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The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: spectra » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:06 pm

wrenchguy wrote:
spectra wrote:Ah ok I have one of those on a 400 I did with a antigravity battery..............also purchased a 12 cell for the Virago so let me add that tot he list of more things I need..............

Thanks!


Mine is only an 8 cell anti-gravity. Hope that will be enough. I am going to attach a charger port to it just to be safe.



I think you should be good as long as you dont have to crank and crank to get it going. My factory huge battery took a dump on the 920 and swapped in a small one out of a 400 I had sitting around. Has worked for the last few months with no issues. I wasnt going to pay to replace when I knew I wasnt using it in he end......

Have you started wiring yet? Thats my only thing I dont like doing.......

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: wrenchguy » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:26 pm

A long way from wiring- still no carbs, still have to hook up the air and gas lines. Three big things left- install the new coils system, muffler, and R/R.

At least the gas tank came today:

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: gs58 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:49 pm

That's a good looking bike that you are creating there WG.
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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: spectra » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:10 am

Looks good!

Getting new carbs or waiting on a rebuild?

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: wrenchguy » Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:10 am

Thanks Spectra and gs58,

I'm unfortunately waiting on a rebuild. They were sent out in July, if you can imagine that. :pissed:

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: spectra » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:39 pm

Wow...........

I may look somewhere else...........I had a set rebuilt by a guy on the 650 forum and he was about a 10 day turn around.........look great but that project is on hold right now.

Hopefully you get them soon.

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: wrenchguy » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:05 pm

spectra wrote:Wow...........

I may look somewhere else...........I had a set rebuilt by a guy on the 650 forum and he was about a 10 day turn around.........look great but that project is on hold right now.

Hopefully you get them soon.


Me too. And hopefully a better fate than my cb750 carbs which just disappeared, along with the $350 I paid for the rebuild. :crap:

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: wrenchguy » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:07 am

Well, the guy who was supposed to do my carbs, Rick West of OLSKOOLCARBS has just flat out disappeared. I just have worst luck when it comes to carbs.. haha

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: jonno51 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:51 am

wrenchguy wrote:Well, the guy who was supposed to do my carbs, Rick West of OLSKOOLCARBS has just flat out disappeared. I just have worst luck when it comes to carbs.. haha


One of the mods on the EX-500.com site has a carb rebuild/refurb service. I had an EX (or GPZ500 as they are known this side of the pond) for several years.

In all the time I was on the site I never heard anything but positive comment about his prices, quality of work or turnaround time (even better in the winter when he's not riding much).

He can be contacted via Gordon@customcarbservices.com and in based in NYC.
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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: wrenchguy » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:16 am

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wrenchguy wrote:Well, the guy who was supposed to do my carbs, Rick West of OLSKOOLCARBS has just flat out disappeared. I just have worst luck when it comes to carbs.. haha


One of the mods on the EX-500.com site has a carb rebuild/refurb service. I had an EX (or GPZ500 as they are known this side of the pond) for several years.

In all the time I was on the site I never heard anything but positive comment about his prices, quality of work or turnaround time (even better in the winter when he's not riding much).

He can be contacted via Gordon@customcarbservices.com and in based in NYC.


Thanks, I'll keep this info handy.

I'm just hoping I can get my carbs back. This is so frustrating.

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: spectra » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:25 am

wrenchguy wrote:Well, the guy who was supposed to do my carbs, Rick West of OLSKOOLCARBS has just flat out disappeared. I just have worst luck when it comes to carbs.. haha



Wow really...........Rick did a set for me and was a quick turnaround........sorry to hear.

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: wrenchguy » Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:50 am

spectra wrote:
wrenchguy wrote:Well, the guy who was supposed to do my carbs, Rick West of OLSKOOLCARBS has just flat out disappeared. I just have worst luck when it comes to carbs.. haha



Wow really...........Rick did a set for me and was a quick turnaround........sorry to hear.


Lucky you then. He's just not returning my calls or emails. I just checked his facebook page and people are starting to complain.

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: spectra » Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:06 pm

Wonder if he had health problems or something.

Stinks that your stuff has been in limbo for so long.

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: wrenchguy » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:10 am

spectra wrote:Wonder if he had health problems or something.

Stinks that your stuff has been in limbo for so long.



No, it's been one excuse after another. Can't remember how many times he's said "they're going out today." My favorite excuse is the day his house filled up with gas. :tf:

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: Mr Biggz » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:06 am

I just binged your entire thread and thoroughly enjoyed your journey. You gave me inspiration and reassurance. I also had poor judgment in buying an 82 920 for $2200 and coming to find a host of issues such as dying when warmed up, sticking carbs, silver spray painted swingarm to cover the rust, leaking forks, and the shiny fresh coats of paint fooled me. He really got the best of me there.

I bought the bike in March 2017 and I’m just starting my build, guess I’ll have to post a build thread. Im reassured that I don’t have to build the bike in 2-3 months as I’ve found common on other sites.

I’m sending you positive vibes on getting those carbs back.

Enjoying the journey keep up the great work. :usa:

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: wrenchguy » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:55 am

Mr Biggz wrote:I just binged your entire thread and thoroughly enjoyed your journey. You gave me inspiration and reassurance. I also had poor judgment in buying an 82 920 for $2200 and coming to find a host of issues such as dying when warmed up, sticking carbs, silver spray painted swingarm to cover the rust, leaking forks, and the shiny fresh coats of paint fooled me. He really got the best of me there.

I bought the bike in March 2017 and I’m just starting my build, guess I’ll have to post a build thread. Im reassured that I don’t have to build the bike in 2-3 months as I’ve found common on other sites.

I’m sending you positive vibes on getting those carbs back.

Enjoying the journey keep up the great work. :usa:


Welcome to the thread, glad you enjoyed it. Please feel free to ask any questions or to offer advice.

Your positive vibes apparently worked. Just got my carbs back.

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Re: The "poor judgment" cafe project: '83 xv920

PostAuthor: wrenchguy » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:58 am

After countless emails and calls, threats of legal action, and a host of other things, I finally got my carbs back. This is the last time I'll ever sub anything out. I just have had too many bad experiences with these kinds of things taking forever.

Now, I'll have to open up the carbs and make sure the jets are the proper sized and that the jets for the rear cylinder is slightly larger. Anyone have the numbers on how bigger the jets for the back should be?

I still don't know what size jets is ideal for the air filter and the pipes I'm going to run. Still have to figure that out.

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