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81 xj650 Cafe Cruiser

Discussion in 'XJ DIY How-To Instructions' started by KeithK, Apr 29, 2021.

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    KeithK New Member

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    Hello Folks!

    I bought an 81 cj650 last year and want to do some mods to it. Bike ran well, brakes sucked and a death wobble at about 50. I’m trying to address those issues while turning it into a cafe cruiser. First time doing this and hopefully starting with a good base will help. Taking the wheels to get bearings changed out. Removing forks to clean up. Can I just replace the master cylinder and lines with a new replacement? Keeping the same style bars but getting black ones.
     

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    XJ550H Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    It would probably be cheaper to just rebuild the master cylinder. Definitely want to change the lines with stainless steel setups. Are supporting vendor sells some nice ones. Completely DOT approved unlike most of the steel lines you buy. And you know they fit
     
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    Don't forget to check the headstock bearings while you're doing the forks and you may want to take a look at the swing on bushings bearings all those can contribute to the death wobble.
     
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    A CJ huh must be a Jeep my friend has a jeep that is an XJ as well surprising how many of those parts show up when you're looking for motorcycle parts. This should really be in the modification form
    maybe the moderatetor
    as we'll move it there
     
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    ohh those were shot to hell and rusted out. Replacing those as well. haha I did say CJ. I think i can fix that... I fat fingered it
     

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