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I ran one of my carbs too rich and blew the left piston.

Is there anything out there that I can use as specific instructions on how to remove my 1979 XS6502f engine so I can get it repaired? I know I could probably purchase a shop manual, but perhaps, some other means is available. I need to do this myself to minimize the cost of getting it fixed. Thanks. Tim

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Hi fixx it
With the XS650, if you blew a hole in a piston, it has been  detonating on that cylinder, probably too lean more than anything. 
 There are some great forums out there that you can get access to with lots of information about the XS650. I own one myself, and have used this forums to rebuild my bike. 
for parts check out Mikes XS
for great advice on any dramas you are having
  650 Garage
or
  650 rider.
 The motors are easy to get out of the frame. One man can lift the engine, though I would recommend having someone hold the bike for you whilst getting it out.  I do have a link for a workshop manual somewhere, will get back to you shortly with that also.
happy to talk to you more about your classic bike. I love XS650's and ride one every day:)
regards robotek

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Jan 04, 2009

    Here is another good site for info,  they had the link is was referring to an online manual, but the link is now dead.


     I will continue to see if I can find one for you that works. 

  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Jan 04, 2009

    Some good info on engine removal here.


     If you have not done much work on the bike  before, getting a workshop manual is well worth while and will save you LOTS of money in the future. With only a few tools, the bikes are relatively simple, and easy to work on. Makes a book well worth getting. Mikes XS has the Haynes book for $29, and if you are in the USA and get the order over $50, freight is free. Parts from Mikes are good value, buying the parts you from him will save you money also. 

  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Jan 04, 2009

    found a link that works. Go here for a FREE download of the XS650 workshop manual. 

  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Jan 04, 2009

    Hi tim, thanks for the rating. did you get the last comment with the link to the manual you needed? There are complete instructions bolt by bolt in there to remove the engine from the bike. Should sort out all  your needs. 

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