Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio, USA
The adventure of disassembly has begun...
I had a bad day and the weather was terrible so I came home and decided the time had come, there would be no more putting off the inevitable. Well I had to get myself into the proper mindset because I have very little mechanical prowess and I have this terrible feeling that I might not get her back together in time for spring, but I certainly can't run her any longer in the shape she's in!
I pulled the tank off, removed the battery, disassembled the ears, and disconnected the hoses on the carbs. I wanted to remove the air box, but the Clymer tells me the engine has to be pulled to do this. I also wanted to pull the carbs off the bike so I could tear them down for cleaning and a rebuild, but I wasn't prepared for draining the fluids at this point, so I stopped for the day. As I was sitting looking at her, I wondered if I couldn't just CUT the air box out. I'd like to do an ear shave, so would it be necessary to keep the air box? Can I cut the thing out without causing any problems? It seems that by cutting this piece of plastic out of the way I should be able to get my big hands in between the cylinders to pull the carbs. Also, I have an oil pan that I use to do oil changes on my vehicles, but I've never drained a cooling system before- Is there anything special I need to use to catch the coolant? And finally, I misidentified where the oil was coming out of the cylinders.. The rear cylinder is definitely the culprit, but rather than oil collecting between the cylinders at the bottom of the "V", it seems to be just behind and at the base of the rear cylinder.
Today when I get the opportunity, I will be snapping more pix to post. This thread will serve as the place where I follow up with the progress (or lack thereof) on this project, and as always, your guidance and input will be much appreciated. If anyone has any tips on how far I should disassemble her, or the airbox, or getting the carbs out, I'm certainly open to any feed back- I'm clearly out of my element here.
Thanks again for your support.
NIL ILLEGITIMUS CARBORUNDUM
Phil aka Art
1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers
Some sort of new grips
Paint Job- should I do it myself?