The only possible conclusion is when the po changed the guard, and wheels to mags they would have filed off the tabs for the stays to look like the 77. The info has been bounced off a few knowledgeable fellows and this is what can be agreed to. So I am running with it and will order the seals for the 76 forks.
Might go for Four! Three un registered, un finished XS projects just aren't enough!!
UP FOR GRABS IS AN XS650 CHOP. BOUGHT AS A BOBBER PROJECT NOT RUNNING, NEEDS WORK. HAS EXTENDED FORKS AND MODDED REAR FRAME AND RESET REAR SHOCKS. GOOD BASE FOR A CHOP OR BOBBER PROJECT. MOTOR IS NOT COMPLETE BUT GOOD BONES. CHEAP START FOR A TOP CUSTOM BIKE OR PARTS.
He thinks it is a 76, and I don't have a 76, fits right in between the 74 & 78……. So if it is cheap enough and got useable bits. Well we will see!