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Old 05-30-2013, 06:28 PM   #4201
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is it normal to have about 1/2-1 inch of up and down slop in the rear swing arm?
As in freeplay? No not at all. You better check the bearings.
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:08 PM   #4202
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Anybody know the widest rear tyre width you can go on a 2003 XT600e? It's currently 120/90/17. Could I go as wide as 140 depending on the swing arm clearance or will the tyre simply not fit?
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:05 PM   #4203
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As in freeplay? No not at all. You better check the bearings.

the swing arm feels tight.
I had the bike on a stand and could lift up untill it felt like i hit the shock preload
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:11 PM   #4204
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I am using a 130/80 currently. There is room to go wider but you must consider the rim width. If the rim is too narrow for the tire it will roll the sides of the tire in and up. Depending on the tread pattern you could make the side tread useless or make the side lugs grip wrong in a knobby tire. Some of the tire pamphlets like for Avon will give you the optimum rim with and an acceptable mini- max. thumpthump
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:56 AM   #4205
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the swing arm feels tight.
I had the bike on a stand and could lift up untill it felt like i hit the shock preload

OK. Check the linkage and upper/lower shock bearings.
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:50 AM   #4206
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OK. Check the linkage and upper/lower shock bearings.
Vanaman,

The 1 inch vertical play you are concerned about seems a bit much.

But..........

My xt's have had this (less than 1") vertical play in the rear suspension. All is well with the linkage and swingarm bearings. I think this is an "They all do that" type of non problem. Can't say for certain on a 1990 ...... my bike is the earlier 80's XT.....but I think this condition is normal.

No harm in checking/ greasing up the mechanicals though.

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Old 06-02-2013, 04:03 PM   #4207
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Instruments Panel overhaul

I want to open the instruments panel on my 1998 XT600E 4MW . And when I took apart the Tach, I realized it wasn't so easy to completely open it. I took some photos to show you guys what I want to do, so maybe one of you can help me to it w/o destroying the thing :P

I want to access the Tach needle and the plastic that has the printing of the numbers, I plan on changing those, and getting some LED backlight behind the plastic (the dim light really bugs me). And it appears the outer housing is "glued" to the inner one by some king of black elastic glue. When I gently tried to pry it off I could see the glue flex but i didn't want to force it since the outer shell already has a small crack.

So my question is, do you guys think that if I get like a razor blade and slip it inside that gap and work it around it I may get it loose?

I added one picture to show a little metal piece that I have to idea what it`s purpose is. I guess its a "heatsink" to distribute the heat from the incandescent bulb, since that hole is for the panel light, and it stays on constantly.

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Old 06-03-2013, 08:46 AM   #4208
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Years ago I did manage to separate the housing by cutting along that line. Unfortunately the whole thing became a huge mess.

Today (if I was very desparate), I might try to COOK the speedo in the owen first at around 160-180 degrees. There is no guarantee this might work on the speedo, but I had good luck separating other type of objects that were glued this way in the past.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:20 AM   #4209
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Abelha,

I think you are right about the heat sink function of that small piece of metal. I also think it blocks the light shining into an area where it's not needed.

Like A-wind I successfully separated these pieces by carefully cutting at the seam. I was trying to repair the failed odometer drive. Lots of crummy little plastic parts in there. I eventually replaced it with a modern aftermarket electronic unit with a magnetic sensor on the disk brake.

Judging by your photos it looks like that unit may have been taken apart before. As A-wind suggests perhaps try heating it up a bit before attempting disassembly.

Good luck.

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:16 AM   #4210
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the swing arm feels tight.
I had the bike on a stand and could lift up untill it felt like i hit the shock preload
Bearing in the shock eyelet could be bad. Slack in any suspension component is a bad thing. Every time the susp pieces go from comp to rebound and vice versa things slam together. That is not good. Think about it.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:38 PM   #4211
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The XT thought it would be funny to wrestle me on a sandy hill climb.

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Old 06-05-2013, 06:19 AM   #4212
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It seems my Tach is dead, needle won't move, it was like that before I took these pictures and before I even thought of opening it. Tried new cable also, nothing. I just checked with my local Yamaha dealer, and the price of a new, genuine Tach is (converting currencies) around U$400.00. For JUST that part I'm holding in the picture. Any of you guys know a place where I can buy that from? Or could I bother someone to call an US, CA or UK Yamaha dealer and ask them how much would that be?

I really didn't want to use a parallel part, here in Brazil that makes the resales value plummet.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:21 AM   #4213
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There's plenty of tachometers available for sale on eBay in Europe (many on eBay.de) They go for less than 50 euros usually
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:32 AM   #4214
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levers

Ok, i tried to do a search on this, but it seems you can't search a thread
And the thought of reading over 280 pages drove me to the fridge for a

So for a 92 Xt600e (Ozzy modle)

Are there an adjustable levers or reduced reach leaves available for the XT600e? (1992) I've looked on the web and can find only "shorty" levers. The "several" companies selling custom adjustable levers, don't mention the early, pre 2000 model bikes.
I remember being able to buy "dog leg" levers that brought the leaver back by a few centimetres, but I can't find any reference to them.

Any help would be great, i need them as i have fitted barkbusters to the XT and the leavers hit to alloy frame!
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:19 AM   #4215
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My Xt had bark busters on it when I bought it, and no lever interference exists. Perhaps a different brand of bark busters will provide these results. I'd tell you what brand I have if I knew. Another alternative is to slightly tilt your busters or levers out of each other's way so the buster or lever is slightly above or below one another.
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