FJR1300 Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Putts, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I always estimated my FJR grips were closer to 12 inches wide. I might have to start reconsidering some things.
  2. srelegante

    srelegante srelegante

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    Just picked up a lightly used, 2003 FJR, and going to tear into it this weekend. She has 20k miles.

    Aside from my list-what else should be attended to while she is apart?

    Already planned:

    1) Fork rebuild-springs/seals/oil
    2) All fluids changed

    I understand one of the wires comes loose sometimes?

    Thanks!

    SE
  3. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Does it rattle at idle? Cam chain tensioners are common. I just put one in my '06. It started to rattle at about 20K. Yamaha has had two upgrades on this part.
  4. harfooz

    harfooz FJR1300 / FLHX

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    Lube the splines

    http://www.fjrtech.net/getdbitem.cfm?item=36

    Check the air filter

    http://www.fjrtech.net/getdbitem.cfm?item=2

    Swap out the plugs for some iridiums

    http://www.fjrtech.net/getdbitem.cfm?item=20

    There may be some other specific items that need attention, but those immediately come to mind.

    Hope this helps!
    'fooz
  5. srelegante

    srelegante srelegante

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    Just got started wrenching on it tonite.

    Someone was living in the airbox, dog food and all.

    She will be sweet when I get her dialed in.

    The splines was not something I had thought of, will let you know what I find.

    Q: There is an aluminum (?) foil attached to the bottom of the tank-is that the heat shield retrofit I have heard of?

    SE
  6. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    As I recall, there is a foil-lined heat shield on the bottom of the tank on all models. If it looks "factory" (substantial and well-molded to the bottom of the tank), it's probably stock; otherwise it might be something extra someone has added.

    There was no "heat shield retrofit" from Yamaha.... just the major revisions done in 2006 to improve heat control and airflow management (that don't retrofit to the Gen 1 bikes). There are a lot of homebrew solutions out there though, especially for the Gen 1 bikes. Most were centered on re-directing the airflow through left side of the fairing and reducing the blast furnace effect on one's left calf.

    BTW, if you're lubing the splines where the wheel attaches to the final drive, it won't hurt anything, but its also completely unnecessary. It is a good idea to lube the splines on both ends of the drive shaft now and then, but if you get in there every 2nd or 3rd tire change, you're doing fine. I think a lot of BMW paranoia infects FJR owners about spline lubing - in reality, there have been almost no issues with the FJR's splines.

    - Mark
  7. harfooz

    harfooz FJR1300 / FLHX

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    I've seen some photos (can't find them at the moment though) of FJR owners who ziptie hardware cloth or screen door material over the air box opening to keep the mice out. If you don't have cats where you live, and do have mice, that mesh cover should prevent them from setting up shop in your airbox.

    While you have the tank up, cut some firewall material to shape and put it under the tank to help keep the heat down. I have some material that I picked up from another FJR owner, but have never bothered to put it under the tank on my '05. I ride with full gear, and ride in the winter, so the heat doesn't bother me. When it's below freezing outside, I would welcome some additional heat! In the summer, keep the tank from getting too low, and the heat may not be an issue for you either. When it's above 100F, and the tank is near empty...that's when I've noticed the heat! So while you have the tank up, it's a good time to put a heat blanket under there.

    Google for "cromeit heat fix" to see some of the other heat fixes that are available to control the heat coming off the engine. People have varying sensitivity to a bike's heat. For me, it's a non-issue. I wear gear and that's an effective barrier against the engine heat in the summer and the cold in the winter. I also have an air-cooled v-twin. Let me tell ya: in the 100F+ heat, and after we sit at a few stoplights in traffic, I'm reminded about how nice the FJR is! :lol3

    There is one more change I did to mine that I wish I had done a long time ago: Install the V-Strom handguards! I finally did that when I had a discount card at one of the mailorder places, and I really like that mod a lot, and would highly recommend that to all FJR owners.

    Be sure to Loc-tite (blue 242) the screws for the locks on the saddlebags. I forgot about that in my earlier post. They are security torx style screws and they fall out. Mine got really loose, and I got lucky noticing before they fell all the way out. This is covered in the Bin-o-facts at the FJR forum. I replaced mine with standard (non-security torx) screws and loc-tited them in place.

