24-2014, 07:59 AM
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Posted By steveloomis
Since Wiseco pistons are forged, they expand at a...

Since Wiseco pistons are forged, they expand at a different rate and generally require more clearance than the OEM piston. Since they are forged, they require more warm up before run hard or they may...
Forum: Thumpers 07-23-2014, 03:18 PM
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Posted By steveloomis
Shipping can be a bad. If you put your country...

Shipping can be a bad. If you put your country in the name area it is easier to make suggestions. I do not know what other springs may work. Someone can jump in here with suggestions closer to your...
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