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Old 05-25-2013, 10:43 AM   #7726
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I did the race-tech gold valve emulators this morning.. FEGV 3801. It came with blue and yellow springs. I put in yellow springs at 3 turns. 15W oil. I debated drilling out the damper rod but went ahead and did it.
All back together and it works good. Plush on the easy stuff and more robust on the fast hits.
I also did the bright blue fork boots and they are really sweet.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:38 AM   #7727
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For Sale '86 XL600R with 17k Miles

I've decided to sell my mostly stock '86 XL600R. Bike runs fine and has 17k miles. It has Ricky Stator, aluminum handlebars, lever guards, smaller turn signals, Uni air filter, and newer Bridestone tires. Also included is about 2/3 of a '84 XL600R that had 12k miles. No frame, tank, or plastics for the '84, but have engine, carb, forks, wheels, seat, gauges, etc. $1500 for everything. Nothing wrong with the bike, but want a more freeway capable bike. I'm in L.A., CA. I can email photos.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:03 PM   #7728
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BLAAM!!! I paid $1500 for my one bike. thats almost two!
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'83 Honda XL600R 618cc 11:1 Wiseco, XR's Only Exhaust, big tube header, 6 Sigma stage 3 carb mods

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Old 05-25-2013, 03:06 PM   #7729
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I've decided to sell my mostly stock '86 XL600R. Bike runs fine and has 17k miles. It has Ricky Stator, aluminum handlebars, lever guards, smaller turn signals, Uni air filter, and newer Bridestone tires. Also included is about 2/3 of a '84 XL600R that had 12k miles. No frame, tank, or plastics for the '84, but have engine, carb, forks, wheels, seat, gauges, etc. $1500 for everything. Nothing wrong with the bike, but want a more freeway capable bike. I'm in L.A., CA. I can email photos.
Put it in flea market before mods delete tbe post.
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:05 PM   #7730
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Don't get a 30 year old bike, even if you do your research first
FOB's. No matter what anyone says old bikes are old bikes and they'll always need work. I'll probably keep this one just for fun, but my other old bikes are going up for sale so I can get myself one that's at least a 2003 or so. Two bikes are enough work, but I really don't want two old bikes.
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:07 PM   #7731
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There is the right way to fix up a bike and the long way. The right way is to replace most perishables all at once. The long way is tearing a bike apart a thousand times, each time something needs attention. The right way costs more. I have done it both ways. Right now my XL is probably as good as a 5 year old bike. It took me $1500 in parts and some labor to do it though.
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:49 PM   #7732
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I think my bike is better than a five year old bike.

I rode extensively a five year old 650L and it reaffirmed my decision to keep the old turd.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:29 PM   #7733
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Good news is my cam, rockers and sub-rockers all look excellent! pics to follow.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:33 PM   #7734
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I had a long discussion with my machinist when we did the JE, I wanted it as tight as we could get it without fear of sticking. We read and reread and remeasured and ended setting it up at the minimum allowed clearance minus a little. Specs were .003" with piston diameter measured 13mm up the skirt. I think we settled on .00275" for fear of seizure. Set ring end gap at minimum too, It hasn't stuck, runs great, just noisier than I like until warmed up.
I put a clearance of 0.07mm at the top(1/3) and 0.08mm(2/3) on the 600 RFVC with a Wiseco piston...

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Old 05-26-2013, 01:02 AM   #7735
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I broke two of the six head bolts, now what? I'd like to thank the "professional" who didn't oil ANY of the bolts at assembly.

Sorry the picture sucks, but it looks like the exhaust seats are flared. Everything else looks GREAT! The hone looks like new, piston has no damage just some build up, the cam is smooth and square, the chain isn't stretched, and the rockers are looking good as well.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:36 AM   #7736
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I broke two of the six head bolts, now what? I'd like to thank the "professional" who didn't oil ANY of the bolts at assembly.

Sorry the picture sucks, but it looks like the exhaust seats are flared. Everything else looks GREAT! The hone looks like new, piston has no damage just some build up, the cam is smooth and square, the chain isn't stretched, and the rockers are looking good as well.
Those head bolts snap all the time.
Here is mine, all done but the tank stickers.

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Old 05-26-2013, 11:13 AM   #7737
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Those head bolts snap all the time.
Here is mine, all done but the tank stickers.

Looks good!
Is that a Clarke tank? I have one that looks like that only it's an ugly red color. I like the optional fuel level indicator.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:20 AM   #7738
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I broke two of the six head bolts, now what? I'd like to thank the "professional" who didn't oil ANY of the bolts at assembly.

Sorry the picture sucks, but it looks like the exhaust seats are flared. Everything else looks GREAT! The hone looks like new, piston has no damage just some build up, the cam is smooth and square, the chain isn't stretched, and the rockers are looking good as well.

Where is the noise? Looks pretty quiet in there.

Is the cam chain tensioner spring ok? And the little non return device in the arm?


Still a mystery, but better news than suspected, huh?
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:29 PM   #7739
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Where is the noise? Looks pretty quiet in there.

Is the cam chain tensioner spring ok? And the little non return device in the arm?


Still a mystery, but better news than suspected, huh?
I assume the tensioner is good, it cut my finger pretty good when it released. But overrall I'm satisfied with the condition of the engine.

When I push in the left exhaust valve and release it, you can hear a noticeable 'clank' that the other 3 don't do. I can aslo put my lips on the left exhaust valve and blow air through it while it's closed, the other three are air tight.

Are the head bolts expensive to get out??
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:35 PM   #7740
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I assume the tensioner is good, it cut my finger pretty good when it released. But overrall I'm satisfied with the condition of the engine.

When I push in the left exhaust valve and release it, you can hear a noticeable 'clank' that the other 3 don't do. I can aslo put my lips on the left exhaust valve and blow air through it while it's closed, the other three are air tight.

Are the head bolts expensive to get out??
No not too bad. Take the jug to a machine shop and they put it in a jig and use the mill to drill it out. They can even save the threads most of the time.
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