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New bike for a friend

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SoulMan, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    I picked it up for 200 bucks. Going to take some work to get to the point where I can test it.

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  2. xschris

    xschris a lifestyle not a trend Top Contributor

    Good score!! Hope you can get the paper work figured out.
     
  3. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    We shall see... worse case do a bonded title and add 100 to the price assuming the engine runs. Will be determining that first before doing the bonded title if I need to do one.
     
  4. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    That feeling you get when you are looking at a mess of wires and then out one pops from under some electrical tape and you start to pull the tape off and you see a butt connector.

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  5. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    Also to add. I think the harness is mostly back on for my testing. Some hacked wires here and there. Mostly the fuse box and some of the indicator lights were snipped :(. I will probably clean it up more but I got the warning lights when I turned the key which was a welcome sign. It looked low on oil so I started filling it up so I could just see if she would crank over then I realized it wasn't low but overfilled. I pulled the oil drain bolt and gasoline and oil came flooding out. The previous owner did say that the carb was flooding the bike and that he bought a new float for it but maybe they never tried to start it after that. Or maybe there is a leak with the vacuum line or something. But a little bit closer to that first crank.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2019 at 12:37 PM
  6. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    Here is what I see inside... some bits and parts of what looks like the seal from the oil filter cover.

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  7. Your engine thanks you dearly
     
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  8. xschris

    xschris a lifestyle not a trend Top Contributor

    Looks like some sort of sealant was used at some point. This is why we only use proper gaskets and o-rings.
     
  9. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    So I assume I should put a new o-ring here.
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2019
  10. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    Got a new o-ring for the filter housing. Started looking to put everything together and I went to get the gasket off of the bottom cover and found no gasket.

    Anyone have any real good tips to get this gunk off? I personally don't like using a razer blade. I always feel like I'm going to gouge the metal.

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  11. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    Well. I decided to try the razor blade and to my happiness there was a gasket down there.

    Once I started to get under the gasket I pulled it off and then cleaned up the surface very lightly with the emery cloth there. Then I sprayed fogging oil on a paper towel and just wiped the surface to make sure to get any real fine particles off.

    Now I just need to make or buy a new gasket and get this back together.

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    Should I try to get that black gunk off the inside there on that edge?
     
  12. xschris

    xschris a lifestyle not a trend Top Contributor

    I would just wipe up as much as you can.
     
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  13. SoulMan

    SoulMan XS400 Addict

    xschris is this your forum? You are the man on here! :rock:
     
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