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* PROJECT HELL RAISER *

Discussion in 'XJ Modifications' started by Hell Raiser, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. Hell Raiser

    Hell Raiser New Member

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    I've been lurking in here for sometime now ( almost 4 years now,.... Holy crap. )I just recently made an account. I've spent that time reading, researching, learning, and absorbing the wealth of knowledge from the awesome people on this site.. 2016 my little brother bought this piece of crap, red and rotted little 82 Yamaha xj550 Maxim... THE PICTURES DON'T DO IT JUSTICE FOR JUST HOW BAD THIS BIKE WAS!!! So here I am 7am with him riding shotgun, in my truck, going on 2 1/2 hour ride because he found the " perfect " project bike, right? We finally get to this guy's place way out in the middle of nowhere. And find this... 1583632398265.jpg We get it loaded, get it back and my kid brother, just goes balls out ripping this thing apart. ( Granted it's what I used to do, but I was just a little more organized ). He rattle canned it black, cut the hell out of the wiring, the exhaust was completely trashed, he threw out all but the head pipes. I did what I could to try and help but he was dead set on it being done his way ( ok there little feller ). It was about 3 to 4 months before he even tried to start it. What ended up a great idea for him turned into a hellish nightmare for him. He wanted a hard-tailed bobber..... Good God he made a damn hard-tail...
    That he never got to fire up. This went on for a year or so, until he got to the point, to where he calls up one day and said hey, could you take me to the recycling? Yeah, sure what are you taking? This p.o s. Bike, ( Mind you I haven't heard squat for like 6 months about the bike ) so I run up to the bank grab some cash and jet to his place.
    20180525_220254.jpg ( this is the night I bought off him )
    So, here I am, with this Thing... Scratching my head, and cursing my little brother every which way... received_1898097583586874.jpeg
    So, I did a quick on the wiring, threw the hospital pan of a seat away and I rode it as a hard-tail for all of about a month until it just crapped out, a buddy from work said to me the first day I rode it in, where did you get that *** Hell Raiser *** from? And the name just stuck. I Melted the wiring, and burnt up a bunch of crap from trying to put a bandaid on the hack job wiring, and so When it went under the knife back in 2018. Aside from pulling the engine I stripped.. made my own wiring harness, fabricated my own exhaust, put a suspension back on the Rear, did the seca Cam swap, ( almost everything I did I found on this very site ) the list goes on. But enough if my bullshittin I am sure y'all wanna see it.

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    Hell Raiser New Member

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  3. XJ550H

    XJ550H Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    well at least you are finishing a chopped up bike. thank you for saving it from the scrap yard.

    you should try to replace the front fender to get the support bracket back on there even if you shorten the fender

    did you post a photo of your exhaust on FB?


    so how did your brother manage to turn a 750 maxim into a 550?
     
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  4. Hell Raiser

    Hell Raiser New Member

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    She's not finished yet, I simply just brought her back to life. Very reliable bike, I knew it had great bones to make an awesome cafe racer.

    Yes that's correct. I have put pretty much my entire build progress on the XJ page on FB.

    Is there a specific reason for it besides the mounting of the fender? I am planning on a different size tire up front and I've been mulling the idea around on swapping the tree.

    I am sorry, I am confused... What do you mean?
     
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    XJ550H Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    the fender has a brace built into it for stability

    the first photo you posted red and rotted little 82 Yamaha xj550 Maxim...

    is a 750 maxim a 1982 XJ750J to be exact not a 550 maxim.

    Atari cluster ,dual disc front brakes, linkage on the brake pedal the silver disc on frame swingarm . the clutch lever on clutch housing is on rear of cover . shocks
    headlight is incorrect for the 750.


    the 550 has single disc, no adjustable linkage on brake pedal no silver disc, clutch lever on top of clutch cover.

    top photo you posted 1982 XJ750 maxim
    bottom photo you posted xj550 maxim
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  6. hogfiddles

    hogfiddles XJ-Wizard, Host-Central NY Carb Clinic Moderator Premium Member

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    Ummmm.......you’re showing us two different bikes. A 750 maxim, and a 550. The 550 is the chaindrive one, the other is a 750 maxim.
     
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    4 years, two different bikes and quite frankly I have yet to see anything remotely good looking to say the least...
     
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    I wasnt aware of the support brace, ok I will do some searching. Thank for the insight, @XJ550H btw check your FB messenger

    As for the mix up on the bikes I received the picture from my brother a long time ago when I first took ownership off of him I only compared the lines and rims of the bikes, and wasn't aware that was a totally different bike. Every picture following that one, I took myself personally. Thank you for pointing out that embarrassing error.

    And to be very blunt, @PavelK313 I could care less about your opinion, I saved it from the scrap yard, built it on a next to nothing budget and have turned it in to a daily driver. At least appreciate the hard work and dedication I've put into the bike. If nothing else.
     
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    I really enjoyed the story, and the look of the bike! Solo seat looked badass, though I completely understand why you replaced it :D!
     
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    Thanks man, I greatly appreciate it. I just finished doing the " church of clean " and rebuilt my carbs. Properly this time around
     
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    So, I am bearing the end of the build with Hell Raiser, only minor things left to do now. I figured I would just simply update this post, instead of starting a new one. I've put a lot of time, and hard work bringing to life my idea of how I wanted to see this bike. There's still a laundry list of things I will do to it over time. I hope y'all enjoy!

    I am still in the process of waiting on brake line, custom frame mounts for the fairing I am going to use, and I am still finishing the design of my second exhaust system. IMG_20200716_205616927_HDR.jpg IMG_20200711_100516889_HDR.jpg IMG_20200716_205537620.jpg IMG_20200711_100622953.jpg IMG_20200711_043554636.jpg IMG_20200716_205607813_HDR.jpg IMG_20200716_205631668_HDR.jpg IMG_20200709_120536668.jpg
     
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    Another one saved from the breakers great.
     
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    She's certainly come along way, that's for sure. I was even able to find pics from when I did the seca cam swap
     
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    Franz Well-Known Member

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    Yes fixing the bike up is brilliant and when all fixed they are reliable. Well worth the effort.
     
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    Also, I've finished building my exhaust as well. Not much more on my check list before I hook up my small tank for a test fire.
     
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    Kudos for dragging it back from the brink.
    Too many end up scrapped when owners with half-assed notions give up.
     
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    k-moe Pie, Bacon, Bourbon. Moderator Premium Member

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    Paint looks good. GO faster while also not being seen. Clever.
     
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    I greatly appreciate the kudos, thank you.
    It really sucks when people throw in the rag and just take these bikes to the graveyard. They are such a blast to ride.
     

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