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Author Topic: Trash to Tracker, Xl350  (Read 237 times)

Offline 2strokeTRush

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Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« on: Dec 10, 2017, 22:29:48 »
  Whats up guys, My names Tyler Ill start off with a little back story and then get right to it.  I have been into the Vintage motorcycle scene since I was 17, building and restoring a few SOHC4 Hondas, and thus got familiar with them.  Im now 23 and haven't had a bike since I sold mine to pay my way through trade school. Im a Marine Mechanic in Baltimore. I just bought my first house a year ago and my wife and I are expecting a child mid July.  Since boat mechanics Don't work during the winter i picked up a little project to keep me busy. Something different from what I am used to, but familiar enough not to be in the dark completely.

  Even though its been 2 years since I sold off my bikes Im always looking online and a few weeks back I found a posting listed with a 1974 Honda Xl350. No title, non running, but complete and very close to me. I think I did ok on it, 300$.  I am a big outdoorsmen love to camp,offroad, fish and hunt, so having a bike that i Could take with me on some off road adventures seemed right. yet still be able to drive around town and work.



In the past I have done mild restorations, full restorations and just ridden bikes with factory " Patina " so naturally building a bike with a little custom touch of my own fit the bill just right. I would like to take this bike to a tracker/scrambler. Keeping the original lines of the bike, just adding a few touches of my own. Thinking of something like a Woods Tracker, something I can cruise on a friday afternoon around town, and then take with me camping for the weekend and ride a few dirt roads somewhere.

When I got it home the motor was locked up and the battery hadn't been touched since the 80's. Odometer shows around 6K miles and the bike seems fairly clean for being outside when the PO found it. Right away I poured some Marvels Mystery Oil in the plug hole and soaked some steel wool down to get off some light oxidation. right away the tank cleaned up, side covers looked better and rims started to shine, all good signs. I took the seat ( With no rips ) inside and got the material hot with a heat gun and used some Armor All on it and it cleaned up great. Im going to be building her in my shed the next few months.



The exhaust is trash, rusted through at the muffler, Im thinking a pipe from XLint Performance with a upswept pipe would look good. Didn't really like the stock exhaust anyway. Didn't get a key with the sale, but one of my spare keys I kept from other hondas fit and works!  The tank is dent free and beautiful, besides rust under the clear coat. Not sure what I'm going to do. the blue is flawless.  The side covers are in good shape, no cracks, original decals with just a little paint chipping on one.



I have just began stripping it down and collecting parts, I did get the motor free, and kicks over fine, showing 110 Psi compression, but I haven't adjusted the valves yet. Bike has spark, but carb is trash. Going to have it rebuilt soon and see what the motor needs. If I can get it running it should show wether it needs ti be rebuild or not. I ordered a repair manual should be here soon.

I bought a new battery and everything is working besides the head light and taillight. I have not invested this just yet. Ill have more time when I get laid off the end of the month. The tank has rust inside so its soaking in Vinegar now.







I starting learning to work on cb350s, 500s. 550s. and a few 750s when I was 17 and those forums helped me so much, so I hope some people here might be interested and follow along and give me a hand here and there!
« Last Edit: Dec 10, 2017, 22:31:24 by 2strokeTRush »


Offline cxman

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #2 on: Dec 11, 2017, 07:40:18 »
tyler

i have a bunch of these so whatever stock parts you take off please let me know i could probably use them

thanks will get a chair and watch
1978 CX650 Super Deluxe
1979 XS1100 Special
1974 xl350
1983 cx650 Custom
1973 cb750
1980 cb750
1981 cb650
1982 cb900 c
1974 kawasaki 350 bighorn
1983 GL1100 aspy full dress
1983 GL1100 Nekid
and a bunch of others

Offline WhyNot

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #3 on: Dec 11, 2017, 10:57:27 »
I'm in......I like these XL's too

2006 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
1975 Honda CB750K5 needs carb work
1974 Honda CB350F2 needs tins painted (being lazy)
1972 Honda CB175K2 roller no engine
1972 Honda CB/CL350 Engines need roller
1972 Honda CB100K2 needs kicker shaft
1990 Mitsubishi MM needs engine rebuild

Offline 2strokeTRush

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #4 on: Dec 11, 2017, 22:10:57 »
tyler

i have a bunch of these so whatever stock parts you take off please let me know i could probably use them

thanks will get a chair and watch

Sure will, I know i will be ditching the rear taillight, all turn signals, switches and handle bars if ya need any of that. Im sure ill have more once I dive into it hard. Got my Shop Manual from XLint today so I got some homework reading to do...

Offline cxman

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #5 on: Dec 12, 2017, 07:36:34 »
make sure if you take the engine apart you put a new clutch seal you have to pull the case apart to change it

and if you dont it leaks right on to the exhaust
1978 CX650 Super Deluxe
1979 XS1100 Special
1974 xl350
1983 cx650 Custom
1973 cb750
1980 cb750
1981 cb650
1982 cb900 c
1974 kawasaki 350 bighorn
1983 GL1100 aspy full dress
1983 GL1100 Nekid
and a bunch of others

Offline cxman

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #6 on: Dec 12, 2017, 07:38:41 »
pm me i will send you my phone number so can figure out pricing and shipping of what you will have left over

i iwll take it all pretty much
1978 CX650 Super Deluxe
1979 XS1100 Special
1974 xl350
1983 cx650 Custom
1973 cb750
1980 cb750
1981 cb650
1982 cb900 c
1974 kawasaki 350 bighorn
1983 GL1100 aspy full dress
1983 GL1100 Nekid
and a bunch of others