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79 XS 400 make over. (Slow)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Stpierre, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    Hi,
    I picked up a 79 today hope to give it a new look with some USD forks (maybe) but I would love to change out the swing arm for aluminum box swing arm.
    I would like to use spoke rims with disc brakes.
    Did a lot of searching on the internet but not a lot of help doesn't seem to be that much information for the 400s. SmartSelectImage_2017-07-01-18-25-25.png
     
  2. spectra

    spectra XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    Nice little starter there! Spokes are nice but expensive.........I like the mags and am just using those on my project.

    This is a great site for info just use the search button its your best friend!!!! if you have a question I am sure it has been answered already......

    And welcome I am new also to the 400.
     
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  3. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    Discover this today looks like the chain from the starter hit the case from the inside not sure this is common or not.
     

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  4. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    Got some work done today got most of it apart.
     

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  5. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    The pivot pin for the swing arm is putting up one heck of a fight...
     
  6. xschris

    xschris a lifestyle not a trend Top Contributor

    Don't mess up that bolt. They don't make them anymore.
     
  7. Nice Ride, I have the same "in black" can't wait to see how it turns out
     
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  8. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    I hope the xs500 bolt will work.
     
  9. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    I hope I can pull this off all the parts will be here new week.
     
  10. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    2000 r1 forks hopefully I can make it work with the bearings.
     

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  11. spectra

    spectra XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    So did you mess up the bolt? If so I may have one as I have a few bikes laying around that are parts bikes.
     
  12. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    Thank you! I have a XS500 one on the way. I can't get this thing out! I will have to cut the swingarm.
     
  13. spectra

    spectra XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    Really? crap what about a ton of spray in there to loosen things up? Mine just popped out really easy on both bikes. I still have one I haven't messed with.
     
  14. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    I got my swingarm (VTR1000) in today but I don't see it working? Keep you posted tomorrow.

    The inside of the xs frame is 8" this is 11 1/2" I was told 7 3/4" but that's the inside hole...lol oh well $200 out the window.
     

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  15. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    I have been trying trust me!
     
  16. spectra

    spectra XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    Wow well yeah that one wont even come close to fitting the factory frame.
     
  17. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    I could make it wider but the offset is going to be to far off with that wide rim.
    Maybe a SR500 swingarm?
     
  18. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    Anyone ever see a 525 front sprocket on a xs 400?
     
  19. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    Okay this is getting expensive but this I should be able to make work somehow. Suzuki Bandit 400 swingarm.
     

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  20. Stpierre

    Stpierre XS400 Addict

    Got the carbs totally rebuilt today. I have never seen the brass floats get disintegrated before must be that wonderful ethanol.
     

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