Sorry about the late reply...I haven't been back here much since the weather turned cold, holidays came around, and college football bowls started. Man...first it was Boise State that blew my Oklahoma Sooners out...now West Virginia. Stink
Anyway...life goes on.
To answer your question, Pete found that coil for me. Just happened to be on sale also ;D
The welder is from Harbor Freight. They had a whole pile of them stacked up at a tool sale last year. I bought that one for $99. I had a friend who owns a welding shop get me started and now I can't live with out one. It really opens up the possibilities.
Because it is such a low end unit I did purchase a three year warranty for about $27 extra. If anything goes wrong I just take it back. So far no problems.
If you are a weekend warrior like me, these el cheapo units seem to be ok. But I wouldn't recommend one for a person making a living using one
I've got some more work to post. I'll get the pictures up soon.
This is my seat after having a few modification made. I had a place called Superior Interiors put a new cover on it. I used the perforated stuff on top and cow grain stuff on the sides. Also notice the seat lock cover I fiberglassed on the side.
I find the seat pad looks much better when the back curves along the lines of the tail section. The purpose of the fiberglass work is to hide the seat lock mechanism and protect it from the elements.
Here is a modification I made to the seat pan. I epoxied three threaded fasteners to the fiberglass. Thanks to Ace Hardware I was able to get them with metric threads ;D
Two of them bolt through the existing holes originally used to let the OEM seat foam breath. The third is up front.
Here are my wheels after polishing the rims and painting the rest.
Except for routing the throttle cable and front brake lite cable, the front end is finished. The XS100 calipers are rebuilt and a new tire is mounted. In case you are wondering, the tires are Dunlop GT501. One thing you can say about Dunlop is that they make tires in just about any size.
I now wish I had bought 110/90-19 or even 120/90-19. The 100/90-19 I did buy is OK, but I really wanted some more beef up front. The discontinued Dunlop K591F I replaced was all that would fit between the forks. It was a 100/90-19. I wish these tire makers could find a more consistent way to brand tire sizes
This is the rear tire mounted on a SR500 wheel. I replaced the bearings with All Balls stuff. The original sprocket was a 44 tooth and has been replaced with a 40 tooth from Sprocket Specialists. They have good quality sprockets...at least it better be for 73 bucks
With a 18 tooth counter sprocket, 40 tooth rear sprocket and a overdrive 5th gear...I have no idea how this bike is going perform But I don't intend to use it as a long haul road bike. It should be real fun running through the gears
The other side mounts the XS1100 rear break setup.
Right now my biggest hold up is getting a dust cover and spacer for the SR500 wheel. It's been on order for two weeks After I finish mounting the rear wheel so that it will stand on its own I can mount the exhaust pipes and try to fire it up for the first time.
I think Pamcopete has been waiting since November for me to see how his ignition design works out It should happen soon
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2008 23:07:34 GMT -5 by mashermoto
Post by mashermoto on Feb 24, 2008 21:05:29 GMT -5
Hello again ladies and gents.
Well...Pete doesn't have to wait any longer to see if that 277 re-phase ignition he designed will work...because it does ;D
I got the pipes and other goodies mounted up this weekend, which allowed me to concentrate on the ignition system. It's all dialed in now and the time is nearing when ol' Masher finally gets to go on that first test drive ;D Man does this engine grab RPMs quick
So what is left? Well the carbs need some attention...that will be next. The brakes need to be bleed. The forks need some oil and air. A few minor adjustments here and there and it's time to go terrorize my neighborhood.
Once all the kinks are worked out I'll show you what I have planned for the paint scheme.
I should be back soon...so stayed tuned
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2008 21:07:18 GMT -5 by mashermoto
Post by mashermoto on Feb 24, 2008 22:33:28 GMT -5
Good to hear from you again Pete ;D
The dial in wasn't that bad. I basically loosened the screw holding the timing disc then moved the disc around by trial and error. I checked the timing with a light. The disc slots are filed close enough that setting the timing on one cylinder does the job for the other. It's like you said...once you get the timing set...you don't have to set it again
Since you asked...I'll post some pictures and provide a little more detail on this post and the 277 ignition post.
I'm having some trouble with an unstable idle, but that issues doesn't have anything to do with the ignition. I just finished reading Griz's carb post and I believe I can get the idle to settle down by adjusting the mixture setting. It was initially set at 2-2.5 turns out
I'll put something out after I get the carbs dialed in.
BTW, I'll have to do the You Tube thing...that is after I figure out how to post a video It will be fun to hear how quick this engine revs
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2008 22:36:30 GMT -5 by mashermoto
Very, very nice. Is that Mike's Ascot exhaust? I heard they don't fit up all that well. Did it take major tweaking to get it on there? It appears you cut the kickups off the ends of the headpipes so the mufflers run straight? I really like the look of the headpipes.
