- Full guide to stripping down and rebuilding a Yamaha XS650 engine
- Mikes XS: For all your replacement parts, seals, tools, etc
- XS650 tips and tricks guide
- A guide to setting the valves on a Yamaha XS650
Once I had everything clean I gave the exterior a couple of coats of heat proof satin black. I opted with paint over bead blasting to minimise cost (plus I love black). I then set about fitting all the new gaskets I got from Mikes XS together with some non-hardening gasket cement and fitted all my new top end fasteners....mmmmm chrome. I will be touching up the areas where the gaskets can be seen for that all-over black look.
Now that I have the bulk of the engine together I am getting quotes on copper plating the engine side covers and the valve inspection covers. I will also be looking at plating the top triple clamp and anything else I think will look slick. Here's a pic I mocked up to give you an idea of what I hoping for...
I also now have the new carbs which I will be fitting on the bike. The original ones were just way too tired looking and not worth rebuilding.
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