gotta tell you guys this is the coolest thread ive read two thumbs up for creativity, I wish I knew half and understood half of how you figure this out. I even posted link over on CU forum figured theres some chop builders over there that may appreciate it .
Any particular reason you used that particular coil?
It's big and powerful but mainly I chose it because it is cheap and plentiful. When I build something I like to think, "If this breaks when I'm in a small town 200 miles from home will I be able to find another one and keep going." These coils were used on nearly every distributorless GM car in the eighties and nineties.
hey guys, I just got my computer fixed today after a couple of weeks down and couldn't wait to post a new reply. I finally got the vw dist. cap installed and a chrome single tower coil. oh man this looks cool!!! along with that mod, I am also installing a carb. off an early vw bug, I made a manifold out of some mandrel bends I had laying around. this thing gets crazier by the day but it still has some bugs to work out. I would like to post pics of my project but I need a little guidence from you pros. how do I get them to post here. I'm a little slow so please explain step by step.
Last Edit: Mar 29, 2006 21:04:59 GMT -5 by motolou
i will start another one and i give mrriggs all the credit, he gave me a sweet idea with that corolla ignition, but now, if some one could please tell me how to post pics, those will really put the topping on this cake!!! ;D ;D
Post by jonnybiker1 on Apr 8, 2006 23:34:06 GMT -5
As of reading this thread tonight Mrriggs is my hero. what a great ignition with parts easy to get.i cant wait till monday and raid uwrench auto for some bike goodies. woo hoo im diggin this site more every day.
Owner and builder A+J custom and vintage cycles. streettrackers and choppers restos and the occasional john deere tractor.
Post by 4lungfreak on Apr 12, 2006 21:44:29 GMT -5
Hey mrriggs, this is indeed some cool stuff.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume this is replacing a points ignition.
My question is will it work on an electronic ignition. I just got a 1980 XS650.
My bike has a weak spark on the right side and has trouble starting. I suspect the plug wires, which I'm pretty sure are stock because they are "built into" the coil. From what I understand, when you buy the coil and wires form Mike's you have to make your own plug wires. And I don't really like that idea. Any information would be great. And keep up the good work.
Yes this is meant to replace a points ignition. You could do it on your bike, but you would have to find the advance mechanism from a points bike, scrounge up all the parts and do a buch of custom wiring (including making new plug wires). If your system is functioning you would be better off just buying a new coil and wires. The bike plug wires are a lot easier to put together than car plug wires. You just screw the ends on and you're done, where as you need to crimp the ends on the car plug wires.
Post by Six-Five-O on May 11, 2006 22:30:53 GMT -5
I was hoping Mrriggs and Motolou would keep posting their progress on this thread topic.
The idea of this conversion/adaptation may be a real boon and I think this thread ought to be kept up with. At least until it's determined if the adaptation works and is dependable..
Dependabilty is the operative word here.. In my mind, no matter how cheap and plentiful parts are, If a conversion or adaption is not dependable, and there is constant need to keep fixing some part of it, then it makes no difference on how cheap, nor plentiful, parts may be. Constant breakdowns suck, especially when you don't have a lot of time to ride, or you are depending on using the machine as primary transportation....
Hopefully this novel idea will fully pan out. I think the idea is great and is something I'm interested in.
Last Edit: May 11, 2006 22:40:23 GMT -5 by Six-Five-O
Yamaha XS650, the past is a just a blur in the mirrors.
I wish I had progress to share. Haven't touched the bike in well over a month. Had to build a bed for my girl. Then she got sick, then I got sick. Now I'm working seven days a week cause my wallet is a bit thin. The girl is getting her tonsils out next week. Even if I had time to get it running I couldn't give you any road reports until I get the title from the guy I bought it from. Every time I call him he has some new story. I bought that XS750 and will probably get it on the road first, if the motor is any good. Got the kits for the carbs just no time to go through them.
It's really getting to me, not having a bike. I was a diehard rider, every day rain or shine. My truck was only used to haul around bikes. Then my brand new bike was stolen and now I'm stuck driving the cage.
r80rt: :)This is a splendid write up, THANK YOU!!!!
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mashermoto: What the what is this shoutbox for? Or should I shout, WHAT THE WHAT IS THIS SHOUTBOX FOR!
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.
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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