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  2. slice

    Year of engine

    No problem mate glad you got it sorted.
  3. Ryengoth

    1982 XJ550 Maxim Project

    Thanks for chiming in! I'll take any input I can on this model as it's my first bike rebuild. I've done 2-smoke and 4-stroke varying from chainsaws to the boosted v6 GDi engine on my Genesis Coupe 3.8T project so I have a wide range of fundamental knowledge and skills. I just need guidance on what's common between models and series as well as where to get engine parts (besides eBay). Most of the online "Yamaha Parts" stores I've found have the same generic bolt and gasket selection with no real OE parts. Example, the small allen-head knurled screw for the chain tensioner housing. The long knurled nut came off easy, the bolt had to be forced out since someone cross-threaded it. 😡
  4. Ryengoth

    My Dragstar 650 Custom '02

    Very nice. Looks like a model I may be aiming at now! I am just getting into bikes and it looks like rebuilding could be a hobby I might stick with. I often jump between 'fancies' as the groovy factor wears off and I learn everything I can. Unlike cars, I can fit multiple projects in my garage which might be a BAD thing! 😂
  5. Dicky65

    Year of engine

    Thankyou again slice I rang Yamaha and they confirmed the engine to be a 2004 cheers for the help.
  6. drewpy

    New member from France

    Benvenue to the yoc
  7. drewpy

    1982 XJ550 Maxim Project

    Sounds like you have a handle on this. I can’t help with the cases as I thought the 600 was directly related to the 550, whereas the 650 is different
  8. Hi All, I bought a 2014 XV950 with vance and hines twin slash exhaust already fitted about a year ago, it looks and sounds amazing but i'm looking to tone down the sound and reign in the ridicuous amount of popping. For the volume i'm thinking smartpartz baffles, i've heard good things about their noise reduction, does anyone have any input or experience with them? For the popping im thinking of buying a tuner, maybe the Cobra Fi2000r, as a fairly new biker i'm not sure if i'll need to get it dyno'd to get the balance close enough for the tuner to do it's thing, or will it be a case of 'plug & play'? Cheers in advance.
  9. Ryengoth

    1982 XJ550 Maxim Rebirth

    Valve cover and retaining bolt buffing. The buffed cast aluminum is growing on me, but the black paint fill is OEM. Half done, but you get the idea.
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  11. blackhat250

    New Member - 82 XJ550 in North Carolina

    Hi ben " . been a bit quiet in here lately, , i blame facebook, ,, in ,
  12. blackhat250

    New member from France

    Bonjour Ben " ,,
  13. Ryengoth

    1982 XJ550 Maxim Rebirth

    Thanks! I may just buy a tool depending on what's required to fab it and how problematic YICS is. I'll check out the diagram as well as the eliminator. I prefer metric for engineering and solid design. I do solid modelling of prototypes and 3D printing so I might could 3D print one if the torsional stability for PLA suffices for the tool.
  14. Dicky65

    Year of engine

    Thankyou very much I couldn't find this number on that manuals book you sent but I will give Yamaha a call tomorrow and see if they can help. I just need to know the year of it so I can get correct parts.
  15. I think the answer is NO!!! or F**K NO.
  16. slice

    New member from France

    Hi and welcome to the YOC. At least you have the weather for bike riding not like in the UK where it's cold and wet!
  17. slice

    1982 XJ550 Maxim Rebirth

    If your going to keep the YICS then I suggest you make your own YICS system tool, they are outrageously expensive if you try and buy one, even if you can find one that is, I used a YICS system eliminator to tune the carbs, easy to use and much cheaper, there is one for sale on EBAY in Oregon I spotted a while ago. https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-YICS-Eliminator-Its-the-Ultimate-Tuning-Tool-for-Yamaha-XJ-motorcycles-/303014887105 Wish you luck cos my XJ was a right bastard to tune. There are loads of diagrams of YICS tools on the net so you can make your own with a few bit's of pipe and a bunch of rubber grommets. Here's a site I used to look up the dimensions for the "make your own tool" unfortunately it's in metric so your going to have to convert it to imperial if you go down this road. https://xjbikes.com/forums/threads/home-made-yics-tool-diagrams.72713/
  18. Ryengoth

    1982 XJ550 Maxim Project

    I'm in the process of re-birthing an 82 xj550 and will be posting some updates along the way. I've started a picture thread in the gallery as well but will keep the technical discussion over here. Can anyone confirm that the crank case and trans are the same between the 550 and 650? I've been debating doing a parts swap on the case I have to upgrade it. If it's too much modification then I'll just redo the bike with the original bottom-end. The original head is in the spare parts bin with a heavily scored exhaust cam cap on #1. I have a decent used head on the way and will hopefully get another 30 years out of this re-build. I found a cam set from a bike with 1000 miles and will be sending them off to WPC for micro-peening. That should give the cams and caps a lifetime of friction freedom for cheap. Electrical is a mess. No ignition switch, fuse box rotted into oblivion and the gauges don't do anything at all. Horn works, starter works and it fired over on starter spray. The taillight, signals and indicator cluster lights work but I'm having to rebuild the signal flasher relay. The capacitor inside is worn out. No headlight power still. Lots of work to do!
  19. Ryengoth

    1982 XJ550 Maxim Rebirth

    The XJ650 is the "big brother" of the 550. The 750 was the big daddy of the XJ series. I might do a swap in the future, if I keep it. I like flipping things for the experience. The 550 is kinda small. 😁 I still have to learn what the "model" branding differences are in the XJ series. BTW, I will be keeping YICS and trying to restore the original carbs even though it's a pain to tune. Who knows, I may trade-up for a larger 80's model if I find one around here. Lots of parts incoming Fri and Sat so more pics coming including valve-train work and -possibly- engine removal for upcoming naked frame work.
  20. Thanks! I doubt this will be my last bike project. Always looking for something to learn on.
  21. Hi, i'm Benoît from france corsica where i live and work ! I'm 25, and work as an helicopter mechanic Some month ago i acquired my first moto a Yamaha XT125X (05) as a project to repair, now that most of it is done i'll proudly be able to avoid the tourists of corsica this summer !
  22. slice

    Year of engine

    Ok I found this, you might have already seen it but you never know, anyway try here http://www.thisoldtractor.com/mg_manuals/book_motorcycle_identification.pdf It's really long winded and it's the only site that I can see that "MIGHT" have what your looking for? The next best place to ask is Yamaha UK who will look it up for you. they are usually extremely helpful. Try here https://www.yamaha-motor.eu/gb/en/contact/
  23. slice

    1982 XJ550 Maxim Rebirth

    That's brilliant, a really nice bike when you get it all back together, I had the XJ750 version great little workhorse. Also had the Maxim midnight 750 which I think is the big brother to yours? Nice to see old bikes being looked after and appreciated. As Jimmy said keep the photos coming.
  24. jimmy

    1982 XJ550 Maxim Rebirth

    Brilliant, we're simple folks on here and like posts with pictures
  25. Great intro bud, welcome to the nuthouse
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