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Hey guys new to the site and to owning the FJR! 2008 Gen 2. I enjoy have enjoyed reading the posts and im sure ill have questions along the way. Oh by the way I bought this ride not knowing what a button controls!!! A mystery switch!! Its mounted by the access panel on the left side. Ill keep you posted. I'm hoping its heated grip control. Ill check it tomorrow!!!!
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FJR servicing (these were built for older bikes, but the basics haven't changed):
http://www.fjr-tips.org/maint/maint.html
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If you buy a used FJR and if you are uncertain all the maintenance has been done, work through everything.

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Welcome to the site. I too am fairly new having just picked up my '06 model. I think you've made a great choice in bikes. Be safe!!
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Hey guys new to the site and to owning the FJR! 2008 Gen 2. I enjoy have enjoyed reading the posts and im sure ill have questions along the way. Oh by the way I bought this ride not knowing what a button controls!!! A mystery switch!! Its mounted by the access panel on the left side. Ill keep you posted. I'm hoping its heated grip control. Ill check it tomorrow!!!!
mastiffmanjones,

Welcome to the sandbox! I have a 2008 myself.

If the "button" is right next to the small panel near the handgrip heater (twist-knob) control, that is the "glove box" cover release relay button, and it only works with the ignition key On, to open the "glove box" lid. There is a cigarette-lighter socket inside the glove box, but it is fused for only 2 Amps, so don't try to use it for much more than a USB adapter. Stuff like an air pump will just blow that 2 Amp fuse instantly, and it's not in an easy place to change that fuse. The wiring there is thin also, so do not replace the 2 Amp fuse with anything stronger than 2 Amps.

If you still have questions, send pix, and maybe we can help.
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Sounds like the heated grips control. I had an 08 and that is where the switch was located. Dial really. The bike did not come with that so someone before you added them.

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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-23-2019, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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So i havent tried the heated grip switch yet. I purchaed every item to pull maintenance on fluids and filters. It looks like the date codes on the tires are front 7 yrs and rear 5 years. Im going to go ahead and change them. While i have the tires off im going to chang the pads. Am i missing anything? Coolant probably is next. Love this thing! Oh by the way sight glass is very dark even with a flashlight. Common? Or is it really that dark lol. Ill let you know
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So i havent tried the heated grip switch yet. Coolant probably is next. Love this thing! Oh by the way sight glass is very dark even with a flashlight. Common? Or is it really that dark lol. Ill let you know
mastiffmanjones,

The sight glass will get much lighter after you change the oil.

There is a magnetic drain plug in the Final Drive, where the driveshaft goes into the rear hub. You can use the same Part Number magnetic drain plug in the engine crankcase. The torque spec for the crankcase drain plug is totally insane; just ignore that number. Use a new crush washer there, and tighten the drain plug to a reasonable (not excessive) torque value.

Keep us posted on what you find, good or bad.
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Yes the oil was as black as the sightglass revealed! Omg nasty. Final drive was milky tan. Drum roll....the mystery switch is heated grips!. Thats going to be nice this fall. Air filter looked new i replaced anyway. Tomorrow im doing the hydraulic cluch and brakes. I have the stuff to mount my tires and balance. I live about 45 mi utes from anything. Id be interested if someone would chime in for a reason i shouldnt mount and balance myself. Anyway. Good day.
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Yes the oil was as black as the sightglass revealed! Omg nasty. Final drive was milky tan. Good day.
mastiffmanjones,

FD oil should be clear enough to read text through a jar-full. "Milky" probably indicates water in the FD oil, and it's a good time for a change there. Do not let the rear wheel rotate for thirty minutes before dumping the old FD oil, and do not rotate the rear wheel when filling, because you will over-fill the FD if you do that. The excess FD oil would vent from the FD breather, and get all over the rear wheel. With the FJR on the center stand, just fill the FD to the filler plug threads, no more.
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Thanks for the tip.
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