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Author Topic: 1984 Yamaha FJ1100 Touring Turd  (Read 5656 times)

Offline interceptor

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Re: FJ1100 Crusty but Trusty
« Reply #40 on: May 17, 2017, 21:59:13 »
I bought a nice AGM battery and installed it on the bike, crossed my fingers, and turned the key.  The neutral light came on...yes.  Tried the foot brake, and it worked... yes.  Tried the front brake, and the brake light came on...yes.   Hit the horn button, and got nothing.  Darn.  Hit the starter button, and got... nothing.  Hmm?  Oh, I need to have the clutch in. Pulled in the clutch, pressed the starter button, and... nothing.  Hmmm?  Thought about it for a second, and saw the kickstand was down. Ah ha!!!  Put the kick stand up, pulled in the clutch, hit the starter button, and... nothing.  Damn!!  I paused there and thought about it a little. Lets try the lights.  Nothing! Damn!!!!  No running lights and no blinkers.  So either all those work when the bike is on, or I have some serious issues.  First thing is get out the multimeter tomorrow and chase the power from point to point.  I'll also try bypassing the solenoid to see if the starter turns the engine. 
« Last Edit: May 17, 2017, 22:05:48 by interceptor »
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Offline hillsy

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Re: FJ1100 Crusty but Trusty
« Reply #41 on: May 17, 2017, 23:37:51 »
Yep - all the lights, indicators, etc should work with the ignition on regardless of whether the bike is running or not. Check fuses / power to the fusebox first up.


Also, the horn stopped working on an FJ1200 I had and it ended up being a corroded switch - a quick sand / clean and it came good (although your problems sound different). Worth checking this and the starter button nonetheless.

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Re: FJ1100 Crusty but Trusty
« Reply #42 on: May 18, 2017, 05:28:49 »
I was wishing for the moon, I just hooked everything up, I didn't clean anything and I didn't check anything. But there wasn't anything- buzzing or lights flickering a little, crackling, when I pressed all these buttons.  Not a sound.  My thoughts are that there is a safety switch not working for the starter, and to clean the controls and check the power to the fuses (as you statred).    Good call!  ;)
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Re: FJ1100 Crusty but Trusty
« Reply #43 on: May 19, 2017, 05:45:39 »
Did a little investigation this morning.  Good news is that I have some power to everything.  The bad news is that it's only 8.3V.  I would venture to say that I need to start cleaning the controls and connections to everything.  I understand how to take out the male ends out of the connections and clean them, but how do you guys clean the female ends?   
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Re: FJ1100 Crusty but Trusty
« Reply #44 on: May 19, 2017, 10:39:08 »
If it's that low to everything check the ground from the battery first.

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Re: FJ1100 Crusty but Trusty
« Reply #45 on: May 19, 2017, 11:45:13 »
If it's that low to everything check the ground from the battery first.
Got it.  Thanks :)
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Re: FJ1100 Crusty but Trusty
« Reply #46 on: May 20, 2017, 12:49:33 »
Yay!!  I cleaned the connections for the right side control and the emergency stop switch and starter button both work now  ;D  I used a concoction of vinegar/salt for the cleaning, and then I dipped it in water with baking soda.  Worked really well.  I took the left side control apart and it will require some work, it is really filthy.  I'll have to do that at work on Monday.  I've attempted to install the chain it came with, but it appears to be too short by a link or two.  I'll move the wheel all the way forward and see if that helps at all.  After that I can hook up the return spring on the right foot control.  I have to take the whole bracket off to get to it.  I tried from underneath, but I couldn't do it. 

So by getting the starter to turn the engine, this tells me the solenoid works, the control works, the starter works, the engine is free and the emergency stop button is functioning.  And two of the spark plug wires don't have caps, and was creating a spark to the engine.  So at least those coils appear to be working.  All good in the hood!!!
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Re: FJ1100 Crusty but Trusty
« Reply #47 on: May 21, 2017, 17:55:06 »
I`m happy to report that I did get the chain and the foot brake return spring installed this morning.  I also managed to clean the left control. Everything now works with the exception of the blinkers. I forgot my meter at work, so I`ll have to check voltage and continuity tomorrow.  Also, the front light works with the hi/lo beam operation.   ;D. I ordered new plug boots which should be here soon.  I think while I wait for all that, I`ll change the oil, plugs and oil filter.  I`m looking for reccomendations for oil.  Should I get Yamaha specific, or conventional 15w40?  I have read not to use any additives or synthetics. I understand the synthetic, but not the cleaner additives. Is it because of the clutch plates?
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Re: FJ1100 Crusty but Trusty
« Reply #48 on: May 21, 2017, 19:51:01 »
I`m looking for reccomendations for oil.  Should I get Yamaha specific, or conventional 15w40?  I have read not to use any additives or synthetics. I understand the synthetic, but not the cleaner additives. Is it because of the clutch plates?


Yes - car oils with additives can muck up your clutch. You want to use a motorcycle specific oil, or a diesel oil like Rotella that has no friction modifiers.


If in doubt, get a semi synthetic 4 stroke motorcycle oil - 10w40. There's a bunch of brands out there.

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Re: FJ1100 Crusty but Trusty
« Reply #49 on: May 21, 2017, 20:14:49 »
Ok, thanks. There is a motorcycle dealer on my way home from work.  Easy enough to stop and get some yamaha motor oil:-)
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