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History of the Yamaha XS400

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Travis, Nov 16, 2010.

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  1. salisride

    salisride XS400 Addict

    I'm looking around and looking they had 3 tanks for the 400?
     
  2. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The sohc xs400 used two over the years. A "square" type and the later tear drop.
     
  3. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    I have the 3rd one... :)
     
  4. salisride

    salisride XS400 Addict

    I wish I could post pics but there's actually three. The square one had a long seat and cowl which no hump. Then the one I just realized was the third is similar to the tear drop one but drops off sooner and is more in line with the frame. This one has a long seat with a cowl but has a small hump. Then the third is the special edition which is tear drop with shorter seat no cowl and large hump. Google xs400 and you might see it
     
  5. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The "third one" was never sold in the u.s. and was most likely use only in a few European countries. That bike even has a different style shift lever setup.
     
  6. salisride

    salisride XS400 Addict

    Wow it does, doesn't it I would like one of those tanks :).
    Hey did all the xs's have twin wall pipes ?
     
  7. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Yes. All had double wall head pipes. The early ones where a 2-2 exhausts with no crossover between them. Where the later ones had megaphone style mufflers and a crossover pipe linking them.
     
  8. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    It also has a XS360 style points cover. Did some of the early models have it as well or just this one?
     
  9. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The 77-D, 78 2-E and the 79 2-F had the finned points cover.
     
  10. salisride

    salisride XS400 Addict

    Hey chris I know you're pretty knowledgeable about these bikes but you said all xs were twin walled pipe what about the xs360? the 400 had a one piece header/baffle. which will leak if aftermarket pipes are clamped on, but the 360 had a two piece exhaust system which came with the baffles clamped on from factory, riddle me that ? haha were they just twin walled, but a tighter fit? the 400 has a good gap between the inner and outer
     
  11. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The 76-77 xs360 and the 77-79 xs400 used the same head pipes. They were also without the vent hole at the top and bottom of them. But there is a vent hole in the muffler just after where the pipe attaches. The 80-82 exhaust inner pipe ran into and was part of the muffler. The early ones where less tuned for over all performance and more a "muffler" to quiet them down. I run both and I prefer the 80-82 style. The 76-77 xs360 and the 77 xs400 did use a different muffler than the later 2-2 style. They look to have a larger outlet hole at the end of them. Maybe a 1.25" hole compared to the 1" on the other models. I don't have a set of them so I can't be sure.
     

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  12. bensonj

    bensonj XS400 Member

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    What would that make this thing then. Pretty sure its the 78 400E but more opinions is always good.
     
  13. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The 2L0 VIN prefix is listed on page 1 of this thread.
     
  14. bensonj

    bensonj XS400 Member

    Maybe, so but what about the 000595, that's what's throwing me off, unless it doesn't really mean anything
     
  15. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    That's the number of your bike. I believe they're in numerical order so you may have the 595th one of those bikes made.
     
  16. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    I think the numbers start at 123, so his would be 472 made for the U.S. market of that model.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2018
  17. MEDEL

    MEDEL XS400 Member

    Hello everyone, so I read these whole conversation and I didnt see anything that matches my bike. My bike title says is a 82 yamaha thats it and the vin 8th digit is "0" and It would be owesome if some had an answer for me cause is driving me crazy...(I need to find the correct wiring harness)
     
  18. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The 8th digit is irrelevant. What are the first three?
     
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