FJowners.com

General Category => FJ Project Writeups => Topic started by: grannyknot on April 01, 2012, 09:24:34 AM



Title: Her coming out party
Post by: grannyknot on April 01, 2012, 09:24:34 AM
Here she is,  (see my gallery, haven't figured out how to put the pics in the body of the post yet).
 I got her last June as a bag of crap that had sat in a garage for at least 10 years.
Some of the mods and upgrades include,
-complete carb rebuild,
-Uni foam filters, engine breather, choke cable,
-new battery, heavy duty wiring harness/ relay for headlights, horn, coils and Powerlet,
-DDM HID headlight, Transpo voltage regulator, Stebil Nautilus horn,
- new clutch pak & spring, new slave cylinder,
-new FZ1brake M/C, SS braided lines for brake and clutch,
-new EZ 530/110 chain and sprockets,
-used Corbin seat, Rentec engine bars, new wheel bearings/seals front and back,
- 1992 front shocks, 17" wheel, brake discs and rotors,
-new Avon Azaro front, Avon Ultra Storm rear tires,
-new BMW K75  foot pegs,
-new frame and body paint (NOT the colour I wanted but ran out of time so chose the closest thing from the automotive paint chart)
Most of this was purchased from Randy RPM and definitely all problems were solved by this forum.

Just need RPM's fork valves and rear shock to really ice the cake.
Thanks,
Chris


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: craigo on April 01, 2012, 09:44:15 AM
Took care of that for you, Grannyknot.

Beautiful paint job you have there. She is a true debutante!!!

Nice,

CraigO

(http://fjowners.com/gallery/3/medium_1704_01_04_12_8_56_56_7.jpeg)

(http://fjowners.com/gallery/3/medium_1704_01_04_12_8_56_56_6.jpeg)

(http://fjowners.com/gallery/3/medium_1704_01_04_12_8_56_56_5.jpeg)

(http://fjowners.com/gallery/3/medium_1704_01_04_12_8_56_56_4.jpeg)

(http://fjowners.com/gallery/3/medium_1704_01_04_12_8_56_55_3.jpeg)

(http://fjowners.com/gallery/3/medium_1704_01_04_12_8_56_55_2.jpeg)


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: craigo on April 01, 2012, 09:48:17 AM

Just need RPM's fork valves and rear shock to really ice the cake.
Thanks,
Chris

And a set of blue spot calipers and a 14mm brake master cylinder. Are you missing the right side cover?

CraigO


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: Mike 86 in San Dimas on April 01, 2012, 10:44:52 AM
Nice!


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: Mark Olson on April 01, 2012, 11:00:57 AM
lookin good :good:


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: moparman70 on April 01, 2012, 11:10:22 AM
very nice look and you can see all the work that went into it.  I second the motion for a set of blue dots -- a must with that front wheel as it is such a easy mode with such a huge payoff



Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: ally on April 01, 2012, 12:21:28 PM
ooohhh shiny!

:)


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: rktmanfj on April 01, 2012, 12:28:05 PM

Always liked that color... pretty much a match for my (dearly departed  :cray:) Camaro.


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: Pat Conlon on April 01, 2012, 12:50:09 PM
Very nice Chris!

As we have said before....Any buffoon with a credit card can walk in and buy a new bike, but to take an old classic and restore and enhance her, is what we are all about. I have great admiration for you guys who have resurrected old unused/unloved FJ's.

Let us know how she runs.

 As suggested, some springs/fork valves/blue spots and perhaps a RPM back shock, will the the frosting on the cake, but that's in the future. If you need a right side cover, let us know. With the effort you have shown us,  you will move to the front of the line.

For now, ride her, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.


Major Kudos laddie!


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: moparman70 on April 01, 2012, 12:59:36 PM
I didnt notice the right side cover -- will an 86 model fit....got one if it will



Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: grannyknot on April 01, 2012, 01:17:55 PM
Thanks guys, I have the right side cover but the Fox shock reservoir  gets in the way of putting it on.
Once I get Randy's new rear shock that will be solved.
I had read a few times on this forum that the standard 4 pot calipers from 88 up were just as good as the 4 pot blue dots so I never pursued it. Can one  4 pot caliper be better than another?

Also, on my list I forgot to mention Randy's new oil cooler was also added.


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: Pat Conlon on April 01, 2012, 05:06:59 PM

"...... Can one  4 pot caliper be better than another?...."

Oh hell yes.

 The blue spot mono block calipers are better than the oem 2 piece design, much better. You already have the 14mm m/c and braided lines and '89+ fork lowers so you are all ready for the mod. It will be plug and play. (and bleed)

Never ends huh?


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: moparman70 on April 01, 2012, 09:34:18 PM
i second the Hell yes... I am not one to mess with factory stuff --- I like original but I was very much pleased with the blue dot upgrade to my 90.   If the work wasn't so much more for the 86 I would do make it happen for it as well but I would need new forks ..wheel and need to change rear wheel to match etc etc..

but you already have the 89 front end ....real simple upgrade.



Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: ally on April 03, 2012, 06:22:48 AM
I've an '86 with the 16 wheels and wanted to upgrade the callipers

no monoblock options but if you go here: http://www.geocities.jp/motorcity6943/technote/break/cariper.htm (http://www.geocities.jp/motorcity6943/technote/break/cariper.htm) (best viewed with google chrome so it reads in engrish) it shows you a couple of options for whichever model you have and it's differing bolt pattern

hope it helps....................

:)


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: RichBaker on April 03, 2012, 07:46:46 AM
The monobloc calipers are forged as one piece, hence the term. This means they are much stiffer, so they flex less before they start to pinch the rotor. The result is, it is much easier to modulate the braking (better 'feel" to the lever). The blue/gold/silver insert is the hole made when they drill the piston bores.
 Overall power is probably about the same, but the monoblocs just work better, and they're probably cheaper to produce, because it takes fewer steps...  The master cylinder makes a bit of difference, too.


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: baldy3853 on April 07, 2012, 05:23:20 PM
What a lovely job absolutely perfect except you do need the blue spots you will not believe the difference have done this conversion to quite a few FJ's here for mates  :good2:
baldy


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: FJdave1200 on April 07, 2012, 07:36:36 PM
Very shape looking bike. I really like the chin fairing. Where did you find it?


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: Dads_FJ on April 07, 2012, 07:44:05 PM
Thanks guys, I have the right side cover but the Fox shock reservoir  gets in the way of putting it on.
Once I get Randy's new rear shock that will be solved.
I had read a few times on this forum that the standard 4 pot calipers from 88 up were just as good as the 4 pot blue dots so I never pursued it. Can one  4 pot caliper be better than another?

Also, on my list I forgot to mention Randy's new oil cooler was also added.

Watcha doing with the old shock?  Is it spent/sagged out?  Worth selling?

thx!


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: Pat Conlon on April 07, 2012, 08:00:14 PM
John, the oem shocks were spent, the day after they left the factory...


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: Dads_FJ on April 07, 2012, 08:24:10 PM
John, the oem shocks were spent, the day after they left the factory...

true, but he sporting a Fox shock now (implied by the Fox shock reservoir), which should be rebuildable and better than mine?


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: Pat Conlon on April 08, 2012, 01:43:18 AM
Ok gotcha, I missed that post.
I don't know much about Fox shocks or if they are rebuild-able.
 I know that they are popular on mountain bikes and dirt/motorcross bikes but little else.
 I went to their website but it was no help: http://www.foxracingshox.com/subhome.php?m=moto (http://www.foxracingshox.com/subhome.php?m=moto)


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: grannyknot on April 08, 2012, 11:29:00 AM
Blue spots are on their way, ebay $60.

FJDave1200, the chin fairing or belly pan is stock, came with the bike.

DadsFJ, the Fox shock seems to work just fine but I have nothing to compare it to. I took it apart and cleaned everything then re installed with fresh 5w oil and 300lbs of nitrogen. The only problem is the reservior, it's about six inches long and prevents me from mounting the side body piece. There is a company in California
that rebuilds them, Lindemann Engineering, they seem to be about the only ones, although when I had it apart all the rubber seemed good to me and it works now.
I really have no idea what it is worth but you have first dibs if you want it. I don't know when Yamaha changed the rear shock mounting hardware but it mounts well on my 84/FJ


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: Dads_FJ on April 08, 2012, 11:52:23 AM
Blue spots are on their way, ebay $60.

FJDave1200, the chin fairing or belly pan is stock, came with the bike.

DadsFJ, the Fox shock seems to work just fine but I have nothing to compare it to. I took it apart and cleaned everything then re installed with fresh 5w oil and 300lbs of nitrogen. The only problem is the reservior, it's about six inches long and prevents me from mounting the side body piece. There is a company in California
that rebuilds them, Lindemann Engineering, they seem to be about the only ones, although when I had it apart all the rubber seemed good to me and it works now.
I really have no idea what it is worth but you have first dibs if you want it. I don't know when Yamaha changed the rear shock mounting hardware but it mounts well on my 84/FJ

It should fit fine on my '84 then as well!  Truthfully I'm not sure what they're going for or it's value, I just know my stock shock has almost 61,000 miles on it, which is about 60,000 too many.  You want to wait until you get a new shock fitted then IM me?  or e-mail too [email protected]  Thanks!


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: Pat Conlon on April 08, 2012, 12:01:32 PM
.... The only problem is the reservior, it's about six inches long and prevents me from mounting the side body piece....


A 11" long hose and a little trimming you can get the side panel to fit..
(http://fjowners.com/gallery/49_13_12_09_8_15_34.jpeg)


Title: Re: Her coming out party
Post by: ccsct203 on April 11, 2012, 12:48:31 PM
I thought I was the only one out here with a Fox Shock on my FJ

Great job on the bike

I love seeing new colors on our beloved older bikes

here is where I installed my reservoir

  (http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e299/ccsct203/041.jpg)