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XS 400 cafe racer style...ish build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Dan, Mar 15, 2019 at 6:46 PM.

  1. Dan

    Dan XS400 Member

    Hi All,

    I'm Dan, live in the midlands, in Eng UK. Purchased a 1980 xs400 about 6 months ago and have started to build / convert into cafe racer thing. Lots of great info and ideas on hear. It's now slowly coming together, I'll share some pics. Sure I'll get stuck as in the past so will no doubt, shout out for help! I'm an electrician by trade but have very limited motorcycle / mechanical knowledge!

    So far...
    Engine was vapour cleaned, new gaskets and screws. Checked and valve clearances
    Cabs cleaned, require re building
    Frame modified and powder coated
    Wheels painted
    New tyres and rear sets
    Wiring .....nearly sorted
    Kickstart only
  2. got20z

    got20z 1977 XS360

    Welcome Dan. Nice bike. Looks like a fun project!
  3. Renegade

    Renegade XS400 Enthusiast

    Looks really good man. What rearset are you running there?
  4. Dan

    Dan XS400 Member

  5. Dan

    Dan XS400 Member

    Exhaust now on, wiring 95% done. Carbs back on. Tank and rear seat unit have gone off to paint. Not far off from kicking it over and hoping is does not go bang! I'll put up some more pics
  6. xschris

    xschris a lifestyle not a trend Top Contributor

    I would replace those air pods with a set of black foam uni's if you must have pods. Those emgo pods are about the worst setup for these type carbs. If you still have the stock H-pipe intake boot, putting the uni's on them would be even better.
  7. Dan

    Dan XS400 Member

    Hi Chris, good to know - thank you. And yes, I still have the boots. I see mikes also sell some pod type filters. Had issue today. When kicking the bike over the kick start does not seem to travel as far as it should. Neither does it spring back. Bit confused as I haven't done anything with this part. Engine was filled with new oil. And was working before engine was taken out. Need further time to investigate, but welcome any thoughts
  8. xschris

    xschris a lifestyle not a trend Top Contributor

    Avoid pleated type filters unless they are real K&N filters that are oiled. Even then you should use the stock intake pipe. Black foam uni's work better. Stock boxes/filters are best but will defeat your "look". If your kick lever don't return the spring might be off inside. The are threads on kick lever issues in the forum as this has been covered many times. Just do a search.
  9. Dan

    Dan XS400 Member

    Thanks Chris. Have read some posts, re kick start, so know where to start and hoping to solve when I have some more time over this weekend. Let you know how I get on

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