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Haysie
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  • From:Australia

Date Posted:06/10/2017 6:50 AMCopy HTML

Hi guys,

Picked up this 1980 Honda XL185S some months ago for a good price. Yeah its missing a few pieces.... actually a lot including the right cover!

The PO said that it didn't run and he hadn't tried to get it going. Anyway within a half hour I got it going and it ran pretty well. Another issue I found was that the kick starter didn't return. Dr Google queries discovered that Honda in their infinite wisdom built the majority of the kick start mechanism inside the engine crank cases! So anyway I let it sit in the back yard for awhile. Finally decided to bite the bullet and strip the bike and engine down and repair the issue.

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Yeah I know that isn't the factory exhaust heat shield and the seat is from a later model..... but its a start.

Bought a new return spring and waiting on a Forzetti gasket kit that I purchased off Ebay.

So far I have the engine out of the bike and stripped down. Haven't cracked the cases yet, might reserve that for tomorrow.


rgvlc #1
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  • From:United Kingdom

Re:Greetings from Oz - 1980 XL185S

Date Posted:08/03/2017 7:55 PMCopy HTML

Hi. I have just joined here as well. I'm doing up an 79 xl185. When I bought it I was told "it doesn't run but it turns over no problem". Yes it did turn over but only because the cam sprocket was unbolted from the cam which had solid seized its bush. So far I have stripped the motor as far as I can whilst waiting for the special socket for the clutch and centrifugal spinner nut. The motor seems ok apart from the cam bush, the only other concern is the primary side main bearing is a very loose fit in the crankcase.  
GB500guy #2
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  • From:USA

Re:Greetings from Oz - 1980 XL185S

Date Posted:08/09/2017 10:11 PMCopy HTML

Reply to rgvlc (08/03/2017 11:55 AM)

 The motor seems ok apart from the cam bush, the only other concern is the primary side main bearing is a very loose fit in the crankcase.  

How loose do you mean? The right side main bearing should be an easy slip fit into the case. The left side main will be a press fit.
-Bill
rgvlc #3
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  • From:United Kingdom

Re:Greetings from Oz - 1980 XL185S

Date Posted:08/10/2017 6:48 PMCopy HTML

The fit on the left side is pretty tight, the primary side is just a easy push into the case with no effort at all. There doesn't seem to be any lateral play but I am surprised by how slack it is compared to when I have fitted two stroke main bearings which need the cases warmed up to accept cold bearings.  Thanks



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