I'd like to ditch the stock headlight for a bottom mount unit on a handmade mount. I was thinking along the lines of a 5 3/4" light. But...what do I do with the wad of wires from inside the headlight bucket? I don't want to get the thing looking nice, then have a rat nest of wires between the headlight and fork neck. Any opinions and advice is welcome!
I've been thinking about doing something along those lines as well. I'd thought about mounting a junction box somewhat inconspicuously behind the headlight between the forks after removing all unnecessary plugs from the harness (I've been stripping excess electricals). A good craftsmen could also build the splice box, headlight mount, and even signal mounts all into one trick unit. Another option would be to completely rewire the bike, moving all connections under the seat. Make sure to post pics of whatever you come up with and good luck!
I just did a quick and dirty method. used a 4~5oz chain saw oil bottle. split it down one edge and taped it back together when all the wires/connectors were inside. made a small bracket off fork I may get round to making things a bit neater one day (but its been like this for 4 yrs ;D ;D) Oh, make a drain hole in the bottom PJ
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When I was messing with my headlight, it seemed like a lot of the wires & connectors were for the express purpose of going through the headlight. Get a wiring diagram & a lot of time and clean it all up
I changed my stock sealed beam headlight and went with the halogin conversion kit from Mike's XS then bought a "blue" bulb for it. I had problems (like Mike said I would) getting the wiring back inside. (but I was able to acomplish this feat)
My father-in-law had a scrap yamaha givin to him and it had a deeper housing. I replaced the original stock housing with this old Yamaha, (think it's a 82 800 something, not sure, too many identifiers missing) All the wiring fits much better, but now I need to figure out how to make the mount work so that I'm not shining the coons.
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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.
Jul 3, 2018 19:15:19 GMT -5
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
Jun 6, 2019 10:52:10 GMT -5
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!
Oct 1, 2019 0:58:56 GMT -5
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,
Apr 10, 2021 2:14:13 GMT -5
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.
May 20, 2021 1:19:09 GMT -5
deadlykittin: Hey guys,. i have a 82 xs650 special, super new rider, with almost no knowledge on bikes. So was just riding it, getting used to the clutch and all that. But i was noticed its really hard to get the bike to start, using electric start. And the kick pump---
Aug 4, 2022 17:09:55 GMT -5
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
Aug 4, 2022 17:11:01 GMT -5
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