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Author Topic: Teledan's XT500 project  (Read 14337 times)

Offline teledan

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Re: Teledan's XT500 project
« Reply #20 on: Feb 10, 2015, 23:16:01 »
Thanks! I really want to get it done by spring but I am pretty limited on funds and time so I may not make it by then.

Offline xb33bsa

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Re: Teledan's XT500 project
« Reply #21 on: Feb 10, 2015, 23:28:57 »
hey do you want to sell the stock muffler ? and good lord don't put kz forks on it that would be a huge downgrade besides the triple clamps you have are not suitable for straight leg forks you will end up with terrible handling, too much trail
that is also a huge downgrade putting that  boat anchor heavy mag rear wheel and disc assembly on there
you keep at it you are going to ruin a great thumper  :-\
« Last Edit: Feb 10, 2015, 23:34:31 by xb33bsa »

Offline teledan

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Re: Teledan's XT500 project
« Reply #22 on: Feb 11, 2015, 00:26:18 »
Stock pipe is long gone. That thing weighed more than the mag rear wheel :) Forks are xs650 legs in sr500 trees.  As for the rear wheel, I wanted a brake that actually worked and I wanted to keep the cush drive.  That really narrowed down the options for me if I wanted to stay with a wire wheel.  Besides, I already had the mag front and I was able to trade my old rear wheel straight up for the sr wheel.  I may at some point switch to wire wheels but until I hit the lottery I will just run these.

Offline xb33bsa

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Re: Teledan's XT500 project
« Reply #23 on: Feb 11, 2015, 00:35:31 »
just sayin those mag wheels,and extremely overly heavy discs  are gonna totally ruin the handling
thats what made the rd400 such a turd,boat anchor mag wheels.the bike as you had it stock would have run circles around what you are building there bro

Offline teledan

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Re: Teledan's XT500 project
« Reply #24 on: Feb 11, 2015, 17:18:35 »
I guess we will find out!  If worse comes to worse I will swap out the mags for a set of wire wheels.  I would love a set of 17s with a DR650 or KLR650 hub in the rear to keep the cush. 

Offline 7aliveatlast7

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Re: Teledan's XT500 project
« Reply #25 on: Feb 11, 2015, 18:26:58 »
you're both right, but coming from different angles. mag wheels fit a budget most times and it seems like teledan is trying to keep to one. I'm trying to build a nice set of spoked wheels, and I can tell you it adds up fast haha. I'm not even going crazy with supermoto rims and whatnot.

Offline ex119x

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Re: Teledan's XT500 project
« Reply #26 on: Feb 21, 2015, 04:27:18 »
hey do you want to sell the stock muffler ? and good lord don't put kz forks on it that would be a huge downgrade besides the triple clamps you have are not suitable for straight leg forks you will end up with terrible handling, too much trail
that is also a huge downgrade putting that  boat anchor heavy mag rear wheel and disc assembly on there
you keep at it you are going to ruin a great thumper  :-\

The KZ650 forks and wheel with an aluminum rim laced up worked great on the XT500 I roadraced. The handling was just about perfect, but what do I know? In theory you might be right, but in actual race track practice it was great. So, the straight XS650 forks will work out nicely, too.

On the other hand you are exactly right about those stock Yamaha mag wheels. They weigh at least a ton and they are narrow on top of it all. Either fit some 3 spoke Yamaha mags like from an FZR600 or lace up some aluminum 17 or 18" rims on some spoked hubs.

Offline teledan

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Re: Teledan's XT500 project
« Reply #27 on: May 05, 2015, 17:26:43 »
I think some 17" wheels (and possibly a different frontend) will be phase II down the road a ways.  Got some garage time so I threw some new seals in the forks and got the front brake line installed







I still need to strip the wheel and paint it, bleed the brakes (yay), and clean up the caliper bracket.  The brake line is from Apex Brakes, I was very pleased with their customer service and the line looks good.  I will be ordering the seat shortly, I am going with the DTS6 from Airtech.  Hopefully it will work ok. 

Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: Teledan's XT500 project
« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2015, 08:26:34 »
I'm in.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Offline teledan

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Re: Teledan's XT500 project
« Reply #29 on: Jun 09, 2015, 13:32:20 »
Got a bit of work done recently. 

Made a tach plug for the rockerbox:


Started on the wiring, still got a ways to go:


Painted my front wheel:


I got my seat!  It is the DTS6 from Airtech.  I will need to modify the frame hoop but I think it will look good.  I am not so sure on the pipe though, I may end up doing something different.