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Serious whine after changing final drive oil.

I changed the drive oil yesterday and took the bike out for a good long ride today. (2008 model A) Iím getting a whine (Sounds like old snow tires) when I go over 40-50 MPH. Does anyone know if the gear should be hypoid oil? I have the service manual and it doesnít say one way or the other.
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I changed the drive oil yesterday and took the bike out for a good long ride today. (2008 model A) I’m getting a whine (Sounds like old snow tires) when I go over 40-50 MPH. Does anyone know if the gear should be hypoid oil? I have the service manual and it doesn’t say one way or the other.
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Yamaha gave an oil spec for the Final Drive, then decided that they did not like their own product there. They came up with a specialized oil, resistant to the oil-shearing action of the gears in the FD. The new product is not just hypoid oil, so says Yamaha.

Yamaha ACC-SHFTD-EX-00 Yamalube Shaft Drive Oil Exclusive for the FJR and one other bike (Royal Star Venture) with a similar FD.

You can get it at Amazon, or some of the bike parts shops on-line, if the local Yamaha dealer does not have it, or maybe they have it for a crazy price. You need such a small amount, and so seldom, that to me the regular price is not a valid consideration on the deal. Some riders claim that Yamaha FD oil is just snake oil, and they may use other stuff, but my call goes to Yamaha. All I can say is, the FD in my FJR does not sing.
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I changed the drive oil yesterday and took the bike out for a good long ride today. (2008 model A) Iím getting a whine (Sounds like old snow tires) when I go over 40-50 MPH. Does anyone know if the gear should be hypoid oil? I have the service manual and it doesnít say one way or the other.
Mind telling the masses what you put in it?

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I changed the drive oil yesterday and took the bike out for a good long ride today. (2008 model A) I’m getting a whine (Sounds like old snow tires) when I go over 40-50 MPH. Does anyone know if the gear should be hypoid oil? I have the service manual and it doesn’t say one way or the other.
Mind telling the masses what you put in it?
I know i put Bel Ray gear oil in mine, to the rating standard that the manual calls for. No whine from mine.

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I should know better but I went to the local motorcycle store and told him what I had. They gave me Valvoline 75-90 gear oil. It wonít happen again.
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The Valvoline should be fine... GL-5 spec, viscosity in the range 75-90 works. I'd think most of us haven't used the Yamalube stuff as a rule, nor should we have to.

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I should know better but I went to the local motorcycle store and told him what I had. They gave me Valvoline 75-90 gear oil. It wonít happen again.
Odd because I've used Valvoline 75w90 Sythhetic gear oil in both my 07 & 13 FJR and even back to my XS750 and XS1100 days. Preferred brand V over the Yamaha brand drive shaft oil. No weird sounds in many years and literally tens of thousands of miles with Valvoline.

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I should know better but I went to the local motorcycle store and told him what I had. They gave me Valvoline 75-90 gear oil. It won’t happen again.
Not to be dumb, but you sure you’re hearing the shaft and not the engine itself. The FJR engine whines like a bastid when accelerating....
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Iím pretty sure it wasnít doing it before I changed the shaft oil. I ordered the correct stuff and Iíll change it as soon as it comes in. Thanks for your help everyone.
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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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