cl350 build : part 14

Time for a quick update on the cl350. I've been riding it off and on this summer, and not completely satisfied with the charging system. I had been planning to upgrade the regulator and rectifier to a Kohler combo unit I've been reading about on hondatwins.net. Since I've been spending most of my "bike" time recently with the tt500, some electrical information popped up that should come in handy for both bikes. Apparently a common upgrade for the xt/tt500, is to hook up a cheap 12v scooter 4 pin ebay regulator rectifier combo unit to replace the stock 6v system. It appears this should work the same way as the Kohler unit mentioned previously, only I paid $6.99 shipped, and it is intended to be used on a motorcycle, not a lawnmower.

Disclaimer, I am still in the testing phases to see how it all works out, and if it truly is an upgrade or even comparable to stock standards. Please don't go buy one to run and expect amazing results yet. I'll keep posting updates as time passes.

New unit next to the old Radio Shack rectifier and stock regulator.

Old stuff removed.

New unit installed.

How to wire the unit.

Plug your wires from the stator as follows: positive from battery to Red, Green to ground, Yellow from stator, and Pink from stator. Unplug the regulator connections and remove unit. It's that simple. I only have a few miles on it so far, but it's doing what it's supposed to at the moment.

UPDATE: As of 04/25/2013 the unit is cooked or just not functioning anymore. Originally I wanted to blame it on the stator, however after hooking the old regulator and Radio Shack rectifier back up it was charging great again. Luckily I didn't get completely stranded when it decided to take a shit, but it wasn't exactly convenient either.


tt500 build : part 4

Got the new shift shaft in. Slid in place like butter.

1 step forward, 16 steps back. My steel clutch plates were warped and pitted pretty bad, so I snatched up a used set to make one good set.

When I went to put them all together, I noticed the count of fiber plates to be 7 instead of 8. Easy fix since I had spares now. When reassembling the clutch, things just weren't fitting together right. I started pulling everything back out and noticed a good crack on this gear as well as a nasty wear mark from the missing tooth on the kicker idle gear.

The old kicker idle gear next to the new one. Thanks for nothing stupid gear.

For some reason number 10 in the diagram just wouldn't come loose without a heavy amount of prying.

Which unveiled a whole mess of carnage.

Trans mainshaft markings.

With the guidance of those smarter than me, I have decided to replace the gear, spacer, washer, and then polish up the mainshaft with an oil stone. Replacement parts are now in route, but who knows if that will be the end of my battle getting this motor back together.



xl350 build : part 1

My Name is Trevor and I am a friend of Andy. I watched Andy prepare for and complete this ride last year and decided it looked too fun not to do myself. I'm not a "motorcycle guy", I've never owned a road going motorcycle, and I don't have a motorcycle license. But it looks like I still have several months.

So, I bought a combo deal about a month and a half ago- one 82 XR500 and two XL350s, all for $950. I sold the XR500 for $400 and some drywall work after it ate my favorite shorts. The leftover XL pile was torn down and the best parts chosen. I went with the '74 model as it was kind of a runner and had a title. Biggest problems were the incorrect head causing the need for the extra long fitting collage of an intake and the totally fried valve train that probably was a result of a completely clogged oil screen. Strange, somebody had just built this engine, I mean it was squeaky clean inside with new gaskets, seals, and piston,
but whatever. K, so I swapped around the rear shocks and springs to get the height and damping I could get from the pile-o-parts, put new seals and oil in the forks, added a chinese socket to each fork for spacing to eradicate some of the plushness, swapped the front wheel for one with good bearings, swapped for '76 brakes, and went through my speedo and tach (they were stuck on 0 with old stiff grease). That was the first weekend. I had much help from friends. So, at my next opportunity I tore the top and sides of the engine down to swap my center port head for the correct side port head. My donor head was pretty rough, having spent some time in someones yard growing moss. A friend bead-blasted and hot-tanked it and after grinding the seats it was good to go. Next step- a quiet evening cleaning up the bowls and ports. Came out good. Installed head, went through engine looking for trouble, stripped, painted reassembled, found a bad advancer (dunno what its called- you know the weights and springs doohicky) anyways it was all stuck together as it happens so I disassembled, soaked in chem-dip and greased and put back together. Fired up last weekend- broke in cam, adjusted cam chain tension, rode twelve miles, smiled like monkey, rode wheelies 1st and 2nd, puked oil out breather doing that, froze cause I forgot jacket, and liked doing all of that. So I still have some moneys left and parts to sell so doing OK, but have wiring issues and paint and body yet to deal with. We'll see. It's a scary POS, but getting better fast. Thanks for putting together such a COOL idea. I'll get back to you.



tt500 build : part 3

While waiting on parts to roll in, I decided to mess with the exhaust. Money spent on motor parts has to come somewhere from the budget, so a store bought stainless header and megaphone were the first to go. I had some kz440 mufflers given to me laying around, leftover 1 1/2" mandrel bent tubing from my old xs650 project, and the head pipe from the tt.

Took off the stock pipe and was greeted with this lovely mess. Someone has already tapped what's left of the threads for a larger bolt, and it amazingly enough has a good grab. I'll see about sourcing a cheap secondary head to swap out if it starts to fail on me.

kz440 muffler and headpipe.

tt500 headpipe cut.

Old scrap mandrel bend.

Muffler cut here.

And here.

Trimmed and hammered the lip tight to the 1 1/2" tubing.

This never happens. The fit was perfect.

Tacked together. The rearward mount consists of the stock kz440 muffler mount attached to an unused tab on the frame.

Welded up hole.

Gutted muffler body.

Cone cut from another muffler and tacked.

Welded and started shaping with a file.

An hour or two later. Not the prettiest, but finished.




tt500 build : part 2

In an effort to make some headway, I decided to get this beast running before committing to anything cosmetic. That has been proven a bit troublesome so far.

I have been searching for a washer that goes on the points cam shaft, but the part is no longer made. Used was the only option, and there just weren't any floating around, or so I thought. After draining the oil and checking the sump screen I found the washer needed sitting inside the clutch cover! That's some good news.

While waiting on a new oil filter to come in, I decided to see what it would take to replace the shift shaft. Some dingleberry welded the lever to the shaft after stripping it out. In order to replace the whole shaft, I had to cut off the lever and grind it smooth enough to fit through the seal.

Then I noticed some broken bosses on that case side that normally are used to hold the sprocket cover on. Guess it's time to make a case saver off what little mounts I have left.

Moving on, I had to remove the clutch basket to get to the shifter pawl and slide it out. After removing all the springs and plates I went to remove the nut holding the basket on. Loose as a goose, absolutely no resistance whatsoever. Definitely glad I decided to replace the shaft now instead of down the road, cause finger tight wouldn't have done me any good.

I'm sure it was mentioned previously, but my kicker idler gear is missing a tooth, and in my cheapness I originally wanted to just leave it be. I've since decided to replace it and save myself any more future drama considering all the other stuff popping up.

I found a shift shaft, kicker idler gear, and some various hardware for a real good deal on eBay. Just need to order a new shaft seal and boot to finish it all up. In the meantime I decided to dig into the carb and see what awaits. Luckily someone has done all the cleaning for me, but put an extremely long screw in what is only described as a plug in the parts catalogs. I'll get a new one ordered up and start fiddling with some wiring.

The 6v system that came stock on the tt500 has an unused lighting coil in stock trim. Simply wire up a voltage regulator and I'll have a magneto fed light system requiring no battery! Here's what the stock wiring diagram consists of.

I'll replace the kill switch with a keyed one, add in a 6v voltage regulator, a fused lead for lights, and brake light switch.