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Old 05-20-2013, 03:06 AM   #7666
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If it helps, my XL600RMG actually runs a cdi from NX650.
Runs fine.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:04 AM   #7667
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I think any 600 CDI with the same plug is compatible. I have a "performance" one in mine that I bought years ago. I couldn't tell any difference in performance either, but I think it listed XR 88 on for fitment.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:22 AM   #7668
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350 ready for a long weekend of exploring.



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Old 05-20-2013, 10:04 AM   #7669
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^ The TCI rack with those pelican bags looks pretty professional, must be some good exploring on MN. The only thing I explored there was the Mall and a Juicy Luicy. Next time I'll hit the Spam museum lol
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:51 PM   #7670
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That's a pretty sweet rack setup... I've been considering one for a gas can...
But, CDI first. How much different is an XL600RMG? Isn't it pretty much a different trim package with a slightly different engine?
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:00 PM   #7671
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^ The TCI rack with those pelican bags looks pretty professional, must be some good exploring on MN. The only thing I explored there was the Mall and a Juicy Luicy. Next time I'll hit the Spam museum lol
Lol. Those are some MN highlights! Definitely hit Matt's for the juicy Lucy. :)

Most of the exploring done with this rig in 2013 will be in the chequamegon in WI and UP of MI. :)

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Old 05-20-2013, 06:02 PM   #7672
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Lol. Those are some MN highlights! Definitely hit Matt's for the juicy Lucy. :)
Got mine from the 5-8 club, I don't know if they'll even let me into Matt's anymore.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:34 PM   #7673
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That's a pretty sweet rack setup... I've been considering one for a gas can...
But, CDI first. How much different is an XL600RMG? Isn't it pretty much a different trim package with a slightly different engine?
Yep different cosmetics and plastics and an XR600 electric start motor only made in '86 & '87.



Lots of parts are interchangeable though. Mine has a CDI from an NX650 bought from a wreckers. It still has NX650 on it in crayon. Ran fine, until the engine blew uo. Not CDI related. Picking up the rebuilt crankshaft today, then putting it all back together again.

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:37 PM   #7674
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That's a pretty sweet rack setup... I've been considering one for a gas can...
But, CDI first. How much different is an XL600RMG? Isn't it pretty much a different trim package with a slightly different engine?
Thanks. The rear rack is very beefy. I had to trim off a couple supurfelous tabs to accommodate the pelicans, but it was pretty easy. Used some happy trail mounting pucks.



I do plan to add some reinforcement brackets to beef up the pannier racks.

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Old 05-21-2013, 06:35 AM   #7675
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new legs

Just put new front forks on the piggie. CR125 USD's. I had previously had XR400 forks but one had a bad fork seal and I had the accumulated the necessary parts for the CR swap so...

I have only ridden about 100 miles, so no formal report yet. I need to hit some gravel roads and play with clickers and fork height. Sag is right so my ghetto fork spring cut/stiffen seems to be good.

Initial feeling is rigidity. Front end seems more connected to the road. Before steering inputs seemed to be more of a suggestion, now it follows orders better. Can't wait to find some dirt to throw at them and see how that works.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:47 AM   #7676
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Just put new front forks on the piggie. CR125 USD's. I had previously had XR400 forks but one had a bad fork seal and I had the accumulated the necessary parts for the CR swap so...

I have only ridden about 100 miles, so no formal report yet. I need to hit some gravel roads and play with clickers and fork height. Sag is right so my ghetto fork spring cut/stiffen seems to be good.

Initial feeling is rigidity. Front end seems more connected to the road. Before steering inputs seemed to be more of a suggestion, now it follows orders better. Can't wait to find some dirt to throw at them and see how that works.
You pointed something out very important. The stock forks flex horribly. A fork brace should be required. With that in place it feels like it should.
How are you running the speedometer with the USD forks?
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:48 AM   #7677
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^Very hot rod, I'm surprised that those forks have a tab to hold the speedo gearbox in place.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:31 AM   #7678
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Two good points noted. I did have a brace on my 400 forks yet these feel tighter yet. I did like the 400 forks and had to really convince myself to try these because of that. They are feeling better as I ride more, partly due to the fact that I am also breaking the front tire back in. I reversed direction on it when I did the swap due to trailing wear from braking. I am also playing with the settings some too.

As far as the wheel and speedo tab go it is truly a frankenbike adventure. I am an eBay junkie for sure and have been accumulating stuff as I go. The front wheel and disk is XR250 with bearings and spacer swapped to match custom axle. The speedo drive is XR650L. The fork happened to have a boss for a bolt that the fork protectors attach to and it happened to be in a very good spot to locate the speedo drive. If not, I was prepared to fabricate something to hold it.

All in all, the swap went pretty easy since I had done all the engineering first, or so I thought. There were only a couple of minor points I hadn't figured out yet, but the whole deal really only took a couple of hours once I committed myself to the task.

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Old 05-21-2013, 08:36 AM   #7679
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More frankenbike data. XR650L caliper and on CR mount and CR brake hose with 250 disk and original XL master. Front brakes are improved over the old setup due to larger pads.

Actually I could go on quite extensively on the frankenbike theme, the rest of the bike qualifies in various ways but I will stick to the forks for now. When someone asks me what year or model my bike is, I have to ask them what part of it they are looking at to answer the question honestly.

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Old 05-21-2013, 10:45 AM   #7680
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Actually I could go on quite extensively on the frankenbike theme, the rest of the bike qualifies in various ways but I will stick to the forks for now. When someone asks me what year or model my bike is, I have to ask them what part of it they are looking at to answer the question honestly.
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