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Old 08-15-2012, 05:04 AM   #16
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I have not gotten that close to it.
Picture was taken with a lot of zoom on the camera.

Next time I'm by there I might put a note on it tho.

Are there many parts available for these old bikes?
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:14 AM   #17
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Not sure how good the part situation is on the older XL's. You may want to check out the XL thread http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ghlight=xl500s From the picture I can't really tell if it's the 500 or the 250. It looks like my old 81 500s. Either one were good solid bikes though.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:24 PM   #18
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Kickstand

So, I pulled another part out of the box yesterday.


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Cleaned up before paint.






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Old 08-16-2012, 06:48 PM   #19
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I like the way you're going about this.

I had a green '78 DT125. Neat bike. Careful with the monoshock, they have a nasty kick back over sharp bumps.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:13 PM   #20
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Are you using lots of wire wheel or chemical means to clean up parts.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:25 PM   #21
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Are you using lots of wire wheel or chemical means to clean up parts.

So far I have been using a soft wire wheel on a 6" bench grinder. When it gets to the frame and other parts I will be using a soda blaster. Using the wheel takes a little time but it seems to work well.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:35 PM   #22
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I used to do auto restoration, used up a bunch of wire wheels.
There are other things to use, but that is cheapest and less damaging.

If you know anyone at a machine shop you can have steel items hot tanked.

Walnut shells work well as a blasting agent too.

I love to see old forgotten things brought back to life, it is one of the most rewarding things I've done.
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I used to do auto restoration, used up a bunch of wire wheels.
There are other things to use, but that is cheapest and less damaging.

If you know anyone at a machine shop you can have steel items hot tanked.

Walnut shells work well as a blasting agent too.

I love to see old forgotten things brought back to life, it is one of the most rewarding things I've done.

Thanx for the info, this is the first project like this I have done. I am going to take it 1 piece at a time.
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