Honda XR650L build

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  1. kennyw

    kennyw N9PHW Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Well over a year ago, I picked this bike up from a friend on a trade.

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    The frame was broken and patched back together so he had purchased a newer frame but never got around to fixing it before buying a new bike.

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    He helped me tear it down and I went to work cleaning and painting the good frame.

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    Then, reassembly... new tires, tubes, bearings, etc.

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    At this point I turned attention to the motor. While it was out, replace seals and leaking gaskets. But I hit a snag with a couple broken valve cover bolts stuck in the head. I managed to safely remove one out of them but got stuck with the last one.

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    Started to think drilling and helicoil was the only option left but put it off. Then moved to the new property and got busy for almost 9 months. Eventually, I found a used head and started putting it back together in the last couple weeks.

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    Desert_K5 1/2 ton status Vendor

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    As an old has been racer, I'm in for the build. Never had an L model, but raced the 600r's for a while. @Fastereddie remember these old tanks.
     
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    kennyw N9PHW Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I finished putting the motor together and started reassembly in the frame today. Still need to finish the fuel system and chain drive tomorrow but getting close finally.

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    kennyw N9PHW Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Carb installed and chain drive rebuilt. Had to order new exhaust gaskets and a couple more small parts before I can finish.

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    Nice! I’ve alwas wanted a XL.

    Good job!
     
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    kennyw N9PHW Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Just curious about the weight difference. The new LED headlight is actually slightly heavier.
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    Installed the new taillight and turn signals on the rear fender.
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    The taillight is a cheap one off Ebay that looks like the XR600 taillight but dual element bulb. Eventually I'll find an LED bulb that fits the housing. The 1157 replacements I have do not fit.
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    Turn signals are cheap flush mount LEDs
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