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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-25-2009, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cool Customising the Vulcan

Hey guys i have decided to get started on my old 86 VN 750 Vulcan.. Im thinking of adding some 12" Apehangers on it and dropping the rear, giving it that more custom chopper look.. im new to the world of Customising bikes and it would be awesome if you guys in the know could help me in getting this project off the ground..

What needs to be changed to get the rear end to sit lower and to install some Apehanger bars...

thanks for reading.. will post pics soon of the bike (when i get it outta the garage!!)
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-25-2009, 06:55 AM
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Try doing a search for things like lowering links... https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1324

and new bars... https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7663


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-25-2009, 06:32 PM
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Just thought I would list the mods I have done to my '02 VN750 since it was new.

43,000+ miles
Memphis Shades Shooter windshield
Right front disc brake assembly removed (over 25,000 miles ago) no issues
Replaced front brake pads with EBC organic pads
Horns relocated to sides of bike, next to radiator cover, one on each side, facing out
Kawasaki emblem on front forks removed
Leather tool bag installed where horns and Kawasaki emblem used to be
Set of quality tools in bag, threw away stock took kit
'04 Honda Rebel mirrors
Fringed lever covers
Foam grips
Removed front side reflectors, used screws with chrome snap caps to fill holes
Removed COMPLETE air injection system
Removed COMPLETE CA evap emissions system
Replaced oil filter with chrome Emgo filter
Replaced stock air filters with Emgo filters
Removed safety switch on clutch
Removed safety switch on sidestand
Removed both helmet holders, cut off and ground down mounting tabs on side rails
Replaced battery with WestCo sealed AGM
Removed "Vulcan 750" side cover emblems
Polished round aluminum covers on both sides of engine to mirror finish
Replaced ACCTs with MCCTs
Installed Fire and Steel extended backrest
Installed Fire and Steel luggage rack
Installed Fire and Steel saddlebag mounts/turn signal relocators
Installed Auburn leather bolt on saddlebags from Kawasaki
Installed flag mount, for PGR events
Removed license plate light and mount, mounted plate directly to fender
Installed chrome license plate frame with 4 blue reflectors
Personalized plate VN750
Replaced stock tires with Metzler ME880s
Drilled out threads on rear brake adjuster nut, installed a wingnut behind it
Chrome valve stem caps



Headlight and brake light modulators on the way. I'm sure I forgot something. I didn't realize I had made so many changes. Jerry.

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1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike
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Making major modifications to the Vulcan 750 is not easy, as it is not really modification friendly. The rear could be lowered with shorter shocks, or if you want a hardtail, replace the shocks with solid struts. That will let you get the rear end down right on the tire. Hope you don't have a bad back.

Ape hangars present more of a problem, I don't really consider 12'' to be ape hangers, the stock bars are close to that high. If you want to go higher than stock, you will need to get a longer brake hose, longer throttle cables, longer clutch cable, longer choke cable, plus you will need to extend all the wiring. Lots of work, and not cheap. Russel or Galfer can custom make you a brake hose, Motion Pro can custom make the cables, your on your own with the wiring. Your looking at probably several hundred $$$. Jerry.

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1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike
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