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Bend break rod

Posted: May 21, 2011 in 1982 Yamaha Virago XV750J

The forward control break rod had bent recently, and with only a few rides.  After pulling it off, it was heated up and bend back into shape.  To avoid any more problems bending, more nuts were put on to strengthen up the threads.  Pics below!

I made a small about video for the forward controls that I put on the Virago.  The camera isn’t that great, and my bike is a little dirty, but it gets the job done.  All in all I am very happy with them!

It’s Alive!

Posted: December 27, 2010 in 1982 Yamaha Virago XV750J

Virago starts right up now.  The pilot jet was clogged, which was only part of the problem.  The spark plugs had fouled, and that prevented the engine from firing.  Once I pulled out the front cylinder plug, you could instantly see that it was covered in gas, as was the rear plug.

Luckily I had a spare set, so I gapped them accordingly, popped them in, and BAM, started right up.

Now I just need a day with clear roads to give the new forward controls a test ride!

Still on the lookout for a windscreen, hard bags, and that large 920 tank.  But for now, I am going to be concentrating on getting that BSA fired up!

Started to do the breakdown to check the pilot jet in my rear cylinder carb.  Got some pics up just to show some of the steps.  First seat and tank come off, all the boots/hoses and cables are detached.  Afterward I slid the carb over so I could drain the float on that side and remove the bowl.  From here I was able to remove the jet, and it was a bit clogged.  Ran a drill through it of the correct size to get the gunk out, and let it soak in some Seafoam to loosen up the rest of the junk before blowing it out with some air and reassembling again!  Tomorrow I shall test it out!

Seat removed

Tank removed

Carb detach 1

Carb detach 2

Float bowl

Pilot jet

Yamaha is in trouble.  Filled her with oil to try and test start.  At first it wouldnt fire, but eventually it did…on the front cylinder only unless revving to about 3k RPMs…and I was leaking oil from the right side engine cover because the gasket tore in two spots putting the screws through.
Luckily I had the extra gasket, but I had to pull off the entire case again, which meant I had to drain the oil again.  But now it seems like the leak is fine.
Bad news bears is, I have to take the carbs out again 😦

Forward Controls On

Posted: December 25, 2010 in 1982 Yamaha Virago XV750J

Yes, I spent my Christmas finishing up my Virago haha.  Got the correct gasket this time, put the engine covers back on after finishing up a bit of polishing, and got the forward controls attached finally as well.  Had to make some spacers to get the controls to fit exactly right, but it was no big deal! The bike looks and feels like a millions bucks.  Can’t wait till I get some oil in it and give it a test ride!



Always double check the part numbers, children.  I went to go put my left engine cover back on, and the gasket I ordered was the wrong one.  Gotta pay another $30 for the correct one, plus wait for it to come in, so now I can’t attack my forward controls or test the rejetting of the carbs for at least another week.

Lesson learned 😦