It'd be nice sometimes to have a few chapters of your future life available to study so you don't wander down paths that become overgrown and you lose your way.I pulled the XT400 down for what I generously thought would be a 3 month job....it's been 18 months and possibly another 18 mths before I can see to do what I want to do now.This is not right! This is my main bike,the one that should be doing all the work,not lying around gathering dust.So I thought if I came across another motor I could toss it in and do the other one at my leisure.
So last saturday I went down to Wanganui and picked up a kickstart XT600 motor.''She's had $850 spent on her mate!'' Yeah right....rings camchain and a head job I reckon.It's been in a quadbike and lying around in a barn covered in birdshit,a real mess.I get the rest of the donor bike too,wheels,forks etc,and wiring.
I did my research - I didn't want to get another early motor.In 1987 the head was changed,and the 2KF head fits all later bikes.In '89 the ignition was changed too....this is supposed to be a 1990 bike.Wrong! I have found it's an '88.The head is marked 2KF,but it's the same as the early heads,bugger....it also has the early CDI...double bugger.But I have the wiring loom,CDI and rec/reg.
The old motor is out and the replacement sitting in the frame on monday (I always laugh at people who get upset at my quotes for engine replacements..''I could have that motor fitted in 4 hrs'' So can I,but you also have to make it run,and that's what takes the extra time) I rejet the carbs and fit them and start bolting on the rest of the crap.In the meantime I am studying wiring diagrams to see how to fit the CDI.It's a stand alone system,so can just use the loom from the other bike into it's alt cable....but I can't use the earth wire into the 1992 system,so have to use a killswitch on the bars.I spent thursday afternoon kicking the hell out of it,and not getting it to run.Shit,these things are hard to boot over without a valve lifter.On friday it's a runner.
I gave myself a week,and apart from the charging system it would be there.I just extended the wiring back to the rec/reg,the '88 reg looks identical but only has 2 AC wires instead of 3 on the electric start model.But no charge...have AC,but no DC out,tried the other rec/reg but still the same.It's a simple system,the battery only powers the lights,the ign is self generating.So....today I went to Jaycar and got a bridge rectifier and a zener diode - I'll make my own Joe Lucas style simple voltage control.Silly black boxes - I don't need those.
The bike will have to move into storage in a month,if I can put it in a runner I'll be able to pull it out for day rides....so here's hoping I can sort the charging out this week.There is a shit load of other stuff to do and I can only spend short bursts on the bike.
But the XT600 lives again!