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History of the Yamaha XS400

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Travis, Nov 16, 2010.

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  1. MEDEL

    MEDEL XS400 Member

    I know everthings points at SJ model bit the wiring harness does not match mine.. Thanks for the help BTW..
     
  2. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    That might be as far as my expertise extends.
    How many digits is the VIN? 17?
     
  3. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

  4. Hsxs400

    Hsxs400 XS400 Member

    My bike vin start with a 14w. So this makes it a 1982 heritage special as far as I can tell right:)?
     
  5. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Yeah. Looking more and more like it's a Canadian VIN.
    The only few 82s with disk brakes.
     
  6. Hsxs400

    Hsxs400 XS400 Member

    Thanks. Its a heritage special all black with cast wheels and front disc. Only 5128kms. All original except tires and Handle bars.
     
  7. Hsxs400

    Hsxs400 XS400 Member

    I was reading a post from 2011about headlights. I was looking at the candle power light and noticed that you can get it in a 60/55w and they also have a light including the 45/45w bulb. Would this be good without changing factory tail light
     
  8. MEDEL

    MEDEL XS400 Member

    Thanks BBS360 for all the info. I will continue my search for answers...
     
  9. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Post a pic of the bike and vin.
     
  10. Arrowrl206

    Arrowrl206 XS400 Member

    7
    0
    1
    Canada
    Can anybody help me ID this bike? 1L9-000723? I keep finding conflicting answers everywh
     
  11. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    1L9 will be an XS360C
    E-start, disc front brake, drum rear brake.

    Should have the engine displacement stamped on the front of the cylinders.
     
  12. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    First year for them (76) and a low production number. Post some pics of the bike. Hopefully it's still original and not cut up.
     
  13. Arrowrl206

    Arrowrl206 XS400 Member

    7
    0
    1
    Canada
    Thanks BBS360. really appreciate it.
     
  14. Justifried

    Justifried XS400 New Member

    My VIN says 1.4w - 002316, what model is mine? Having a hard time finding this : \
     
  15. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    The 14W vins appear to be a Canada-only version, manufactured after the 1981 SH models but before the 1982 SJs.
    All the examples I've seen posted have the black styling of the 1982 XS400SJ but have the front disk brakes from the XS400SH.

    Mine's in pieces. Hoping to get it running this summer so I can finally get it registered in my name. ICBC wants it running for the interprovincial transfer....
     
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  16. Justifried

    Justifried XS400 New Member

    Mine's an 81, so would that make it an SH? Was originally black before the previous owner painted it.
    Fuck ICBC, stupid monopoly...



    xs400 green.jpg
     
  17. BBS360

    BBS360 XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Yeah, not much black left there. Looks like it has the '82 style black motor and carbs.
    Both years had black bodywork available but the 82s also had black lower fork tubes, black headlight bucket, headlight mounts, black cylinders, black head, black valve cover, black crankcase, black carbs, and black fenders. All metal/chrome on the 81s.

    The 14Ws seem to be a weird 81/82 half breed.
    There's no info from Yamaha on the 14W VIN so it's mostly guesswork from my bike and the few other 14Ws that people have mentioned. All in Canada so far.
     
  18. Justifried

    Justifried XS400 New Member

    Hmmm, so which manual would be the best to buy (or download) ? since there's no specifics on our wacky hybrid bikes
     
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