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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:37 am

very cool! kerkers sound awesome on air cooled inline fours, i was going to buy a set of kerkers for the old 750 night hawk.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:53 am

Well bad news is i didn't win the exhaust (lost by 5 bones). so i pulled my exhaust to clean and repaint it, also going to replace the mufflers as one of the baffles is shot.
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newish mufflers to go on

my bike stripped down


The good news is my new tank came today. I will be sanding it down tonite and preping it for a new coat of paint.




I love the way it looks, i'm also toying with the idea of two front head lights with angel eyes.

I will have another update soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:13 am

awesome that tank is way cooler you were right! getting lots done bottlecape, i want to see it in person.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:35 pm

Thanks Just wait till you see the cool color i picked out. I finished painting the tank side covers and front fender. I have also removed the old mufflers and preped the manifolds for paint. I painted up the header pipes as well with the flat black VHT paint then i added a couple coats of high temp gloss black. I hope it holds up as it looks much better then the flat. I might mount some stuff tomorrow after work and snap a pic or two, then again i might not as i have my new computer coming as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:34 am

Well it has been awhile since i touched this project but i did get the exhaust finished and all the parts painted and clear coated. I also desided to stick with the single head light, i just painted the housing the color of the bike. hopfully i can get the seat started this weekend and have it done by mid April. I will snap some picks of the work this weekend.

I had this itting in my garage all winter thinking i'm just going to finish it then sell it, but now i'm just not sure. I think i might want somthing smaller like Honda cb350.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:35 pm

Greetings guys, I have been following your progress with your chop job,, looking good,,, I to am working on a 1980 XJ650 Maxim-I, but, i am keeping it in close to stock condition, I just like the original look and ride, great for the ole lady and me, anyways i have a question, what are you doing with the parts you are removing,, ie,,, the seat, the sissybar and luggage rack, the highway bars, etc,,, I will post some pics soon, I picked my gal up for a amazing 150 bucks,,, and rode it to the trailer, lol,, it had sat in a garage for 15yrs, untouched and covered, I just had to have her, and when he said "aaaaaa,,, how about 150.00 and you haul it away", kid in the candy store syndrome struck,, the ole lady was just a bit put off at first,,,, that was an interesting phone call, " hey honey, Love you, by the way, i bought a bike, "CLICK", from her end of the line,,, lolol,, but now, she is warming up abit,,,, lololol,, anyway,, let me know what came of the parts you removed from the xj,, thanks,,, james
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:03 am

hi James thanks for joining the forum. well I'm pretty sure I can contact him and see what he has that is still available. it's nice to see another guy with axj650 on here. make sure to post up some pictures of the bike if you can, and I'll talk to him and let you know. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Thu May 06, 2010 9:54 am

Hey thanks,
I haven't spent as much time as i would have liked working on my bike so i don't check here as offten as i should. As for the old parts i have sold the lugage rack and the sissy bar, i traded the tank for the new one and, i think the highway bars are on a tall bike. If you want the highway bars i think i can get them for you. I still have the blinkers, front Yamaha cover the old seat in great shape with one of the best looking covers i have seen on an xj. If you interesed in any other parts let me know i might have extras.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:50 am

Hey guys,,, well I am trying to post some pics, guess I am just missing something but here goes

This is how she looked when we pulled her out of her resting place of 14yrs



and here she is today,,



You can see a complete set of build pics on my facebook at https://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=174879&id=511869134

Still looking for misc parts, one of you guys said you still had the front name plate???? I am really enjoying this bike, out of all the bikes i have owned, this one is rite at the top, Great ride, bit heavy, but great ride. Oh yeah, have any of you ever checked out this forum - http://www.motorcyclesurvey.com/reviews/yamaha/xj650_maxim/r491/ - Some neat stories bout other xj owners. well thats all for now, really enjoy your posts, keep up the good work,,, james
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:07 pm

alrite, I figured out how to post pics,, lol,,,,

in the shop ready waiting for parts,



Went to Indianapolis to pick up this find, period correct Vetter Fairing,


All dismantled, the build has begun!!! after several months of hunting and searching for parts, its coming along quite nicely,,




Just after getting all the parts installed, and the fairing mounted, can't wait to find the original Vetter saddle bags,,



thats all for now, catch you guys later,,,,, james
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:45 am

great, the bike is looking nice. I'm sure bottlecape30 still has some miscellaneous parts he doesn't need anymore, I'll contact him and ask if he has the Yamaha plate. keep us updated.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:18 pm

cool waht did you do to get them running again?

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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha xj 650 project   Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:32 pm

nice dude! Wink
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