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  • Bringing my bike back from its death bed

    2005 Yamaha road star 1700 coming back from the grave. Have it all stripped down. Thinking a bobber style build, stripped down blacked out monster

  • #2
    Cool beans. Why was it dead and buried?

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    • #3
      Had two kids, now I’m looking for a project. Bike runs but was filthy. I started taking it apart to clean and now it’s going to be built

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      • #4
        If you use a aftermarket air filter like a K&N I will give you the particulars you will need since I just went through it.

        #40 idle jet from Jets are Us.
        Carb kit from Barons. Use the 172.5 main jet.
        I have the same Vance & Hones short shot exhausts with this jetting.
        I used the silencers that came with the exhausts.
        Recommended by Dave j.

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        • #5
          I just ordered the ported intake manifold and ais delete kit. Next with be the intake and jetting. Thinking about doing fuel pump delete as well. And then 31 tooth sprocket. Already changed all the fluids and plugs. What about the forks? 20k miles on bike. What about clutch kit? 3 plate mod? Also have to get tires and brake pads. Just trying to figure out correct order to do things

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          • J89k
            J89k commented
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            I wouldn't worry about a clutch kit if the clutch isnt slipping.

            You might think about stainless braided brake lines.

        • #6
          The real deal is simply this: It is said that a 20% increase can be gained, from somewhere in the 50's hp to something in the 60's hp, if you port the intake, free up the air cleaner path, open up the exhaust, maybe plug in a Dyna 3000 ignition box, but that might be a stretch. I don't know. I've done all of those on my R*s and I'm perfectly content with their performance... and, as they say, your results may vary!

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          • #7
            I installed the Barnett multi spring clutch release plate and it made a significant difference in
            ease of operation of the clutch handle. Very smooth now.

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            • #8
              I pulled the cover off the pulley and looks like some transfer case fluid is seeping out from the seal. Is this an easy replace once the pulley comes off?

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              • #9
                Yes it is a very easy job to replace. Is the pulley nut loose?

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                • #10
                  It doesn’t appear to be. Has the locking tabs bent up, didn’t put a wrench on it though. Want to order 31 tooth pulley first

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                  • #11
                    Uggg.. went to do transfer case oil.. couldn’t feel any fluid in the check port.. some did drain out but not nearly enough. That seal was leaking by drive gear,so hopefully just seeped out while sitting for years, started up but not driven barely at all. Hoping replace seal and new oil and I’ll be ok?

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                    • #12
                      Got the front forks and triple tree disassembled today. The top cap was a little loose so I spun it one notch tighter. Assuming I should repack the bearings though? And what weight and how much fork oil do I need?

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                          • #15
                            If you don't already have one, get a service manual. I prefer the books by Clymer for the color-coded wiring diagrams.All the info & specs for the forks are contained.
                            Yes, now's the time to do the neck bearings. Visit your Happy Place momentarily before starting that project. Removing the old races from the neck can turn into a major pain in the shorts.
                            If you have the time, dis-assemble the tubes & R&R the seals & bushings. I put progressive springs & 5wt. oil in the tubes of my '00 HotRod & my '04 LongDistance scooters. Worked out real good for me.
                            Keep us in the loop as this build progresses.

                            I love the smell of smoked pork in the morning !

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                            • #16
                              I ordered fork seals and dust covers and o rings today. Going with 10w oil. Still debating changing the springs.. and yes I was also thinking the neck bearings...

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                              • #17
                                What bushings???

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                                • #18
                                  Originally posted by Mikegoat2497 View Post
                                  What bushings???
                                  Get a service manual or just look at the parts schematic on the Yamaha website. There are two bushings per side that allow the upper tubes to slide in the lower tubes. The coating wears off them. Your scarin' me boy, your scarin’ me!

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                                  • #19
                                    I was planning on full disassembly but I guess I should. So I have to pull bottom Allen bolt to get to these ones?

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                                    • #20
                                      Get a service manual... The bottom allen bolts don't hold the inner & outer tubes together. The tubes "fit" together. The bushings keep the tubes aligned & allow for smooth action. The seals keep the oil in the tubes.
                                      Get a service manual...The bottom allen bolts are actually drain plugs.Remove them & drain the oil from the tubes before disassembly. They also hold the tube pistons in place.There short springs that sit under the tube pistons. There are thin copper washers (seals) that fit under the heads of the bottom allen bolts. Don't reuse the originals if possible.
                                      Get a service manual...The inner & outer tubes "pull" apart. Not easily ! You will need a clamp that fits into your bench vise & secures the forks while you pull them apart.
                                      If there is a scooter shop in your area that you are familiar with, it might be easier to take your tubes to them & let them do the job.Pulling the tubes apart isn't rocket science, but it can be intimidating the first time around.
                                      Get a service manual.
                                      I love the smell of smoked pork in the morning !

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