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So for the past 2 months I've been working on a 1982 Yamaha Seca XJ650L. I bought it for 600 bucks with 26k miles on it. It looked terrible 80's style. Which is fine for some, but I saw the tank and instantly knew I was gonna have to make her a cafe racer.

http://www.iremotorcycles.com/IMG_0429.jpg
This link is exactly what she looked like, though the one in the pic is a bit cleaner.

So it had a few gasket leaks that I have since replaced but have been having some electrical issues that I'm repairing right now and waiting for a new solenoid to come in. You guys know with this old bikes, sometimes parts take forever.

Here are a few pics of what I have so far, I have a video on youtube.com of it also, but it hasn't been fully uploaded yet. Let me know what you guys think!!!

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/45004577/
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/45004405/
 

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Awesome, yeah I'm debating getting a front fairing. I want the four in one exhaust before hand of course. I already have the individual air filters on the carbs, clubman bars, and the cafe seat, so its the last thing on my list for a while. Almost there. As soon as I get the exhaust I need to rejet and then I'm money. I'll have some more pics up as soon as I have them.
 

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Yeah I have the 4 in 1 exhaust in the mail and the front fairing. Because of the holidays I dont think ill be getting them untill late next week, if not later. As soon as I have them installed, I'll post some pics of it just sideways.
 

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Yeah I have the 4 in 1 exhaust in the mail and the front fairing. Because of the holidays I dont think ill be getting them untill late next week, if not later. As soon as I have them installed, I'll post some pics of it just sideways.
 

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Yeah I havn't had issues with the 4pods, I think it's because I put them on when I did the engine rebuild. So I was able to tear out that ass ugly air box and do that all then. I havn't posted updated pics yet because I havn't gotten the 4 in 1 hooked up yet, or that front fairing. Then I'll take some side pics for you guys. I'm really stoked that other cafe racers out there are working on xj's, not that Im not a fan of the CB's but its good to stick out a bit and deviate from the norm as we are right now. Kudo's to us! I'll post some pics as soon as I get the 4 to 1 and fairing in the mail. Until then gentlemen, keep the rubber down.
 

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Nice bike. I like it. I will totally do what you reccomended with the turn signals. I think I will ditch the front ones completely because they are totally in the way of the vintage fairing I ordered. I will get my exhaust in tomorrow so I will have that installed on saturday and rejetted early next week. My project is almost complete! Then there will be mucho pictures for you guys!
 

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As far as the seat goes I had to drill my frame and come up with a custom mounting setup using large screws and metal spacers. You can see in the pictures what I'm talking about. It has that curved/uprisen frame in the back so made mounting kinda ruff.

So an update on the project. The engine shown in the pics below had to be replaced. Piston ring blew and scraped up the cylinder wall and 3/4 of the ring got lost in the engine somewhere in who knows how many pieces. So rather than find the ring and fix that cylinder wall etc, it was gonna be much cheaper and time effective to get another engine. I just got it yesterday and I should hear back from the mechanics on the condition of the engine. I know it has good compression etc, though we will see if she fires and how well. In any case, here are some pics! I got some flush mount turn signals so I dont have those huge yellow lights (still shown here). When I get it all done I will have some new pics up for you guys.

Just cut and paste the links:

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/51864150/
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/51864319/
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/51864410/
 

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I already installed the flushmounts but just dont have an updated pic. I'm waiting to get that new engine in there. It doesnt have any of the mat black on the engine so I may want to rethink the paint scheme. It's all rattle caned anyhow, so wouldnt take much to redo. The good news is the new engine is a 750cc as opposed to the 650cc, so lets all hope it goes smoothly.
 
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