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Old 04-03-2010, 02:48 PM   #121
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XTwarrior,

Be forewarned, according to the XT600 thread, the down tube strainer can be torqued to 65 ft.lbs. (referred to as 'nipple hose' in the book, I think). XTphreak said he had to use a strap wrench to hold the frame as he was wrenching the nipple hose/down tube fitting.

Just so ya know, I ain't an expert by no means on this stuff. This happens to be something I need to do as well. I'm just repeating what I've read in these threads, and what I've found in the manual.
Which line is the strainier in? There are several hoses so I've no idea what does what besides the obvious return line that runs under the engine.
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Old 04-03-2010, 03:13 PM   #122
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newt_sr is spot on--every 2500mi. I cured a very uninspiring top end clatter on the xt with a proper valve adjustment.

on a side note, I am working on shrinking my 550 service manual to hopefully around 10meg. A link to the file will be available once it's finished (later today) if anyone is interested send a PM my way.
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Old 04-03-2010, 03:29 PM   #123
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according to the XT600 thread, the down tube strainer can be torqued to 65 ft.lbs. (referred to as 'nipple hose' in the book, I think). XTphreak said he had to use a strap wrench to hold the frame as he was wrenching the nipple hose/down tube fitting.
I tried to this sob off my bike and gave up with no success. i stopped applying more torque due to fear alone. too bad the motor mount covers this thing up otherwise you could do this operation with some confidence.
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Old 04-03-2010, 03:31 PM   #124
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Which line is the strainier in? There are several hoses so I've no idea what does what besides the obvious return line that runs under the engine.
The strainer is in the bottom of the frame downtube oil tank.
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Old 04-03-2010, 03:31 PM   #125
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Oil travels from the oil reservoir down the frame and to the 'nipple hose'. That's where the strainer is, in the end of the hose (under the frame support bracket - for lack of a better term).

Dang, too slow...sorry Zecatfish.
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:36 PM   #126
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Ahh sweet, thanks guys! I'll probably pull that strainer monday night or Tuesday morning because I might have an idea what it is clogging it, if it is clogged. I mayfind some copper gasket sealant stuck in there (hoping not)
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:14 PM   #127
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This isn't a good picture but I forgot my camera and this is the best that has been posted from the group ride. 26 bikes total, 3 tourers, 1 cruiser, me, and 21 sport bikes. I stayed middle to back but a ninja 600RR had me at about 105 speedo indicated on his bike, which seems high. Probably more like 95, which still makes you feel like a kite

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Old 04-05-2010, 07:23 AM   #128
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Sitting at the office staring out at the beautiful weather that would be perfectly suited for working on the XT. Why did I put in for overtime again? Oh, that's right. I'm broke.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:29 AM   #129
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Some exciting news for those of you who like to wrench but may not have a service manual for the XT550 (Such as myself); A member on here (Netjustin) has compiled and edited a version of the Service Manual for the XT community to use!

I'll be checking the PDF file later tonight, and finding a place to host it. As soon as I have everything up and running, I'll update the links in post 1 to reflect the new community manual!

Note Post 1 under the Flyers and Manuals link that it is in Yellow at this time.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:39 AM   #130
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Just wanted to get in on this. Looks like a good exchange of info on the XT. Mines an '82, new to me in '87. Fantastic old dual-sport, it will have a space in my garage for life.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:46 AM   #131
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Welcome motorcyclefanatic! That's a fine XT you got there, looks like it managed to avoid crashes in it's life

The thread is here for use, so don't hesitate to ask questions or post up new ride photos or stories; I know I sure don't


Question for you guys; Has anyone tried to go larger on the rear or the front tire? I'm a ways off for a new rear tire, but I was thinking I'd like to get a little more tread hitting the pavement, and with the road tire it seems like there is some room to work with. What would a step to widen the contact patch a bit? I'm not that good with tires sizing, the stocker is 120/90-18. If I remember correctly, 120 is the contact area, and 90 stands for the percetnage of the contact area that the sidewall is. 20 90% of 120 = 108, so the wheel would be 120mmx108mm - 18"?
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:17 PM   #132
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YAY service Manual!

Alright guys, service manual is up on the first page! I'm not sure how megaupload.com works, but it is now ready for download. Please download it and let me know how it works out for you so I can get some feedback.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XGH4OVO0 - XT550J Service Manual Netjustin style!

(EDIT: There is a 45 second wait for the download to begin; once that is over click Regular Download which is a black bar. A popup will occur with a sponsored link and then the normal Windows download/run option will pop up. Ignore the popup and click save. A little hassle for a big payoff, Enjoy!)
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:28 PM   #133
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Oil travels from the oil reservoir down the frame and to the 'nipple hose'. That's where the strainer is, in the end of the hose (under the frame support bracket - for lack of a better term).

Dang, too slow...sorry Zecatfish.
For everyone to see regarding newt/Zecat's post about circulation:

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Old 04-06-2010, 06:57 AM   #134
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Just wanted to get in on this. Looks like a good exchange of info on the XT. Mines an '82, new to me in '87. Fantastic old dual-sport, it will have a space in my garage for life.
Nice bike!!

What white thingy do you have strapped to the frame right under the gastank?
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Old 04-06-2010, 07:58 AM   #135
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Just wanted to get in on this. Looks like a good exchange of info on the XT. Mines an '82, new to me in '87. Fantastic old dual-sport, it will have a space in my garage for life.
Wow, am I jealous. I graduated high school in 1987. I took every penny I had and bought the same bike. I quit my job and rode the piss out of it all summer before college. Sold it in the 90s and have regretted it ever since.
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