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  1. riverside21

    1987 xr200r tuning

    Thought I'd post my findings for any future readers..... My final problem turned out to be a worn needle & needle jet. My carb kit contained a wrong size needle jet (fit loose in the body) so I didn't install it. I read another similar post here on TT about a guy having some rich running probs and a Honda parts man told him to change the needle and jet. I ended up finding a NOS needle/jet kit on Ebay and installed that - instant fix and now the bike has a tan plug.
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    Arrowhead IHA6017 cdi box

    Well the two I got were definitely a miss!
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    Arrowhead IHA6017 cdi box

    Has anybody purchased/used one of these Arrowhead IHA6017 cdi boxes?? I tried 2 different ones of these on a 1987 and 1994 XR200R, and the bikes won't even start. Bikes just pop and backfire, had to put the old cdi's back on. I noticed when I ordered the boxes they stated "advance ignition curves" in the specs. The box is also much bigger than the stocker and won't fit in the rubber mount. I didn't mess with moving around the timing to try and get these to work....I just sent them back.
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    1987 xr200r tuning

    Recently picked up a 1987 xr200r in pretty good condition, all stock. The carb was all gummed up and running real rich, and the previous owner removed the baffle and end cap from the exhaust, but left the air box top chute in place. I cleaned up the carb and verified all stock jetting, needle position, air screw, etc. Where we live the quieter the better for off-roading so I ordered a new baffle and end cap, but did ride the bike for a week before the parts arrived. With the muffler parts out I had a brown plug and plenty of power throughout the entire throttle range. Got the muffler parts, installed them and now the bike falls flat while climbing hills and gradually rolling on the throttle, I get a burble at low speed sometimes and I have a black sooty plug. I'm kind of at a loss on this one. I realize that the parts restricted the exhaust....but it's basically back to stock and I've had these bikes stock before and they ran fine. Seeing as I have all stock jets and am getting a sooty plug, I'm wondering if electrics are weak? I also tried adjusting the air screw in/out and moving the needle clip to position 2, either of the two made my problem worse. Any ideas?
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    A little help with an xr200r rear spring

    I'm not really finding anything on Ebay, unless I'm not searching right. Any aftermarket shocks you know of??
  6. So the other day I notice that the rear shock spring on our 1994 xr200r had cracked and separated about 2 coils from the top. No big I thought....just go on Ebay and pick something. Well, after a few days of looking I can't find ANYTHING used or aftermarket! The stock Honda spring #52401-KT0-691 is "no longer available". Can anybody lead me in the right direction to get a replacement spring for this bike?? Thanks in advance.
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    1987 XL600 woes

    Thought I'd post my findings and repair info. I decided to test for any intake or carb air leaks with a combination smoke/soap test. I rotated the engine so that the intake valves stayed open, then pulled in the decompression lever to open the exhaust side. Introduced smoke from a machine into the exhaust and it came out in the air box with no leaks present along the way. I then repeated the test by soaping down the outside of the carbs, cylinder head and intake boots then blowing forced air in the exhaust pipe. Same results - no bubbles and air flow back to the air box. After doing several ohm readings on my stator and having them fall in spec.....I decided to take a chance and order a new one anyway. I went with a Rick's motorsport HOT SHOT HONDA STATOR 21_616H. Installed it last night and saw an instant increase in the spark output of the plug when grounded to the cylinder. Bike is now fixed!!! Starts 2-3 kicks cold and 1 kick warm. All throttle hesitation is completely gone and bike idles smooth and steady. This bike was totally acting like a classic air leak, and the "normal" readings on the stator threw me off. Thanks to all for your responses!
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    1987 XL600 woes

    Thanks for all the replies so far. I haven't had time to work on the bike for a few days, but I'll run these checks and report back soon!
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    1987 XL600 woes

    Thanks for the tip EarthCruzn, I'm going to give another thorough look over.
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    1987 XL600 woes

    Ok, got ya. I did a visual inspect on the boots and they seemed ok. When I had it running at idle I did spray the intake area with contact cleaner to see if any air leaks were present, but it seemed ok as there was no change in idle.
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    1987 XL600 woes

    Are you referring to the spark plug boot as the rubber insulator, or somewhere else on the bike?
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    1987 XL600 woes

    I have a 1987 XL600 that’s giving me fits. I’ve owned the bike since 1997, and it’s all stock with low miles. I kind of got out of riding for a number of years and the bike just sat. Recently I decided to brush the dust off and start riding the bike again – thus creating a whole new bunch of frustrations. Oddly enough with some fresh fuel the bike originally started right up after sitting so long and ran fairly good, except for a slight bog if you cracked the throttle fast (was never there before when I used to ride it). We took the bike out for a ride on the trails, came out of a turn and rolled the throttle on and it just stalls. Took several kicks to get re-lit, rode a short distance and stalled out again – this time I couldn’t get it restarted and had to tow it home. Here’s what I did: Pulled both carbs, cleaned, inspected/adjusted. Things were completely clean despite sitting so long. Floats are ok and set right, gaskets good, air screw at 1 ½ out. Checked valves, both right on the money. New plug, good visible spark. Air filter, ok; fuel strainer, ok. Now I can’t even get the bike started on a consistent basis! “If” I get it lit, it will idle ok for a while but the slightest crack open on the throttle will stall it out and it won’t start until maybe the next day. My coils are all in spec with ohms, and I get about 37vac on the stator during kick starting. Any suggestions???
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