So back in October 2020 I ran into a new issue. Apparently there’s normally a pin in the neck of the turn signals to keep them facing the right way. I discovered the one for the left rear signal had gone south. I couldn’t find any info on the fiche, so I asked on the XS650 forum and was basically told to improvise using some appropriately-sized nail or screw. Nobody could actually say what would fit.
Today at last I finally got around to fixing it. I tried a nail first, but it was too small, and the next one I tried was too big. Then I tried the kind of screw used to retain CD-ROM drives in computers (an M3-0.5) and it was also too small, but only just a little bit… and this led me to try a computer case screw, SAE 6-32, and it threaded in tightly and snugged up like it was meant to be there.
Wow. That was EASY. I could grind off the head, but I’m not going to bother. Looks okay as is.