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Re: Western Australia 1988 XV400

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:05 am
by Michelle
Yes. That mudguard is the very thing I'm looking for, but because it's in the USA, he wants over $60.00 US just for shipping :o so I'll keep looking.
On your advice I removed the tappet covers to check the condition of the O-rings. They seemed fine, so I just adjusted the noisy tappet (it was just the one - front cylinder intake) and reinstalled the covers with no issues. So thanks for that one :D
I'll also reinstall the rectifier come my weekend. The new carburettors (so I am told by the Seller) are "Plug n Play" (as he put it when I asked him if the installed jets were for the XV400 bike) I'll be checking them anyhow before installation.
Other than that, there is not much wrong with the bike (that I can see). Just a few missing parts, bumps and scrapes, a little rust on her chrome.

Re: Western Australia 1988 XV400

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:50 am
by Michelle
Yay! My new carburettors came today. I did note that they are not original Mikuni but are the Lifan Chinese knockoff ones (exactly the same but lower quality), but that's ok as I'll use those while I rebuild my old original Mikunis and then I'll have two carbie sets :D
Anyhow... Installed the new carbies today and bike fired up first time and sounded lovely. No need to re-jet as the new Lifan carbies are jetted for the 400 engine. I also found my gear shift lever was held on by a piece of wire :lol: so I took a trip to my local Auto Store and got the proper clip and fixed it (also re-greased it and added new spacer while I was at it).
Put my old (non standard) rectifier back on and made my wiring all nice and neat, and got a call from the signwriters telling me that my new side cover (battery cover) decals are ready to be picked up (I had them recreated from pictures as you can't get original ones anymore), and then I went to my local Yamaha dealer and ordered my new (original style) handlebars from Japan. I also managed to source some reproduction grips.
It's been a heck of a day, and I even had my second bike-riding lesson without falling over :D
This bike won't know itself when it's finished. Still a few bits and bobs coming via ebay. Oh! And I got that mudguard. I found one in Germany

Re: Western Australia 1988 XV400

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:20 am
by ViragoJoe
Very Glad to hear everything is falling into place!!
Before you know it. You'll look down and see you're sitting on a new 1988 XV400.

Weather here is still the pits. Currently 38°F (3.3°C) and rain forecast. :( Its been a nippy April so far and one day left in it. Glad to here you have found the rest of the parts you required! :D

Re: Western Australia 1988 XV400

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:46 am
by Michelle
Ohhh brrrrrrr. That sounds cold, joe. Hope you can stay warm. It's the beginnings of winter here and the days (and mornings) are growing colder. In the past week I've had my fire lit a few times. Rug up my new friend :)