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  1. OldNewRider

    Slightly off topic XL 500S top end rebuild

    Thanks, I don't see any 500 stuff on their website, but I'll call them and see. In regards to my question about the XL sites, do you remember any posts that talked about those sites? I can't seem to find anything about them in search, and IIRC it was Off Topic from the original post. Any help? Mark
  2. I'm going to freshen up my '79 XL 500S top end, and Im looking for parts sources. I've just gotten back into riding after a 21 year children sidetrip. Where is the best place to buy the rebuild parts needed to make this old beater into a good running machine? I'm not looking to hop it up, as I'd be better off just buying a newer dual sport bike, I just want to bore it, do a valve job and replace the cam chain. This bike has 16000 neglected miles on it and could use some attention. Somewhere here I found some links to XL enthusiast sites, but I can't find them now. Could someone please direct me to them? Thanks in advance, Mark
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    Niterider Headhunter HID $ Question

    Try Pricepoint.com or Bike Nashbar.com which are bicycle sites, but that is where they seem to be used most. Mark
  4. OldNewRider

    '79 Honda XL500S top end rebuild.

    Thanks Burned, I appreciate the replies. Also, the cam bearing surfaces are very clean, with no burned on oil deposits indicating oil starvation, but I'll recheck it. There was a lot of gummy oil in the case. At this kind of mileage are the valves likely to need much other than a lap in? Is there a better pump I could upgrade to? One last question, I've not had time to search here for lighting coil improvement? The stock light is barely usable. If there is a thread dealing with this topic, could someone give me a hint where to find it? Mark
  5. OldNewRider

    '79 Honda XL500S top end rebuild.

    I should state that I had the motor out and the head off, to replace the cam chain tensioner bolt. Yep, previous owner loosened it and tried to CRANK in some chain tension I only paid $300 for the bike and at the time, I didn't want to go through and put any more money in it till I saw it run. You may be right about the cam chain stretch, but looking at the cam and rockers, they looked fine. No slop in the fit 'tween rockers and shafts and the cam seemed a good fit in it's journals. I'd like to keep the costs down on this as it really is just a commute/trail cruiser. Any fixes for the oiling systems? I'll look through the Clymer manual for cam chain wear measurement.
  6. Hi all, this being my first post, I'd like to say howdy, and nice site. On to the topic of my post. I bought an XL500S with 16000mi. on it. It was a shed queen for 8-9 years and needed all the usual care. After getting it running it seems to have a rattle like piston slap in a 2 stroke. I adjusted the valves and the cam chain hoping that was it, but no joy, still there . I don't want to lunch the motor if it has a collapsing skirt or some such. Any thing else I'd need to look at before tearing the top end down? Another question is who can give some links to top end parts (piston/rings, gaskets and such? my last question is, are there any machine shops that do good engine work in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan? I've been out of bikes for 20 years and don't have any idea what the market is for such services. Mark