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General Board / Re: #7 joins the fleet
« Last post by fret not on June 23, 2019, 04:18:49 PM »
Dang, I bet that was noisy.
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The Swap Shop / Re: I Too Need a Float for a 1983
« Last post by fret not on June 22, 2019, 11:53:33 PM »
Kevin, I have dug out the '83 carb set and took a look inside.  Both floats are in place, as is the accelerator pump and all the plastic hose barbs.  There are a lot of good parts in this set, for someone with '83 carbs.  As soon as I find a box to fit I will send it off to you.  Then you can send a check to me as I haven't figured out how to collect funds via PayPal.

I also have a very nice rebuilding kit for '82 carbs that I ordered before I got on the bandwagon for the YZF carbs. 
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The Swap Shop / Re: Looking for a cheap windscreen
« Last post by fret not on June 22, 2019, 11:23:04 PM »
There are plastic shops that can replicate your original if you have the original.  It is easier to work with a more or less whole screen but if you have all the pieces they can still get it pretty close.  Either that or learn how to make a mold and carefully heat the plastic so it forms to the mold.  Precise heat control is a big deal for this process.
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General Board / Yellowrider
« Last post by Inheritance on June 22, 2019, 10:46:05 PM »
Not sure what else to say except a truly wild transformation: http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-xz-550-restomod

Some of my favorite reader comments about stock XZs include: "one of the worlds ugliest POS motorcycles" and "a gutless wonder with virtually no redeeming qualities."

Here's his YouTube account for a few fairing-less clips during his build: https://www.youtube.com/user/poodtje/videos
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General Board / Yellowrider
« Last post by Inheritance on June 22, 2019, 10:46:04 PM »
*** MODS -- double-posted this. Oops. You can delete thread! ***


Not sure what else to say except a truly wild transformation: http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-xz-550-restomod

Some of my favorite reader comments about stock XZs include: "one of the worlds ugliest POS motorcycles" and "a gutless wonder with virtually no redeeming qualities."

Here's his YouTube account for a few fairing-less clips during his build: https://www.youtube.com/user/poodtje/videos
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The Swap Shop / Re: Looking for a cheap windscreen
« Last post by Inheritance on June 22, 2019, 09:59:14 PM »
Bump because I destroyed my shark fairing windscreen today. Curious to see if there's any on the market.
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General Board / Re: #7 joins the fleet
« Last post by Walt_M. on June 22, 2019, 08:13:01 AM »
I have always appreciated a truthful seller. Bet that was running really sweet.
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General Board / Ventilated Piston
« Last post by Prophet Of Doom on June 21, 2019, 10:18:00 PM »
Mostly I've been removing parts one at a time, and  either replacing or refinishing them as I go
Now it's time to rip into the engine(s) - I'm trying to build a single 550 engine from my spares as the bike came with a 400cc installed :-(


This was my "best" spare engine.  Low km and working well when removed from the bike - or so I was told.

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General Board / Re: New to Me 1983 XZ550RK
« Last post by motoracer8 on June 19, 2019, 04:11:51 PM »
Both intake and exhaust will be open will be open at overlap. Be sure and check the cam timing before you tear things apart. At TDC small dots on the cams will align with pointers on the upper cam bearings.
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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2019
« Last post by fret not on June 16, 2019, 02:37:00 PM »
Interesting that Lorenzo is getting some confidence on the Honda, maybe a little too much for the moment, as he took out the top Ducati rider and the factory Yamaha team in one move.  He did post some decent lap times in the run-up to the race, so we may yet see Lorenzo and Marquez go at it.
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