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Author Topic: 1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"  (Read 35964 times)

Offline Kickeroo

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1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"
« on: Jul 28, 2011, 18:42:21 »
What a day....retained a divorce lawyer, and brought home all of my extraneous junk.

Brought her home Wednesday, July 27th, my 25th Birthday present, the 1984 Yamaha FJ600, the one that started it all for me.  The ebay watch list of stuff it will need is growing exponentially, as are the bikebandit list, the dennis kirk lise, etc, etc:

TO DO LIST AS OF 09/25/2013;
From here, and I guess it's as good a time as any to start a to-do list:
1. Clean up and install donor carbs with pod filters (they didn't fit, so I sold them!
2. Finish electrics with coils, new relays, and new fuses where appliciable
3. Figure out what to do about clutch.
4. Media blast exhaust parts, paint with hi-temp black paint, reinstall
5. Re-install cleaned tank.  Put some fresh gas in
6. What the hell, see if she'll start Nope.
7. Change oil in forks, change seals.
8. remove old front tire, clean rim as best as can be, replace bearings, replace tire.
9. replace front brake pads, REPLACE all tubes in system.  Replace fluid and bleed (need help)
10. Replace stearing bearings while we're here.
11. Do something about the seat. Re-cover ($) or replace ($$)
12. Remove rear wheel, remove old tire, clean rim as best as can be replace bearings. Inspect/replace rear sprocket  :o  replace tire
13. Replace chain.
14. Inspect/replace front sprocket.
15. inspect entire swing-arm assembly.  clean, inspect/replace necessary bits.
16. Do something about the yellow patina on aluminum parts (new 2/2/12)
17. Now that it's running (and it is as of 9/20/13), synch carbs, find source of vacuum leack
18. Align rear wheel like an actual bike builder
19. Strengthen new-to-me fairing so that it doesn't break
20. Find source of auxiliary lighting failures (turn signals, horn, neutral light)
20a. pray it isn't the flasher relay
21. Find aftermarket mirrors
22. Go to bike junkyard and find nuts and bolts needed for exhaust manifold, battery box, turn signals
22. Ride past ex's house, middle finger extended.

More as I think of it.


What it would have looked at when it was new:

Stuff that's impossible to find (to be added to):
The chin fairing
Side covers that haven't been roached
Almost impossibe:
Good tires
Minor Inconveinience:
PA Title long since missing, but only $35 away
First....yes, I'm guilty of negligence

Umbrella removed:

And only 30,992 miles!

It really only gets worse from here:

Windsheild is a goner...knew that

Sidecovers are pretty ratted out

New flo-thru vision!

fork seals are.....good??? really?

Last shot in the old 'hood

Parked in 96..

It was June....i was broke

Again, look at the clean section

All tied down on the trailer that brought it here 11 years ago

I know for a fact that chain is kinked

Look closely, and you can see where mice were living in the tail section

Pod filters gave up the ghost a while ago

Thought bubble from the Guzzi, "No, no, no...dona bring dat in here"

Do i own ANYTHING that doesn't have a patina to it??  really?

Hey, look! a stoppie!

Summary
No illusions of grandeur here.  The old girl deserves better than what I can do, but she's one loyal tough old broad
« Last Edit: Sep 25, 2013, 22:02:06 by Kickeroo »

Offline jimmer

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Re: 1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"
« Reply #1 on: Jul 28, 2011, 19:13:26 »
Man, have you got your work cut out for you!!  These are cool bikes.I bought one shortly after watching these bikes kick butt at the 24 hours of Nelson Ledges in '84.When I bought mine it had a mouse living by the airbox,must be an FJ thing.Funny part is,he didn't come out until after  the high speed test ride!Had mine for a couple years and haven't seen a nice one since.I'll have to send you a couple of pics. Enjoy it!
« Last Edit: Jul 28, 2011, 20:52:48 by jimmer »
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Offline Kickeroo

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Re: 1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"
« Reply #2 on: Jul 29, 2011, 08:33:56 »
I HAVE enjoyed it...since March of 1992! That's why it's in this sorry state. But I do welcome any and all stories, advice, and free parts ;)
Took off the seat, and realized I was not alone.  Well, I thought I wasn't alone. A couple of well-gloved handfuls of old foam rubber (from what, I have no idea), 60 seconds of shop-vac, some Simple Green, and a disinfectant wipe later, the space is now empty, and I guess, open for new occupants...uh, NOT!
« Last Edit: Jul 29, 2011, 08:41:42 by Kickeroo »

Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: 1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"
« Reply #3 on: Jul 29, 2011, 08:54:02 »
The Pod filters might have given up the ghost, but the FJ still has life in her. Don't junkyard that bike, please. I am sure that she will roar to life again soon.
 
If you are going to junk it, let me know first.
 
Good luck man, she could be one hell of a scoot again.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Offline Kickeroo

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Re: 1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"
« Reply #4 on: Jul 29, 2011, 09:45:18 »
Since I'm a few hours away from scoring a big-ticket fix-me-up part, I don't think it'd be in my best interest to junk her.  I can't say with a straight face that the project will be done in 8 weeks, but as time, energy, and money become available, I'll get her back in action. No worries.

Offline Griff5268

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Re: 1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"
« Reply #5 on: Jul 29, 2011, 10:54:24 »
My Radian took so many parts from that model. You may want to look into Phazer, and Radian parts as most of these parts will fit your bike. The FJ, FZ, YX (Radian), and Phazer are almost he same bike plus minus fairings.. Hope this helps.

Offline Kickeroo

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Re: 1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"
« Reply #6 on: Jul 29, 2011, 16:59:51 »
first...like I said...no more meeses

draining the last of the root-beer-brown 16 year old gas

State of the frame.  Looks good

The FJ's dirty little BITD ignition secret....

Just then, an old pod filter made a break for it:

Offline Kickeroo

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Re: 1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"
« Reply #7 on: Jul 30, 2011, 17:58:21 »
5PM, EST, 7/30/11....derusting the tank using electolosys has begun.  No pictures to report, unless it works like gangbusters.
 
oh, what the heck:
My science project:
First, what it looks like inside the gas tank:

In order to insure continuity of an electric charge, I had to scrape away a little paint:

This, as a weak solution, forms a nice electolyte, since it's mostly sodium carbonate

The nuts and washers form a donor of electrons to the rust spots on the tank walls, turning the rust into ferrous ferric (black) oxide. really

Positive lead goes to the bolt.  Negative lead to the scraped-away section of the tank.  Plug it in, and walk away.  To be fair, this is the first go-around.  I hadn't fully sealed the outlets to the petcock (removed for disassembly and cleaning) and the whole thinng promptly leaked. I re-installed the petcock, and moved the the she-bang into the garage.  As of this writing 12:00 EST 7-31-11, it's still chugging away at it.

If it doesn't work, I have the other methods at the ready, including "the Works" toilet cleaner and the ability to shake the tank with some gas and a few loose nuts and bolts in it.
Stay tuned
 
 
« Last Edit: Jul 31, 2011, 14:49:34 by Kickeroo »

Offline Kickeroo

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Re: 1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"
« Reply #8 on: Aug 02, 2011, 08:34:53 »
still working on it:

Occasionally, I change out the cluster of sacrificial nuts and washers:

Offline Griff5268

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Re: 1984 Yamaha FJ 600- Rise of "The Mighty Jig"
« Reply #9 on: Aug 02, 2011, 14:28:03 »
Looking good..Keep chuggin man.