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What did you do to your Yamaha today?

Discussion in 'XJ Technical Chat' started by Cutlass84, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. Jetfixer

    Jetfixer Well-Known Member

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    I guess I'm officially OLD I have the front fairing on my Seca and bought a cheap eBay extension it works . I wear a full face Helmet with the visor closed used to get a blast of air over the windshield this breaks it up . My wife of course has to poke fun of it ....she is not the one riding !!!
     

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    Nah your not old until you need a trike :D
     
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  3. Huntchuks

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    Yesterday: Need the new tires on the non X moved to the X. Front was easy, just swap wheels. Kept the rotors on the original bikes though. Rear tires are a whole different animal.
    Today: Spring cleanup. Light pressure wash on the X. Fine steel wool where needed and chrome polish on most everything shiny. I noticed the front fender was quite high off the tire. The non X fender was very close to its tire. Hmmm. Take apart and find someone had mounted the fender backwards on the bracket! Easy fix, looks proper now.
     
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    Finally back to working on the carb rebuild after a lengthy delay. I feel like the bodies, bowls and jets are very clean, but now faced with the plethora of small hardware. Anybody using a vibratory tumbler thingy for cleaning screws, clips, springs? Might need to put that on my next Harbor Fright shopping list....
     
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    Well today I swapped out my rotten old xj650 maxim rear wheel for a nice fresh new rubber on a 750 seca rear setup. larger wheel and larger drum brake which will maybe give it some more rear stopping power. I mainly wanted the bigger rear tire for a bit of extra ride height since I'm not exactly short, but i also like the look of the bigger rear rim. bike just passed safety and still needs a plate but will take it for a ride soon and see how it handles !

    I also repaired my pitted forks with some JB Weld which worked great and so far is holding up !
     
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    Weather finally got warm consistently so finally got my XJ550 out and rode it to work for the first time this week.
    Fired right up after 7 months of storage without a jump from another battery.
    Basic storage maintenance sure helps the "spring" (in this case summer) startup. Wash the bike, change oil before storage, use Stabil and straight gas, and use a battery tender.

    I do have to investigate the 2 small drops of motor oil on the garage floor. :-(
    Oil level was fine however...
     
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  7. Jetfixer

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    Whooo finally got a day of good weather took the day off from work rode 85 miles bike ran great and my new windshield extension worked great really cut down on the wind noise. Would have riden longer stopped at a garage sale found stuff my wife would want so headed home spent the rest of the day with her actually had a good time , so was a good day . Next four days RAIN figures .
     
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    I brought one home. 85 XJ700, twenty years of dust. Small dent in the tank. It will clean up nicely.
     

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    Looks pretty good! Has the desirable high rear backrest and everything.
     
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    Clean it up., keep it stock. These were low production bikes.
     
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    So I tried the vibratory tumbler for cleaning carb hardware. Mixed results. I started with screws and levers that included a fair bit of rust and scale. Used the resin media, which are pretty big pyramids of plastic, seemingly too big to fit into tight spaces. Nonetheless, it cleaned up the threads of screws well. A couple levers with thicker rust I had to hit with the wire wheel. This was used only on steel hardware. I thought retrieving the small screws, like throttle plate, from the bowl of media might be difficult, but that part wasn't too bad. I have some glass bead left over from another project that I will experiment with. At any rate, it was a better process than soda blasting, which for small hardware is fairly labor intensive.

    Before and after photos, probably 2 hours in the tumbler.

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    Evapo-Rust will help with the leftover rust.
     
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    Got the parts bike outside under a tarp and the working one on the table and moved so I can walk around it. Started it for the first time in awhile then took the tank off and the search begins for the parts I put away over the winter...
     
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    I made gas tank soup. 650 Maxim flavor.
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    Dunked the whole thing, huh?
     
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    Yup. Outside was sketchy too.
     
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    Let's see how the paint looks once removed. After treating my tank for a time, I added more liquid which eventually caused an reddish, foamy overflow out the fill hole. That nastiness was hard to clean off my paint. My son has two tanks that are crusty inside and it would be easier to dunk if the paint isn't harmed.
     
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    Definitely not something you want to do if you care about the exterior finish. This tank had been repainted with god-knows-what so the more that comes off, the better. But if you have a nice finish that you want to preserve then the full-tank-dunk is definitely out of the question.
     
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    Siphoned the gas out of the Maxim to run the generator last night my town got hit by a big storm. No power, no gas stations open so the Maxim to the rescue. No one hurt here but 100 year old trees down and lots of power lines too.
     
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    Received a valve shim, ordered new spark plugs - still about ayear off from riding it, but progress!
     
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