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MaxAeschlimann
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Date Posted:07/12/2016 2:54 PMCopy HTML

Hey guys! First post on this site. 
Just bought a 1974 XL175 with a stroker kit on it. This thing is FASTTTTT! It'll do at least 80mph. Can't rip the throttle or I'll fall off. I got it from a guy for $100, so I basically stole it. It doesn't have any lights on it, and I'm looking into restoring it to its former, road-worthy glory. I have a cruiser for the street, but I'd love to restore this beauty and ride it as well. Anyone have any ideas on where to find the lights for this bike? Not looking to spend a TON of money, but for the right part, money will certainly be spent. Thanks, all! 

Max
tuscarawas #1
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Re:LOOKING FOR LIGHTS- HELP!

Date Posted:07/25/2016 3:30 PMCopy HTML

Hi there,
Do you want original lights ? I never messed around with the xl 175's but I have some early 250 parts. They might interchange with the 175 models. What do you need ? Headlight bracket tail light ect.
3y3909 #2
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Re:LOOKING FOR LIGHTS- HELP!

Date Posted:09/27/2016 11:16 PMCopy HTML

 i am currently repurposing an 1973 Xl175 wiring harness, possible lights, fender. let me know if you need anything.
iwantthat77 #3
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  • From:USA

Re:LOOKING FOR LIGHTS- HELP!

Date Posted:04/06/2017 8:26 PMCopy HTML

I am also looking for lights,and shocks,or suggestion for modern replacment name/type shocks-for a xl175

does anyone know if i can use XL185 Rear tire,ON MY XL175

I KNOW THIS MUCH ABOUT THE REAR TIRE'S
XL175-  3.50 x 18  
Xl185-   4.10 x 18

IM GUESSING SPROCKETS DIFFER,CAN THEY BE SWITCHED IF I CAN USE THE TIRE?

Can i use the  shocks,forks ;from the following parts bikes on crglst

Honda xl185- 

1982 -xr100 -

xr200-year?
iwantthat77 #4
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Re:LOOKING FOR LIGHTS- HELP!

Date Posted:04/06/2017 8:26 PMCopy HTML

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XLKirk #5
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  • From:USA

Re:LOOKING FOR LIGHTS- HELP!

Date Posted:04/08/2017 12:56 PMCopy HTML

Hey Max just saw your cry for help this morning and thought I might offer some "lessons learned" while restoring my XL175.

1) Describe your "not wanting to spend a ton of money". This one made me giggle a bit since I was in the same place when I started. As an old swap meet buddy taught me - if you've been looking for a part for a very long time and suddenly you find it.......buy it.....because it may be even longer before you see it again! So sometimes you have to spend $$$ to get what your looking for.
2) Get a Cylmer manual!!!! This will be your life line for familiarizing yourself with the various parts and how to service the bike.
3) Put these websites in your favorites and study the part fiches. You can then cross reference to other bikes for part numbers. The XL family of 175 thru 350 K0 - K2 shared a lot of parts. UNfortunately Honda would change the part number depending on the model so it takes a bit of sleuthing. www.bikebandit.com, www.cmsnl.com  
4) Yeah you will spend a lot of time on Ebay and Craig's list tracking stuff down - but it can be done!
5) The shocks can be rebuilt, but it's tough to find the internal parts. If you want to start riding this year.....go to Progressive shocks website and buy a set. 
Don't bother with buying another used set - most of the time they will function about as well as the set you have.
6) Front forks - these are easy to find seals and dust covers for. The forks are easily rebuilt but you will need a special tool or you can cheat 
and take them to any good motorcycle repair shop and they can knock it out in a couple of days. 
Be sure to check the condition of the tubes because you may end up replacing them as well. This company can build a new set for you to the original specs
franksforks.com/
7) Put the same size tire on it. These tires are easy to find online or out of any Motorcycle shop. Tires and tubes are sized to the wheel rim. 
Could you put a fatter one on it - sure, but the tire profile won't be right and you end up quickly wearing out the middle and changing the way the tire grips. 

Most of all, take your time and have fun with it. It can be a very rewarding experience. Good luck! 
Oh and if you come across a 1973 - 75 stock XL175 exhaust pipe and muffler in decent shape - I want to know!

Kirk
iwantthat77 #6
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Re:LOOKING FOR LIGHTS- HELP!

Date Posted:04/19/2017 6:15 PMCopy HTML

JUST SAW THE REPLY ADVICE; THANKS



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