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Old 05-09-2013, 05:22 PM   #7561
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Should I paint my engine before I slap it back in there? or should I let it show the years of use? I'm torn!
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:31 PM   #7562
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You should have powder coated it while it was apart. To late now.

Crap, I can't find the pictures of a XR600 I built a year or so ago. Powder Coated gloss black. Looked real sharp with a full set of stainless bolts.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:07 PM   #7563
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Nope, triple checked piston and its perfect.


While this doesn't look the same, it reminds me of one of my own jackass moments. I tore apart my TW200 to replace a trashed valve, put it back together and rode it 500 miles or so when it developed a light rattle. Noise never seemed to get worse until another 500 or so miles later, the engine seized at the gas pump.



When I got it home and torn back down, I found some extra punctuation down in the camchain area. Literally, a comma shaped chunk of metal. Turns out I unknowingly dropped one of the cylinder dowel pins and never caught my mistake. Jackass mechanics ;)

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:52 PM   #7564
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It is easy to drop things in there.

I just check the resistance value on the pulse generator and it is 399. Spec is 510-570. Glad I ordered one.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:12 PM   #7565
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Got damn I think I'm a natural at pulling the engine. I thought it was gonna be alot harder to get it out. took me like 15 seconds to wiggle it out.

Here is where I'm at today.






I will begin dis-assembly tomorrow to assess damage. I almost called out of work to keep working on this lol Having more fun than I probably should.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:56 PM   #7566
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I find it easier to remove the valve cover, head, barrel and piston before removing the engine from the frame. Just my 2c.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:02 PM   #7567
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Following... should be good.
Have you decided to powder coat or go au natural?
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:00 AM   #7568
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Following... should be good.
Have you decided to powder coat or go au natural?
Au natural! It's my desert toy/commuter, the sand will just eat it up after a year or so. One day I would like to restore this beast though.

I might get the head sand blasted just to show others it may look like shit, but someone put work in it.

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I find it easier to remove the valve cover, head, barrel and piston before removing the engine from the frame. Just my 2c.
You can't pull the top end with out pulling the engine on these old XL600s, everyone knows that
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:16 AM   #7569
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You can't pull the top end with out pulling the engine on these old XL600s, everyone knows that
I was waiting for someone to bite.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:09 AM   #7570
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I got the top rocker cover off once without pulling the engine. It was right after I got the bike many years ago, I was replacing the compression release seal.

Tried it again many years later and couldn't repeat the process, had to pull the engine which really only takes about 15 minutes once you really commit to it.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:07 AM   #7571
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You can't pull the top end with out pulling the engine on these old XL600s, everyone knows that
Was just wondering about this, dang rocker cover is puking. Hopefully get to it this weekend.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:13 AM   #7572
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Was just wondering about this, dang rocker cover is puking. Hopefully get to it this weekend.
I reuse the metal shim gasket and spray it down with copper coat gasket spray.

I got the hot foot moto chain slider block today and put it on. Nice work! It makes my heart warm to see somebody stepping up and keeping these discontinued parts available.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:02 PM   #7573
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TCI rack for xl600r fits perfectly on the xl350r.




Pelican mounting in process.

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Old 05-10-2013, 06:23 PM   #7574
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Was just wondering about this, dang rocker cover is puking. Hopefully get to it this weekend.
I was wondering if someone was going to ask about this. My bike is the XL600RMG, with the xr600 electric start motor, so it may differ slightly from the XL600R, l don't know for sure.
First, remove carbys and move as far back and down as possible. Remove top engine mounts from valve cover. Ive replaced the 8mm bolt in the middle of the valve cover with a threaded rod and a nut and copper washer, and l enlarged the hole for this bolt slightly.This allows me to remove this bolt completely before removing the cover. With this bolt still in place, it usually fouls the valve gear.
After removing all the 6mm bolts, slide the valve cover towards the carbys and down as far as you can and it will come out with a bit of jiggling. Getting the head and barrel off now is a piece of cake.
I did it this way last week with no problems. Turned out l had to remove and split the cases anyway so it was a wasted exercise, but nice to know it can be done if replacing a camchain or similar.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #7575
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TCI rack for xl600r fits perfectly on the xl350r.




Pelican mounting in process.

Sent from mobile device. Pardon the brevity.
I used to have an XL350R. Its surprising how many parts are interchangeable between these two bikes.
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