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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-29-2009, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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How Far Have You Disassembled your VN?

Have my bike about 40% disassembled. I'm doing the paint job and want to clean up the rest of the bike before putting on the new tins. I'm pretty proud of myself as I've never had it this far before and I think I now know what everything is and what it does. A milestone for me as I've wanted to have this info for oh at least 20 years now!!

I would like to take it all the way apart and at least paint the frame this winter. And of course this makes it possible that I could rebuild it or attempt engine work one day when that is needed. Which is also exciting.

I've often considered buying a small kit bike (like one of those Kikker Bobbers) some winter and putting it together just to learn what everything is and where it goes, how it works, etc. Obviously taking the bike I have apart is even better experience and well it's practically free!

So the question is- how far have you taken your bike apart and why? How often? Do you disassemble it once a year for cleaning and maintenence? Etc. I'm just curious. Maybe most people aren't interested in this. I don't know!

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The most I've had mine apart is having the toolbox off so I could remove the seat to get to the battery!

I suppose I'll dig a little deeper to get after relocating that R/R, but I don't plan on doing any major teardown unless she has a serious issue somewhere along the way. Just regular maintenance and cosmetic upgrades for me.

I live under the "if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it because I will break it!" motto.

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Plan on: changing brake fluid, coastering, lubing splines, relocating R/R, new saddlebags, highway pegs, windshield.
Scratch that...make that getting her ready for sale. Nope, scratch THAT! I'm keeping her!
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I take mine apart - including pulling the engine - every 6 months for cleaning, whether it needs it or not. Kidding! I've been doing a lot of project bike work, so have been tearing stuff apart for the last couple of years. I totally agree with you about learning what goes where, how it works, etc. is an incredible reward. I'm pretty confident now that with the possible exception of the bottom end of the engine, I can repair or replace anything on the bike. Add the wealth of knowledge folks here have, and, really, anything's possible!

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Sounds like we have the same Tinkerer's Disease, Crobins!!
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I took the windshield off once...
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I took the windshield off once...
LMAO....Thats great son, keep up the good work.....

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LMAO....Thats great son, keep up the good work.....
Yeah, but he didn't say he ever got it back on!

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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Yeah, but he didn't say he ever got it back on!
My point EXACTLY!
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I have removed the seat to replace the battery and thats pretty much it.
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I've had the wheels, brakes, and fork tubes off, engine out and almost completely apart.

Kind of how it sits now.

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