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Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 04:28 PM
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Posted By sharkeysmachines
Bike Week 2015 represented

I made it again. Guilty me didn't fire it up for several months. So I crossed my fingers and gave it a go... 3rd kick and it purred like a kitten (more a pit-bull). This year only two people...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 04:12 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I'm sorry to be a bit vague here, but I'm...

I'm sorry to be a bit vague here, but I'm traveling and not at my bikes to verify - but.... When it comes to no spark - ALWAYS ALWAYS make sure its not the kick stand switch 1st - it gets many...
Forum: Thumpers 02-27-2015, 05:52 PM
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Posted By sharkeysmachines
Sorry - typo "The crack shown does NOT...

Sorry - typo "The crack shown does NOT leak"
Forum: Thumpers 02-27-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
A Tap and Bolt - + some Yamabond 4 helps:D The...

A Tap and Bolt - + some Yamabond 4 helps:D The crack shown does leak, so no worries. I actually did this not to go without a Tach, but to stop it from leaking like a pig when I got it - and it...
Forum: Thumpers 02-26-2015, 07:18 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I just read this, and didn't realize that any of...

I just read this, and didn't realize that any of the XT people "may be" interested, but I have a 1997 YZ 250 Swing-arm and 'think' shock too. If anyone is interested, just let me know...
Forum: Thumpers 01-05-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
Headers to two...

I worked at a Yamaha dealer in the 80's and early 90's. When I started there I was a youngster trying to "show the world". After many attempts, and some very successful modifications my Boss pulled...
Forum: Thumpers 10-17-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I love the obvious to do 1st. Does it start with...

I love the obvious to do 1st. Does it start with the kick stand down? Is there spark? And then the carb questions, because face it - these carbs SUCK. It my be the Kick Stand switch causing your...
Forum: Thumpers 08-31-2014, 07:33 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I'm one of those that doesn't "keep an eye on my...

I'm one of those that doesn't "keep an eye on my oil temp", but do understand why it is a good idea - I'm just too trustworthy I guess. However, if you are noticing it increasing over time, you may...
Forum: Thumpers 08-30-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I must update my earlier response… After...

I must update my earlier response… After responding last night I kinda' felt guilty about not riding it that much this morning. So I told the Mrs that I was going to go get some smokes, and taking...
Forum: Thumpers 08-29-2014, 05:17 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
It's wonderful. I did Bike Week in Daytona back...

It's wonderful. I did Bike Week in Daytona back in March and posted some pictures. I do however have a nagging porous case (stock with most XT 550's;) and I have given up on trying to seal it. Mainly...
Forum: Thumpers 08-28-2014, 07:48 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
These carbs are a bit of a "Bi-oush", hence why I...

These carbs are a bit of a "Bi-oush", hence why I went single carb. However a trick I figured out from the 1981 Yamaha Virago days. These bikes didn't sell at all. They all had gummed up carbs....
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 05:27 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I have tried NOTHING on this tank because I knew...

I have tried NOTHING on this tank because I knew I would be getting the plastic one. It was drained and shelved the day the bike got in my hands. As for the word "rust". It has "surface" rust -...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I have a tank I'm not using. I spent that money...

I have a tank I'm not using. I spent that money on the plastic tank because the bike I made is a bit unique, you can see my previous posts with the pictures. You can make me an honest offer and pay...
Forum: Thumpers 04-28-2014, 04:19 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
PM attempt

I sent a PM - did you get it? Just email me. My handle is my email with an "at mac dot com at the end". Thanks.:freaky
Forum: Thumpers 04-26-2014, 07:26 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
YZ 250 Front End - Complete

I've seen some post in the past saying that they either did, or want to put a YZ 250 front end on their XT. Well, I have one - the whole "Sha-Bang" actually. A 1997 Version: Triple Trees, Forks,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2014, 04:41 PM
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Posted By sharkeysmachines
The most amazing thing I ever repaired with...

The most amazing thing I ever repaired with Marine-Tex (other than crank bearing sleeves in a 2 stroke) was the bowl on my DRZ 250 carb. I was tapping (yes too hard) on the bowl to un-stick the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
Put the counter sprocket on and put it in 1st...

Put the counter sprocket on and put it in 1st gear, wedge a rag between it and the case. It will jam without damages and you'll be able to spin it off. Although, I'm telling" Ya - Marine - Tex it:)
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I've been in the same boat with cracked or porous...

I've been in the same boat with cracked or porous cases. Just use Marine-Tex. It is strong enough to hold a steel sleeve for a crank bearing on an IT250 and Bultaco - It is as strong, if not stronger...
Forum: Thumpers 03-16-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
OK, that didn't seem to work out??? Here is at...

OK, that didn't seem to work out??? Here is at least one showing me on Main Street Daytona Florida Bike Week 2014. There is nothing more distinctive about Bike Week than The Boot Hill Saloon…<a...
Forum: Thumpers 03-16-2014, 07:26 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
Xt 550 At Bike Week 2014 Daytona Florida, only one.

