Park it the garage.
I generally treat a tank of gas with StaBil and a little Marvel Mystery Oil, then go for a 1/2 hour ride.
After the bike...
Buy a stock wiring harness and be done.
WD-40 is not a penetrating oil.
KROIL, PB-BLaster, or (my favorite) a 50/50 mix of automatic transmission fluid and acetone are all penetrating...
The failure will repeat itself. Next time be methodical.
I see what might be a broken clutch throwout return spring.
Yes. Gaskets that aren't leaking don't need to be touched. I had a tractor that was built in the late 50's that still had most of the original...
Full gasket kits are avaialble, but you don't need that if the only leaks are from the valve cover and sump. Engine disassembly is the last thing...
The airbox drainpipe shouldn't have a bolt in it at all.
Then you have an electrical fault somewhere in the turn signal circuits or the fuse box. Do you own a multimeter?
Keep in mind though that the alternator chain guide fails from age. The plastic becomes brittle and eventually breaks apart. Opening the...
Did the original fuse blow, or did you just change it for giggles?
Close, but not quite. The small amount of combustion gasses that go past the rings are minimal (in fact they had better be minimal, otherwise you...
It's a 2-stroke term. When the piston melts just a little due to lack of lubrication along the skirt, or overheating which gives the same effect....
I'd go ahead and plan on either living with it for a season or two (the bike is pretty easy to bump start), or doing the starter clutch and...
Kawak makes darned good bikes overall. Definitely keep an eye on the piston. Since the stocker tends to crack, teach your kid about what a soft...
Slow down. Start with the easy things
have the battery load tested.
Have you ever disassembled the starter for inspection and service? Even good...
That works sometimes, but a grease gun works 100% of the time. The pressure that you can exert on the piston with air is far, far less than what...
I've done the same with an ABS slurry and/or ABS welding. The issue is that side covers will eventually become impossible to find at anything like...
I've used E10 in a number of climates, from the Pacific Northwest, to the the semi-arid High Plains, and to a lesser extent in the humid part of...
Start with the fuse box. It's the first major electrical component after the battery.
The Information Overload Hour
And most of all...stop jumping ahead of yourself.
Again...it's scary how many motorcycles still have the original brake lines on them after 20 or 30 years.
They may be more often overlooked than...
It's truly scary how many motorcycles still have their original rubber brake lines after 20, or 30+ years.
Why You NEED TO...
Check the date codes on the brake lines. Replace if over 4 years old (unless they are teflon lined/steel braided).
Rebuid the master cylinder and...
New bolts for sure
There is no rev limiter on an XJ.
If oil gets on the exhaust it will make smoke. It'll be more grey than white though.
Those are the float needle seats. The floats are the big foam things that...well they float.
Use the best set of float needls seats that you...
I only thought of it after you mentioned taps. Then a lighbulb exploded.
Another route is to tap to the next largest size and make a new pilot needle.
Already resolved. He bought a replacement ignition pickup cover (the clutch cover was not the part that was damaged).
Even a $12 analog meter is better than no meter, and you can keep it stored on the bike without worrying about it getting lost or broken.
Did you replace the oil-feed o-rings and crush washers as well?
Center is measured before the welding is done, then the hole is bored and threaded in exactly the same way that it was done by the factory. It's...
Remove the fuel tank.
Remove the seat.
Remove the fusebox from the airbox
Remove the starter.
Remove the battery and battery box.
Honestly, the best bet is a skilled welder who can fill the hole so a new bore can be drilled and tapped.
A custom made insert (especially in the...
E85 is just a rejet away..unless you're after a power increase. Then you'll need to raise compression and alter valve timing.
The airbox can be removed without even touching the engine.
Airboxes are not expensive.
If your's in such bad condition then there are other...
The clutch cover seal is easily replaceable. Drain the oil. before replacing.
The correct new gasket can be had from @chacal.]
Don't be surprised...
There is ;)
Not me, but you do know who.
Part of annual maintainance.
Perhaps there is an oil leak as well.
A visual inspection will confirm, or rule that out.
About 10 minutes. Maybe a bit longer.
It even happens to mine after winter storage in an fully-enclosed garage.
Check for vacuum leaks. Throttle shaft seals aren't the only paces you can have a vacuum leak. Any leak can cause a hanging idle.
Also check that...
That's just dust and condensation burning off.
Plese start a thread for your machine.
The screws were peened over at the factory so they would not come loose. Take a file to the backside and cut the peening away.
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At what outside temperatures will you be riding?
That is what tells...
Interesting. I have never had issue with running E10 in the U.S. I wonder if there is a difference in the blend of the base fuel, or the additive...