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  1. Fire-medic

    Swing and rim mod

    If you're looking to run a larger diameter wheel with a wider diameter bead then I suggest that you do a relief where the OEM drive shaft side swing arm has a bit of an indent and make that indent larger so that the wheel will have plenty of clearance for the wider rubber.
  2. Fire-medic

    Carb troubles

    A common complaint of new Vmax owners is that when they take possession of a used bike, there is a need to have the carbs serviced. It's not that hard to learn how to do it yourself but it's awfully easier to pay to have someone go through the carbs for you but it is expensive. Take a look for...
  3. Fire-medic

    Rotor resurface/cleaning

    They really are a disposable wear item. Use your buzz-box and make some yard art like CaptainKyle.
  4. Fire-medic

    Preferred oil type

    Sounds like the clutch is slipping. It's time to remove the clutch cover (have a new gasket on hand) and measure the friction plates for thickness, same for the all-steel 'steelies.' Compare those measurements against the factory manual specs. I suggest you add where you live beneath your...
  5. Fire-medic

    Rotor resurface/cleaning

    Note brake drums and rotors have cast into them a maximum width (drums) measured across the drum's diameter, not the width of where the shoes contact. The disc will have a minimum thickness. If you can find a shop to resurface them, you may find there isn't much difference between buying a new...
  6. Fire-medic

    Soleniod issue

    The pod itself could be corroded. https://www.vmaxforum.net/threads/how-to-recondition-the-electrical-components-of-the-throttle-side-switch-housing-pod.17272/ And just because: https://www.vmaxforum.net/threads/how-to-recondition-the-clutch-side-switch-pod.20783/
  7. Fire-medic

    hello from France

    Lorient, on the Bay of Biscay. https://explorabilia.co.uk/2019/05/04/lair-of-the-wolf-pack/ Most of the German WW II submariners did not survive the war. A figure widely-mentioned is 75% mortality. https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/16battlefield/logs/sept4/sept4.html Next...
  8. Fire-medic

    Beginning to ride with my fazer

    https://www.advrider.com/1986-yamaha-fazer-700-mini-muscle-bike/ OH dealer, asking $5K for a 17K miles bike, looks clean. Someone cared for this bike, from its appearance.
  9. Fire-medic

    Lost carb spring

    Ah, good on you fellows! I wasn't sure about bothering you two for something so small, but your generosity in assisting a fellow enthusiast is appreciated by all. Who has ever tried, "brother, brother, find the other!" by dropping a mate to the dropped/lost part, to see where it rolls? I admit...
  10. Fire-medic

    Parts Wanted jet block plugs

    Your friendly Canadian Yamaha dealer
  11. Fire-medic

    Parts Wanted Carb rebuild service

    Like anything else, prices have increased, over time. 'Ridiculous' is the cost of an oil change on an exotic sportscar, or the tires for one. Then again, 'pay to play.' At least you can still get parts for most things on a VMax Generation 1, last manufactured 17 years ago, which in and of...
  12. Fire-medic

    Lost carb spring

    Looks like #21? Two springs and a pan-head (sometimes called 'cheese-head') machine screw. For carb synching. Not available from a Yamaha dealer, anymore. Try dannymax at [email protected] He specializes in our CV carbs. You might try a well-stocked hardware store, and find one of about the...
  13. Fire-medic

    What did you do to your Vmax today? Part 2

    That reminds me of the one you found in Miami, Kyle. Looks like this is a Stage 7 kit bike.
  14. Fire-medic

    Clutch Boss - "ring set" Necessary ?

    Many people remove the wire ring and the half-width friction disc, replacing it with a full-width friction disc. The system is there to act as a sort-of slipper clutch, to ease the clumsy downshift of a rider, where engine speed and clutch speed are different.
  15. Fire-medic

    Front Calipers Rebuild

    I've used Earl's SS hoses before, and my friend's shop makes hoses for me also.
  16. Fire-medic

    Parts Wanted Trades? Scoops

    A day pic outside where the clear sky is the reflection should help. Stand a bit to one side & then the other side to get good pics.
  17. Fire-medic

    Back on a Max after 18 years

    Don't forget to show us pictures. If you're doing some disassembly and rebuild, if you do a few pics and the description to go along w/it, we are always interested to see that. You might help someone do the work on their bike. Thank-you for being a supporting member, if this site wasn't...
  18. Fire-medic

    Front Calipers Rebuild

    Looks like a good job. A Harbor Freight pick set? A big difference in the operation of your binders!
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