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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-16-2009, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Any Vulcan Owners In The Austin Area?

So... I bought a VN700 a month and a half ago and I feel totally lost when it comes to maintaining it. I'm pretty good with 4-wheeled vehicles but 2-wheeled has got me scratching my head. Example: Got a rattling sound that might be a cam chain tensioner. Tried the "Grambo trick" with no result. After reading up on replacing the ACCTs in my Clymer book, I started feeling a bit overwhelmed. Can I just pull the upper tensioner bolt and the lower tensioner assembly then bolt on the new lower tensioner assembly and bolt in the upper tensioner bolt? Can I do this without pulling the engine off the bike, pulling the head cover, pulling spark plugs, and pulling the alternator cover to line up timing ticks? This seems like a lot of stuff to do just to replace a tensioner. I have a feeling that I am complicating this task by reading too much into it. Whatever wisdom you can empart would be extremely helpful. Think what I need is to find some fellow Vulcan owners in the Austin area that wouldn't mind mentoring this guy. I'm moving from Dupont, WA to Cedar Park, TX at the end of the month and could really use some help learning my bike when I get to Texas. I work best with OJT (On-the-Job Training) as opposed to reading.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-16-2009, 12:16 PM
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I'm in the Austin area, just on the other end, Kyle. I'd be glad to help you with anything you need. I know we're a pretty good distance apart, but holler and maybe I can meet you somewhere a little closer. Or, if you want to do a little ride, head down here and I can help you, and show you some road!

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Right on. Appreciate it. Can't wait to get to Texas. It going to give me a chance to clock in some more ride time. Don't get a chance to ride much in Western Washington because of all the rain. Question... Any tips or products you can recommend for polishing scrathes out of plexiglass. Superficial pitting and scratches are hazing my windshield which makes it difficult for me to see when I ride in the early morning or at night. Tried riding with my windshield off yesterday and the wind was deafening. Any suggestions?
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There are some products that are specifically for that. You can find them at most auto parts stores. I've worked on one that was completely frosted several years ago and I used 3M rubbing compound to start with and it was bringing it back to life, but it was really hard and took some serious elbow grease. I didn't have a rotary polisher then and I gave up and bought a new shield. If it is just getting bad, you could probably get it pretty clear with Scratch X or one of those products, but prepare yourself for a big job. It won't be easy. Nothing worth doing is ever easy right?

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Jumping in late, but I am in North Austin.

We should try to get a meetup scheduled.

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Think what I need is to find some fellow Vulcan owners in the Austin area that wouldn't mind mentoring this guy. I'm moving from Dupont, WA to Cedar Park, TX at the end of the month and could really use some help learning my bike when I get to Texas. I work best with OJT (On-the-Job Training) as opposed to reading.

Did you know there are regional forums here?

This thread should have gone there...or at least in in the Engine/Exhaust/Cooling section for the ACCT questions.

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Did you know there are regional forums here?

This thread should have gone there...or at least in in the Engine/Exhaust/Cooling section for the ACCT questions.

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I probably shouldn't cause your personality is kind of ahhhhh - flamable but I have to ask KM, why do you let it bother you? If ya don't let it, it won't...
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I probably shouldn't cause your personality is kind of ahhhhh - flamable but I have to ask KM, why do you let it bother you? If ya don't let it, it won't...
Actualy you are entirely wrong ...I do not have a "flamable" personality, and I really do not give a crap what folks do or do not do here.

But I do feel I should inform them now and then...as many seem to be clueless.

It's like telling someone their shoe is untied...makes no difference to me or effects my life in any way, but might be usefull knowledge for them.

Simply because I am outspoken, tend to voice my opinion when I think it matters, and....... believe that new members to this forum are given no instructions on how to use the forum to start with, I will continue to point out sh#t like this whenever I feel it might be usefull.

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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-20-2009, 01:32 AM
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jumping in late also, but i'm in austin as well. definitely down for meeting up for a ride and am willing to help if someone needs another wrench hand.

km: you need to use more of these in your posts:

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