11/14/15

XS650 enduro project

I've been working out some of the last details on the XS so I can tear it down and get started on the finish work. One thing was the seat latch.
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The latch was right where the side cover is, so needed moved.
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I cut the end of the latch off.
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The solution, I welded it to the rear seat damper mount a couple inches back.
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I then made a bracket to mount the latch lever.
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I also got a new cover for the seat, so once I blast and paint the pan it'll be ready to upholster.
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I'll be using a 5" TT500/TY250 headlight. I bought a 15-005 shell and 19-021 grill from The Vintage Spoke. These new parts were quite a bit less expensive than beat up used ones usually go for.
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I bought a NOS Yamaha 434-84120-60-00 lens.
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It was used on 6V bikes, but since it isn't a sealed beam I'll be able to fit a 12V bulb.
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I got three used 195-84324-00-00 springs to mount the lens.
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Coolest headlight ever.
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To mount it I got some used TY250 ears. I'll probably blast these and paint them black.
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The skid plate will be like the one on my '79 XS650, other than it won't need to be cut around the stock side stand, so I took it off to use as a template. I'm making it from the same stop sign.
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I have a deck porch on my shop, and it works good for bending the aluminum to the needed shape.
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Here it is after shaping and I'm fitting the front mounts. I bolt them to the skid plate and then trim them to fit the frame before welding.
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Here it is so far. I've still got to finish mounting the skid plate, and modify the steering stops for the XT/TT500 front end. The seat cover is just sitting in place to see how it will look. The bike should be ready to break down next weekend.
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2 comments:

MARSHALLovercloth said...

very great bike!!!

Joe C said...

Thanks Marshall! It's getting there. I definitely get lots of ideas from your blogs.