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FZ6 / Fazer / Re: fzs 600 compared to fz6 s2 abs
« on: 04 March 2018, 04:12:50 PM »
Sorry to dig this old thread up, but I'd be interested Val which way you went in the end.

I've been commuting into London on a 2003 FZS600 for nearly 6 years now, but alas the ULEZ is going mean upgrade time. A FZ6 S2 is the default replacement choice. If you're commuting into the very centre of London then surely the FZS600 is off the cards for the same ULEZ issue.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Replacing Rear brake disc
« on: 24 November 2017, 07:28:07 PM »
Yeah, attempted this myself a couple of months ago. Completely rounded three of the bolts. Gave up in end, garage I took it to, gave a very long intake of breath too.... Got a new wheel for £25 - cheaper than labour mucking around with old seized disc and wheel. Personally - I'd just take it to a garage to begin with...

As for choice of disc, Brembo rear discs are about £80 - got mine from Demon Tweeks.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: What are my rear shock options ?
« on: 24 November 2017, 07:21:16 PM »
Pretty certain Hagon's are serviceable as well.

Got a second hand Hagon myself, does the job, but I've little to compare against other than the knackered original that was on previously. Decent enough budget option though. Also, pretty certain they do a pricer option with a external preload adjuster.

General / Re: Battery powered heated gloves
« on: 15 November 2017, 01:04:23 PM »
Gerbing do make a pair of heated liners but not battery powered.Being a liner they're not waterproof and are a touch short if £80. Gerbing seem to be the most reliable and troublefree manufacturer of heated gloves/clothing. Pity it's so expensive,but I suppose "get what you pay for" springs to mind.

I've been using their XR12 gloves for about 5 years. Reliable? -ish. I've been through a few pairs - electrical connection issues, cutting out etc. BUT Gerbing's offer a lifetime warranty on the electric side, no questions, they turned them around in couple of days. Each new pair has been getting better, design improved and lasting longer though. Current pair is first to do two winters and holding up well this winter too, so fingers crossed. Do any of the other manufactures offer a lifetime warranty? I mean seriously at this rate I'll never be buying winter gloves again, as electrics pack up long before the wear out!

I just plug them into bike; cable tied controller to jacket, threaded cabling down sleeves etc. Works fine, only about 30 seconds extra faff to plug stuff in. They do however have a pocket on gauntlet to accommodate a battery pack. About an extra £80-90 last time I checked though.

FZS600 Fazer / Red Boxeye Fairing on Ebay
« on: 05 November 2017, 12:33:50 PM »
Who was after a red box eye fairing?

Here you go.

£100, and looks reasonable nick.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Replacing HT Leads and Plug Caps/Boots
« on: 02 November 2017, 05:17:32 PM »
Did you try rerouting them? Many I have seen are twisted all over the place, making them appear shorter than they are

Nah, just quickly patched it up in 15 mins yesterday morning between getting kids ready for school and zooming off for work! But yeah, next time tank is off I'll take a peek as see how they're routed. Either way, bike is running really well now huge difference, so smooth and more ummph now, makes me believe they had been slowly deteriorating for a while.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Replacing HT Leads and Plug Caps/Boots
« on: 01 November 2017, 11:31:28 AM »
Fitted new caps. Dead easy, quick job. All good and running on all cylinders now.
Couldn't trim any off cylinder 2 lead as already a spot short, but is working fine nonetheless.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Replacing HT Leads and Plug Caps/Boots
« on: 30 October 2017, 07:51:49 AM »
Cool, have ordered straight ones. Will see how I get on later this week once they turn up.

FZS600 Fazer / Replacing HT Leads and Plug Caps/Boots
« on: 29 October 2017, 04:38:10 PM »
Got a bust cap and misfire on cylinder 4. So reckon it's time to replace. Any recommendations, tips, gotchyas with the Fazer? NGK leads/caps the way to go?

Did this job once before on an old ZZR600, with new NGK leads and caps, was pretty straight forward. Is the Fazer similar?

And are these the right caps?

Will the straight one fit (SD05F) or better to get a bent one like original (XD05F)?

K&N air filters are alright, but don't expect a night'n'day difference. Good you can clean and re-use, but do factor additional time each service to clean it, dry it and re-oil it K&N recommend leaving it to dry naturally, fine on a summers' day, but hassle otherwise and delays putting the bike back together.

