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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 20 October 2018, 10:47:33 PM »
Cracking shot Mr Sharp!  :thumbup

General / Re: Fazers as art
« on: 18 October 2018, 10:41:28 AM »

Very strange… beaks, birds and animals appear in the clouds and foliage with this one I took at Heathrow. Also the front end of another bike (which wasn’t there).
I may waste days playing with this.

This is what it did to a few bluebells in the woods near me...

FZS600 Fazer / Re: gear link rod ends
« on: 14 October 2018, 07:13:13 PM »

GT85 and other water-displacement sprays are pretty useless as lubricants.
Use it to wash out the crap by all means, but after that force some heavy grease in from the back until the socket is packed and it should be fine.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Headlight volts drop
« on: 10 October 2018, 11:14:02 AM »

The resistance of a cold tungsten filament is very low so the initial current is huge, easily enough to cause the loss of some volts along the wiring and particularly across any connectors that aren’t as tight or clean as they should be. Always worth a check to see if any connectors are showing signs of getting hot.
Don’t forget to check the path on the “cold” side of the lights/instrument panel too, if the earthing is bad the effect is the same… fewer volts where you need them.
If the wiring and connectors are in decent condition and you still have the problem then you can run in a second wire (fused!) to supply the lights via relays switched by the existing wiring.
When you say you measured the battery voltage, was that directly across the battery terminals? If there is a significant drop there then a new battery may help, though normally the first sign of a dying one is the starter motor struggling to spin the engine.

General / Re: What did you do with whatever else you've got?
« on: 09 October 2018, 02:31:05 PM »

Frosties/Red98, cheers guys!    :2guns

FWIW, the car has improved… a bit.
Think I should have changed the whole halfshaft, but that looked as if it’d be an even more awkward job. This’ll have to do, it’ll probably fail the next MOT for rust anyway.

General / Re: What did you do with whatever else you've got?
« on: 07 October 2018, 11:51:26 PM »

Changed a CV joint on the car.
Bastard youtube videos give the impression it’s a 10 minute job… well, I knew that wasn’t going to be the case ‘cos it takes me that long to get the car jacked up to my satisfaction, but it was a 4 hour of fight with corroded bolts, immovable nuts, retaining clips that wouldn’t budge, a buggered thread on the new stub axle and a couple of hundred ml of moly grease, half of which ended up over my hands, tools and the brake disc.
Finished just as daylight faded, haven’t had time to test drive it yet.. hopefully the weird clunking noises have now gone, but next time I’ll just pay someone else to do the job. The novelty of DIY on cars is wearing off now.

General / Re: Can't decide which convertible - all advice appreciated
« on: 27 September 2018, 02:03:36 PM »
Mazda MX-5.   :D

FZS600 Fazer / Re: exhaust headers gasket
« on: 26 September 2018, 11:22:06 AM »

Are you sure previous gaskets were removed and the mating surface at the cylinder head was clean?
A dab of grease is useful for keeping the new gaskets in place while you wriggle the new downpipes into position.
What make are the downpipes? A lot of people have had issues with the fit of Delkevik pipes in the past. Tightening up the nuts at the top end first should pull the pipes into the correct position (support the weight at the far end of the collector while you do this). If the bracket at the bottom doesn’t line up neatly with the fixing hole on the footpeg bracket it’ll put a lot of strain on the header which can result in leaks, particularly if the footpeg bolt is tightened up before the header clamps.

General / Re: Front brake discs: Bobbins
« on: 19 September 2018, 01:10:23 PM »

I can’t think of any reason to mark the position of the bobbins unless a previous owner was interested to see if they rotate in normal use.

I didn’t clean my bobbins for the first few pairs of discs I’ve used, but the last lot of OEMs I did and the mileage from them didn’t improve. Now on EBCs with their SD system (which can’t be rotated) and these do seem to be lasting better.

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 14 September 2018, 05:56:56 PM »

Where does it all end?  :grumble

I guess washing powder manufacturers will find themselves in court over the invention and use of the phrase too. :wall

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Fan not working - wire in switch?
« on: 01 September 2018, 10:57:35 PM »
In the past 5 years my bike hasn’t overheated once despite having to negotiate London traffic jams on numerous hot days. The fan has been hanging on my garage wall all that time.

General / Re: Noise
« on: 01 September 2018, 05:38:12 PM »
I’ve replaced the front sprocket mid way through the chain’s life before. It does make a difference since it wears 3 times faster than the rear.
They're available with the rubber damper now for about £12.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Slipping Clutch
« on: 30 August 2018, 03:41:47 PM »

You’re right, it probably is the clutch slipping if it only happens when the oil is cold, you hadn’t mentioned that previously.
Check the condition and adjustment of the clutch cable and make sure the actuator in the sprocket cover is greased and not making odd clicking noises.

Buy some OE springs and a new clutch cover gasket as the old one will probably get destroyed. Replacing the springs is straightforward: put the bike on the sidestand, so long as it isn't overfilled with oil you don't need to drain it.
To do the job you do not need to take the clutch pressure plate off, but if you do want to look at the friction plates don't lose the ball bearing at the tip of the pushrod and do make sure the pressure plate goes back on in the same position when you're done. It is not symmetrical, if it gets put back rotated it'll appear to fit but will give no drive and can get damaged.
When reassembling, I like to uses a thin smear of liquid gasket on the engine cases to glue the new gasket in position and a thin smear of non-moly grease on the mating surface of the clutch cover. That way, the next time you take it off the gasket should be undamaged... I've been able to take mine off half a dozen times since without needing to buy another gasket.

