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Author Topic: Trash to Tracker, Xl350 UPDATED!  (Read 6354 times)

Offline cxman

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #30 on: Jan 12, 2018, 07:44:11 »
those side covers are magnesium zinc chromate  primer should be use as a pretreatment prior to painting
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 2strokeTRush

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #31 on: Jan 12, 2018, 20:16:24 »
Took on the forks today, both seals had been leaking. Im going to blast the fork lowers and paint them black. I think that would look good.

Having never done fork seals before I watched a few videos and looked to my service manual. The disassembly went well.  I have heard that the lower allen head bolt can sometimes seize in the fork lower causing issues disassembling. I had inverted the forks and soaked the bolts in PB Blaster for a few days, then heated everything up very hot with a heat gun. Both bolts broke loose no issue.



Lots of Gunk, no wonder the seas blew out.





Then everything got a nice degreasing and cleaning.



Did the best I could to heat up the side cover piece to cure an see if i like the color



After a " Cure " and clear, should I do all the side covers like this?



Considering doing the valve cover as well...



And even though I know its a controversal topic, I coated the tank with " Red Coat " tank sealer. I have had luck with this on my Jerry Cans on my 4x4.



I did not want to do this, and received some great tips on the flash rusting issue ( thanks guys ) but no matter how much i soaked and cleaned, there was still small sand like muck particles in the tank seems I could not get rid of. Obviously this would be cause for lots of carb cleaning in the future. So tank lining it is.

Take it from me, I'v made this mistake before.

Offline irk miller

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #32 on: Jan 12, 2018, 21:42:30 »
No controversy with me.  I love Red-Kote.  I've coated a half dozen tanks with it and I've had zero issues.  As long I'm super extra careful with cleaning fuel and solvents out, and I give the stuff extra time to cure, it's been flawless.   

Offline cxman

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #33 on: Jan 13, 2018, 10:39:46 »
red kote is all i use
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 2strokeTRush

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #34 on: Jan 13, 2018, 18:42:29 »
Decided I'm going to paint the side covers, as well as the valve cover.  Plus dissembling all this gives me the satisfaction of inspecting and cleaning these areas.





Some sealant and some markings under the cam make me think someone has been in here before. Wasn't exactly thrilled with the looks of the Cam.





Does this kickstarter spring look correct? It seems lop sided an can move easily on the shaft.





Also, whats the secret to cleaning the centrifugal pump? Once you get the C Clip out whats next? The manual is very bland about this.

Take it from me, I'v made this mistake before.

Offline Hibby Jr

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #35 on: Jan 14, 2018, 01:09:49 »
Dig these 350 singles. A friend of mine has one he's in the middle of rebuilding.
 As far as the sludge trap goes, the aluminum cap comes off after the cir- clip is removed, then just clean out the sludge ( and most likely a lot of metal shavings).
 By the way, that cam lobe in second pic is wiped out due to the pitting and signs of a lot of rocker bounce. 
Good luck with the build

Offline 2strokeTRush

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #36 on: Jan 14, 2018, 09:31:37 »
Dig these 350 singles. A friend of mine has one he's in the middle of rebuilding.
 As far as the sludge trap goes, the aluminum cap comes off after the cir- clip is removed, then just clean out the sludge ( and most likely a lot of metal shavings).
 By the way, that cam lobe in second pic is wiped out due to the pitting and signs of a lot of rocker bounce. 
Good luck with the build

Does the metal cap just pull off after the C clip? And I was afraid of that, not sure what im going to do as the thing ran great once I got it going, may just try and find a new cam. I was trying to not have to do a top end job just yet.
Take it from me, I'v made this mistake before.

Offline cxman

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #37 on: Jan 14, 2018, 11:38:06 »
you wont damage it much more by running it

 its already done
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 2strokeTRush

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #38 on: Jan 14, 2018, 11:48:37 »
you wont damage it much more by running it

 its already done

Yeah I kinda figured, I may just run it this season, then next do a top end job and big bore kit. Engine rebuild isnt in the budget this season.
Take it from me, I'v made this mistake before.

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Re: Trash to Tracker, Xl350
« Reply #39 on: Jan 14, 2018, 13:46:53 »
Good thing about these motors is the high performance stuff is on the market.  I assume you know about Xlintperformance.com and others.