Castrol Power1 oil is my fav. Think I read on here gear changes are a bit smoother with it. Dunno, seems ok and I've stuck with it. Opie Oils often have discounts on it.

Avoid the K&N oil filters mind. The handy nut on end is overrated and there's been some dodgy batches that have failed giving you a nice oil slick feature to keep you and your mates behind you on their toes whilst your bikes seizes... Mate had one on this Speed Triple fail half way across Alps! was lucky, spotted it early and free wheeled down!

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Plastic welding needed
« on: 11 October 2017, 11:07:42 PM »
I've followed this chap's plastic welding plan in the past:

Pretty straight forward, soldering iron, staples and cable tie job. Certainly functional, but not aesthetically pleasing. Fine for an out of sight mounting lug mind. However, if you have the piece of fairing handy, or its just a crack, you may be able to use this technique to seal the piece together from inside and leave only a fine hair line on show. Either way, probably a better plan than glueing.

Depending on how much you want to throw at the project, do note a brand new fairing can be had fully painted from Yamaha or Fowlers for £200 ish.

Been about 25-30K since last swapped chain (and yes, front sprocket nut swapped then too). Not got too much slack in it, but it's developed a couple of stiff links and has a spot of surface corrosion. I keep cleaning and lubing it, but they keep sticking and I'm feeling a duff-duff-duff-duff as I got down road. Especially when I'm on the throttle, and seemingly changing frequency with change of speed. Since having this, I've changed rear wheel (disc bolts were seized!), new rear bearing and tyre - so can rule them out. Front end feels alright, nowt obvious wrong there, so fairly sure it's the chain. It does seem to ease off when I really lube the chain up.

So reckon it's probably time for new chain.  Got a DID VX on there now, debating whether to go same again or splurge a bit more on a Extreme ZVM-X (extra £40 ish) Worth it? Anyone tried one? Last much longer? Or just not worth it on a nice smooth inline four like the Fazer?

General / Re: Am I being thick?
« on: 03 September 2017, 11:15:37 PM »
Only used them when I had a massive shard of glass in my tyre and the little rubber strands I carry were to thin/small to use. The RAC chap came out with what you had and plugged my tyre. However, are they actually a permanent fix? I was under impression to permanently fix a tyre you need to use a big mushroom type thing from the inside. As surely anything you push in from outside could potentially pop out too? (but do correct me if I'm wrong here, I'm no expert).

For Sale & Wanted / Re: Wanted - Rear Brake Caliper for Fazer FZS600 2002
« on: 01 September 2017, 11:12:52 PM »
Get yourself a caliper off a FZS1000. Much better and more robust than stock one. Will fit standard FZS600 mounting bracket (don't use the FZS100 bracket), with a little bit of grinding down. There's only a tiny bit in the way, 5 mins with dremal or 15 min hand file will sort it. Expect to pay around £60.

Why did the bolt holes need re-boring? Was it seized to bracket?

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Engine Bars
« on: 26 August 2017, 10:09:04 PM »
Yamaha did a couple of different engine bar variants for the FZS600. Pretty both are genuine and are for FZS600, just different styles. I think both came in black of chrome variations too.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Engine Bars
« on: 25 August 2017, 07:36:26 PM »
I've some the same as Fazersharp, they're one of the genuine Yamaha models. I can attest they work, have saved my engine several times after binning the bike. They usually bend up a bit and/or get dented. Rubber mallet can sort them out from a minor off, but still fairly sacrificial from a bigger off. Rather replace one of these, then half the engine and not be able to ride home... On the track I can usually get within about 0.5 cm of tyre limit (Metzeler Z8's) have yet to grind them. Have ground pegs before these mind.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Screen bolt size?
« on: 19 August 2017, 09:54:13 PM »
Yep, definitely deja vu!

But I still don't know for sure what size I bought last bloody time!

Yep, I can get genuine ones from Fowlers/AJ Sutton, but at £1.40 each - pah! I'm sure I bought a bag of dozen generics for around £2 off ebay last time.

Yeah, maybe I should get some fancy coloured ones. The cheap plastic ones did fade pretty bad TBH.

FZS600 Fazer / Screen bolt size?
« on: 18 August 2017, 10:18:45 AM »
Anyone know off hand what size the standard screen bolts are?

