Yamaha XJ400 Special (Import)

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by April & Stewart, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. Hi All

    I am very new to this so you will have to bare with me. I have just become
    the proud new owner of a XJ400 Special. Its in a slightly sorry state, i.e..
    the tank is dented and it needs a new fuel cap and ignition barrel. NO its
    not nicked. Someone tried to nick it from my mates garage. They obviously
    didn't know how heavy the bloody thing was. Anyway...Need to know from
    someone that does, what other models can I salvage parts from. Someone did
    mention the 550 but would like to know more and anything anyone can tell me
    about this lovely old girl.

    Many Thanks

    April & Stewart, Dec 16, 2006
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  2. If you're sure it's an XJ400 Special (ie a four-cylinder bike) you have,
    and not an XS400 Special (twin)...

    The XJ was a smaller version of the XJ550, yes. The 400 was never sold
    here officially, so parts will be really, really hard to find. Yes, a
    lot of XJ550 bits will fit, but exhausts designed for the 550 won't
    because the 400 has smaller manifold outlets. But the 550 was not a big
    seller here either.

    If it's an XS400, the picture is a bit better, as that sold here in
    reasonable numbers. Chassis and trim parts - the 250 is effectively
    identical, so set up some Ebay searches.
    The Older Gentleman, Dec 16, 2006
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  3. bugger that, it's far too cold for that sort of goings-on.

    I think the correct usage is "bear".
    Austin Shackles, Dec 16, 2006
  4. April & Stewart

    A.Clews Guest

    Thus spake Austin Shackles () unto the assembled multitudes:
    I don't care what the temperature is, I'm not going to bugger anything.
    A.Clews, Dec 16, 2006
  5. April & Stewart

    Steve Parry Guest


    Especially not Bear [1]

    [1] nuffink personal like Bear ;)
    Steve Parry, Dec 16, 2006
  6. Hi .. Yeah thanks for that. It is defenatly an XJ400 Special 4 cylinder.
    Discovoured today that the downpipes and main pipes are realy good but the 4
    into 2 box that mounts underneath needs replacing. Oh and managed to snap
    off the bolt head on the left hand suspension mount so will have to grind
    off and drill that out now.

    As for you other morons replying bellow. SO BLOODY WHAT!!!! Do I have to be
    100% correct on my gramar as the only way to stop idiots like you wasting
    time with stupid remarks. Go find yourself a game off snap somewhere if that
    isnt too mentaly challenging for you.

    Anyway, now ive had my rant. Thanke again for your reply. Any other
    sesnsible advise are appreciated.

    April & Stewart, Dec 17, 2006
  7. April & Stewart

    A.Clews Guest

    Thus spake April & Stewart () unto the assembled multitudes:
    If you pop down to Halfrauds today, you'll find they're doing a special
    discount on a sense of humour. Better buy two because it sure sounds like
    one won't last long in your hands. The regulars in this NG are always
    making jokes or puns about spelling mistakes (whether accidental or through
    ignorance), but they're rarely meant personally unless the 'victim' is a
    real twonk. If you want help from the many very knowledgeable people here,
    maybe you should learn to take the jokes less personally.

    Oh, by the way, running quickly through your reply, it's:

    game of snap

    Hope that helps.
    A.Clews, Dec 17, 2006
  8. Then you're really, really fucked.

    You won't find one in this country, and you'll have difficulty finding
    one anywhere.

    Your best bet is to replace the whole system with a 4-into-1, but trying
    to find one that'll fit will be a nightmare.

    Next time do a bit of research before buiying an unusual/rare bike?
    The Older Gentleman, Dec 17, 2006
  9. Would this be a bare game?
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Dec 17, 2006
  10. April & Stewart

    Moon Badger Guest

    <snip rant>

    Go make friends with your local custom bike builders.

    Round here ( West Yorkshire ) for example, we have a place in Leeds called
    Ironworks. They are a superb place for niggly little bits of welding/pipe
    work. It seems half the Suzuki Bandits round here have had the pipes sorted
    by them :)

    Have a good look round your local area, talk to folk. There are still
    skilled craftsmen around who just plain don't need to resort to 'Screamin'
    Blue Eagle Thunder' catalogues.
    Moon Badger, Dec 17, 2006
  11. Hi.. Had a good look at the exhaust, think a fabricator mite be able to do
    something as the bulk of it is ok. Thanks again
    April & Stewart, Dec 19, 2006

  12. Around here, we tend to post at the bottom. Like this.
    The Older Gentleman, Dec 19, 2006
  13. You've bought a bike that was never imported into the UK.

    The XJ550 was brought in, but never the 400, and the 550 Special was
    never imported either.

    Therefore, parts in the UK are utterly unobtainable through normal
    official sources. You have to order from Japan, through the various grey
    import specialists.

    This will cost a fucking fortune, and take months.

    My advice - flog it to another mug (you are not going to be the only
    idiot around), even take a loss, and buy something else. Seriously.
    The Older Gentleman, Dec 21, 2006
  14. April & Stewart wrote:

    ||| Around here, we tend to post at the bottom. Like this.

    || Hi. Yeah sory... still getting the hang of this newsgroup malarky.

    You're using Outlook Express 6. Download a free program called OE-Quotefix,
    which will let you configure OE to bottom-post automatically and do all
    kinds of other stuff.


    2001 Disco II ES auto
    1971 S2a 88" petrol
    1991 Transit Camper

    Take out the obvious to email me.
    Richard Brookman, Dec 21, 2006
  15. April & Stewart

    YTC#1 Guest

    Or just get FireFox and Thunderbird
    YTC#1, Dec 21, 2006
  16. YTC#1 wrote:

    || Or just get FireFox and Thunderbird

    Personally, I haven't found anything to suit me better than OE with
    Quotefix. Not keen on Thunderbird. I agree with you on Firefox, though -
    excellent bit of kit.


    2001 Disco II ES auto
    1971 S2a 88" petrol
    1991 Transit Camper

    Take out the obvious to email me.
    Richard Brookman, Dec 21, 2006
  17. April & Stewart

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Try Xananews. That and MacSOUP are the best newsreaders I've come
    across, and I've pretty much tried the lot.
    Timo Geusch, Dec 21, 2006
  18. Still favour Agent, here. latest one is pretty good and has bayesian
    filtering, which seems quite clever at sorting spam.
    Austin Shackles, Dec 21, 2006
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