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General Board / Re: Another new guy
« Last post by Walt_M. on August 03, 2021, 09:36:48 AM »
Welcome New Guy. First, the starter. it is probably full of oil and shouldn't be. It is mounted below oil level so a quart or so of oil will run out when you remove it. Do you have a shop manual? They are very helpful. Also, there is lots of useful info on this site. Be patient and good luck. Quick question, is your gas tank rusted? It is becoming a challenge to find a good one.
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General Board / Re: Another new guy
« Last post by fret not on August 03, 2021, 03:02:09 AM »
Well, New Guy, welcome to the journey.  There is a lot of material to sift through that will be very helpful to you that has been posted in these pages.  Just about anything XZ550 related that you might need.  But you will have to go looking.  You can learn a lot by reading old discussions, so pick a topic and have at it.   :police:
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TechTalk / Re: Making triple cflamps
« Last post by fret not on August 03, 2021, 02:56:27 AM »
Ron,you have been a big inspiration and huge help.  Thank you.
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General Board / Another new guy
« Last post by NoOdLeLoLz on August 02, 2021, 11:13:38 PM »
Hi all!

New guy from the pacific north west! Just purchased a barn find vision xz550.  I was able to get her started and she ran, but she definitely has issues. I'm not new to 80's yamahas, i've had a couple maxims and a 81 seca 900. However, i am new to the vision, and it seems my first hurdle will be a starter.
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TechTalk / Re: Making triple cflamps
« Last post by Ron_McCoy on August 02, 2021, 05:26:37 PM »
Good to hear you’re making progress Mike.
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TechTalk / Re: Making triple cflamps
« Last post by fret not on August 02, 2021, 03:55:06 AM »
Been 'wrestling' trees and brush again, and splitting up the 'rounds' to dry for firewood this winter.  I have more than will fit into the wood shed, so will cover it with a tarp when rain threatens.  Sort of caught up with things so I got some more time in the shop.  Now the new forks are on the bike, with front wheel in place.  Next step is to find new seals for the Sumitomo 4 piston caliper that came with the forks. (FJ1000 '89 - '90)
A friend with significant skills has made some fuel line fittings for the 'new' carbs, so that end is getting closer.  It will be interesting to find out the condition of the motor, as I have never had this one running.  The bike had about 8K miles on the odometer, and a rusty tank, so I am hoping the internals of the motor are functional.  I have 2 other motors plus one that was disassembled for modification for racing.  So I have enough to make it go, but it might take some elbow grease and time.  I'm hoping this motor is good, as I would rather not have to go inside.  It is what it is, and I will go from there.  It is getting close enough to think bout buying a battery!
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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021
« Last post by Walt_M. on August 01, 2021, 06:58:15 PM »
Well, this is KTMs 'home track' so look for Oliveira and Binder. Marquez may be in better condition but we will know more about that on Sunday. Zarco may be getting desperate now so he could try another 'Yamaha takeout'. Who knows what demons are lurking in Vinales head. If Quartararo gets top 5, he will be champion for 2021.
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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021
« Last post by fret not on August 01, 2021, 02:32:04 PM »
Next Wednesday 'they' will converge on the Spielberg track to begin practice and qualifying for the Sunday race.  Aside from all the drama ('soap opera' for men) there should be some exciting racing.  Valentino Rossi 'may retire' (he has been pushed off the factory Yamaha team, and on to the Pertonas team that does not want him)or head up and manage his own team for Yamaha, Vinales might go somewhere (Aprillia ?, he left the factory Yamaha team).  Pedrosa(KTM) and Crutchlow(YAMAHA) are both entered to race.  Marquez has been seen riding a Honda 600, and reported to be in very good form.  So, the stage is set, and we will see what happens when it all unfolds.
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TechTalk / Re: Replacement Fuse box - Technical help please
« Last post by Prophet Of Doom on July 30, 2021, 08:59:15 AM »
Looks really good.
If you can't find a cap that fits nice and tight, you can use liquid electrical tape.
It won't get vibrated off like a cap might, covers all the edges, and has other uses like coating intake manifolds, battery terminals and stops nuts from undoing. 
It's good stuff - clean with alcohol before applying.

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TechTalk / Re: Replacement Fuse box - Technical help please
« Last post by pinholenz on July 30, 2021, 07:20:15 AM »
Final install of the new fuse box.

The spare terminals aren't live (no fuses yet) and I have yet to put a rubber "cap" over the common connection stud.

Overall I am pleased with POD's choice. The seat closes comfortably over the whole unit and the 30 amp main fuse is in a separate in-line fuse blade container. When I saw the state of the  40 year old fuse terminals up close, I was astounded that the bike was still going.

Its worth noting that the switched feeds don't all sit on just one side of the original fuse box as you might expect. Test them with a multimeter so that all the correct feed wires end up on the common terminal.
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