Hopefully you now have a Fazer with a healthy clutch. If not, you will need to change the friction plates, but at least you shouldn't need a new gasket.

Finally, the levers at the handlebars often get neglected, Cleaning and lubricating the pivots with heavy grease can make a huge difference to the feel of both clutch and brake.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Slipping Clutch
« on: 30 August 2018, 09:52:53 AM »
Been using the bike for cummuting to and from work recently, I've noticed this problem only appears to be happening when I'm giving it a lot of throttle and moving across a lane to overtake something, all the time it happens when I go up on the raised lines, and earlier there was a small dip in the road and I was gunning it down that road and as soon as I went down this dip (literally a few inches the revs just shot up and the bike was no longer accelerating for a second.

I don't know if any of this is helpful but basically this is the only time it happens, doesn't happen when I'm just riding fast in a straight line or a bend unless there is a change in the surface height.

If it's the clutch then you'll be able to provoke slip at 8,500 rpm with the throttle fully open (regardless of what gear you’re in). A long steep uphill straight is obviously best for this sort of test.
Are you sure the slip isn’t the rear wheel losing traction? If it only happens when the road gets bumpy perhaps you should be taking a look at the suspension linkages, rear shock and tyre.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Slipping Clutch
« on: 29 August 2018, 12:25:05 AM »

That does sound like a slipping clutch.
Check the cable adjustment is correct at both ends, handlebar and the actuating mechanism in the sprocket cover.
The clutch on the Fazer is a bit marginal. When new it’s good enough to transmit peak torque, but the springs gradually weaken with age and then it’ll slip, especially when the bike’s not fully warm and the oil is thick.
So unless you suspect that someone’s done an oil change using car oil with moly and the cable adjustment is correct, it’s probably just the springs that need changing.
Stick to Yamaha ones. Fractionally stiffer springs would be a good idea but for the fact that nobody makes ‘em. You can find heavy duty ones, but they’re massively stiffer and make the bike a nightmare in slow traffic.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Breather?
« on: 27 August 2018, 11:04:57 PM »
If you think a previous owner may have messed things up there’s a diagram for cable routing in the manual (available in the downloads section).

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Breather?
« on: 27 August 2018, 11:28:55 AM »

As Bandit says, it doesn’t attach to anything else.
It looks twisted out of position in your photo though, it normally faces backwards: which might give that wiring it’s pressing against a bit more room.

General / Re: Red key
« on: 26 August 2018, 01:54:57 PM »

Does your Fazer have the OEM immobiliser then?
(Just two ordinary black keys with mine too, but I bought it without the extra security.)

Was the immobiliser an optional extra on all FZS 600's?.
I believe so. The manual shows one on the circuit diagram for the foxeye version, though there are some changes to the wiring.

General / Re: Red key
« on: 25 August 2018, 11:18:41 PM »

Does your Fazer have the OEM immobiliser then?
(Just two ordinary black keys with mine too, but I bought it without the extra security.)

General / Re: Whoever Posts Last is Best
« on: 16 August 2018, 05:44:33 PM »
Not seen anyone here with 15K+ Posts before. Why... but... how... is that even possible! :eek

Some people who were on the old site got their ID and post count transferred over.
And posts can be a load of pointless shite yet still count towards your total.… the 3 word story and word association threads for example. And this one.

General / Re: speeding ticket (NIP)
« on: 07 August 2018, 12:48:14 PM »
When eventually I caught out it will cost me more than most because I have a paper licence and I believe I will need to pay for a photo one
I’ve had a few NIPs since the paper licence was replaced by the photocard one, they always send the paper one back with the points added… there’s no obligation to change to the plastic version if your other details are unchanged.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Chaaaaiiiiin
« on: 26 July 2018, 10:26:12 PM »

I’ve used a cheap riveting tool many times with no problem so it sounds like you had a duff link.
I haven’t used the tool lately though. Since fitting a chain oiler, I get such a huge mileage from the chain (40k+) that by the time it needs replacement the rear suspension needs servicing too. So the last couple of times I’ve bought an endless chain.

General / Re: Noise
« on: 19 July 2018, 03:06:20 PM »

I’d check the front sprocket too.
If it’s starting to get slightly hooked the chain will get a “flick” as the tooth suddenly lets go of the roller when the bottom run is under tension. If the clutch is engaged the bottom run will be slack and each link can free itself from the hook quietly. It’s a bit like the difference between twanging a rubber band when it’s taut and when it’s slack.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: 1990 fzs600 black smoke at high revs
« on: 13 July 2018, 11:56:08 PM »
Black smoke could be oil. If the airbox is clean then it probably isn't getting in from the crankcase breather, which makes it more likely to be a knackered valve stem seal.
Can you pin it down to a particular cylinder by looking at the state of the plugs? If they all look the same then it'll probably be an exhaust valve seal and taking the downpipes off should identify which cylinder.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Fuel tank tap
« on: 13 July 2018, 01:12:59 PM »
There are two inline filters. There is an advantage in not having the filter on the tap anyway, you’ll gain access to about a litre of fuel that can’t otherwise be used.

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