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Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 8:10 pm

WE were  going to sell the Er 5 Kawasaki  as it wasn't being used now the Bandit has finished .  It had 2 new tires ,new air filter ,fork seals and oil , filter and oil plus everything checked . Condition was very nice  30,000 kls .
I was browsing Gum tree and notice an add saying Xjr 900 in perfect condition  but too heavy for its new owner . Wanted to swap for smaller bike .
I sent him a message and never expected a reply . To my surprise he asked for pics and said "lets do it "
He assured me the xj was in very nice condition .
We arranged a time to meet at his place after he finished work . I got there 3 hrs early to check out the Xj on my own. I nearly drove off as the condition was poor .
After an hour of just staring at it I thought , its all there , its fixable and I don't want the er 5, I'll hang around .
I believe he actually though it was in good condition but couldn't see the weeping fork seals ect as he wasn't  mechanically minded .
I pushed it around and wasn't surprised he found it heavy because a 22lt tank full of fuel ,shaft drive ,weighs a lot . Also , a front tyre pressure of 18psi and a rear of 28psi doesn't help .

He gets this plus $200

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Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 8:34 pm

And I get this .




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Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 8:39 pm

Like I said ,I wasn't impressed .

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Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 8:41 pm

It gets worse ,
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Post  Chook on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 8:41 pm

He said "perfect condition"   Shocked

Perhaps he has a crystal ball, he can see what it's like after you've weaved your magic Wink
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Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 8:45 pm

Pads soaked in fork oil . It came with a rwc . go figure .
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Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 8:47 pm

I'm surprised he didn't  kill himself .
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Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 8:55 pm

I try and make myself feel better buy saying " its not a $60,000 car its a cheap bike " . It works and I start to look at the good things .
Its straight ,
Has new tires ,
No dents .
Paint work ok under dirt ,
Rust on forks not on the wipe area .
Has a clean air filter .
Rust comes off with wd40 and a light sand .
Good standard exhaust
Wiring GOOD .
Stearing head bearing ,dry but good .
Has new battery
Motor sounds good ,


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Post  barry_mcki on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 9:00 pm

I know nothing about bikes but even I cringed at some of those photos.  Think the one that came home in boxes in the back of your car was in better nick Gus.

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Re: Xjr 900 Project

Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 9:01 pm


ITs bones are ok though .
At last something clean

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Re: Xjr 900 Project

Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 9:08 pm

Pass the grease please

Thanks
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Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 9:11 pm

Fork seals and dust seals get replaced ,sliders get a clean .
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Post  gus on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 9:16 pm

So ends day one .Tomorrow its new plugs  , i'm surprised the old ones came out of the head without taking the thread with them .
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Post  Ewok1958 on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 10:03 pm

That doesn't even look like a week's work for you Gus. It will be a great tourer when you're finished (that will probably be around 3 o'clock tomorrow!)
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Post  reddog on Fri 22 Jul 2016, 8:33 am

Admit it, you love a challenge. The xj should be a decent bike once you've had it for a week or so
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Post  reddog on Fri 22 Jul 2016, 8:36 am

If you can turn it into something that looks like the xsr900 that'd look the part at least https://www.yamaha-motor.com.au/products/motorcycle/road/sport/16-xsr900
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Post  2wheelsagain on Fri 22 Jul 2016, 8:44 am

You're weaving your magic again Gus.
You have my respect.

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Re: Xjr 900 Project

Post  gus on Fri 22 Jul 2016, 6:16 pm

This bike is giving me mixed signals . Who puts in a new air filter and leaves the plugs in this long . The electrodes are all different colours but I doubt that means any anything looking by their condition on the outside .
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Post  gus on Fri 22 Jul 2016, 6:19 pm

Take out the linkage arm to check bearings . Last time I had to replace some of these they were expensive .

Came out quite easily ,no way they were the right tension .Shock is big with chrome on the shaft .



THey looked like the steering head bearings , good , but could be introduced the Mr Grease .


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Post  gus on Fri 22 Jul 2016, 6:38 pm

I have no idea how to get a swing-arm out with shaft drive so I hope  those bearings are ok for a while longer .
Replace diff oil , its very clean . 250mm ,not much .
Find a sticker saying "next service due " 61,000 kls On the clock it says 68,000 kls but I think that's fine . A bit late but not a lot .
Engine oil looks exactly like you would expect a 7000 kl overdue oil change to look . Black in the tub but not actually too bad .
I don't have a spare filter so drain the used one ,inside looks spotless . Drain the oil out of tub ,no dirt .

Fill with mineral oil .
I take a pic of all the crap I took of the bike . Yamaha do like huge brackets to do not much.
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Post  gus on Fri 22 Jul 2016, 6:46 pm

There was one item that went to nowhere which I have no idea what it did . Maybe to a sat nav ,as there were signs of extras .Anyone know what this did ?
It looks like a relay of some sort .

Strange sump plug .
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Post  #Tag on Sat 23 Jul 2016, 8:28 am

Judging by the rear rack and fairing bracket his (or one of the ?many previous owners) welding skills were as good as his mechanical skills.
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Post  madmax on Sat 23 Jul 2016, 8:41 am

#Tag wrote:Judging by the rear rack and fairing bracket his (or one of the ?many previous owners) welding skills were as good as his mechanical skills.

I was thinking that myself. That rear rack looks like it was cut and rejoined, possibly not originally for this bike.
Wouldn't want to load it up with those dodgy welds

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Re: Xjr 900 Project

Post  gus on Sat 23 Jul 2016, 12:20 pm

Go to take it for a short test ride . Walk into shed, bike is sitting in a pool of fuel .Fuel line not quite sitting right onto filter,easy fix .
Get 50 metres down the road ,front end ,or is it the back ,no,its both ,feels terrible .
Have a coffee and head home ,total kls about six or at least seven . Very Happy
Check front tyre pressure 18psi the same as it was the other day . I check for a puncture . NUP nothing .

I then realise ,I had checked the pressure the other day but forgot to add the AIR .That means the back will have 28psi still . It does . Embarassed

Fit a new fuel filter ,wash it , a blow dry with the Stihl blower and a polish .All ready for another test ride this arvo .

And I only have to beat 7 kls .
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Post  Bosco15 on Sat 23 Jul 2016, 1:54 pm

Track day pressures. Get the knee down Gus.  Very Happy

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