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Old 01-26-2010, 07:26 AM   #151
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I have a 1980 XL 500S I'd like to make 12v, can anyone tell me what I need? Thanks in advance, Matt
in the past I have had this exact thought. I come to realize that the bike is what it is. it "can" be converted to 12v, but why would you want to? accept the beast for what it is
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:27 PM   #152
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Because I live in Michigan and would like to have heated grips! And a decent headlight so I can see, and be seen at night.
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Old 02-19-2010, 08:59 AM   #153
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Here is a nice XL500

http://johannesburg.gumtree.co.za/c-...AdIdZ185800305
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:35 AM   #154
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wow, that is nice.

here is another link to a nice one, been around for a while, but I like what he has did with it.

http://www.xl500.de/galerie/daten/ga...orey/corey.htm
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:58 AM   #155
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Converting to 12 volts

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Because I live in Michigan and would like to have heated grips! And a decent headlight so I can see, and be seen at night.
Hey racermdub,

I live in Michigan too, Flat Rock to be specific. I was out running errands on the 82 XL500R I got last August on 2/21. The sun was out and roads were dry so instead of getting the harley fired up, I just figured I use the Honda. It was around 40-42 degrees. I got a lot of strange looks but a few smiles that I read as "I wish I had my bike out today!"

I figure what needs to be changed out would be the alternator and regulator and then of course the light bulbs.

GENERALLY speaking, the wiring and switches are a large enough gauge (gage) to handle the 12 volts. A 55 watt headlamp, in a 6 volt system requires approx 9 amps. A 55 watt headlamp in a 12 volt system uses around 4.5 amps so you may need to re-fuse a couple of circuits to be safe. [the old P(ower) = I (amps) times E (volts)]

I haven't been into my 82 XL500R enough to know what it takes to remove/replace the alternator/regulator bits. I'm sure some of the veterans on here can provide some better insight on the mechanics of the swap!

By the way-I'm looking for a good used rear fender and fender support bracket for a 82 XL500R incase anybody has one they want to move out of their garage or basement!
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:11 AM   #156
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Hey racermdub,
I figure what needs to be changed out would be the alternator and regulator and then of course the light bulbs.
Someone with more knowledge than I have should correct me if I am wrong, but I think you might be able to use the same alternator. It puts out high voltage AC (compaired to 6 or 12v,) so a change in regulator should be able to reduce the AC to 12vdc rather than 6vdc.

Unless I'm wrong.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:45 AM   #157
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Nice motard xl500 on supermotojunkie notice drum front and back. Guy that did it did his own powdercoating.
Now that's an XL500! I may have to try that.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:52 PM   #158
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I've just bought a 1982 XL500R - all original (apart from exhaust) and un-restored, even has tool kit








Gonna pick it up this coming Saturday - can't wait
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:21 PM   #159
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:40 PM   #160
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I have a 1980 XL 500S I'd like to make 12v, can anyone tell me what I need? Thanks in advance, Matt
You need all of the bits from a Honda FT500 Ascot. Same motor, but it had a 12v stator AND electric start! You can take the charging system off of the FT and it should bolt right up to your XL, but you will still have to change your rectifier, battery, and ALL of your bulbs.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:03 PM   #161
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in the past I have had this exact thought. I come to realize that the bike is what it is. it "can" be converted to 12v, but why would you want to? accept the beast for what it is
I just did this on my friends 79. I converted his to 12 volt just because you can't find 6v stuff everywhere. The problem with the conversion is that there is not enough wattage to run the headlamp and the rest of the lights on just DC. So I had to put in a 12v AC regulator and wire the headlamp back into the original AC circuit. Works like a charm and is a simple and low cost conversion.
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:58 AM   #162
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Whoops oh no well I did it again

Hey all. I found a project. And in researching found this place. Some of your comments made me buy it! Anyway its an 82 xl500r. PROJECT. Some missing parts. and no known real history. The main thing missing is the ignition switch. I dont really need that but, I want to try and start it to see what I have. The engine seems tight but again no ignition switch. I would like some comments on how to hotwire it. Looks like I jumper (short) red to black and green to blk/w on the ignition switch coupler? I dont want to do anything to destroy the electronics. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:23 AM   #163
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sorry to bring this back from the dead but iv got an 81 xl500 that iv been doing alot of trips on, recently did a 3 day trip actually, im wondering if there is anyone who makes panniers/boxes for it? iv searched alot and couldent find anything, im thinking about just buying some sheet metal and making my own, but then the question of how do i mount them comes into play
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:46 AM   #164
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Im suprised theres posts in this thread saying they were a hard starter.....just kick them through slow until the decompressor clicks, let kicker back up to top of stroke and give it a prod.....too easy.

And yes, they were the ultimate mono/wheelie bike to the point I have seen people take to the front guard with a hacksaw to shorten it to stop it flapping/twisting around on those loooooonggggggg 70mph balance point wheelies.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:52 PM   #165
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Im suprised theres posts in this thread saying they were a hard starter.....just kick them through slow until the decompressor clicks, let kicker back up to top of stroke and give it a prod.....too easy.

And yes, they were the ultimate mono/wheelie bike to the point I have seen people take to the front guard with a hacksaw to shorten it to stop it flapping/twisting around on those loooooonggggggg 70mph balance point wheelies.
mine starts on the first kick every time, you just have to know how to use the compression release right, that little lever under the clutch lever is your best friend ;)
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