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What did you do with your XS today?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by logan, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. pat_man

    pat_man XS400 Member

    Im over here in Spokane, I'm sure you're much worse off than us. Its still bad, you can barely see 50ft and the temp has dropped to 70* max. Weird times eh?
  2. spectra

    spectra XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    Not bad really as long as I don't see flames ;) I am just sick and tired of the smoke though.
  3. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The smoke has blanked out the sky and made the sun blood-red. Still a few kilometers visibility though, can't complain too much.

    Just ordered a lithium battery and tires for the 82 XS400.
    Went with a Scorpion Stinger battery: https://www.scorpionbattery.com/powersports-batteries/motorcycle/sstx12q-fp.html
    Accepts up to 15V and has integrated cell balancing. No fancy charger needed, cheaper than anything comparable on the market and only 2lbs.
    Mostly just because lead-acid batteries seem so old-school....
  4. Chance

    Chance XS400 Member

    Oh man speaking of smoke. I'm in Missoula MT and it's like a nuclear winter over here. Ruining my favorite time to ride.
  5. arfstrom

    arfstrom XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    My last ride on my bike, resulted in a seized engine. from what I have seen on here, it may be nothing, or maybe something. I heard what I thought was louder than normal noise I thought was from the valves. Then I seen something fly out of my grocery carrier. 1.5 miles from my home. I stopped the bike, and That was it. the electric was weak to begin, and the 1.5 miles or road time wasn't enough to charge up the battery. The kick stopped in place. Then the coast and put it into 2nd gear didn't do anything either. So End of story that day, I had to walk my bike home the 1.5 miles (measured by Google fit, up a slight hill). The closest rental placed had closed 24 minutes before my stoppage. No to dig up the courage and validate my issue.
  6. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Fingers crossed for you arfstrom.

    I got new tires in the mail the other day.
    Took my front wheel and tire off only to discover some pretty bad corrosion and pitting on the bead mating surface.
    Think I'm going to run a tube in it, just in case.
  7. Vintage_Metal

    Vintage_Metal XS400 Member

    New battery and carb rebuild done. Starts up like a champ and both cylinders are firing! Won’t idle though but I had the mix screws 2.5 turns out. It’s not street legal yet so I can’t really run it to a good operating temp. Moved to 3.5 turns but Nate just hit us so no outside experiments today.
  8. Petew

    Petew XS400 True Believer Top Contributor

    Remove clutches and cleaned with brake kleen and saturated with new diesel oil. Changed oil and filter, adjusted clutch free play... all on one orange and white bike. On the second bike I repacked and replaced steering bearings,installed fork boots. Placed motor in freshly painted frame& installed swingarm. It was a productive day.
  9. Vintage_Metal

    Vintage_Metal XS400 Member

    Went for a 10 mile ride with no idle (had to rev at lights) and fouled both plugs. I tried adjusting the float level and now the right cylinder isn’t firing (previously was left side not firing). Im thinking that’s cause I didn’t have new plugs and cleaned the fouled ones hoping they might work but it seems like a no go there. Ordered a few more bp7’s and since it’s raining again I’m going to remove and check the carbs again. I most likely didn’t get the floats right. Also Gas was coming out of the air boxes ugh. So that means my new float needles aren’t shutting off the gas right?

    The CV carb on my KLR650 is rock solid so I’m new to tuning them.
  10. arfstrom

    arfstrom XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    @Vintage_Metal if gas is coming out of air box, chances are good(bad) that its also in the oil. (smell test) Good luck
  11. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Stinking up the oven while the wife is out.

    Attached Files:

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  12. spectra

    spectra XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    Oh the wife would kill me if I tried that one :laugh2:
  13. Lou Ranger

    Lou Ranger Former xs400 Luddite Top Contributor

    ... for colour choice alone ... :wink2:
  14. Scorpio1963

    Scorpio1963 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Unfortunately shes put away for the winter in my shed.Living in a cold northern state and without any garage my ignition problem is on hold till?
  15. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Remounted rear shocks on both bikes after disassembling, sandblasting, and painting them.
    Discovered that my 360 has Interpart Mulholland aftermarket shocks. It's possible to rebuild them fully... but I'd need to find replacement parts and they're not leaking.

    Rebuilt the 400's front brake caliper and mounted it back on the forks.
    Need to decide whether to rebuild the stock 400 master cylinder, rebuild a spare 360 master cylinder, or buy a cheap chinese one for now.
    The 360's would look better on my drag bars but the mirror mount is messed up.
  16. NewHavenMike

    NewHavenMike 1976 XS360C Top Contributor

    I Winterized my 360 today. A sad day..

    Took it out for maybe 10 miles today to go and pick up some oil.

    -Drained oil, changed oil filter and oil. Started it and let the carbs run out of gas.
    -Removed tank and drained fuel.
    -Removed valve caps, carbs and plugs to spray the fogging oil.
    -Replaced caps and plugs, and closed off the intake boots with rags.
    -Sprayed the mufflers with some fogging oil and stuffed a rag in the tips.
    -Took the carbs apart to let them dry along with the gas tank.
    -Removed battery and brought inside.

    My plan is to spray the fogging oil in the carbs and tank and bring them inside as well.
  17. spectra

    spectra XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    Where do you store the bike?

    That's a lot to do.
  18. NewHavenMike

    NewHavenMike 1976 XS360C Top Contributor

    The bike is stored in my shed. So it will get cold, but it is protected from the weather. I couldve just topped the tank off and put Sta-bil in the gas and itd be fine. I just decided to store the carbs and tank inside my house.
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  19. spectra

    spectra XS400 Junkie Top Contributor

    Ok I see why you went to the lengths you did.

    Mine stay in a heated garage and I want them to be ride able just in case we get that nice sunny 30 degree winter day :D
  20. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    I would leave the mufflers open. When they get warm and cold over the winter moisture will form in them. If they are plugged then it will sit in the bottoms causing a better chance for rust.

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