It made it! My creation of my 1983 Husqvarna 250 XC (my actual last competitive race bike that I bought back) and my 1982 Yamaha XT 550 made it nearly flawless, I call in the HusqvaYama XTC 550. I...
Forum: Thumpers 12-11-2013, 03:14 PM
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Posted By sharkeysmachines
That is VERY Nice! You're friend is a PRO!

That is VERY Nice! You're friend is a PRO!
Forum: Thumpers 12-09-2013, 04:54 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I noticed your location and not sure if my...

I noticed your location and not sure if my information will help, but here I go. I had the same problem, yes the axle either seizes to the engine case, or if there was lack of lubrication over the...
Forum: Thumpers 12-06-2013, 09:34 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
Yes the jets should always be checked. It isn't...

Yes the jets should always be checked. It isn't as hard as it sounds to some - if you can adjust the float level, you can do this too - heck you're already there. Remove them all (Brass - soft metal,...
Forum: Thumpers 11-29-2013, 05:33 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
Again thanks for the nice words. Hope the stuff I...

Again thanks for the nice words. Hope the stuff I sent works one way or the other for you. By the way, in the video, if I didn't mention before, I had to blip the throttle because this was my first...
Forum: Thumpers 11-27-2013, 04:22 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
Hey JimmyBeam. Thanks for the nice words, and all...

Hey JimmyBeam. Thanks for the nice words, and all are worthy when they can imagine;) The bike is as complete as it going to be for me. I just got the rear Husqvarna Ohlins shocks rebuild. I can't...
Forum: Thumpers 11-06-2013, 04:47 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
YES! A fellow Hybrid-er! This is my Hybrid,...

YES! A fellow Hybrid-er! This is my Hybrid, although unlike you, I stayed OLD-School. 1983 XT550 and 1983 Husqvarna 250XC.
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Forum: Thumpers 10-23-2013, 04:31 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
Love the 650 Twin! Look what I did with one. P.S....

Love the 650 Twin! Look what I did with one. P.S. Did you get my email?<a href="http://s1306.photobucket.com/user/sharkeysmachines/media/Tri-MotoClean_zps9faa811b.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img...
Forum: Thumpers 10-19-2013, 08:50 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
Sorry, been away for a week or so. My earlier...

Sorry, been away for a week or so. My earlier post on this site explains all of it. Basically, I went Dual Shocks on my Hybrid HusqvaYama. You can't do it with the mono-shock...
If you can't find...
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I do have one for the 83 XT 550 carbs. I...

I do have one for the 83 XT 550 carbs. I converted to a Single carb set-up on mine and the originals are just sitting around.
Forum: Thumpers 10-13-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
Nice, any info on it?

Nice, any info on it?
Forum: Thumpers 09-05-2013, 04:56 PM
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Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
If you need experimental equipment, I have an...

If you need experimental equipment, I have an original mono shock from a 1983 XT550. You are welcome to it, just pay for the shipping - let me know. I dissolved the mono shock on my bike - went old...
Forum: Thumpers 08-09-2013, 08:01 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
It sounds like it maybe related to the shift cams...

It sounds like it maybe related to the shift cams arm. There is a spring to keep pressure on the cam via this arm - so it doesn't flop in/out of gear. Maybe just that spring? Fairly easy to inspect -...
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
OK, we are now looking for the "obscure ". 4500...

OK, we are now looking for the "obscure ". 4500 rpms is the point of concern. Could it be harmonics? Is there a vibration that causes something to act only at that point? Kick Stand Switch - Known...
Forum: Thumpers 07-25-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
The stator does control the high speed, although...

The stator does control the high speed, although I would think it kicks in before 4500? However it does sound electrical, I think the stator will do it, but this swap will make your "Good" bike bad,...
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2013, 05:27 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
If you could do all that with a truck, you'll...

If you could do all that with a truck, you'll have no problems cleaning the carb & 1/2. The only other concerns will be found when doing the carbs however. When removing the carbs from the intake...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2013, 07:51 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I just did a "tape measure" measurement. From the...

I just did a "tape measure" measurement. From the top of the bottom fork brace to the center of the top of the fork brace, you are looking at approximately 7 1/2" to 7 3/4". However, if their...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
It just may be the CDI, HOWEVER. I take from your...

It just may be the CDI, HOWEVER. I take from your message that apparently it starts fine when cold? If so, there are 2 main things different when hot and cold. #1 electrical components may expand,...
Forum: Thumpers 05-27-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
Yes, attached is a picture of the "dead-on" no...

Yes, attached is a picture of the "dead-on" no mistaken spot.<a href="http://s1306.photobucket.com/user/sharkeysmachines/media/Carbedit_zpsc62b8d5f.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img...
Forum: Thumpers 05-22-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
XT550 Husqvarna Specal

I used YouTube again. The sucking sound heard when I got close to show the single carb is the huge K&N under the seat. The little filter is the crank case breather. Battery is now located in the...
Forum: Thumpers 05-20-2013, 06:25 PM
Replies: 2,233
Views: 286,886
Posted By sharkeysmachines
I uploaded it to YouTube ...

I uploaded it to YouTube

http://youtu.be/Gpv075Biz2g

Its short (my son hit the pause a bit quick). I took it for a ride today (rain yesterday) and the single carb offers a TON. Made two...
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