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Curious re. the early FI Wings.

How reliable is the FI system on those bikes? I've heard pros and cons re. that but it seems to me the owners of such models are quite satisfied with them. Any good opinions based on personal experience?

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I had a friend who had an 86 SEi, the only problem he had with it was the stator went south other than that the bike ran great.


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The real problem with those models is, if something does go wrong, many parts simply are not available. New or used.

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I had an '86SEi and it was flawless, it now resides in the garage of OnaWingAndaPrayer down in San Antonio, FL



it had a few minor computer issues, but it always started and it always ran smooth as clockwork.
Yes, I know Mike, we swap emails from time to time. I'm looking at an FI engine that seems like a good deal. Since my Std. is carbed, Mike said he wants the FI stuff for spares but.....I got to thinking. Since the engine is complete with everything including the wiring necessary, why not just install the entire thing as is. Sure would save me some time making the changeover and pulling all the new parts I've installed on the present motor.

I'm getting a bit of static from the "front office" re. spending the money so will have to wait and see if I can pull it off.
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not saying it cant be done but making an 84 FI,would probably be easier just buying one,
the frame would probably be the only small thing that would be usable

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not saying it cant be done but making an 84 FI,would probably be easier just buying one,
the frame would probably be the only small thing that would be usable
This setup has everything except the FI tank, the fuel pump and its associated plumbing so I could convert it fairly easy. I bought it this morning, should be here by week's end. Since I already have gone through the carbs and a friend down here wants the FI stuff for spares, I'll just swap out everything and make a carb engine out of it. My present skeeter killer(not valve seals) has new belts, water pump, clutch servo, a number of other things which I'll pull and reinstall.

I actually talked to the guy that checked out the bike before breaking it down. I can only hope his words of "it's a sweet running motor" are true, said compression is in the 160's across the board.
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My SE-i has been running well for the 12 years that I've owned it. Had to replace the stator and regulator. The only problem I've had with the FI system was fixed by replacing the 25 year old vacuum lines a few years back. Starts right up every time and surprises some other riders when I get the revs up. I have collected most of the spare parts that I need just in case, though. I was even able to buy one of the last new crank sensors sold. I keep that in a secret place under lock and key.

I'd recommend owning one. But only if you can do the work yourself if you have issues. It took me a while to learn how it works thanks to the people on this board. I wouldn't want a local mechanic learning on my time!

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