Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

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Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

Post by radare » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:16 am

What are the standard items EVERY Seca II owner should do when he/she gets a new XJ and is performing maintenance and repair? Specifically, with improving reliability for the upcoming riding season in mind on a 20 year old bike that's likely had a half-dozen owners.

Here's my thoughts:
1. Change the engine oil and filter
2. Check valve clearances and adjust to spec
3. Set the carburetor float heights
4. If not already done, install a #20 pilot jet and drill out the pilot screws when the carbs are removed
5. Replace the intake manifold rubber seals
6. Replace the vacuum hoses and fuel line
7. Replace the fuel filter
8. Syncronize the carburetors and set the pilot screws (infrared or O2 sensor method)
9. Clean and rebuild the fuel petcock
10. Clean the fuel tank and derust if needed
11. Clean out the airbox and blow out the air filter. If the filter is dirty, replace it.
12. Install new spark plugs and check the resistence on the resistor caps
13. Verify condition of the battery and replace it if it's at all questionable
14. Bleed the brakes with fresh DOT4 fluid and inspect the pads for thickness
15. Change the fork oil and replace the fork seals
16. Clean the chain throughly, lubricate it and adjust it's slack. Replace the chain and sprockets if they are questionable
17. Unless they were made within the last 5 years, replace the tires as a set.
18. Check wheel bearings condition and replace if needed.
19. Lubricate the throttle and clutch cables and adjust their freeplay.
20. If they're still original, replace the headlamp and tail/brake lamp.
21. Lubricate headset bearings and torque to spec. If bearings are worn or have excessive play, replace as needed.

What am I missing or what should be removed? What do you do when you get a new-used bike?

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Re: Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

Post by draco751 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:31 am

Air Filter, Clean the air box out too. Especially if the bike has been sitting in a barn or garage for some time. Mice LOVE air boxes for some strange reason.
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Re: Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

Post by radare » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:05 am

draco751 wrote:Air Filter, Clean the air box out too. Especially if the bike has been sitting in a barn or garage for some time. Mice LOVE air boxes for some strange reason.
Good advice! I've added it to the list. It looks like we have some areas that need a writeup, like how to do an oil change or how to perform chain maintenance.

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Re: Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

Post by Drapheus » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:12 am

I'd love to do a chain maintenance write up, since I am currently needed it.
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Re: Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

Post by draco751 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:17 am

I'm right there with ya Drapheus, mine needs some attention for sure! lol
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Re: Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

Post by MOzarkRider » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:59 am

What kind of writeup did you have in mind? I just replaced my chain and sprockets.
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Re: Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

Post by radare » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:32 am

MOzarkRider wrote:What kind of writeup did you have in mind? I just replaced my chain and sprockets.
I was thinking one that showed how to clean a chain, what to use (what not to use), how to adjust it when clean and how to lubricate it (and also in between cleanings).

But an elaboration on how to replace one would be beneficial too.

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Re: Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

Post by julscruiser » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:21 pm

I did one not to long ago on sort of same thing. Maybe you can snag some ideas off there.

http://xjrider.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=468

This could be a cool thread if we linked all the other threads in right spots. So you could look here and have all the threads referenced for future use.

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Re: Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

Post by Theo » Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:28 pm

I would add check all bearings for excess play and replace as necessary. Especially the steering head bearings.
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Re: Have a New Seca II? Standard Maintenance & Repair Items

Post by 1Oldman » Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:59 pm

I really think you should set up this list in two parts considering that many new owners of the Seca's are also new to motorcycles and not very experienced in maintenance and mechanics. Part 1 of the list should be directed towards these riders. Part 2 should be directed at the more experienced riders and mechanics and something a noob can have done in a shop if absolutely necessary. That way the noob would not feel he was in way over his head. :1Oldman:
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