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Final drive whine

Hi guys , I am a new member.
I owned a 1995 Diversion XJ900S for 20 years and the shaft drive was as quiet as a mouse. I now have a 2015 FJR 1300A and I am really pissed off with the whine coming from the shaft drive when cruising at 100kph on freeways. WTF has Yamaha done?
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They fitted a bigger fairing and windscreen, which act like a stethoscope, so now you can hear the engine and transmission on the FJR, whereas you couldn't hear the XJ900. Fit louder aftermarket silencers and the whine will no longer be audible.

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Hi guys , I am a new member.
I owned a 1995 Diversion XJ900S for 20 years and the shaft drive was as quiet as a mouse. I now have a 2015 FJR 1300A and I am really pissed off with the whine coming from the shaft drive when cruising at 100kph on freeways. WTF has Yamaha done?
Sell the POS now b/c if the minimalist whine of the final drive bothers you I can only imagine what the roar of the front tire and snap/crackle/pop/creak of the wind shield and plastics is going to do for you.

Or you could do (or have done) a little maintenance:

- replace the final drive oil (I use Valvoline or Mobil 1 75-90, whatever's handy);
- lube the final gears (the ones you see with JUST the wheel off);
- lube the shaft splines:
- lube the front U-Joint splines.

http://www.fjr-tips.org/maint/spline/spline.html
http://www.fjr-tips.org/maint/ujoint/uj.html

Also, this thread may be helpful -> https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/15-...le-riding.html
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Oh great, now my final drive’s a whiner.
What’s next?
Where does it stop?
Can’t sleep. No appetite.
Must. Go. For. A. Ride.
Buh-bye.
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It is more likely the gear whine from the transmission and balance shafts, a feature of pretty well all FJR's. I'd bet the final drive is perty quiet relatively speaking. Even a pair of earplugs of any kind will filter out a lot... everybody wears hearing protection, right?

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I would much rather hear that whine, rather than the one that goes with the red and blue, when they get you for breaking the speed limit because the FJR is good at what it does you dont realise the speed your doing. Lol....

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Hi guys , I am a new member.
I owned a 1995 Diversion XJ900S for 20 years and the shaft drive was as quiet as a mouse. I now have a 2015 FJR 1300A and I am really pissed off with the whine coming from the shaft drive when cruising at 100kph on freeways. WTF has Yamaha done?
This is a known issue on FJRs...since 2002. It pisses me off. No matter how many FJRs I buy, I still hear that whine. When will it stop!!!!!!!
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Hi guys , I am a new member. I owned a 1995 Diversion XJ900S for 20 years and the shaft drive was as quiet as a mouse. I now have a 2015 FJR 1300A and I am really pissed off with the whine coming from the shaft drive when cruising at 100kph on freeways. WTF has Yamaha done?
rowdyson,

Some will say that oil is oil, and I do not wish to start a debate. I just report - Yamaha has felt it necessary to issue a special hypoid gear oil, especially for the FJR (and other) Final Drives. I can't guarantee that it will "fix" the whine, and it is pricey, but one bottle will refill the FD several times. I consider the cost as acceptable, then.

Yamaha says the oil is formulated to withstand the shearing forces that are typical of hypoid gears, and that the oil does not degrade much between scheduled changes. I have not noticed any serious whine from the FD on my 2008, but maybe I just expect some noise there, in place of chain noise.

If your FD oil is dirty or discolored, it's probably due for a change anyway. You can pull the fill/inspection plug to check, without losing any oil back there. The correct oil level should be at the base of the threads, when you pull the filler plug. The bike must sit on the center stand for at least thirty minutes, with no wheel rotation, to read the FD oil level correctly. The same applies to a FD oil change there. The wheel must not rotate during a FD oil change, or the FD will get overfilled. The excess oil will get vented onto the wheel, sometimes making the new owner think there is a leak when there is not.

The Part Number for the oil is on the label, and the dealers or the on-line shops can get it for you if needed. Prices will vary. HTH.



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Bought a new truck in January of 2017, trade for another new truck a little over a year later because I had a rear diff howl that I know wasn't normal and the dealer said it was. I say that because noises just drive me nuts in general. That being said, you are straddeling a 145 HP inline 4 motor and transmission, fuel injection, cooling, all the good stuff to make you happy. I can certainly understand a little whine here or there. To me, in those circumstances it would have to be blatantly excessive for me to really start paying atention to it. I wonder, under those circumstances how you are sure it is the final drive?
I would do as Russ Suggested above, swap out fluids and lube necessary parts.

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