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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tstidham, Mar 16, 2023.

  1. tstidham

    tstidham XS400 Addict

    Did some spring prep this year on the 78 with some new tires and tubes, a new chain and a new clutch (finally). And yes, I think the original clutch gave all it had to give! The steels were flat but showed some pitting so I used a complete kit with frictions and steels. The springs seemed perfect. Surprisingly easy job to do.

    I picked up a good used Avon front tire, a new Shinko back tire and new tubes. I used the Ride-On balancer fluid after mounting and the bike rides super smooth! Coupled with the new chain and it rides like a brand-new bike! My old chain, which I think was original, was majorly stretched. The old adjustment was between the 4 and 5 tick marks on the rear swing arm, the new chain hit's proper adjustment at 2 ticks.:thumbsup:

    Now to get it through inspection (I've been riding dirty for the past year) 20230316_154611.jpg 20230311_151516.jpg 20230311_162810.jpg .:(
  2. CaptChrome

    CaptChrome XS400 Addict Top Contributor

    Good score on the Avon tire! I'd also say that someone got their moneys worth out of that clutch - I am surprised you were able to ride with it.
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  3. tstidham

    tstidham XS400 Addict

    The Avon was a good score, $25 and it looks barely broken in. For the clutch, I pretty much had to adjust the slack every time I rode! o_O Driving easy, you wouldn't have known, but try to give 1/2 beans or more and she'd start to slip. The bike only has 14k miles on it so it is likely the original.
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  4. CaptChrome

    CaptChrome XS400 Addict Top Contributor

    $25? Holy crap, why can't I find those deals. That tire looks brand new.

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