More XRL Dirt Mods
Posted January 18, 2004 - 07:52 AM
never ending pursuit to make (even) more dirt ready. Fuel filter install
(tricky), slots in the countershaft cover wells (clean), new Renthal bars & Pro
Grips (nice), Supertrapp IDS2 conversion kit (worth it), and the ultra-time
consuming Maier XR style tail light/brake light install & on-rear fender
license plate mounting (lots of head-scratching/adapting on the fly with this
one, but a bullet-proof install). I'll post some photos of my new rear fender
set-up after I get done ridin.' Too many hours in the garage, not enough in
About the time I picked up my latest Chopper in Sep. '03, I happened across
this page, www.dirtrodders.com/xr650l/, when I did some searching for the 650L.
For me, the L on this site was the template for my bike, with a few twists of
my own thrown in. It reminds me of how I modded my old bikes before the www.
revolution. When I bought my first bike, I didn't have a computer (that was
'95), and I never heard of email or the internet. I relied solely on my own
ideas and imagination. Times have really changed. It's been great comparing and
sharing tips, tricks & experiences.
I definitely have gone further with this bike that I did with any of my
previous XL's, and a lot has to do with this group and one's like it. Seems
like someone's always got your back because they've already been there and done
it. There's quite a 'L'arge fan club out here in the www. world and it seems to
be getting bigger with all the messages posted about arguably the best factory
dual purpose machine on the planet. It is for me!
Just wanted to give a shout out to the group, and I'll be lookin' for other
Chopper Gang members at the SD Supercross next Saturday.
Posted January 18, 2004 - 12:49 PM
Yep I'm in the the same boat, It's always a chore looking for XR650L info or mods posted by other guys on the Internet. When searching online I always run across all of the "older stuff" out their. Again not alot of the new info from people and their bike setup's.
I'm remotely interested in swaping out my rear tail light assembly also, so make sure to post those pics when you have time!
Posted January 18, 2004 - 06:38 PM
Got a couple of shots of the Chopper & the new tail light & plate install. Overall, it came out better than I expected and it's working fine.
Posted January 19, 2004 - 12:28 PM
P.S. any good spots down south??? I'm always up for a road trip!!!
Posted January 19, 2004 - 12:37 PM
By the way, how many miles do you have on it now, and at what mileage did you have it done?
Posted January 22, 2004 - 11:11 AM
It fits well, but you need to stabilize the tank as it moves side-to-side too easily for my riding. This is the only issue. You're on your own with the fix for this one, but I came up with a strong and easy solution for the 4.0. It's working great on both my bike and another friend's bike. It's a bolt, a nut, a spacer, some washers and a keeper-type clip that installs on one of the down tube (old) scoop supports and over the new Clarke metal wire spar.
The only difference I've noticed is that the front end is heavier in the dirt, for obvious reasons, and it seems to corner better on the street because of the extra weight.
Of all the mods you can do to the XRL, this is gives you the biggest return. Most dual sport rides are longer than the stock tank capacity will allow, especially when you're always on the throttle like I am.
Posted January 22, 2004 - 11:59 AM
Posted January 31, 2004 - 08:22 PM
No more popping, hesitation, bogging or engine cut-outs. Just crisp clean starts and smooth acceleration. Finally feels like stable running power plant.
Just wanted to say thanks to slip, and all the other members that took the time to explain the whole delicate process and for motivating me to get it done!
Posted February 01, 2004 - 05:50 AM
Posted February 01, 2004 - 10:44 AM
Posted February 01, 2004 - 02:35 PM
Out of curiosity, how much for the 600R tail light and brake light add-on?
The Maier was good to go for $14 bucks. And it's really bright, even in the daytime.
I rode my buddie's XR650R around the neighborhood today. I don't think this was such a good idea. Big Gun exhaust, Pro Taper bars, steering stabilizer, steeper frame angles & aluminum frame, water-cooled, kick start...all business and no BS. If I didn't do so much street ridin'.....
Posted February 02, 2004 - 07:18 PM
Posted February 03, 2004 - 06:29 AM
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