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Theo
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Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:40 am

Well I figured it's time I start documenting the work on my bike.

Some info about me (feel free to skip this part):
I got the bike back in January. I had a bike back in New York where I'm from and when I moved out to the Bay, I sold it. A year went by when I got bit by the bug and had to have a bike again. Year round riding, beautiful roads. I'm surprised I lasted so long. So I got the seca. My last bike was a big liter bike and I wanted something smaller this time. The bike is out of tune but I like it. Real nice ergonomics, light, and a seat that is a dream to sit on. I think I'll hold on to it for a while.

Bike Background
I got the bike from a guy who used it as his daily commuter. He wanted to get a bigger bike and so put this bike up for sale. I bought it because the price was right but I now see why. The bike was in pretty bad shape; less so now.

The Bad:
• Was in a 5 mph accident. Bent handlebar.
• Small crack in side fairing.
• Takes a very long to warm up.
• Sounds like one cylinder is not firing well.
• Motor leaks oil. It's more of a weep from the valve cover and I think the base gasket. The PO said it's been doing it for the past 10 years. And he's never bothered cleaning it and you can tell. It's covered in a thick layer of gunk.
• Fairings in rough shape
• Valves haven't been adjusted in a while
• Chain in sprockets in ghastly shape
• DIRTY!

What's been done (by PO or myself and not photo documented):
• New tires
• New front and rear brake pads and rebuilt calipers
• Recovered seat
• New Rectifier/regulator assembly
• Steering bearings replaced and adjusted
• Control cables adjusted / lubed
1993 Yamaha XJ600SC

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Theo
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Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:40 am

After taking care of some of the easier stuff, my next task was installing a center stand so that I could change the chain and sprockets.

Got one off ebay in rough shape
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Cleaned and primed
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Painted and on the bike
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:kudos:
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Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:41 am

Now with a center stand, it's time to change the chain and sprockets. It was scary hoe bad of shape they were in. While cleaning out all the gunk from the engine sprocket compartment, I found several o-rings, other rubber bits, a washer, and two screws from the neutral sensor. Oh and the engine sprocket nut wasn't even finger tight! Only the lock washer was keeping it on.!!! :o

The rear sprocket :thumbdown:
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New with old
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New chain
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New sprocket on
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Theo
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Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:43 am

The next thing I want to do is adjust the valves and clean the carburetors. I've also got a box of goodies coming in soon. When and how I'll do it I don't know. I live in a small apartment and am running out of space to put things. Plus I don't think my roommate would like me bringing in carburetors and making the place smell like fuel. And all of the work I've done has been out on the street. I need to befriend another motorcycle enthusiast who has a garage.
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Drapheus
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Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:11 am

Looking forward to your progress. If you're going to be digging into the valves to check the clearances, I suppose that would also be the opportunity to look at the leaky valve cover gasket.

Those old sprockets are a sight to see. I don't think I've even seen em worn down that bad!
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Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:28 am

Theo wrote: Painted and on the bike
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You need to get the rubber bumper for the center stand that keeps it from slamming into the muffler.
Better to be over the hill than under it.

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Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:36 am

1Oldman wrote:
You need to get the rubber bumper for the center stand that keeps it from slamming into the muffler.
I know, Where can I get it? I'd have no problem making something if I knew of a suitable matertial to use. What about cork? It's ignition point is over 500ºF. Well above what the muffler should get.
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Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:01 pm

Theo wrote:
1Oldman wrote:
You need to get the rubber bumper for the center stand that keeps it from slamming into the muffler.
I know, Where can I get it? I'd have no problem making something if I knew of a suitable matertial to use. What about cork? It's ignition point is over 500ºF. Well above what the muffler should get.
I can't even find the center stand on the Yamaha parts list but here is one for a Suzuki Bandit that looks like it might work.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2002-SUZUKI-GSF ... eb&vxp=mtr

Here's a brand new one for a Suzuki ;

CUSHION,CENTER
2000 Suzuki GSF600SY BANDIT STAND
$5.83 $5.83 $5.83
http://www.bikebandit.com/2000-suzuki-g ... 5sch271098
Better to be over the hill than under it.

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Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:07 pm

looking good, not having a space to work sucks!

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Theo
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Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:48 am

So I went to the hardware store and picked up a couple rubber stoppers and a long bolt and made a bumper for the center stand. I thought it was strange how tall I needed to make it and taking a closer look, I discovered the left leg is bent slightly inwards. Without the bumper the left foot grazes the chain and the foot peg hits the side of the exhaust. What would be a good way to fix this? Wood block and hammer? It works as is it now, and the bike is steady, but if I can, I would like to straighten it.

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