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Old 05-06-2013, 01:11 AM   #1
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1983 Honda XL 600 street thumper project

Hey guys,

This is my first post here and well from everything I've seen while lurking I just want to say y'all seem like good people and I look forward to sharing with you all in my new adventure which is fixing up this 1983 XL 600.

A little history on the bike and me:

The last time it was running was 1986 when my unlce drained all the fluids, pulled off the seat and tank and put her in storage. About 5 years ago my uncle gave me his 1983 XL 600. And while I wanted to fix her up, you all know how things go and it was thrown onto the back burner. Recently my roommate and I where talking about how it would be fun to buy some bikes and get riding. After looking at several bikes on Craigslist I was sitting at work one day and thought how cool it would be to fix up and do some custom work to this bike and have a bike that no one else had. Plus I thought it would be really cool to breath life into into it's 30 year birthday. So I headed over to here the bike was and took a look at it. After spending sometime looking into it I came across Ere109's XL restoration thread and a few other like it on this site. First of all nice work Ere109 an everyone who has also taken on the task of fixing up not just the XLs on here but others as well.

This is the first motorcycle I have ever worked on and quite frankly have limited experience working on vehicles and motors in general, so I warn you now I'm probably going to ask some rather obvious questions along the way, and I thank you all in advance for your patience and guidance along the way. While I Have limited knowledge on motors I know my way around a garage as I'm a self taught blacksmith and welder and of the crafty sort. The way I figure it you got to start somewhere, right? So pleAse don't write me off as I know that in for a long haul both mentally and physically.
I'm not going to downing a complete OEM restoration but more of customizing it into a cool little street thumper that will be a blast to ride.



So today it all began as I took it to my parents garage (sucks living in an apartment, also where I keep 95% of my tools). Took a boatload of photos and started on the tear down. Right now I'm typing this thread from my phone. But tommorrow I promise to upload photos of day one. And I look forward to hearing from some of you as well!

Sakadt

PS sorry if my typing sucks as I'm doing it from my iPhone before bed. I was just to excited to wait!
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:17 AM   #2
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welcome to the assylum. i recently (licensed it yesterday) converted my 86 xr600r over to a ds. and crashed it on my first ride lol. i wish you the best of luck. is yours a dual carb?
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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Thanks for the greetings. Yeah it is dual carb. Sorry to hear about you crashing on the first ride with your XR.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:57 AM   #4
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Laugh

Well as promised here are some pictures of the bike, sorry in advance for the after shots but the light in the shop burnt out and had to finish the night using my trucks head lights.

1) Just got her pulled off the truck and into the garage and up on a stand.



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4) What a mess.. 30 year in storage in this Arizona Heat has pretty much wrecked most of the electrical wiring and plastic connections.


5)Plastic again broken, on what the manual calls the air cleaner right next to the battery housing.


6) Having a beer. It was Cinco De Mayo after all


7) Finish up after pulling down some of the old electrical, pulling of the fenders. Again sorry for the photo being dark but the light burnt out above us.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:24 AM   #5
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for the welcome

So I tried to post some photos using my photobucket, than it said something about admin approval than redirected to another page before I could finish reading it all. Is this normal?

Thanks,

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Old 05-06-2013, 12:21 PM   #7
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Edited to remove double posted pictures.

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Old 05-06-2013, 01:33 PM   #8
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Yours gets life on its 30th birthfay, mines gets death

Hope you have fun!
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:52 PM   #9
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:16 PM   #10
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Yours gets life on its 30th birthfay, mines gets death

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I'm sorry to hear about your XL.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:33 PM   #11
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Yours gets life on its 30th birthfay, mines gets death

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Cmon Dracus, you know we can rebuild her, we have the technology!
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:28 AM   #12
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Has anyone ever lowered the front of they're xl?

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Old 05-07-2013, 03:58 AM   #13
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Cmon Dracus, you know we can rebuild her, we have the technology!
I don't money for that technology I will rebuild that beast definitely
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:05 AM   #14
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You can do anything with an XRL. Keep your imagination open and build baby build... And lowering the front end, absolutely. It makes for a good street tracker or something better. here's mine...
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:43 AM   #15
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What a sweet bike. Subscribing to this thread for sure. I wish I had the space and proper know how to dig into my XL. cant wait to.see more
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