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Old 11-24-2007, 08:45 AM   #16
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The 85 is the way to go. It had a dry sump oil system instead of the wet sump on the 83, 84 models. The 85 runs cooler and had a lot less bottom end problems than the wet sump models. There were many changes to the 85 that made it better than the previous models.

I had a 85 and loved it!

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Old 11-24-2007, 01:22 PM   #17
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I had an 84 XR350 years back - opened the breathing and rejetted it. Started every time on 2nd kick and turned out to be a great deep woods bike. Pulled like a tractor and was stone reliable. Buddy had an 85 350 but the ergos of the 84 fit me better (6'4 240)

Great bike and wish I still had it
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:30 PM   #18
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This is a picture of one whic was once mine. Sold it this year, as I wanted the mother pig: 650L



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Old 11-26-2007, 06:47 PM   #19
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its a 1985 -

Picked it up today -






1985, one carb, dry sump, electric speedo thingy, aluminum swingarm, new IRC knobs, they look pretty good. It's got the regular dirt bike rash, but overall runs pretty good, doesn't idle real well, but we've yet to even look at it yet.






Now to get it torn apart, dual sported, and ready for some spring fun!

I'm sure I'll have questions along the way.......
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Old 11-26-2007, 07:18 PM   #20
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Thumb Here's Your Parts!

Here's every part available for the XR350R. These are for the '85 but check out the other years if you have another year model.



http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit...r-1985/o/m9708
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:41 PM   #21
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Man that needs some TLC. Good luck. I have a brand new headlight for that bike if you need one. Once I sold mine, I didn't have a need for it. PM me if interested.



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Picked it up today -






1985, one carb, dry sump, electric speedo thingy, aluminum swingarm, new IRC knobs, they look pretty good. It's got the regular dirt bike rash, but overall runs pretty good, doesn't idle real well, but we've yet to even look at it yet.






Now to get it torn apart, dual sported, and ready for some spring fun!

I'm sure I'll have questions along the way.......
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:04 PM   #22
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Also I have a front wheel with rotor if'n you ever need..
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Old 01-21-2008, 03:55 PM   #23
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Got the idle fixed......

Turns out the intake valves were tight. Adjusted them to .008" cold, now it's harder to kick over, and idles like a dream. Now to tune out the bog off idle, and get some parts ordered!



What could tight intake valves indicate in my near future?
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:20 PM   #24
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What could tight intake valves indicate in my near future?
Possibly that the previous owner was careless about maintenance. I'd change oil after each ride the first 2-3 times out and checks things like nuts on the axles, swingarm, engine mounts, etc, routing and condition of the cables. especially the throttle, possibly replace the brake fluid and bleed it out, make sure you don't have any loose spokes.

But you've probably done all that already.
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:08 PM   #25
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Tore it down to the frame today

Was re-doing just the wheel bearings today. That's all I was going to do.

Well, that turned into shitty feeling steering head bearings, I need to change fork boots, gotta pull the forks, well, 3 hours later, the frame is sitting in my partswasher. (yes, the whole frame, fits nicely!)

Checking out the rear suspension linkage, all the pivots look/feel great, even the swingarm pivot. Full of grease, all looks well there.

I have a leaky shock. Can the factory showa unit be rebuilt? It's a nice one, rebound + compression + preload adjustable.

Gotta get some steering bearings ordered up, some new grips, and a list of crap about a mile long.

I'm gonna change the color I think.......
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:33 AM   #26
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These were only made 83-85, when Honda inexpictedly decided to discontinue production. The 83,4 had dual carbs, while the 85 went to a single. The 85 had a slight bump in displacement at 353 cc. These, especially the 85, are great little trail bikes. You'll find more info over at thumper talk.
Reviving the thread.

i have a mongrel.... 83XR350 w front disk, and XR600 swing arm... but here is the kicker, cylinder jug is labelled 353.... I bought it a year ago.

I just blew a valve (broken, while chasing an idle problem), and looking for good hints at which valves to get... seal and other goodies. Luckily no marks on the cylinder wall.

83 list the main jets at 112 and 105, but 84 is 115 and 112. Of course 85 is the lucky year one carb and dry sump.

Cheers

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Old 02-09-2008, 08:52 AM   #27
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Well, lots of things going on now.

I'm gonna be riding a sweet XR350 this spring.

Frame painted.

New wheel bearings. New rear brake shoes.

New steering head bearings.

New fork boots/fork oil.

New paint on all the bits that came off the frame. (footpegs/brake + shift levers, etc.......)

New bars, grips, some cables.

New rear fender, new front fender...........

New sprockets, chain, sliders etc.....

Here's the best news of all - I sent the showa rear shock off to be rebuilt, as it was leaking a bit. The forks on this bike had a "factory connection" sticker on one of the fork legs, so I did a search, and turns out they are a moto-x suspension tuning shop out of southern NH.

I called these bubs up, and asked them if they would look at my shock, seeing as how the bike had their sticker on the forks. They said yes. Shock sent out in the mail!

They called me thursday, seems as though the shock is OK. Needs seals, a new bumpstop, dust seal, a bushing, and they want to re-chrome the shaft, due to some pitting. All stuff they can do! They said the shock will be good as new when they're done! Both the shock and the shaft are NLA, so this is great news! It will be less than $400 for the shock rebuild.

Got some more bits + pieces coming, I'll get some pics up soon.

C'mon spring!
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:59 AM   #28
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sounds great, how about some pics of the progress? Factory Conection is right down the road from me, they seem to do great work.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:37 AM   #29
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pics of progress

a few more bits are arriving soon, and we will have it together for spring.













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Old 03-04-2008, 06:02 AM   #30
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Looks great, thanks for the update. Should be fun this spring...if it ever gets here.
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