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Author Topic: 85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !  (Read 13596 times)

Offline DreadRock

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85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !
« on: Nov 19, 2013, 11:21:55 »
  Picked up a 1985 Yamaha FJ1100 about 2 years ago and using it as my touring bike . The back story goes like this : Wanted a bigger bike to have fun on and do some touring . After looking for a bit found the FJs and let me say there some what hard to find in good shape. Picked it up in PA off a guy that said it runs but after few miles dies then once cool fires back up . Well after looking it over I said ill take it . Spent about 2 months or so messing with new coils as it seemed that was the problem . Well it wasn't it was the box ( Dyna 200 ) because the guy that mounted it put it in front of the battery box were all the heat of the motor hit it  :-\ After talking to Dyna and sending it to them come to find it was junk and they sent me a new one at there cost !!! Problem fixed and been messing and riding the bike with joy !!
  When I got the bike home and pulled the side covers off come to find LOL a fully adjustable Ohlins on the back ! So don't need to mess with that LOL Problem is the front forks on FJs suck and needs some love to keep up with the Ohlins .
So over the last two years been slowly updateing the bike !
     Ohlins rear shock
     Dyna 2000 full ignition
     Uni pods
     Spin on filter
     New clutch plates
     SV1000 mirrors
     Kerker pipes
Next up is a bigger update and that's rear wheel and front end . Stock the bike runs on 16s and not a lot of good sporty tires out there for it . So been looking and reading what other FJ owners are doing . So now its my turn to see what I come up with and start there. Picked up a 2004 R6 rear wheel as I like 5+ spoke wheels over 3 spoke wheels . And the R6 wheel fits the bill with lil work other then a spacer and new bearings . As for the front end still planning that out but thinking finding a FZ1 whole frontend and running that but nothing set in stone as of now !!!
  Here are a few pics !!!!








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Re: 85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !
« Reply #1 on: Nov 19, 2013, 11:41:36 »
Nice Scott, always good to keep upgrading!
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Re: 85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !
« Reply #2 on: Nov 19, 2013, 12:17:36 »
Still love this FJ, one of these days i'll sell one of my RDs and get something to ride long distance...

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Re: 85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !
« Reply #3 on: Nov 19, 2013, 12:45:53 »
Very nice, sir!
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: 85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !
« Reply #4 on: Nov 22, 2013, 10:29:39 »
Why is it you start messing with something and only plan on doing small things but we always end up going farther then we thought ?  ;)
 
This is the point im at LOL After talking to my riding buddys about updating the wheels and front fork it got out of hand . Next thing you know not only am I replaceing the wheels and forks im going to run a R6 swingarm . Did some measuring and it was close enough to pull the stock swinger off and mount up the R6 swingarm LOL
 Once the stock one was pulled come to find out the stock swinger and R swinger are the SAME LOL so this weekend going to slide the R one in and make sure everything lines up where it should and what all needs done to fit like new bearing !


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Re: 85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !
« Reply #5 on: Nov 22, 2013, 10:47:04 »
Hot damn, I like this bike.

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Re: 85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !
« Reply #6 on: Nov 22, 2013, 10:52:48 »
Nice work, funny how that goes eh? Just going to clean her up and fix a few things....then bam, R6 suspension upgrades. ;D
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Re: 85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !
« Reply #7 on: Nov 22, 2013, 12:45:20 »
True story mike LOL

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Re: 85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !
« Reply #8 on: Nov 24, 2013, 10:32:53 »
  Mounted up the R swing arm to check a few things like chain alignment ,shock linkage and the R swinger is off on both. After going over the linkage and trying this or that figured only way it would work is to make the shock tower taller. I just can't bring myself to cut anything on the bike. So back to the stock swinger ,don't like it but could still run the wheel. LOL after checking that it's 10 mm off  :( and would take to much to get it right.
 My buddy's son is a stunter and has a few Kaw 5 spoke wheel we are going to have a look at and see how the off set is then go from there .
 Now do I like the 5 spokes over 3 yes but if I need to I still have a proven swap with a GSXR wheel . My goal is for the performance of the tires over looks was just hoping to get both !

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Re: 85 FJ1100 .. Time To Update The Beast !
« Reply #9 on: Nov 26, 2013, 10:53:58 »
  Did some more reading and talking to guys like Big Rich and a few others looks like the R6 will work after all. When we measured first was kind of half ass but took it to my buddys house with the right tools and found if we take some off the spacer on the chain side we could get the chain alignment as close as .150 which will work . So now just need to make a few bushings and spacers and back wheel will be done . Then it will be time to for the front !!!!!!