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  • Year:
    XJ650 Maxim
    Engine Size:
    Modifications & Accessories:
    Frame stripped, chopped/bobbed, and powder-coated with a new rear fender, forward controls, headlight converted to halogen style with halo ring of leds, custom turn signals, custom brake lights, electronic flasher relay installed, low-profile drag bars, bar-end rear-view mirrors, all digital combination speedometer/tachometer cluster, stainless steel braided brake line, spin-on oil filter conversion, exhaust pipes chopped with shorty muffler baffles added then painted and wrapped, custom battery box with leather cover, custom electronics case, airpod style intakes with stage three jets, crankcase breather filter pod added, seat chopped and reupholstered with custom tooled leather cover. With exception of the powder-coating, all work has been done by BaldWonder.
    Read about the whole build on my build thread.

    To-do list:
    1. Get SS brake lines and level master cylinder Done
      • Rebuild/clean caliper Done
      • Strip and repaint caliper Done
    2. Replace rear brake pads Done
    3. New alternator brushes Didn't need replacing. Cleaned rotor with pencil eraser instead.
    4. Perform valve clearance check Done, passed!
    5. Perform compression check Done, also passed!
    6. Bar-end mirrors Done
    7. Rear fender patching Done
      • Repaint Done
      • Clear coat Waiting to clear the tank at the same time
    8. Hide wiring and electronics Done
    9. New crankcase filter Done
    10. Battery strap/cover Done
    11. Inline fuel filter Done
    12. Replace fraying clutch cable Done
    13. Rebuild the clutch Done
    14. Get 750 tank Done
      • Strip Done
      • Pull out dents, braze/patch the one rust hole Starting
      • Tumble gravel inside the tank to de-rust it
      • Seal inside of tank
      • Bondo, sand, prime
      • Paint
      • Rebuild petcock
      • Rebuild gascap
      • Fuel level connection to speedo
    15. Leather cowl Bought fiberglass cowl instead, need to figure out how to mount it.
    16. Need new headlight to work with fiberglass cowl. Want to switch to LED in the process.
    17. Replace brake rotor with one from a 1994 Yamaha FZR 600R
    18. Chop front fender, reattach
    19. Front bumper/guard
    20. Saddle Boxes
      • Brackets
      • Rear turn signals
      • Lid pistons
      • Liner and compartments
      • Painting
    21. Paint engine, someday
  1. nillawaferjam
    i like the raw look you used on the tank! id like to get color like that on my tank, but id like to add a weathered sun zia around the fill hole. anyway, is this paint or raw steel with clear coat?
  2. Malay
    I have an '82 Yamaha Maxim XJ650(J) as well, and am looking to replace my Brake Line (Brake Hose 1+Joint+Brake Hose 2).
    Do you know where exactly I can go to purchase them (steel braided preferably)?
  3. willmarmnxj650
    Was switching out your front turn signals difficult I just got my aftermarket turn signals in the mail today and want it to look clean
    1. BaldWonder
      Well, that's hard to answer. Taking the old ones off was easy, and rerouting the wires to the headlight bucket was somewhat easy. I can't speak to how easy it is to put different lights where the stock lights go as I had an aftermarket headlight-mounted setup.
      BaldWonder, Jan 7, 2016
  4. XIlomen
    yup, she's a beauty
      BaldWonder likes this.
  5. Robert Mendenhall
    Gonna copy your exhaust setup and I am already running with pods. Did you rejet? If so what size jets or how much did you increase from original size jets. Again nice build.
      Conner808 likes this.
    1. BaldWonder
      I did rejet, but it was part of a custom calibrated kit from sigma6 (look for them on ebay). They took into consideration what the model was, what elevation I ride the bike at, and what modifications I made to the exhaust and intake. They also had me permanently modify the slide valves, shim the needles, and one or two other things. Black magic voodoo.
      BaldWonder, Sep 12, 2015
  6. Skyman
    Literally the sweetest xj I've seen
      Awh0423, Andrew550seca and BaldWonder like this.
  7. Robert Mendenhall
    Please any info you have on pea-shooter style mufflers (slip on, size, supplier, etc?) would be appreciated. Nice job with your XJ.
    1. BaldWonder
      The shorty baffles on my bike are from OldBikeBarn.com. They're meant to be slip-ons, but I welded them in. Here's a link to them.
      BaldWonder, Jul 21, 2015
  8. Ribo
    What is that black cylinder on your brake line?
    1. BaldWonder
      Off the top of my head, I think that's the stock brake-line-holder coming off the fender. It just keeps the line from swinging into the wheel.
      BaldWonder, Jun 2, 2015
    2. Ribo
      Oh I get it now. On the 81 there's a clip that comes fender but my new line is rigid enough and made to perfect length that I don't need it.
      Ribo, Jun 2, 2015
  9. Jim Lahey
    Wish I could get a better look at those forward controls.
      Conner808 likes this.
    1. BaldWonder
      Sorry for the late reply, but here they are.
      I also got their universal linkage kit.
      BaldWonder, Sep 12, 2015
  10. hogfiddles
    Sometime I'll get MY TCBros forwards put on --- still sitting in the box
      BaldWonder likes this.
    1. BaldWonder
      When you do, I'd suggest keeping the original pegs on at the same time. It's nice to be able to adjust foot positions on longer trips.
      BaldWonder, Apr 14, 2015
    2. hogfiddles
      Oh I'll definitely keep them on… Only thing that's holding me up finding the rods and the Ball joints that I want to use!
      hogfiddles, Apr 14, 2015