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Old 06-05-2012, 10:09 AM   #496
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Any recs for modern shocks to throw on this sucker? My old guys are a little haggard these days and I'd like to step in to the future... or at least maybe past the late 90s... Working on upgrading the front to a yz125 set up at the moment as well.
Depends on what you want to do. If doing a lot of offroading, make the splurge and pick up a pair of Works Performance. Progressive suspension is a lower cost option, but I have a set on a TT500 and they are harder than rocks with the damping of a mattress spring.

If sticking to the road, look into some Hagon (once again, a slightly cheaper option). I have a set on a street tracker and they do pretty well; just enough comfort and rigidness to make me happy.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:15 PM   #497
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XT value?

Looking at picking up a 79 xt here in Boise. The guy said that it ran a year ago. Looks like a complete bike except the two plastic side covers. Everything seems to be in order. What is a reasonable price if we can get it fired up? He was asking $1500 but that seems way high to me.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:13 PM   #498
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Depends on what you want to do. If doing a lot of offroading, make the splurge and pick up a pair of Works Performance. Progressive suspension is a lower cost option, but I have a set on a TT500 and they are harder than rocks with the damping of a mattress spring.

If sticking to the road, look into some Hagon (once again, a slightly cheaper option). I have a set on a street tracker and they do pretty well; just enough comfort and rigidness to make me happy.



I bought this from an E-bay auction years ago. The PO used the forks and swinger and shock from an ATK 250. It's just sort of mocked up and would take much work before throwing a leg over it.
One day when all my dreams have been fulfilled I may give it a shot.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:32 PM   #499
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Looking at picking up a 79 xt here in Boise. The guy said that it ran a year ago. Looks like a complete bike except the two plastic side covers. Everything seems to be in order. What is a reasonable price if we can get it fired up? He was asking $1500 but that seems way high to me.
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$1500 is a reasonable price if it seems to be in order and as long as the motor has good compression and isn't blowing smoke. You'd have to hear it run to know for sure.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:52 AM   #500
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Looking at picking up a 79 xt here in Boise. The guy said that it ran a year ago. Looks like a complete bike except the two plastic side covers. Everything seems to be in order. What is a reasonable price if we can get it fired up? He was asking $1500 but that seems way high to me.
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Reasonable price for a running, complete XT. Too high for a non-runner, just too many variables with "it ran a year ago". As is I'm thinking closer to $500, if you're able to get it running and everything appears ok then closer to $1000.

Have you ridden an XT or other bike of that period? It's a whole different world than modern era stuff, make sure you'll be happy with an offering from the 70s.

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Old 06-17-2012, 06:01 PM   #501
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tapered bearings for front end

just put in the new races in the head stem, top and bottom.
Do the tapered bearings require a particular grease, or can I use the tub of synthetic lubricant kicking around in my garage?

Also, the rubber grease seal at the bottom of my stem seems half split along the inner side. I probably should replace this, yes? So I don't have to worry about whacking the new tapered bearing off to get to the old grease seal?
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:35 PM   #502
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:56 PM   #503
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Wow, that's in beautiful shape! Very nice













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Old 07-02-2012, 03:37 PM   #504
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:47 PM   #505
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Looking at picking up a 79 xt here in Boise. The guy said that it ran a year ago. Looks like a complete bike except the two plastic side covers. Everything seems to be in order. What is a reasonable price if we can get it fired up? He was asking $1500 but that seems way high to me.
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Got my xt (all tricked out for running enduros) for $500.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:12 AM   #506
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Got my xt (all tricked out for running enduros) for $500.
$500.00 ??? Great price!!!
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:07 PM   #507
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$500.00 ??? Great price!!!
It was one of those bikes that got stuck in a corner and forgot. Owner happened to mention it at lunch one day when we were talking bikes. Fluid changes, clean carb, and haven't had to do a thing to it (except chain,sprockets,tires,general maint) in 10000 miles.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:52 PM   #508
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Can someone tell me what size the headlight is on a XT500? Is it 5 3/4"? Thanks.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:58 AM   #509
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Thanks for the tip to the hagons but I'm gonna hold out for a set of fancy penske or race techs. Bikes probably never gonna see dirt thanks to the fact that I went full retard motard on it. Got a 2001 yz125 front end on her and had the wheels relaced to some 17" excels.

Anyone on here ever make that switch? Wondering mostly if I can run a 150/60 in the back now that I've dropped down an inch.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:24 AM   #510
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I have a 1990 XT500 (yep, the end of the line). Bit hard to find parts for it stateside, need a few body panels for it. Anyone? Ideas?

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