    Hope this helps,
    'fooz
  8. B.E. Coyote

    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    Anybody ever make pannier racks for aftermarket panniers on a Gen2 ? I'd love to put e-41s on my bike.

    Apparently there is hard to find givi pannier racks for Gen1 but not Gen2.

    [​IMG]
  9. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

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    I picked this up in Naples on Friday, and rode it home 900 miles to Baton Rouge on Saturday and Sunday. It's a 2007 AE. Loving it big time, two left hand surgeries had me looking for relief and the AE is just the ticket.

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  10. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    Very nice! :nod
    I can see why those surgeries would welcome a break from squeezing a clutch lever. I got caught in a horrible traffic jam back in June in West Virginia and wished I had the AE model. :baldy :lol3
  11. WVrefugee

    WVrefugee n00b

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    Sweet ride for sure! Best money I ever spent was on my 2010 AE!!
    Enjoy!
  12. srelegante

    srelegante srelegante

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    Getting the 2003 sorted-picked it up last week.

    Changed the oil, air filter, front tire and upgraded fork springs.

    Q: It appears the cam chain tensioner is failing-I am hearing intermittent flop. If I cannot locate one tomorrow, is it safe for a ride to Fla? Sounds fine at anything other than idle.

    Q: I just got off a 2002 Triumph Trophy which fit me ergonomically perfect. I am getting some lower back pain and between the shoulder pain on the FJR. The prior owner put some short risers on it-I suspect that is part of the problem. I also suspect the sweep of the bars is a bit more than I like. What is a bloke to do?

    Thanks guys!

    SE
  13. B.E. Coyote

    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    Motorcycle Larry top plate fixed me right up.
  14. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    may want to check out this product

    http://www.mv-motorrad.de/lshop,showdetail,136280242930855,de,1362802429-30855,1254303433.1331054885,901440-03,1,,.htm

    and this thread for reviews and install

    http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index.php/topic/146408-my-impressions-of-the-mv-motorrad-bar-riser/
  15. eatcorn1625

    eatcorn1625 Adventurer

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  16. Jud

    Jud Long timer

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    80K miles on my 04,,,,, stock tensioner. Don't worry about it.

    The bars are the only thing that I don't like. I tried some risers that move the bars up and rotate them out but still no cigar. I don't think the 2nd gens have enough adjustability either. I really wish manufaturers would just put real andle bars on the things so we ould change the ergos easily.
  17. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    I picked up a 2008 and curious about filling the fuel tank. Top it off to the level of the interior "screen" and it's not full. Keep adding fuel and it runs to the top but wait a few seconds and watch it lower. I haven't yet watched how much I'm adding to get the tank full but I will the next time. Is this normal?
  18. JimNtexas

    JimNtexas Been here awhile

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    My 2008 behaves that way. I think you can get a bit more gas in if you refuel on the centerstand.

    The low fuel indication comes up pretty early. I've driven up to about 35 miles with the fuel indicator flashing and never put in more than about 5.8 gallons.
  19. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    Getting on it on the center stand w/ bags on is always fun. :lol3

    It's one of those fun things w/ any bike is learning how much fuel you can put in it and where the reserve kicks in. The first time I filled it by topping off the first time but not watching it, the fuel gate was one tick below full. So I knew something was up. Almost want to carry a gallon of fuel in a can and run it out just to see when it is bone dry. :freaky

    Thanks for the info.
  20. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    Yes, this is normal - filling the air space above the recessed neck in the tank is often called "burping" the bike full of fuel.

    Yamaha says not to do it - this air space provides expansion volume. On a 49-state bike without a canister, the only consequence of an overfill is that you might spill raw fuel out the overflow line to the ground, but if you have a CA emissions bike (don't recall whether FJR's are sold as two models with a separate CA model) you can fill the canister with raw fuel and essentially plug it which, in addition to rendering the canister non-functional, might also cause tank venting issues. If your bike has the canister, I wouldn't burp the tank, or if you do it, don't be very aggressive about it.

    With some bikes, you can drill out the filler neck which allows the air to escape and allows faster filling of this air space.

    Yamaha says that you get the full tank capacity by filling to the bottom of the neck. I used to have a FJR and don't recall if this was true or not; on my current Super Tenere, it is not as the tank is under-full about 1/4 a gallon if you stop at the filler neck.

    - Mark