Great thread. I immediately ran out to check the screws on my gas cap LOL.
I have a 2001 XV1600ASN Midnight Star with 8K miles. Had it a few weeks now.
I don't know about you guys but when I checked my wiring hookup for my passing lamps (which appear to be factory) I was stunned. I was upgrading to a direct line from the battery so I could separate the passing lights from the headlight. I had gone to 55w H3's instead of the 35w and it kicked the fuse so I opted to isolate the power supply.
What shocked me was when I opened the headlight to install the relay. I was running new 12 gauge wires (overkill) and the wire they'd tapped off of looked to be 24 gauge at most! A thin little POS. I need to post a pic because the add-on fuse housing itself was MELTED but the fuse didn't blow. The main
15 amp headlight fuse did blow however. I instead used that wire to kick my relay and ran direct power from the battery to the lights, including trashing the tiny wires inside the light bar as well.
So it might be a good idea to pull your headlight and see how your passing lights are tapped in.
Other issues noted are:
Fuel float bowl was leaking, easy fix. Cleaned the jets while opened up.
Return throttle cable was broken inside the throttle housing, undetectable until I saw the excessive cable slack on the carb
throttle mechanism. Pulled the broken cable out (left the housing intact) and running just one cable until new ones arrive.
Preload on the rear shock was backed all the way out, possibly to accommodate the very small previous owner (lower seat height). Cranked it in about 3/4" for starters; we often ride two up.
Fuel petcock was leaking so I replaced the gaskets (easy job) but when pulling the assembly out of the tank the internal tank filters were half missing (useless). Scrapped the remaining filters with a new assembly in mind for a later date.
When pulling the tank the fuel line literally broke in half (original line). It was a failure waiting to happen. REPLACE YOUR FUEL LINES!
Checked for the recall and finally took it down to Yamaha who pulled the VIN and assured me it had been done. You can check your VIN on the NHTSA site here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls
. Only certain models actually had the recall; they were able to isolate which build dates had the weak metal.
I have the hypercharger and found that adjusting the pilot
screw resolved my decel
backfire issues (I turned it in and then backed out, starting at 2.5 turns out and then slightly more from there, now at 3.25). Couldn't believe how well it idled at 2.5 turns but it seemed down on power overall. Still playing with the ideal setting.
This site's been a great help and it's the first place I turn to with this bike. I've probably put around 400 miles on the bike between tear downs. I did wrap my exhaust uppers after BBQ'ing my leg on multiple occasions. The temps here in Las Vegas run above 105* daily.
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