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I recently bought an 88 XT600 that wouldn't start easily or stay running, but sounded good when it did. It sat for 2 years so I figured clogged carbs. Well I cleaned them(twice actually) and made sure no plugged holes. I got it running and it ran great, full throttle and all.
I filled with gas(it was old gas in it), 93 super unleaded here in the states, went 2 miles toward home and it suddenly bogged like it was working real hard and kept popping/ backfiring. till it died, wouldn't restart. after a bit with full choke it did start but same thing and died. Recleaned carbs, made sure no air leaks(even put light silicone sealer on some things).
It then started up and ran perfect, idle smooth, let idle for a couple minutes then bog and popping again and it died. I belive it would be the cdi or coil( it didn't seem to have great spark, but the bike is new to me so I don't know how good it should be) the plug color looked a bit lean and even after kicking on full choke it was dry. That says fuel issues, but outside of some internal air leak or out of spec part it isn't a clogged jet or port. BUT the popping and bog when it gets warm says cdi. Any of you that have been running these bikes have some possible solutions? Thanks JJ
No I didn't , the pin wouldn't come out easily and until I had a new needle valve and pin I didn't take it out, which I have ordered because I wanted to replace it anyways. I also didn't know it had a screen like that and that would make sense. The one question on that would be, when it did quit, I opened the bowl drain screw to check for fuel and it did come out, but whether there was enough,I don't know. It wouldn't start this morning after 8 kicks on full choke. I'm going to squirt some gas and a little oil in the cyclinder tonight. If it fires up, I know it is mostly fuel related.
Thanks for the picture, it shows what is in there.
Try a simple one first - a new spark plug. I had an XTZ that did something similar thing once and it turned out, after multiple carburettor cleanings, to be that. The plug gave a fine spark when out of the cylinder but was breaking down when under load.
A quick update today, I put in a different plug, still nothing but backfiring( had to stop and sleep with icepack around my ankle, afraid of it being broke from one nasty pop). Now decided to kick with my motocross boot on right foot.
I decided to rollback to when it quit running, about 1.5miles AFTER filling up with 93octane GAS. Drained gas out of tank and float bowl and got 87octane from a different company. About 6 good kicks it fired up and is running, let it idle for 3-4minutes, went around the block a couple times. It does still have a skip in the firing, runs perfect under acceleration(easily hit 85mph and still going), with a steady throttle it has a stumble.
Any ideas what the steady misfire would be? Has no backfiring, plug now looks good color. Over tightened valves? Do these motors get tight or loose with wear? No knocking or ticking at all, entire motor sounds smooth and has great power. I'm going to really like this bike once it is straightened out.
The boots are in perfect condition, the previous owner apparently recently replaced them. This morning it took squirting gas down the spark plug hole to get it fired up without a bunch of kicking, then it ran as normal. Dies when I pull the choke out, so it is working. Spark plug now is all sooty black. I'm looking into getting a CDI and coil, even if they turn out to be backups. More carb work is in the works also.
Yes, it has now been replaced along with the needle(or plunger) since the parts came in yesterday morning. It wasn't plugged, but it wasn't completely clean either. ran it to work today and bombed around, takes about 8 kicks on full choke or a squirt of gas down the plug hole to get started after it sits for a couple hours and has that steady stumble but stays running and runs perfect accelerating. It's definitely something in the pilot circuit(low speed) or an electrical thing.
Time to put in my pair of Mikuni's from a Raptor 660
This bike is awfully skittish, it wants to shift back and forth like on glare ice. Picture hanging the bike by the frame and swinging it side to side, that how it drives, even on asphalt, worse on gravel. Needs some better tires.
There was no inline filter other than the petcock tank one. I have one that is going in. Right now it will hardly start unless I squirt fuel directly into the cylinder through the spark plug hole or kick with all I've got 8 to 10 times(it messed up my ankle again this morning when it backfired trying to start it normally). That says it isn't getting enough gas to start, BUT, once it starts, it'll run till the tank is empty, so I know it is getting enough fuel into the carb, plus I've made sure the bowl is full repeatedly.
It simply is the carb start circuit or a spark issue, I've checked spark multiple times now and it really snaps, but whether it is doing it on-time(aka bad cdi or coil) or under compression is the question. If it was an issue with fuel delivery to the carb, it would run out of gas after it is started, but it doesn't and plenty of fuel comes out of the bowl when I open the drain screw.
My ankle is telling me to walk away from this bike right now.Or should I say limp!! My Honda XL600r starts up in one kick!! But the Yamaha is in way better shape.
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your problem with having to kick it 8 times is either technique or decompression cable is not well adjusted.
Personally, I believe the decompression cable/adjustment is The weak spot on the XT
I do not have the decompressor assembly fitted on my 1990 XT600E (retrofitted the kickstart) and I find it very easy to kickstart her in one, sometimes two kicks if she's been sitting in the garage for weeks..
Have you gotten your ankle checked out before?
When it pops is imediately after the decompression lever snaps back shut. With it set right now, as soon as the kick starter starts its cycle the cable begins pulling on the lever. It opens it further all the way till about the halfway point(kick start lever is approx level with the ground), then the lever on the motor snaps closed, so from that point on there is no decompression. Its at the point the the motor fires, if it starts, or pops and kicks back on the lever.
As for my ankle , right now it is swollen and a big black and blue bulge , hurts like h**l to walk on. If it turns greenish-yellow, time to get an exray!
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