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Very new guy needs some basic advice.

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So 48 hours ago I pushed my newly purchased 93’ XR600 into the back of my truck and watched as the pervious owner wept as I drove away. This is my first real dirt bike as its been 10 years on the road with my 900RR and I felt the need for something less refined and to really take advantage of the desert that Las Vegas has to offer.

Anyway that said I ran around town yesterday trying to get a service manual for it with no luck. I’ve ordered one but it won’t be here until the end of the week and I know there is not way I can wait until then to go and play so I have a few (stupid) question hat if possible will get me on the trail sooner.

1/ What grade oil does this take? I see the filler on the neck of the frame and want to do a change before I ride it but have no clue what is the best oil to use?

2/ Where the heck is the oil filer? This bike has what I can only assume is an aftermarket oil cooler on it but for the life of me I cannot find the oil filter. Can someone point me in the right direction?

3/ Anything else i should check or change before riding?

Lastly these are the mods that have been done to the bike. Is there anything I should watch out for or that should be done to improve it in general?

640 big bore kit, 41mm Mikuni carb, Pro Circuit exhaust and header, Pro Circuit suspension, onboard computer, oil cooler, Scott stabilizer mount.

Thanks in advance for all you help

Dave

PS Is the Scotts stabilizer a good investment and where is the best place to get one?

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I like to use Catrol 20-50W - been using it in all of my bikes for over 30 years and no problems. The oil filter is inside of a small housing on the right sode cover held in place by I think three 8mm bolts, in a triangular pattern. You must first drain the oil from the frnt downtube and then from the right side cover t(there is a plug ow down on the right side cover), you should encountr no problesm with your new scoot, given that it has frequent oil changes, fresh air (clean the filter often) and general post ride maintenance, that is, check and adjust chain and cables / lube. You will also need to adjust the valves every now and then. Overal the XR600R is a legendary bike of absolute bulletproof reliability.

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I dont have an XR600, i drive a 650L, but they are similar.

The oil filter is on the right side of the engine, just above and forward of the brake pedal behind a small cover held in place by three bolts. I would suggest looking over a parts breakdown on an online parts fiche , like at servicehonda.com or equivalent.

I am currently running 15W40 Diesel oil in mine.

The oil dipstick on top of the frame in front of the gas tank s the filler, i have a long slender funnel that aids immensely in not oiling my tank everytime i change oil.

The other mods i dont know much about, i am toying with the notion of swapping carbs, I would love a stabilizer , but that has to wait on a fatter wallet. Hopefully someone else can point you in the right direction on those items

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If you do any high speed desert riding then the stabilizer is the most important thing you'll ever get besides getting the suspension dialed... :thumbsup:

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...my newly purchased 93’ XR600 ...I felt the need for something less refined and to really take advantage of the desert that Las Vegas has to offer.

I have the same bike. It's a gentle giant. You'll love it.

1/ What grade oil does this take?

Any oil that does not have friction modifiers. I like Spectro 20-50.

2/ Where the heck is the oil filter?

Right side of the engine case. It's a round cover with three bolts. Do NOT open it unless the oil is drained. When you drain the oil, don't forget to drain the frame too.

3/ Anything else i should check or change before riding? Lastly, these are the mods that have been done to the bike. Is there anything I should watch out for or that should be done to improve it in general?

640 big bore kit, 41mm Mikuni carb, Pro Circuit exhaust and header, Pro Circuit suspension, onboard computer, oil cooler, Scott stabilizer mount.

Clean and service the air filter. If it has a K&N, throw it out and get a foam filter.

Make your bike street legal, if it isn't already. There are some awesome rides to be had around here. We have a dualsport group here in Vegas. It was formed so that nobody would have to ride alone. The website is being worked on right now. We are in the process of changing hosts and software. I will post when it is up and going again.

PS. Is the Scotts stabilizer a good investment and where is the best place to get one?

Check E-bay for used or the ThumperTalk Store for a new unit.

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One thing that no one mentioned. It takes about 2 quarts, usually just under. Put the first quart in and start it for a minute. Then finish filling it up.

I use 15w-40 diesel oil.

Two places to drain the oil. The engine drain plug 17mm on the left side, and a 14mm at the bottom of the frame member in front of the engine. Just below the frame drain plug is a oil hose that the oil goes back to the engine in. There is a screen that needs to be cleaned there. Doesn't need to be done too often, but most people never clean it. Remove the oil hose from the frame, then remove the strainer from the frame. Mine had lost of metal in it when I cleaned mine a few months ago. :thumbsup:

There is a ton of useful info in this forum that you will not find in any manual. Spend some time here reading about your great new bike.

Carl (93 XR600)

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Well you got some answers... :thumbsup: Welcome to TT,Plenty of info around here...Oh yeah, Congrats on the new ride..enjoy.. :thumbsup:

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THANKS.. Thanks.... and Thanks agian for all the great advice.. I'm sure i'll have lots more questions as time go on so am very happy to have found such a great site with such helpfull people. Now i and am looking forward to just getting some riding time in. Dave

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