Hi all. I realize that it is better to condense issues with a given bike to a threat for that bike, I had posted earlier about an issue bogging down (which was a fuel starvation issue, not remedied). This thread will serve the ongoing purpose. I recently added a 1984(Canadian, s/n says 1983) XJ 1100 Maxim to my garage, full vetter windjammer fairing and bags/trunk. This is the first bike I've owned with a windshield, let alone a stereo! My plan is to get it up to current with the maintenance to have a bike to ride for now (it is a known runner), then do much of the similar work to my XJ650 Seca (?TCI issue, and now has sat for a few years). Once both are done, this maxim will be the long-hauler, and the Seca will be my daily run-about. As I start to go through the laundry list of things to bring an older bike back up to safety, I am thankful that the previous owners have kept it stored inside. While they may think that they have been doing well by it, I have a suspicion that a few key things have been overlooked. The brake lines are stamped 09/83! So, first things first. This bike has a linked front and back brake through the brake pedal, making it a bit more complex of a system than I am used to. Is it worth replumbing to stock or is converting it to a 2 x front, 1 x rear a thing? Anyone know, off-hand, the lengths of brake hoses needed for a rebuild? This bike has the crazy vacuum octopus under the tank. It seems to be working, and I think I'd like to keep it. The fuel starvation issue I mentioned before had to do with some of the fuel hose kinking when heated, making me think that it had seen some throw-together work by the PO, any links or resources for just how this thing is supposed to look, or how long the individual fuel and vacuum hose sections should be would be appreciated. Original fuse box needs to go. Tires are good. Carbs will need a balancing; a proper cleaning too, but hoping that may be put off until the end of the season. Going through the valve checks, and having a heck of a time trying to get the shim out of the #2 intake (using a piece of wire and the "zip-tie" trick). Any suggestions or tips for removing this little bugger, or should I just suck it up and pick up a motion-pro shim tool?