General Category => Introductions => Topic started by: 93fj1200 on September 09, 2018, 12:19:49 PM

Title: Back in the saddle again
Post by: 93fj1200 on September 09, 2018, 12:19:49 PM
Hi there, been away a while since I sold my last FJ (blue 93 non-ABS) that was stock except for a GSXR 750 rear wheel mod.  I just bought a 1990 with low kms for a really good price. Body is excellent except for a damaged chin spoiler (what a surprise).  It is equipped with FZR1000 front and rear wheels.  The previous owner had attempted to make it work but couldn't get the rear caliper aligned properly.  After buying it, I put it up on the lift at work (Harley dealer) and was trying to centre the caliper on the rotor and noticed that when I torqued the wheel nut, the wheel wouldn't turn so I suspected a missing spacer inside the wheel.  Took it off and found the spacer seems a little too short and the inner bearings were totally pooched (ground down real bad).  

I have looked through the available articles concerning the subject but the only article I found that actually showed measurements was so out of focus and blurry, I cannot read it with my 56 year old eyes.  Does anyone have some clear specs or a step by step on what is needed and the measurements.  Thanks for any information.

I have ordered a kit from Doc in the U.K. but god knows when it will arrive.  Want to get it on the road quickly.  Thanks. 

By the way, ignore the voting thing, don't even know how that happened, hahaha :dash1: :dash1:

Title: Re: Back in the saddle again
Post by: Urban_Legend on September 10, 2018, 01:06:44 AM
Welcome back into the fold. Hope this FJ inspires many new adventures and stories. Hope you find the spacer specs you are looking for too.

Title: Re: Back in the saddle again
Post by: Pat Conlon on September 15, 2018, 10:05:50 AM
Welcome back Greg. I deleted the poll for you.

Title: Re: Back in the saddle again
Post by: TexasDave on September 15, 2018, 10:32:09 AM
We let someone associated with Harley back in the forum? And he had the audacity taking the Yamaha to a Harley dealer? Hope that Yamaha quality did not rub off on some of the Hardlies. I don't know who owns the Deuce in my garage.

With this mod being so prevalent among FJers here I am surprised no one has more info on it. I saw some info from the U.K. forum but not a lot here. I would also like to do this mod. I noticed Fred has posted several times on the type and year of wheels required. What spacers are required?


Title: Re: Back in the saddle again
Post by: 93fj1200 on October 23, 2018, 06:26:14 PM
I was retired and riding around Central America and Mexico with my old FJ and my VMax and when I got back to Canada, I got an opportunity to have an apprenticeship at a Yamaha dealer in Alberta so I worked there until I finished the four courses and then moved to Ontario where I am from.  I had a meeting with a couple of my trade school professors who told me if I wanted to stay busy, it is good to work at Harley-Davidson because they do a lot of accessories and performance mods; which they do.  And they do breakdown a lot.  Sometimes I swear they build stuff with designed breakdowns and after owning a bunch of Yamahas, it is weird but I do love working there.  I bought a beat-up 2007 Street Glide and rebuilt it from the tranny back and then threw it on the dyno.  Came up with 105 hp and 115 torque.  Not bad for a bike that had basically been abandoned. 

I had bought my old FJ for $1,600 Canadian which is about $8 USD, hahaha and after many, many miles sold it for $3,200 in Panama.  Then I bought a VMax for $500 that had $6k of accessories on it and have been modding it as well.

But my heart keeps coming back to my beloved FJs and after looking for quite awhile, I found one with 53,000 kms for $800 with FZR1000 wheels and longer windshield.  I am working now on getting that on the road ready for next year.  If I was a millionaire, I would still be buying these great bikes.  And maybe a new FJR and VMax and maybe even a newly styled Fat Bob.  Seriously, take one for a ride, they are fun as hell.

Title: Re: Back in the saddle again
Post by: Tuned forks on October 23, 2018, 08:06:44 PM
That's pretty impressive that you rode around Central America and Mexico.

Good to see another black and blue '90 model on the forum.  Welcome back.


Title: Re: Back in the saddle again
Post by: Pat Conlon on October 23, 2018, 08:10:06 PM
I absolutely love the howl of the Vmax when those secondaries open up. (aka VBoost?)
Gives me the shivers.
IIRC Mr. Max was the only stock bike that was able beat the early FJ's in the 1320.

Going straight was one thing, but when it came to the twisties, a whole different matter.

My top 3 musical bikes are 1) Honda CBX, 2) Aprilla Tuono 3) Mr. Max.
I have yet to hear the new v4 Ducati's, but soon.



Title: Re: Back in the saddle again
Post by: Troyskie on October 24, 2018, 03:18:02 AM
Welcome back to the Mighty FJ  :hi:.

You seem to know your way around :sarcastic:, so I look forward to following your 'refresh' of this machine.