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Documentation & Specs
Acrobat viewer for pdf files (like service & owners manual below)
V-Max owners manual on-line - 4.57mb pdf file
V-Max service manual on-line (Thanks Matt!) - 30mb pdf file
2001 model specifications
2002 model specifications - Doh! Look familiar? (some things just don't change!)
Model History (changes from 1985 to 2001)
Model year pictures
Speed in Gears - Chart of calculated Vmax speed for each gear
V-Max frame & engine numbering guide
V-Max Full Power Guide - Frame number/HP rating chart and stock carburetor settings by model type chart
85 model microfiche
96 model microfiche
Another V-Max microfiche on-line (and other bikes)
Cover Those Holes! - A few tips on various plugs for covering holes on your V-Max
Paint matching - Color-Rite is the place to get factory matched paint for your Max
Short Mirror Stems - Changing the stock mirror stems to shorter versions...
Tach Cover Variations - See the different Vmax instrument covers available
Yamaha R1 caliper conversion
Carburetor and Carb Tuning
Air filter comparison - Foam, paper, gauze
Airbox Modifications and High Flow Air Filters
Carburetor 101 - all you ever wanted to know about carburetors (pdf file)
Carburetor quick reference diagram - Cut-out diagram shows jet and other tuning parts clearly
Cleaning V-Max pilot jets - Idle or low speed problems? This might fix you right up.
CV Carb Diaphragm Tips - Tips on how to rejuvenate your carb diaphragms
CV Carb Tuning Guide
Idle Screw Brass Plug Removal
Jet size comparison - Chart with Dynojet and Mikuni jet size comparisons
Low speed carb adjustments - Combination of 2 articles from 2 authors to help you ture the low-speed mixture
Cooling System - Improve efficiency using Red Line WaterWetter (technical article)
Venture rear end (differential) swap - Change overall gearing on your Max with this mod
Electrical - Ignition, wiring, battery, etc.
Battery Maintenance - All you ever wanted to know about battery maintenance and safety, by Yuasa Corp.
'Crimp' connection fix - How to improve your charging system voltage (MUST DO!)
Improved Horn - Here's an inexpensive LOUD replacement for the stock whimpy unit!
T-Boost - Terry Campbell's acclaimed modification which allows the V-Boost to open at 3K rpm (instead of 6K). Make one yourself!
V-Max Wiring diagram
Which battery should I use in my V-Max? - Recommended batteries for Mr. Max
Exhaust flow, noise, and design - Theoretical discussion relating to V-Max
Double-D clutch modification - Provides economical improvement to stock V-Max clutch holding power
Gasoline Octane Rating Systems & the V-Max
Late model V-Max oil filter alternatives - listing of available oil filters for your 96-up Max
Motorcycle Oil Article - Great article by Mike Guillory, a former retired chemist from major oil company
Solid motor mount installation - Article also includes diagrams of solid mount specifications for machining your own
Removing steering head races
SPA Tach - Multi-use replacement for the Max speedo
Wheels, Tires, Suspension
Fat Tire Installation - Moving the washer on rear axle to allow spacing for 170 series tire on the stock rear wheel
Fork Spring Replacement - This is the first suspension mod everyone should do
Racetech Cartridge Emulators - Article on how they work and installation
Radial Tires on a Budget - Least expensive means to add radial tires to your Max!
Radial Tire Wheel Options - Alternative rear wheel article by Ken Sutton
Tire changing - Excellent article by Adam Glass on how and what you need to be successful
Venture Wheel Adaptation - One guys experience with adapting another models wheels, and the effects of radial tires.
Bolt Sizes - Determining V-Max bolt sizes from Yamaha part numbers
How to Launch Your Vmax - By Dale Walker (4 time national drag racing champion)
Running Into the 10's (on a Vmax) - By Dale Walker (4 time national drag racing champion)
Spark Plug numbering basics - Article on spark plugs and NGK plug numbering
Torque vs. Horsepower - Article written by Rod Heilfron
Various V-Max Information & Tech
Belt Drive V-Max! - Charlie Bernardi's unique wonder
Calculate your horsepower here!
Making of the V-max
Magazines with V-max content
Video clips with V-Max content
Original Yamaha Dealer V-Max Brochures
Want to beat that speeding ticket?
V-Max paper models - something to do on those long winter nights
V-Max screen saver (courtesy of Yamaha) - 1.39mb size
V-Max technical forum/mailing list