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Old 01-15-2013, 05:55 AM   #3241
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Back on page 141 of this thread.
I posted a link to the shock I was thinking of.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/HAL-DDR4955B
I never bought it but sure thought about it.....
What's holding you up? You can test it for me and you
I would spend the $250 if I knew it would work. Hard to justify for an experiment.


Less expensive option that should work with our Hypercoil springs-
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/hal-ds401

Anyone know the compressed/extended length of the XT350 shock? I am on a business trip rest of the week so I can't measure mine. Would hate to let on this good hotel-room google time go to waste without being able to look for an aftermarket replacement
Edit: saw in an old post by Zecat that it is 13.25 for earlier XT350's and 14.5 for later.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:54 AM   #3242
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What's holding you up? You can test it for me and you
I would spend the $250 if I knew it would work. Hard to justify for an experiment.


Less expensive option that should work with our Hypercoil springs-
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/hal-ds401

Anyone know the compressed/extended length of the XT350 shock? I am on a business trip rest of the week so I can't measure mine. Would hate to let on this good hotel-room google time go to waste without being able to look for an aftermarket replacement
Edit: saw in an old post by Zecat that it is 13.25 for earlier XT350's and 14.5 for later.

Those numbers came from Works Performance site.
Actually I was thinking of measuring the swingarm abnd shock, and forks on the YZ490 chassis I have and see they was a direct bolt on.
I'm not riding the 350 much right now, plus I have the I have my XT550 franken bike that is nearly perfect for the forest roads and trails I ride.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:23 PM   #3243
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The PO fitted a 96- xt600 rear shock on my xt350, dont think there was too much work involved. Works great, and raises the ass on the bike a bit. :)

I have a spare xt600 shock laying, around, so taking pictures so you guys could compare to the 350 is easy.... Anyone interested?

An other option is to buy a new Wilbers shock from www.kedo.com in Germany, they have several options listed for the xt350:)
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:59 PM   #3244
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Thread about xt600 shock on XT350 : http://xt350.de/rahmen.php?seite=artikel/federbein
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:50 AM   #3245
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Left Crankcase Oil Leak

Hi folks,
Had an oil leak on the left side of the engine case. I pulled the cover and the flywheel to see if it was the main seal; it wasn't. It was one of three bolt holes under the windings plate where the sealer had failed. It seems to be a "common" issue to these bikes, as I've seen other postings here relating to it. I'm on the German XT350 site and found an article regarding the repair of this by applying sealer to the holes:
http://www.xt350.de/download/lima_undicht.pdf
Even for those who don't read German, the pictures give a good over view to the procedure.
Enjoy the site, and I hope it helps.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:57 PM   #3246
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Hey guys

Got a few pics of the modified inlet setup on my TT350 project.

Brief summary: Angled inlet manifolds, straight pipe for carbie joiners and filtered air pipe, 2 layer oiled foam air filter (UNI Australia),

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/...ps86b066c1.jpg

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8c21f0d4.jpg

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/...ps090ebe3a.jpg

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/...psc7ce54fe.jpg

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/...psaf6c5500.jpg

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/...pse040af51.jpg



If you don't mind me asking, what tires/sizes are you running and how do you like them?
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:18 PM   #3247
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If you don't mind me asking, what tires/sizes are you running and how do you like them?
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Lenz, what is that rear shock?
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:14 AM   #3248
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Lenz, what is that rear shock?
Looks like a TT350 shock.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:10 AM   #3249
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TT 350 rebuild

Hi Guys - up to my arse in alligators as usual so I'll tell you what I can without backup documentation / pics / etc

The rear shock is the std "De Carbon" supplied with this TT350 unit (Australia plated as 1999 but confirmed as 1994 Japan production)

I'm advised the std rider weight for this bike is 55kg - 60kg Not good news for this outfit cause I'm 95kg (12kg more than a good fightin weight for me ...) however this fat bastard has no mercy

The plan is to increase the rear shock spring rate by ~ 20% - 25% + increase the rebound damping (the shock is sealed), front springs similarly increased + increase the front damping with a viscosity increase to 15W

The tyres are a guesstimate based on expected usage. I have no intention of picking my run-over fat arse up off a wet, off camber asphalt / bitumen roundabout due to 100% dirt focussed tyres.

