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Old 07-19-2018, 07:58 PM
dave mcleod dave mcleod is offline
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Location: vancouver
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looking for a member in vancouver, canada to help me work on my 1100 maxim

hi members,
a few months ago i wrote to the administration asking advice on getting my 1100 maxim running. it was working well 4 years ago when i had a low speed crash and cracked the stator housing. it wouldn't charge after that, although i managed to get it running long enough to limp home and park it. i had just replaced the cdi box and had a new clutch installed, so it seems a shame to junk it. a couple of days later i got a very helpful letter from T.C. Gresham, recommending that i seek out a member in my area to teach me how to fix it.

last week i got the stator cover welded and reinstalled it. if i'm lucky, the rotor may spin without shorting out. yesterday i talked with my old mechanic at the local yamaha dealership and got an estimate on what he would charge to clean/tune carbs, install new tires and valve shims and a battery. about $1500 canadian was the ballpark estimate. i don't mind the cost of the tires and installation so much as the 500 for the carb work alone.

i'd like to do the work myself if there was a knowlegable member in my city willing to help me out. someone with the instruments needed for carb sych. compensation can be discussed with the right person. thanks for your attention. dave mcleod
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Old 07-19-2018, 10:59 PM
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sethhope sethhope is offline
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Location: Quakertown, pa
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Welcome to the forums!

I'm not in your area, but I'm sure the people here could help out! I would first check the maintenance and repair section for an overview on the carbs. The carbs are the heart and soul of these bikes. They're also pretty easy once you get a grasp of what's inside it.

As for the valve shims, doing the adjustment is also pretty straight forward. Just need a good feeler gauge and a few wrenches.

I recommend picking up a Clymer manual for the bike. I keep one with Roxy as a sort of 'bible' on fixing the XS11.

Good luck finding someone in your area! I'm sure there's someone on here nearby.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:58 PM
dave mcleod dave mcleod is offline
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Location: vancouver
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thanks for your thoughts, seth. i'll read up what i can about the carbs - i do have the repair manual and owners manual for this bike. hopefully, someone in my neighbourhood will see this thread and look me up.
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Old 08-02-2018, 05:40 AM
mack mack is offline
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These carbs are a hobby of mine. If your not comfortable doing them ship them to me with return post and I'll clean them up and send them back. If no parts are required your cost would be just shipping.
79 XS 1100 SF Special
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81 XS 1100 LH MNS

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Old 08-10-2018, 02:38 AM
dave mcleod dave mcleod is offline
Join Date: May 2009
Location: vancouver
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thank you Mack!

blown away by your generous offer to help... i have gotten one carb apart and cleaned and plan to reassemble it before going on the the next one. the brass needle on the idle screw was ridged and deteriorating at the tip, so i used a fine diamond hone to sharpen it like a pencil. i noted the number of turns it was open before dismantling so i ought to be able to get it close to where it was. there was a lot of green crystalized buildup in the float chamber and on the floats. is that from old fuel reacting with the copper of the floats? i didn't find any o rings on this carb when taking it apart. do these ones not have them?
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:22 AM
BillyRok BillyRok is offline
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Location: Shortsville, NY.
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Just a Hobby?

These carbs are a hobby of mine.
Mack, here in the states we call what you have an obsession!

Dave, if you get tired of messing with those carbs, take Mack up on his offer...they'll be perfect when you get them back. But the more you fool with them, the more you'll understand about 'em...have fun!

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