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Working on a 1998 yamaha 650 v star classic. Found the final drive gear to wheel hub, wheel drive hub and wheel hub bearing seat is shot. The splines on the wheel mounted drive hub are gone, and the splines on the final drive to wheel drive hub are a 3rd worn. My question is is it possible to replace the 650 drive with that of a 1100. I know that the 1100 has a disc break instead of a drum but can one switch out the drum break system with that of a disc break system. Any other ideas in fixing my rather large problem are very welcome as well. Thanks

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SOURCE: 2002 Yamaha V-Star Classic 1100 Will not run over 70 MPH

The first thing you need to check is the air filter. Sometimes critters can get into the airbox when a bike sits for awhile. Sounds crazy, but it has happened to me. If nothing is blocking the filter, give it a quick clean since you have it out.
Next things to check:
Faulty diaphragm
Improperly adjusted fuel level
Clogged or loose main jet
Faulty fuel pump
You may not be able to check these on your own, but these are the next likely culprits.
Hope this helped

Posted on Mar 11, 2009



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SOURCE: Removing Yamaha rear tire (1100 Classic)

do you mean remove the wheel? tires are best left to a shop to do as they have the machine. drive shaft yes? undo all bolts thru frame to final drive casing. slacken wheel nut but do not remove spindle, pull wheel back and out of the frame the drive shaft comes with it, tace out spindle and now lift final drive from wheel, there may be a spacer which might fall out. done deal..

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SOURCE: Wiring diagram

if you pull off your headlight you will see which wires go where, blue is normally the running light feed.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009


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SOURCE: where is the oil filter on my yamaha V-star 1100

On the right side of the bike (right side when ou are sitting on it) just above the rear brake lever behind a small circular plate. remove the plate and the oil filter is inside (you will easily see it). Warning---on these bikes you have to drop the front exhaust header and right floor board in order to change the oil filter unless you install a after market oil filter relocation kit. If you plan on changing your own oil it is highly recommended to install this relocation kit.

Posted on May 15, 2009


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SOURCE: Can Synthetic blend oil be used with a Yamaha 1100

Yes, Yamaha makes regular,semi-,and full synthetic oil for there motorcycles. Make sure the oil you use is JASO MA certified for motorcycle use. Do not use any oil that says energy conserving, it will shorten the life of your clutch and drive gears. Amzoil and Mobile 1 both make good motorcycle oil (full synthetic). Full synthetic is often the same price as semi-synthetic.

Posted on May 01, 2010

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