I'll confirm the tyre details tomorrow

The current project is a swing arm mounted chain guide for a non-std O ring chain. I'm cutting out the parts and fitting it whenever / soon. Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene is the best compromise material I can source locally

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Old 01-21-2013, 11:54 AM   #3250
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The plan is to increase the rear shock spring rate by ~ 20% - 25% + increase the rebound damping (the shock is sealed), front springs similarly increased + increase the front damping with a viscosity increase to 15W
I went with Intiminators in the front and for the rear, 10w oil, an external res off an XR350 that gave the potential for some adjustment (but has no effect as the xr shaft is thicker and displaces more oil) and a stock 6.5kg spring from a DR650. A 7kg spring would have been perfect but the 6.5 was free. Another spring retainer groove would have sweet too.

Back in the day it looks like the hot mod for the front was 5w oil to make it more supple. Bugger that!
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:42 AM   #3251
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If you don't mind me asking, what tires/sizes are you running and how do you like them?
Cheers!
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Well Captain the tyres are both Pirelli MT90 "Scorpion AT"

Front : 90/90 - 21

Rear : 120/80 - 18

I can't comment on the tyres performance as I haven't run them yet but the tread pattern looks like a reasonable AT compromise. The guy that sold them to me said he was using them on his KTM 990 and they hooked up well on the dirt. Undoubtedly there will be a shortfall in performance up against knobbies in slushy muddy conditions but sand should be ok with lower tyre pressure. Sealed roads will be better than with knobbies - dirt roads I think will be ok also.

There was a Metzler Sahara ? AT tyre that also appealed to me but the price was ridiculous.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:18 AM   #3252
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I went with Intiminators in the front and for the rear, 10w oil, an external res off an XR350 that gave the potential for some adjustment (but has no effect as the xr shaft is thicker and displaces more oil) and a stock 6.5kg spring from a DR650. A 7kg spring would have been perfect but the 6.5 was free. Another spring retainer groove would have sweet too.

Back in the day it looks like the hot mod for the front was 5w oil to make it more supple. Bugger that!
Plan A is for the rear shock to adequately manage the additional damping duty with the heavier rear spring.

The front suspension is super soft and "slushy". I'm not messin with the front suspension internals except for heavier springs and heavier / increased viscosity oil. If I can't find an acceptable, cost effective suspension solution the bike will be in the For Sale list but I'm reasonably confident a combination I can live with will emerge out of the planned upgrade mix.

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Old 01-23-2013, 02:51 PM   #3253
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Hi guys, I've been lurking around the forums for some time now and want to share my new to me XT350. I used to have a '88 KLR 250 and now I upgraded (in many ways) to this '88 XT. I read some information but obviously, I have a lot more to learn.

The bike is running great hot or cold but I want to change the oil and filter for a little piece of mind. Also she's dripping some oil from the gear lever seal I think, so I need to change that. Anything you can tell me about the bike would be great. Also I don't really know about working on bikes and would like to learn a thing or two.

Here she is. Previous owner put XL600 wheels, TW headlight and shroud and TW cluster but theres no way to connect it to the speed sensor because of the Honda wheels.


and here's the KLR. She had a perfectly running engine but needed a lot of work
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:41 PM   #3254
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Just opened up the carbs on the XT. This doesn't look like any diaphragm I've seen before. Is this bad?

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Old 01-31-2013, 05:45 AM   #3255
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The diaphram in my secondary carbie looks much the same as these pics. If there are no cracked / perished crease-lines or pin holes visible when the part is held up to bright sunlight or alternative bright light then I guess there's a fair chance it's serviceable.
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