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New XR80 Owner - work in progress

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Hey everyone!  I'm back on the site here after years of hiatus, but with a new screen name so I guess I'll say I'm a newbie again.  Anyway, I just picked up a 1985 XR80 for my son for $200.  It has no spark and needs a few other small things.  I'm at a major disadvantage with this bike as I've NEVER worked on a bike with points.  Even my 1980 Suzuk GS850 is pointless ignition.  So that's my first item to attack.

 

Anyway, I wondered if there were any good articles, particular threads, or anything else I should read to get myself familiar with this bike.  My last rebuild was a 2000 Suzuki DRZ400, so this one's a bit smaller and older :ride:
 

Also, what's the best way to get a service manual on this bike?  Or am I stuck with simply buying a clymer manual.

 

Thanks in advance for any help and here's a picture of the bike right after I wheeled it off the trailer.

 

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Get the manual from the Honda shop.  The ones the technicians use.  EBay maybe $35.  Looks like a great buy at $200.  Points are simple and once set correctly, you will go years without messing with them.  Good luck and keep us posted on the progress. 

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Hi there I too bought my daughter a xr 80 A few months back and started a full restore I got a genuine honda service manual from eBay with that you can't go wrong I'm still waiting on my crank so I can put the motor back together getting close now

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Wow rexv5 yours looks to be in super good shape.  Once I get this one running I'll have my son ride it til winter then it's going in the basement for a tear down.  Not sure how crazy I'll get with it seems I can't paint in the basement anyway.  I found a downloadable version of the Honda Service for $5 so I've got that under control.  My son is anxious to start riding but I need to get a few things for sure before he can ride it, even if I get the ignition sorted out.

 

The clutch pulls SUPER hard, like even too hard for me.  But somebody stuck a mountain bike bike lever on it for a clutch lever so I think I need to find the proper lever and see if that fixes it.

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Started taking the bike apart this morning before work.  Took off the side covers, seat, and gas tank.  Then took off the left side engine cover to reveal the flywheel.  I had ordered the motion pro flywheel puller for this bike but I don't have a flywheel holder.....DOH!  Oh well, gonna pick up some flat steel, bolts, and nuts from work today and build one.  Hopefully tomorrow I'll have a good look at the points but peeking in the slots it does look like it might be a tad dusty in there.

 

Here's my son pulling the gas tank off.

 

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Thanks JF I too do not have much mechanical experience just learning as i go this site is a wealth of information if you get stuck with something this is the place to get the answers looks like your bike will be a good starting point bet the young bloke can't wait to get her on the tracks

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