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Postby cormier33 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:16 pm

Hey guys,

I have already made a couple of posts and received some good advice, one piece of it advising that it is appreciated when an introduction and a couple of pics of the bike are put up. So,

I have been riding for about 10 years now, first bike was a GS500, and then I got a '97 YZF 750RJ. I still have my YZF and ride it quite a bit. It has about 90,000K on its clock and still rides great. This year, I am going to drop a bit of money on it to put new brake lines, bearings, etc seeing as how everything is original. Any suggestions on modifications, upgrades would be much appreciated so that I know where I should be spending my money.

Here are some pictures of my baby:

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Postby spook » Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:26 pm

Sweet! Welcome to the forum! Looks like a very nice part of town you live in! Suburban paradise :)

90K! How are the inlet valve clearances?

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Postby cormier33 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:41 pm

Funny you ask that Spook,

When she is cold and I start her up, she spits out little bits of black soot. It immediately stops when she is warm but this is leading me to think that the valves need some work (or perhaps the carbs are running too rich?) I am trying to decide if that is the case and if I should get it looked at soon or perhaps take on the task during the winter.

The bike rides perfectly though, just the black soot discharge when it is cold.
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Postby YEC_YZF750SP » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:01 am

Great to see you here! :) Your YZF750 looks really clean, especially with 90K on it!

Yep, looking forward to seeing some trick mods on your sweet YZF.

For brakes, I'd highly recommend:

Goodridge or Galfer Stainless Steel Brakelines
Brembo 19X20 (forged or billet) radial pump front brake master cylinder
Brembo rotors
EBC HH compound brake pads
Motul RBF600 or RBF660 fluid

Cheers,

Julian

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Postby sickle44 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:27 pm

Wow!!

Very nice looking ride for 90K dude. Indeed, it looks as clean as the well manacured lawns in your burb.

Thanks for sharing, much appreciated.

These five valve heads are notorious for tightening up so that there's almost zero clearance in your valves. Always characterized by hard starting when cold. As to where you might spend your dollars best, man that's a real hard one as there are countless ways to loose money in motorcycling and without knowing much about yourself? Well, you can see the issue.

I'm a huge fan of shorty levers and heated grips though. You don't live in Edmonton though so may see the heated grips so much but..... I digress
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Postby Hooligan » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:41 am

welcome to the board. bike looks very nice and well taken care of with 90k on the clock. hope you find some good info here.
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Postby cormier33 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:20 am

Thanks everyone. Good tip on the valves.
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Postby cormier33 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:59 pm

YEC_YZF750SP wrote:Great to see you here! :) Your YZF750 looks really clean, especially with 90K on it!

Yep, looking forward to seeing some trick mods on your sweet YZF.

For brakes, I'd highly recommend:

Goodridge or Galfer Stainless Steel Brakelines
Brembo 19X20 (forged or billet) radial pump front brake master cylinder
Brembo rotors
EBC HH compound brake pads
Motul RBF600 or RBF660 fluid

Cheers,

Julian


Hey Julian,

I just bought Galfer SS red brakelines. I am trying to find EBC HH brake pads for my bike but it doesn't seem like they sell them. Is there another model that fits our bikes?
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Postby Big Jon » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:17 am

The HH work fantastic on the track and in the hot n dry, but less so in wet conditions, I'd consider EBC Green for road and wet applications over the full sinter. Unless you're in the neigbouorhood in Vancouver that doesn't get rain! :)

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Postby YEC_YZF750SP » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:55 am

cormier33 wrote:
YEC_YZF750SP wrote:Great to see you here! :) Your YZF750 looks really clean, especially with 90K on it!

Yep, looking forward to seeing some trick mods on your sweet YZF.

For brakes, I'd highly recommend:

Goodridge or Galfer Stainless Steel Brakelines
Brembo 19X20 (forged or billet) radial pump front brake master cylinder
Brembo rotors
EBC HH compound brake pads
Motul RBF600 or RBF660 fluid

Cheers,

Julian


Hey Julian,

I just bought Galfer SS red brakelines. I am trying to find EBC HH brake pads for my bike but it doesn't seem like they sell them. Is there another model that fits our bikes?


