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Old 07-08-2011, 07:06 AM   #406
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the sightglass isnt needed.
if its been run within a week or so, with a cold motor, push the starter until you encounter stiff resistance. hold there/ release the compression & move starter slightly only a fraction. let go of the compression release and kick starter through.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:05 AM   #407
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the sightglass isnt needed.
if its been run within a week or so, with a cold motor, push the starter until you encounter stiff resistance. hold there/ release the compression & move starter slightly only a fraction. let go of the compression release and kick starter through.
thanks, I'll try that tonight.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:58 AM   #408
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:07 PM   #409
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thanks, I'll try that tonight.
In the dark you can't see the sight glass anyway! In those instances where I can't see it, I pull the compression release lever in and kick the engine over until I feel a little "nudge" in the lever. That corresponds to the indicator being in the window - ready to kick!
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:06 AM   #410
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Kick it over until yoo feel the compression, pull the decrompresser and just move the kick starter down about 75 to 100mm. Release the kick start back to the top and kick right through the full movement.
Individual bikes have different habits but something that usually works is kick the bike over with the decompresser through two kicks with ignition off and choke on. Then use the above technique with the switch on and just a little throttle. Should start first kick
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:11 AM   #411
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MZ Rider and Old fart, thanks for the note.
Worked first kick.

My XT pulled me around the block quick!
Oh man, this is going to be fun.

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Kick it over until yoo feel the compression, pull the decrompresser and just move the kick starter down about 75 to 100mm. Release the kick start back to the top and kick right through the full movement.
Individual bikes have different habits but something that usually works is kick the bike over with the decompresser through two kicks with ignition off and choke on. Then use the above technique with the switch on and just a little throttle. Should start first kick
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:27 PM   #412
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:03 PM   #413
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I have gotten my SR500 cafe'/chopper rolling again last week. Next is my XT500 then my other SR500 then my RD350 then my RZ350.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:40 PM   #414
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Question Going to look at an XT

...tomorrow evening. A '78. I'm told it runs but not to get there too late because it takes time to dig out of the shed. So, we'll see....

I've owned lots of junkers and have resurrected a few barn and basement bikes, so I have a general idea of what spells trouble and what is no big deal, but is there anything specific to these old XTs that I should be on the lookout for? Anything they're known to have problems with?

Also, what's a median price for these bikes? The one I'm looking at is not original paint, turn signals have been taken off, cheapo tires, otherwise looks complete in the CL photos. Original exhaust, side covers are still there, seat's in good shape. Clear title, of course. I plan to keep it as a commuter and weekend trail bike. Is $750 OK if it starts? I assume I'll have some work to do regardless.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:52 AM   #415
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Hi, I am new to your site, but not new to XT500. I recenty bought my second one. This one got a lot of work, but my idea is to make it standard. I am looking at the black and alu paint scheme. Just a quick question. It was very intresting for me the first time I rode my latest XT500, the HUGE amount of Raw Power. After my first XT I had a few other bikes amoung them a BMW650. The BMW was more refined, but the XT is one of the few bikes I have owned that realy makes you scared riding it.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:46 PM   #416
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.... but is there anything specific to these old XTs that I should be on the lookout for? Anything they're known to have problems with?
Basically the engine is bulletproof, there's two or three smaller things, you should be aware of:

1) check whether there's still some oil in the frame, if the seller assures you, that it was there "yesterday", then the oil-dump valve under the clutch cover is leaking oil into the engine - this is called wet sumping and can be fixed easily, once you have the clutch cover off

2) the rocker-shafts are prone to running in on the head, once they start spinning they widen the bores they're supposed to sit in, which leads to uneven wear on the rockers

3) the rockers are often worn dead, because lubrication to the head has a lot of potential for improvement. There's a twin oil feed (to both rocker-shafts) available and if the rockers are dead, get a new cam and the hardened rockers of the late SR500 (Modell-No. 48T)

That's pretty much it, everything else is just like on any other big thumper.

Hope this helps.

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Old 07-15-2011, 05:32 AM   #417
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As nanno said above, oil starvation can be an issue on the bike. One potential solution is a twin feed oil line similar to this Kedo offering.

It goes from this:



To this:



There's an inmate here "grimmboy" who imports Kedo products, you can PM him for pricing etc. Think I got my basic no-frills line for ~$50 shipped. Well worth the investment IMHO.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:13 PM   #418
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:23 PM   #419
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Twin-Feeds can also be knocked up with a lathe and some hollow brake-line-bolts and using an old brake-hose for the oiling...

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Old 07-24-2011, 06:08 AM   #420
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If anyone is still looking for an XT, looks like this CL seller has some...
http://cnj.craigslist.org/mcy/2507260482.html
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