FJR Top Gun
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: near Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA, Sol III
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.
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.
2008 FJR1300A - Pirelli Angel GT (Spec A) tires, RDL seat, TPMS, GPS digital speedometer (Amazon ~US$28.00).
P.S. Life is too short, and health is too valuable, to ride on cheap parade-duty tires.
Last edited by red; 06-14-2020 at 08:31 PM.