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Old 23 Oct 2007
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XT600e want to make overlander

Hi ive just brought a XT600E 1990 with 12750 miles on her .I hope to make it into an overlander on the cheap. Can anyone tell me what bits off Teneres will fit ie tanks bashplates etc or if you have any bits for sale please send me a PM . Also is there anythings i should look out for .
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Same dumb idea!

Hey I am up the road from you, I'm Rochester way sorting out an exhaust for an 87 xt600 that I plan to do some longer travels with, but at moment looking for some greenlaning time/ offroading. know any reasonable routes?

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I have a cunning plan for panniers, that I believe will be revolutionary (for pannier ideas anyway.) but more on that next year.

My beastie's ailments as follows:

Standard procedure old Clutch needs replacing eventually.
All cables, throttle and clutch are a bit sluggish in response and feeling probably too late for graphite treatment.
Oil drip onto right hand side of cylinder head, and blown onto ehaust (may be hydraulic fluid) This appears to be comon with my year.
Exhaust header rusted badly and now sheared off, weld/replace
General state of electrics needs on going attention various bits of corrosion, loose connections. Use heat shrink.
High tension lead to Spark plug needed to be "coke-a-cola'd" and then screwed in further.
Air filter cleaned and glued together.
Checked all rubber pipes connected to Carbs etc and most were just about right, or needed to be repositioned.
Some previous numptie using plastic cable ties not metal clamps on various hoses around bike needs to be addressed.
Replace oil and filter - V. important
My Oil filter cover plate looks to be a dogs breakfast and in need of replacing and possibly a thread being "re-bored".
Replaced Spark plug.
Fuel lines hardened and cracking, replaced as necessary
Rust, not serious but in need of attention.
Emptied out fuel tank, and discovered it was clean (wow)
Fuel petcocks a tad tight, need attention with penetrating/spray oil
All grease nipples greased.
Mine were immaculate, but two older bikes that I looked at had very badly corroded wheeles, and/or spokes around the valve/ clamp hole place.
My bearings are all good, but this I thought was unusual

My Dad always said to run a new (second hand motor) for two hours before taking it apart, most things sort of sort themselves out or rear their ugly heads.
Then take it apart, clean it and put it back together again.

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Hi Graham
Thanks for the reply would be good to meet up some time for a chat or a ride . Im puting on a mini meet in Ashford next weekend so maybe you could come ? . Any way just picked up my XT from Rochester tonight & it died on the M20 on the way home simple broken wire to a home made ignition swich but hey what do you expect for £640 engine sounds real sweet so at least thats good so maybe the milage is genuine.
Kev
Ps im also one for making strange parts out of odd things just ask anyone who has seen my BMW

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hi ukkev
i've taken my 2001 xt600e from london - cape town and have some stuff i would be willing to sell on.

acerbis tank 23l
centre stand
possibly rear rack for panniers (not sure if thry will fit your model)
spare spokes
and some other stuff (i'm in a bit of a rush right now)

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interested? Im in south london.
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Have sent you a PM
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