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Old 04-30-2013, 10:35 AM   #196
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owners manuals for a bunch of Honda vehicles

I found an Australian site with owners manuals - including one for a 1985 XR600R!

here's the link:

http://www.hondampe.com.au/repositor...torcycles.aspx

It helped me quite a bit figuring out how to adjust the rear suspension. All the other info I found online was for the later bikes.

hope this helps someone...
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:13 AM   #197
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Talking What a great thread this has been

I'm looking at a solid running '85 XR600, and reading this thread today made me want the bike even more.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:31 AM   #198
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I'm looking at a solid running '85 XR600, and reading this thread today made me want the bike even more.
That is awesome! these old bikes are not perfect but certainly well worth the fixing up. I contrast a 10,000$ KTM to a 1000$ old Honda and find that the over all fun factor is pretty similar. Plus, the added excitement of 'is something gonna blow' (or start, LOL) gives it just that much more in the adventure category. I've put about 300 miles on mine, and a few issues have come up but I'm working through them as time allows.

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:01 AM   #199
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:54 AM   #200
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Thumb recent events in the XR600 saga

I have noticed that the bike continues to burn oil pretty badly, seems to have rather low compression and has a lot of piston slap. Nothing has come apart and it runs good. I am worried it will self destruct so I quit riding it in June and started saving my money for an top end rebuild.

UPDATE as of September! my brother in law found a wrecked 87 ( a friend had hit another friend on a 4-wheeler - bent forks, and rear suspension has torn the frame at the attachment point) that has a rebuilt engine. I got it for 200$.

It has great compression. It was sitting for a while so I didn't even try to start it with its original carbs. I currently have the engine out of the frame. I'm swapping the electronics over and will reinstall in my bike later this week.

Can't wait to ride!
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:36 PM   #201
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'new' engine installed

I installed the better engine yesterday. Several issues. Drain plug was stripped. Helicoiled it. Removed side cover to flush the aluminum chips and found the small oring between the the case and cover was mangled. also, banjo bolts only had 1 copper gasket each. Adjusted valves. All were tight.

Anyway, started right up! Checked oil pressure to head, and took it on a 10 mile ride with no problems!

Doesnt have the thin metal gasket between valve cover and head. I hope that doesn't cause me grief. Prior owner rode it a lot so here's hoping.

Not super impressed with the rebuild, careless builder fwit. But she's alive and sounds very tight.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:42 PM   #202
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Doesnt have the thin metal gasket between valve cover and head. I hope that doesn't cause me grief. Prior owner rode it a lot so here's hoping.

There is a reason Honda made that gasket steel. It acts as a spacer for the cam center journal. This is from a XR600 I worked on recently.





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Old 09-22-2013, 02:59 PM   #203
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Clear message!

There is a reason Honda made that gasket steel. It acts as a spacer for the cam center journal. This is from a XR600 I worked on recently.

Gotcha I have one hanging on the wall. I will replace it before I start it again. And pray the journal isn't already doa. It changes valve clearance too, right?
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Yes it does. You will need to apply sealant to the gasket or it will leak like a pig.
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Yes it does. You will need to apply sealant to the gasket or it will leak like a pig.
I will... most likely will get to it this weekend. The XR600 can have the valve cover removed w/o removing engine, correct?
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:08 PM   #206
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:50 PM   #207
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I will... most likely will get to it this weekend. The XR600 can have the valve cover removed w/o removing engine, correct?
You have to take carb intake off first.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:20 PM   #208
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You have to take carb intake off first.
I did some google research and have also come to that conclusion. Argh.

Oh well, Saturday is 24 hours long...
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I spent a couple of hours trying to get it off without removing carb and intake, thought I might save you some furstration.
Did get the cam out without removing the gear, not so hard when you don't care!
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:06 PM   #210
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removed the cover, and found this:









There WAS a gasket, SMH. However, this little plug had obviously been bouncing around in the galley/valves/ who knows where, for who knows how long... The plug is in the end of the Camshaft so unless this is an extra, that's not it. Could it have travelled up to the head from somewhere else?
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