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Tach Gear Housing Oil Seal replacement w/pics

Discussion in 'XJ DIY How-To Instructions' started by bigfitz52, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. bigfitz52

    bigfitz52 Well-Known Member

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    -The cable itself needs to be cleaned and lubed. Possibly replaced.

    -The instrument itself may need attention.

    Since you have a 550 Seca, here's the instrument cluster removal and teardown procedure: http://xjbikes.com/Forums/viewtopic/t=14948.html

    Here's what you'll find in there, and how to lube the instruments: http://xjbikes.com/Forums/viewtopic/t=15303.html

    And completely off this topic but since you have a 550 Seca, check this: http://xjbikes.com/Forums/viewtopic/t=31872.html

    More 550 Seca tips: http://xjbikes.com/Forums/viewtopic/t=36235.html

    Check out the "XJ FAQ Suggestions" forum. You'll find valve adjustment, rear wheel bearing, clutch, and Mikuni carb photo "how-tos" mostly all performed on one of my 550 Secas.

    AS WAS THIS, be sure to check it right away: http://xjbikes.com/Forums/viewtopic/t=15874.html
     
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    Thanks so much for the reply. I'm new to riding as well as to this bike, so I'm trying to give it a good check over and make sure its working as it should. I don't really know whats normal for these things so this forum is a great help. I'll make my way through the posts as it seems like a lot of the same problems come up
     
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    Welcome aboard. What's "normal" is that the people that owned the bike before you likely didn't keep up on the required maintenance; plus things like 30-year old brakes simply have to go.

    Start your own thread in "XJ Chat" when you have any more questions that arise, and we'll be sure you get some assistance.
     
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    just used this thread to help replace my seals. Thanks a ton for the info guys!
     
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    Thanks for this. I nearly bought a whole new tachometer cable but ran into this article.

    Digging out the original seal #4 was a bitch though. I'm not sure if I actually got the oil seal out... because I dug the seal out to pieces... kinda like breaking your wisdom tooth and extracting it bit by bit.
     
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    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    COME BAAAACK FITZ!!!!
     
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    Just replaced my seals.

    Getting the old seal out and cleaning the residue from the housing is the hardest part. That 32 year old seal was essentially 'glued' in place.
     
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    I, too, wish to do away with the mech tach (speedo, too); I'm looking for some kind of blanking plug/cap. I see no point in repairing something that I want to delete.
    I want to change instruments to electronic, with the hope of using the stock housings and inserting appropriate bits to retain as much of the stock appearance as possible.
    Is there a kit "how-to" for this?
     
  9. k-moe

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    Start a conversation with Chacal. He sells a blanking plug for the tach drive and includes instructions.
     
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    Anybody have luck with converting to an electronic tach?
     
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    k-moe Pie, Bacon, Burbon. Moderator Premium Member

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    Yamaha did. You wont have the advantage of not machining the casting for a tach cable though, since your's is already done. Chacal sells a blanking plug for the tacho drive hole. After that all you need is a tach and the ability to find the grey coil wire.
     
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  13. Rogan butler

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    For some reason i cant see the pics?? Im having this issue and just got my seals but have no clue what im doing.
     
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    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    3rd party sites no longer allow free image storage, and BigFitz has been away since 2014. Therefore, images are dropping out of old threads. It sucks.
     
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    Im wondering how you disconnect the tach drive cable from thr tach drive itself.
     
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    It unscrews. Lefty loosey.
     
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    MattiThundrrr Not a guru

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    Never understood that mnemonic aid. With rotational movement, one side is always going left, clockwise or counterclockwise. If a screw is turned clockwise (tightey), the 6 o'clock part is going left...
    Matti needs a how-to on tightening screws. Look for "How to screw", it'll be in the Hangout Lounge.
     
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