Any dealer can order the EBC HH sintered pads in for you. They're available as well as EBC "Green" pads, which I've also used. Both compounds work really great for street use but on the track the "Green" compound wears out very fast and will lose they're initial bite when they've got lots of heat.

If you can, replace the stock rotors cause they're the biggest pile of crap! You'll notice a big difference with a set of high quality rotors. :)

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Postby cormier33 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:02 pm

Big Jon wrote:The HH work fantastic on the track and in the hot n dry, but less so in wet conditions, I'd consider EBC Green for road and wet applications over the full sinter. Unless you're in the neigbouorhood in Vancouver that doesn't get rain! :)


There is a neighborhood in Vancouver that doesn't get rain?!!? Wish I knew where that was! hahaha.....you have a good point.
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Postby cormier33 » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:19 pm

I've decided to go with the green compound just because I do more commuting on my bike than long weekend rides right now....plus, we do have a lot of rain here and I heard the HH are a little more tricky in the rain because of how powerful they are.

Thanks for the great tips guys. I am looking forward to installing my brand new galfer SS lines and brakes w/ the motul brake fluid!

I am now saving for the new rotors and brembo MC! It may take awhile depending on what the boss (wife) says......

Hey, while its on my mind, anyone know where to get a rear tire hugger? I've seen a couple in some pictures and think it looks great
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Postby cormier33 » Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:34 pm

Okay,

So, I just finished installing my SS Galfer brake and clutch lines. Then I cleaned the old calipers, etc installed the green compound brake pads and put new brake fluid (motul 600 RBF synthetic) in the system and bled it.

All I can say is wow! You guys were right......after doing some low speed stops, I did some high speed stops on the straight and in some nice twisty's.....unbelievable the difference this set up makes!

Thanks so much for the advice. I really appreciate it :)
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Postby spook » Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:45 pm

You will find as you have in this case that there is a great bunch of people on this board with a huge amount of knowledge specific to these bikes.

I have as a result of the discussion regarding your brakes, re-thought my own approach to pad choice in regards to the type of riding I might be doing with the specific bike.

Up until now I have always gone with full sintered pads which are fantastic at the track, but probably not the best choice for real world road riding. Another reason to go with a softer pad is they won't eat you discs in the same way that the full sintered numbers do.

Perhaps a softer pad choice at the track with wets would be a better combination? Stan used to use heavier springs in his CV carbs to dampen throttle response.... a mechanical 'wet' map....food for thought hmmm. :)

Glad you are happy with the mods, keep us posted with your progress with the bike

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Postby FZRDude » Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:36 pm

spook wrote:You will find as you have in this case that there is a great bunch of people on this board with a huge amount of knowledge specific to these bikes........


Which is why we are glad everyone is here.
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Postby cormier33 » Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:39 pm

Thanks Spook, I certainly will keep you all updated.

I look forward to the time I can provide some advice/ideas to a forum member.

As for the brake pads, I think you are right. I am happy with my choice of non-sintered. If I had a track bike, I would love to try some sintered pads though, just to feel the response I have heard about :-)
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Postby RocknFZR1000 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:17 pm

nice bike...!
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Postby Big Jon » Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:02 am

cormier33 wrote:If I had a track bike, I would love to try some sintered pads though, just to feel the response I have heard about :-)


If you end up in Edmonton check out our track, I have a bike you can flog out there. honest.

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Postby FZRDude » Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:40 am

I'm just a couple of 3-ish hours south of you....(Seattle-ish)
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Postby cormier33 » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:28 pm

Big Jon wrote:
cormier33 wrote:If I had a track bike, I would love to try some sintered pads though, just to feel the response I have heard about :-)


If you end up in Edmonton check out our track, I have a bike you can flog out there. honest.


Wow, thanks for the offer! I will contact you if ever I find my way out there.
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