83 Maxim custom build

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Hey guys, I'm new to this forum but not forums in general and not to XS400s. My bike is a 1983 Yamaha Maxim 400 that I got back in 2008.
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This picture was about a week after I got it. I had to swap the tires right away and I removed the fairing the previous owner had put on...which was crooked.

I rode it like this for a year or so before I cut the mufflers off to give it a better sound. That began the next stage of the bikes transformation.
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So at this point I swapped bars and removed the gauges as well as the headlight and added a subframe to put forward controls on. I'm a big guy at 6' 4" and I wanted a bike that I didn't feel so cramped on.

The bike stayed like that for a couple years while I hashed out my next plan. The seat needed to go and the subframe I built needed some modification. The exhaust also needed some rerouting and to be done the right way and I had been watching for a cheap set of shocks to show up on Craigslist.
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I built a steel seat pan, repaired the frame, built the exhaust and found an old set of Yamaha dirt bike shocks that fit the rear.
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And that's how it sat up until this past weekend when I decided to tear it down and fix it up properly with fresh paint. I'm going to clean up wiring and some of my previous welds I'm not real happy with, get my brother to cover the seat in custom leather, paint the frame, engine and tank, build a rear fender and do a few other mods along the way.

Here is how she sits today.
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Welcome to the forum, I have an 82 Maxim, I am in the process of restoring mine to as close to factory spec, as possible! Saying that, other peoples tastes, may differ from mine, and I enjoy seeing what other's do to their bikes, and how the finished bike turn's out!

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Thanks for the comments guys. I like seeing other people's ideas as well even if it isn't something I would do, I still can appreciate the time and talent to do something different.

I got around to working on it some more over the weekend and I found that some of the work I did 7-8 years ago was less than perfect and confusing. I had welded brackets that were shodily made and left other brackets unused. The frame just needed some clean up and a few welds redone and the wiring needs more order instead of being a tangled mess hanging on multiple brackets.

So here you can see I finished removing the subframe and did some cleanup on the frame.
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Then I built my bracket to hold the voltage regulator, ignition module, solonoid, and relay and flasher. It tucks nicely under the tank but has a nice channel of airflow under the neck of the tank.
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I got the engine and frame all washed up and welded, just no pictures of that yet. Going to work on the wiring next.
 

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Well long time no updates. I have been tinkering but I haven't had many big updates. I've cleaned up wiring, done a lot of clean up and started painting the bike. Currently the frame, exhaust, carbs, and starter are all painted. The engine is in the process but I had an odd paint reaction that I need to sand and reattempt it. I'm also currently painting the forks.
The frame is gloss black, engine is flat black with Chrysler Red accents, carbs have red accents as well and exhaust and forks will be flat black. I also ordered some red accent lights that will later be wired in as well as new blinkers that will be hidden in the frame.
Hopefully the next few days will give lots of head way and I'll have some new pictures up.
 
I grabbed a few pictures tonight. The engine is needing more coats of paint and masking tape removed to show off the red accents.
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I like it but a question for you didn't this come with a mono shock?

If so why take it off?

I wanted a 82 or better for that reason to make a bobber out of and well found an earlier model and am going Brat style instead. Just found an 84 so my bobber may live on............
 
I like it but a question for you didn't this come with a mono shock?

If so why take it off?

I wanted a 82 or better for that reason to make a bobber out of and well found an earlier model and am going Brat style instead. Just found an 84 so my bobber may live on............

It did come with a mono shock and I know there are many advantages to a mono shock but I liked the looks of twin shocks and so when I found a set,I converted it. Might not be everyone's idea of how it should be but I like the looks of it and it still rides nice. If you are looking for a shock I might be willing to part with the original mono shock.
 
It did come with a mono shock and I know there are many advantages to a mono shock but I liked the looks of twin shocks and so when I found a set,I converted it. Might not be everyone's idea of how it should be but I like the looks of it and it still rides nice. If you are looking for a shock I might be willing to part with the original mono shock.

That's what matters right there is you like it!

I just liked the later 400s for the mono shock. When I originally started looking for project bike I wanted a mono shock just for the lines of the bike. Wanted the pan seat and nothing behind it.....well now I am doing a 20" seat and another totally different look.......

I did find a 84 local and looking at it tomorrow. If I can get it for 300 I will grab it he is asking 500 for it. Nope sitting for a while not worth it to me.
 
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Engine is in the frame! I have to do a bit of touch up after getting it wrestled into the frame and there is still a bit of masking tape on the engine that I am waiting to remove until I do my touch up. Final parts are ordered to so hopefully it'll be up and running in a week.
 
I got a few more things mounted and installed and did some wiring and got my led blinkers working. I'm almost stuck until I get parts but I'll keep chiseling away at it.
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So I've debated doing that but I have two reasons why I haven't yet. One is I'm not sure if it will become too weak if I cut the hoop out. My shocks are mounted to the hoop at the lower end and I'm not sure if it would ruin the structural integrity. The second reason is I have gone back and forth on doing a small bobbed rear fender that mounted to the swing arm and if I leave the hoop, I have two solid points for mounting. I may decide to just cut if off at some point but for now I think I'll leave it on.
 
Got the exhaust wrapped and front end started. More parts will be here tomorrow. Hoping by next weekend I'll be riding it.
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Well I am building a special funnel for it but in the past I just have to pull the exhaust which isn't terrible but not real fun either.
 
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