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I've had this 77' XS400 for years now and haven't done much with it. I bought the bike on the cheap with the intention of building a café racer. The motorcycle was purchased without a title or any docs to register..so it hit the sideline. I've recently decided to build a BUDGET yard machine/dirt bike. I'll do my best take pictures and document my progress. I know we all enjoy pictures whether good or bad.

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Engine out. Plan to work on brakes, carbs and an abridged wiring harness.

rectifier, regulator and coils all tested well.
 

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Welcome mjahii.

The bike looks to be in pretty good shape.

That is a fantastic workspace you've got there but you'd better get the parts off the dining room table before the wife gets home! :laugh:
 
I was able to get the engine back in without scratching the frame, rebuilt some old Koni shocks I picked for 10 bucks, painted the tank to match the shocks-- there are a few more pieces to paint. Next I plan to wire and mount battery box.
 

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I made my battery box out of an empty gas can The size is perfect for the battery, switch and other bits.
 

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It's a roller.

Thanks for the positive feed back. I still have a few items left. Paint, install and bleed brakes. Check timing, sync and tune carbs. I started a few sizes up in jets 140 mains, 47.5 pilots and 26-27 mm float height. Not exactly sure how much fuel to give her with the unis and small pipes. Either way its a starting point. The 14" rear shocks feel like a good match with the 30W oil in the forks, wont really know until I hit the trail. Getting anxious to fire it up.
 

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Nice looking scrambler! You must have liked how it performed to keep it all of this time and work on getting the title squared away. Nice job on the project.
 
I own a "Yard Machine" branded snowblower, so my first thought was someone put a motor from an XS into one of those, or a lawn mower...

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Looks pretty allright. The only thing that bugs me a little is the open air filter. Scramblers, being somewhat dirt-oriented, seem like they need some protection around it.
 
Yes, I definitely like the bike enough to hold on to it. I’ve since picked up 2 more 400’s to mess with! - A 79’ and 80’ both titled, not running but in decent shape. They’re a lot of fun to ride and work on.

I agree that ideally the air filters should be in a box. These UNIs are oiled up really well and I have protection from the rear wheel…so far it’s performing great for my application.
 
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