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Old 04-25-2007, 11:00 PM   #1
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XL600 Restoration - sorta

And so it begins...

Many of you may know me from my Honda XR600R rebuild this winter. What you may not know is, I purchased a nearly-identical XL600R around the same time, and have been slowly amassing an army of OEM parts from various sources, to turn the bike back into the sexy beast it once was.

This is what it looked like last fall, when I rescued it from the clutches of a stripper - a bike stripper...
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:04 PM   #2
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Incredibly, even with a missing fuel screw, and with the stock wiring harness gone, the guy had gotten the bike running. But I envision more of this little gem. I want it to have all that it was meant to have and more, like a speedo, and lights.
But there will be a few modifications. And this little darling is going to have a sleek black facade before this thread ends.
But now, to the story.
After some inquiries about sandblasting, our good friend BeemerPat offered to sneak me into his workplace for an afterhours session with the hose!

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Old 04-25-2007, 11:05 PM   #3
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:06 PM   #4
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This is my innocent little white frame, scarred by years of abuse and grease. Let's start the bath.
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:11 PM   #5
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The sandblaster made quick work of the frame. Pat checked. We were blasting at 900 psi!
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:11 PM   #6
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The next time we opened the door, the frame looked like this:
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:12 PM   #7
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But what's this? Pat!
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:12 PM   #8
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If you want anything done right, you've got to do it yourself.
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Ok, I kid. BeemerPat is a great guy, and he did an amazing job. He even cleaned the excess sand off for me. Thanks again, Pat.
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:19 PM   #10
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Now, back at the secret E-cave, I spent the next three hours building myself a temporary paint booth out of some 13' x 16' plastic sheeting. I've already installed hooks in the ceiling, and also spread newspaper over the floor to keep the rest of the cave clean, so my cavegirl doesn't find paint on her Jeep and kill me.

By the way, after my frame, if anyone needs a clean place to paint something, let me know. It won't be up for long, but it's here now.
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:25 PM   #11
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Finally, this is the bulk of what I have so far. Most of it is Ebay winnings, although some generous folks have offered to kick in leftovers from their garages.
So far, I've purchased/replaced all of the following:
spare frame (seen above), speedo, speedo cable, speedo wheel gear, 2 turn signal switches, full set turn signals, horn, airbox, 2 regulators, rectifier, choke, toolbox, headlight, taillight, ignition.
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:31 PM   #12
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Attention: I'm still missing a few genuine Honda parts. If seen, please contact me. A reward has been offered (by way of blessings in the afterlife.) I really could use some help with the following:

Plastic ignition cover (mounts below speedo, over key, says Honda),
Stock rear fender,
Stock front brake lever assembly - or just the front brake switch,
Lower headlight mounting bracket (attaches to lower triple tree),
Idle carb fuel screw,
and lots of assorted nuts and bolts to re-attach the departed.

If you've got anything to share, I'd appreciate a PM.
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:44 AM   #13
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:47 AM   #14
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oh boy here we go! ere on another quest to rescue yet another bike! lol good luck buddy.
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:24 AM   #15
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Hey, I'm in the process of rebuilding a Xl600R as well (83), but certainly am not putting it back to stock. If you still need them, you can have the
ignition cover, brake switch and headlight brackets for shipping cost (I'm located in ME). Do you by any chance have an extra set of engine mounts? Shoot me a PM if you'd like those parts.

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