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Not to worry Burt. I put a new FD in my 07 FJR1300 and if yours gets worse, send me 50.00 plus shipping and I'll send the old one to you. Problem solved. Sleep well my friend.

P.S. I put a FD in mine with the 10/33 RSV gears for a lower ratio, rather than the 9/33 standard FJR gearing, there was nothing wrong with mine. LOL
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Serious whine after changing final drive oil.

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I hope Iím not looking at a problem with this. Iíve been putting a lot of miles on this bike (New to me last year) and I wanted to go over it to avoid problems. I ordered the Yamaha stuff and Iíll let you all know what happens.
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Unless the Final Drive ran dry, I think you'll be okay. Worst case would be replacement of the FD with a good unit from eBay or some such, which is still no big deal.

Some riders who have the 5-speed transmission were wanting a taller top gear, and they have been sending the FD units off to have the RVS rear gears installed in the FJR housing. I see no need for the taller gearing here, but it does make a difference of several hundred RPM less, on the highway. Typically they get a FD from the "used" FJR market, with few problems. So, swapping out FD units won't be a rare or difficult feat; still, I would doubt you will ever need to do that.

Don't let the rear wheel rotate when you put in the new gear oil. Let the rear wheel stand unmoving for at least 25 minutes before you remove the FD drain plug. Let the old oil drain out for at least ten minutes. Keep the rear wheel stationary when re-filling, and fill to cover the threads of the filler hole, no more. Install the filler plug. If the rear wheel rotates when filling, the oil will cover the gears inside, letting you over-fill the FD. If that happens, you will see the excess oil coming out the FD vent hole after riding, and oil will get all over everything back there. Keep the rear wheel stationary before and when filling the FD with new oil, and all is well.
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I've been using Valvoline 75-90 since 2008 about 105,000 miles ago, changed once per year. IMHO you are definitely stressing over nothing but hey, if you feel the need then by all means change the oil again. Peace of mind is worth the minimal $$ you're spending.
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If what you put in it meets the standards and viscosity that Yamaha calls for, that is not the problem. I had a 2006 FJR that I put 44,000 miles on and I have 23,000 on my 2017. I have done all the services myself. I go by the specs and buy name brands that my local auto parts store carries. Never a problem. Drain what is in it and see what it looks like.

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Stupid question but did you check to make sure itís full? Also there are 2 fill levels for the FD, one says to the bottom of the threads one says to the top. Think itís a case of Yamaha changing its mind and I donít know that it matters but I always filled mine to the top.
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Mobil 1 75W-90 gear oil here. I've used that and the Yamaha oil; no difference in sound or performance.

As far as filling, I fill it until the oil touches the first couple of threads in the fill hole. The first time I changed it, I filled it until it ran out the fill hole, then installed the fill plug. What happened after that was that I got a little bit of a leak as the fluid went past the seal and out the weep hole. Since then, I fill it to the lower edge of the threads, and no more leaks. That was about 5 changes ago; no leaks since.
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Burt,

Fellow NJerseyan here. Mobil 1 75W-90 gear oil as well. No muss, no fuss.
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We've discussed the whine before, never really nailed it down... my feeling is it is coming from the middle gear drive, not the rear end.
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We've discussed the whine before, never really nailed it down... my feeling is it is coming from the middle gear drive, not the rear end.
Like what your engine oil lubricates, not the gear oil?

I kinda like whiny bikes. The whine combined with the engine noise is sweet music to me.
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I have been using Mercruiser Hi-Performance GL-5 gear lube in mine for about 20k miles.
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