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I couldn't stay away... XS400 Heritage special resurrection

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by JPaganel, Aug 22, 2020.

  1. JPaganel

    JPaganel XS400 Addict

    Do you suppose this gas cap seal is due for a replacement?

    Yes, yes it was.

    Shined up the metal, greased the latch, replaced the rubber.

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  2. JPaganel

    JPaganel XS400 Addict

    Took it out for a spin around the block. The front had a weird rhythmic thing going on. Took the wheel to a shop I frequent.

    Shop guy was like "That looks like a wheel off your free bike". And then, once he put it on a truing stand - "Holy shit".

    So, the rim was shot. I ebayed a wheel for $60, which is hella not bad.

    I also decided to get a centerstand. That would make all this stuff easier. Went to put on the centerstand. Had to pull the muffler for that.

    In the process of pulling the muffler broke two exhaust studs. Welder to the rescue.
    Old studs out, new studs in. Exhaust back on.

    Meanwhile the wheel showed up. And then, suddenly, the plate.

    So, lo and behold, it is street legal.

    Made a parts run on it today.
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  3. bigdog

    bigdog XS400 Enthusiast

    Is that the end of the story? You've done an amazing job of taking a dead bike, that was just about ready for the crusher, and making it run. I wouldn't have known where to start or where to go next..I don't even understand some of the things you've done. But you've obviously enjoyed it. Just wish I had those skills. Hey, if you ever fancy a free holiday in sunny Manchester, in the UK, I have an XS that could do with your help. Beers on me.
  4. JPaganel

    JPaganel XS400 Addict

    Almost. I have one more mechanical thing to do - I need to replace the seals on the butterfly shaft in the carbs. I have an odd wandering idle happening, and those seals can do it.

    Past that I might start on things cosmetic. A little paint here and there, maybe get a less ugly muffler.

    Aw, yer gonna make me blush... :D

    This is really probably more work than it was worth, but sometimes you get into stuff like that as a challenge and toss reason in the wind.

    Manchester could be fun. Never been to anywhere in the UK yet.

    Now look at who is throwing away all caution... :D
  5. Looking forward to seeing what else this bike has in store for it.
    JPaganel likes this.

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