Cooltouch, I got the idle situation worked out, but not how to post on You Tube yet But I will get around to it. I can tell right off that I need to change out the pilot jet because it idles best with the mixture screws at about 1/2 a turn or less out. That's right in the range where the jet needs to be changed.
5T, I don't know who made the pipes. Burge offered them to me last year when I started this project. I cut the headers off at 32 inches, tweaked the left cylinder header by hand to cross under the frame a little better and somehow everything lined up perfect The original fitting just wouldn't fit right and I liked the looks of the shortened mufflers better than the long up swept look. They sound great. Kinda mellow...not too loud and not too soft.
Riggs and Pete, I don't know exactly how the gearing is going to work out. I stepped the counter shaft sprocket up to an 18 tooth, but the smallest rear sprocket available for the SR500 rear wheel is the 40 tooth that is mounted. According to Pete's calculations the combination has a little more RPM than stock. Because this is my short range hot rod bike, 1st through 4th should be fun around town, but 5th gear will probably have more buzz than I would like even with the overdrive. I'll have to wait and see
I'm really down to finishing a few loose ends then I can go for a test drive. I got the front brakes bleed tonight, but the rear disc is giving me some grief. I can't get it to pump fluid But I'm sure there is a post on here somewhere to get me through it ;D
Last Edit: Feb 26, 2008 0:15:24 GMT -5 by mashermoto
r80rt: :)This is a splendid write up, THANK YOU!!!!
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May 12, 2016 22:22:21 GMT -5
motormike: Good Day ...just a FYI.. Wild Cat is this Labor Day weekend. Still go'n on. A few 650's still make the scene. Various rides at different skill levels each day.. awards dinner sunday eve. BS in the park'n lot after dinner.
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lsettle: First post in over 6 years!
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kardon: Wow quiet here, where did they all go.
Oct 7, 2016 2:18:13 GMT -5
gggGary: XS650.com LOL
Feb 16, 2017 20:49:02 GMT -5
buell88: Anybody have any idea who built the xs650 tracker used in the Draggin Jeans Ad on Pipeburn?
May 16, 2017 16:24:09 GMT -5
joshua: The regulator/rectifier unit I got from Mikes PMA has closer hole spacing than original. Are we supposed to mill the holes to fit?
Jun 7, 2017 19:25:58 GMT -5
joshua: My bad. I found the bracket they supplied to mount the rectifier/regulator... Uh oh. How is this meant to work? Which way is it meant to mount? Looks like I have to use some spacers or something. Good instructions would be nice.
Jun 7, 2017 22:09:52 GMT -5
craig8johnson: Not sure if this is the right spot or not but oh well...
Jul 11, 2017 18:04:15 GMT -5
craig8johnson: I'm checking the charging system. I'm afraid I might have fried the last battery. With the solid state regulator (after market) what should it be charging at. The book says, I think, 15 volts. I'm hitting 17 when revved. Is that too high?
Jul 11, 2017 18:06:19 GMT -5
gggGary: Yes 17 volts is too high, about 14 volts is max, sounds like you don't have the right regulator or it's wired wrong.
Jul 13, 2017 6:54:33 GMT -5
dean: Just saying Hello, new member who is going to fix up a 79 XS650 that has seen its better days. I will definitely have lots of questions coming up.
Jun 23, 2018 16:45:32 GMT -5
tt650: Trying to breathe life into a 1980 that's been stored (indoors) for 25 yrs. Air filters are dry rotted. Have cleaned carbs but she only runs briefly on choke then stops. Need jet setting info and other ideas that might help her idle and rev.
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trix13: Hey everyone! New to the forum and am fighting those gremlins!! New charging system, ignition switch, coil and fuse box. Resistance is higher than normal on the ignition pick up so I'm trying to find one. No such luck yet.
Aug 16, 2018 8:50:48 GMT -5
trix13: Also, even though all of my connections are clean, I cannot seem to find out why , when at higher rpms, I hit the signals and the rpms pulse with the signals...hahah. same with the brake light. I appreciate all input!!
Aug 16, 2018 8:55:08 GMT -5
bob99: how do I post a question. I am new to the forum
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adlpc: Hello all! Been enjoying your edifying posts and discussions - and as a fan of the XS650 since my early teenage years happy that I now own a 1980 Special which I plan to turn into a vintage half faired racer. Thank you all for being here!
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jimothyj: Hello everyone, I just joined & wish would have known about this site in 2014 when I brought my 1974 TX650A back from the grave. I have spent a good deal of $$ and alot of time on it. Just painted it and working on electrical, I will post pics soon,
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louisvan: trix13 - I had a problem with my 1975 SX650. When I got to highway speeds, the engine lost power. The problem was in the connectors. At a certain vibration and the wind pushing on the wiring loom, the connector lost continuity. A bad crimp to the wire.
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