Not in front of bike, and need to order some new ones. Have ordered some generic black nylon bolts in past, but can't find a record of what I ordered! Would rather stick with plastic bolts, as in a previous crash the bolts gave way saving the screen.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: No one said anything about the neck ache!
« on: 17 August 2017, 10:52:35 PM »
What screen do you have? Standard or a double bubble one? And how tall are you?

For Sale & Wanted / Re: FZS front end parts needed!
« on: 17 August 2017, 10:48:22 PM »

Hope this helps matey?

That's an old box eye one, no good to me I'm afraid, not same as later Foxeye ones.

I've picked up isn't the best, and not 100% straight. What do still need, is some of the self tapping screws to bolt headlights to fairing and lights to fairing bracket. Part no. 90164-05001 and 9016705077.

For Sale & Wanted / FZS600 / Thundercat rear wheel - free!
« on: 12 August 2017, 03:15:28 PM »
Got a FZS600 / Thundercat rear wheel free to good home. Good nick, no dents, just a little paint wear from security chain use. Only caveat is, it's got my old brake disc stuck to it with a bunch of rounded bolt heads. Two came out ok, but four rounded. One I tried to drill out, but gave up before I got too close to threads in wheel. If anyone wants to come a pick it up and thinks they can make use of it, you're more than welcome to.

For Sale & Wanted / Re: FZS front end parts needed!
« on: 12 August 2017, 03:10:46 PM »
Stuff from breakers turned up:
Bits nearest camera.

Clocks in good nick, got 46K on them - just a spot less than mine. Also confirmed fuel gauge no responding is indeed my old bashed clocks.
Head light missing one lug as expected, but has a scratch on right hand lens. Spent morning plastic welding on lug from my old lights to it.
Bracket was a bit ben, twisted and much rust TBH, needed some time with my rubber mallet to get it back in line. Was hoping for better, but I've got it vaguely straight again and have now Hammerite'd it, so it will suffice. Also got a spare headlight wiring loom in deal too.

Either way, by no means perfect but was a reasonable deal at £140 and will suffice to get me back on road.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: front mudguard woes
« on: 11 August 2017, 09:14:04 AM »
May or may not help, but I never used screws to hold on my fender extender, seemed a shame to go drilling holes in decent body work. I used a load of PU adhesive and some big clamps on it whilst it set. No problems with it coming loose over the last few years, even after binning it a few times!

Maybe I got lucky on my Fazer with my bolts though, didn't have any hassle with them coming off. Though one on Mary's CBF was seized and needed drilling out.

For Sale & Wanted / Re: FZS front end parts needed!
« on: 11 August 2017, 12:07:45 AM »
Yeah, quite aware of rareness, not the first time I've had to replace this lot...   :rolleyes

Spotted fairing bracket in Lithuania, but quite clearly bent... Couple in Germany, but more money than new from Fowlers (£160)!
Never seen the side brackets on ebay, but at least these are only a tenner new.
Light clusters are tricky as foreign ones will have wrong light patten and will dazzle all to the right. Plus all those in US and in EU have some damage with lugs missing. Did consider trying to crack one open to swap reflectors from mine, but lot of hassle. Did see some Chinese knock offs for £100, but they seem to be missing the side lights... Otherwise it's £250 from Fowlers.
There are a couple of DPBMC fairings on ebay, but all damaged. Been offered one for free with only some light damage.
Are clocks for FZS1000 compatible with the FZS600? Look similar enough...

As it happens, I found a breaker on ebay who has done me clocks, front bracket and light cluster for £140. Cluster just missing one lug, so took a punt and will try to repair. Will report back once stuff turns up in day or two. Also bit bullet and ordered (another) new fairing from Fowlers. :-) On back order, so figured I'd order sooner rather than later. And bonus for the day, was my local garage happened to find some FZS600 infills in his local skip, so just gave them to me!

For Sale & Wanted / FZS front end parts needed!
« on: 09 August 2017, 04:06:49 PM »
Need to patch up my FZS 600 (2003 Foxeye), anyone have any of the following:-

Front fairing bracket / stay (preferable not bent!): 5RT-28356-00
Right hand side small fairing bracket: 5RT-2836E-00
Headlight cluster (FZS600 '02-'03 or FZS1000 '01-'05 - same part number), but needs to be UK spec/light pattern: 5LV-84310-10
Foxeye fairing, in one piece, in Deep purplish blue metallic colour: 5RT-2835G-00-P0
Clocks. To swap rear and fuel gauge glass from, any age '98-'03.

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