Post by EvergreenXS on Sept 25, 2006 17:27:08 GMT -5
Don't you know that I was just about to pull out of the driveway when I decide it would be wise to check my brakelight and now it's not working. The only cause I could think of was that I had been messing with my handle bars so maybe the wires got pulled on too hard. I opened up the headlight and they looked fine in there. Then I took apart the little switch by the brake lever which brings me to my question. Is there supposed to be spring in there? Nothing had come disconnected so that didn't solve my problem but it didn't make sense to me how it would work without a spring. I tried using a spring from a pen but it still wouldn't work. Any theories.
Also, my neutral light stopped working aroung the same time. The wire had often come loose before but now it won't work even when I hold the wire to the switch. Is there any chance these could be related? The tail light and turn signals still work. Thanks for the help. Also I should mention that I don't have a switch to turn on the brake light with the rear brake so that simplifies things.
Post by EvergreenXS on Oct 3, 2006 17:45:10 GMT -5
So just to preface this, everything that has gone wrong here is related to me harboring (and uttering, I'll admit) the idea of selling my bike. I got myself the help I needed, don't worry, but now the damn thing won't let me ride it. Not legally at least.
First, the neutral light was out because the signal fuse was blown. Of course when I replaced it and squeezed the brake it blew again. Then when I tried to take apart the switch again it exploded and sent the little pieces ricocheting around the shop. It seems that the plastic housing for the switch is barbed where it sticks into its home by the brake lever. When this barb broke it unleashed the shrapnel.
So I know I'm stupid, I know I deserve it but the question remains: what the hell do I do now? So here I am, turning to the oracle for help. Even if I could talk someone into letting me steal this little switch assembly off of their master cylinder, how would I get it off without grenading another one? Does anyone have a better idea? I there a universal solution or a part of another bike that might work? Please help.
'76 and older models used a hydraulic switch mounted in the junction block on the lower triple tree. Don't know for sure, but you might be able to adapt it to yours. Then there's always a new replacement from Mike's - $5.
Post by EvergreenXS on Oct 10, 2006 12:08:08 GMT -5
Thank you so much for the tip 5twins. It hadn't even occured to me to look there for some reason. I'm feeling alot more optimistic about this already. A new switch may or may not cure my problem but it will certainly get me alot closer than I've been since I started 'fixing' it Does a Mikes' ban last forever do you think?
kardon: Wow quiet here, where did they all go.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!!
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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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deadlykittin: loses compression after the first kick. Ontop of that, i noticed it 1, wont go into neutral when sitting still. and now it dies after getting it started in neutral and going into gear
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