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Not very happy. Countershaft splines are TOAST. 94 XR650L with 14k miles. Don't know how I didn't catch this with last sprocket change but these things are done for. Engine is in otherwise really good condition so I'm hesitant to tear down engine to put new countershaft in. Was planning on eventually doing the kick start conversion, so I was going to get an XR600R countershaft, but I'd really like to do a full overhaul (new piston, rings, bore over, etc) when I have the engine on the bench. So here's my question:
If I take this to a competent welder, how many miles could I expect out of a tack welded on sprocket? Would JB weld/threadlocker red work any better? Can anyone tell me why my splines wore all the way down to a sharp point at only one end?
XRR sprocket is on it now, hoping that'll hold up for at least a thousand or two more miles. Not trying to take the easy way out necessarily; this is my daily driver at the moment and I also have a few long distance trips planned.
I recently acquired one of those fat shop binders for this model series. It's been somewhat difficult for me to track down much info about this bike over the two years I've owned it, but this will help me a lot in restoring my basket case. Hope it helps you.
The links below will download .pdfs directly from my cloud storage.
XL500S XL500R 79-82 (62.6MB) (link)
XR500A 81-82 (40MB) (link)
XL500R 83-84 (45.5MB) (link)
P.S. Probably the best upgrade you can perform is a front end swap for a CR500 of the same era (try 85?), which has the same size tapered needle bearings. It's literally plug-and-play for a front disc and beefier forks.
By Gino Pi
my 650 is not working, and, i want to make it bulletproof as possible. after doing a bunch of searching, i found that the probably (please correct me if im wrong) best fix for the xr650l ignition issues, is to replace the CDI with a megajolt. from what i understand, you have to swap the pulse generator pickup with another wheel , one from another model and year. from there, you have to run a line from the intake, so the megajolt knows the bike is running, from the vacuum. otherwise splice this megajolt in, and add a coil spark plug cap, and then your 650 ignition should keep working as it should.
however!! what are the specifics?? i cant seem to find a step by step, anywhere! i want to make this happen, for my own bike! has anyone posted a step by step for this?? or does anyone have other ideas? PLEASE POST! i dont want my ignition to fail, i want to tour on this bike!
thanks, from all of us BRP riders!
I'm currently considering a 2000 DRZ 400 with 31,000 miles on it. The owner wants $2500 for it but I think I could get it down to $2000 since it's so old. It seems like the owner knew what he was doing and took care of it well since he knew to install a manual cam chain tensioner, a radiator guard , 3x3 mod, etc. I know the DRZ has a solid motor so I feel like if the bike itself has been well taken care of, it should at least have another 20K miles in it, right? Am I wasting my time with this bike or do you think it will last me if I take good care of it? What would you offer for this bike?
Here's the post: https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/mcy/5989999685.html