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Old 06-08-2013, 06:44 AM   #7861
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Its finally happenedThe beast breathes!! Its been a long time coming, a nearly 9 month rebuild from the ground up. Re bore out to 101 hi comp Wiseco,
new rod kit, valve grind, bearings etc. Here's a few photos

The before shot.


The after




Did couple of mods



This is bloody handy!



A variation of Crobox's great idea

Hope to do an oil cooler mod soon as I feel the bikes run in a bit.

Like to say thanks to all you guys for the advise and the laughs. This thread gets to be a bit addictive.

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Nice rebuild. I wonder if we can get the red seat cover here in the US?
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:54 PM   #7862
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What are you guys running for fork oil level? I am running 120mm but may take some out. Factory settting is 5.9 inches which I think is waaaay too soft.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:52 PM   #7863
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What are you guys running for fork oil level? I am running 120mm but may take some out. Factory settting is 5.9 inches which I think is waaaay too soft.
What weight are you running?? I filled both tubes with a bottle of 15w
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:53 PM   #7864
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What are you guys running for fork oil level? I am running 120mm but may take some out. Factory settting is 5.9 inches which I think is waaaay too soft.
What weight are you running?? I filled both tubes with a bottle of 15w

Suspension is the XL600's weakness
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:19 PM   #7865
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With the stock XL forks I used to run ATF at about 120mm also.
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:30 PM   #7866
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What weight are you running?? I filled both tubes with a bottle of 15w
The race tech emulators require 15W. Im just hoping 120mm air gap does not hydralock.
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:53 PM   #7867
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ATF is about 7.5 wt usually. I was told by a man that used to build XL/XR race bikes in the day that 5 inches is a good starting point. Or about 125mm if you prefer.

I think you would be fine at 120. You can always add your springs and look at where the level ends up with forks extended to be sure.

I run 90-100 in my CR USD conversion and they are bigger forks with more capacity and travel with no issues.

I ran 85-90 in my XR 400 forks when I was running them on the XL, Also larger forks 43mm, and more travel and capacity.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:03 PM   #7868
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hey guys, been reading up on this forum for the last few weeks since i bought an XL600 myself. I simply love this forum, full of usefull stuff! Anyway, before i get to questions, here are some pics. i'm sorry if i offend anyone by posting this bike, i bought it allready modified, so no sacriledge was done by myself ;). i do plan on keeping it this way. I got it for 425 euro running but with engine noise (most likely cam chain worn out)
Pics of how i got it:




pics of what it is going to look like (sort of)






done so far:
new front disk
tightening all spokes (front wheel was loose as hell!)
new brake contacts on front brake (not original anymore)
new headset bearings
strip plastics from paint, tank will follow soon!
a lot of other small problems.
new LM front light, because i got it cheap and it looks quite nice!
acerbis handguards, still need cleaning up!
changed rear fender to old cr500?

still to follow:
led light for the rear
supermoto front fender


Anyway, right now i'm working on replacing the timing chain. Problem is, i dont have the clutch removal tool. Can anyone tell me how to pull this off without buying the tool? I really dont want to order it, as getting most of my other parts is costing me a lot allready, since i need to get everything shipped to Belgium. pictures would be great too! i do have acces to a lot of other tools, so i could make something myself, just need to know what is required.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:27 PM   #7869
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Nice rebuild. I wonder if we can get the red seat cover here in the US?
I just sent it to an upholsterer. PM Zombie Stomp I think he does all that stuff.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:49 AM   #7870
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Nice rebuild. I wonder if we can get the red seat cover here in the US?
Try this mob, they are in New Zealand, but should
Ship to the US.
They do replica seat covers including stencils and exhausts
Among other things,
www.smebike.com
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:25 AM   #7871
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Hey guys,
anyone know if the torque specs on bolts are the same for the XL600RM and the normal XL600 or the XR600? i have a xl600rm but no manual for it. Same question for valve clearances.

i also tried posting a message before this one with some pics and questions but it didnt come through?
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:33 AM   #7872
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Hey guys,
anyone know if the torque specs on bolts are the same for the XL600RM and the normal XL600 or the XR600? i have a xl600rm but no manual for it. Same question for valve clearances.

i also tried posting a message before this one with some pics and questions but it didnt come through?

Should be the same. Any reason for it not to be?
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:37 AM   #7873
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Just wondering, because i seem to remember reading something about older xl600 specs being a bit different from more recent ones, figured maybe there where differences between rm/lm/r models. But its all good then!

Right now next problem i have is that one of the bolts on the cam sprocket is completely f***ed. Need to get that out first!
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:40 AM   #7874
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They changed bolt diameter from 8 to 9mm somewhere along the line, but I think that was after XL's. At least on this side of the pond.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:05 AM   #7875
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