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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Now, she is running better

Hi, all, Thank you for your help.

Got my vn750 at the end of 2009. Had a little problem starting, shifting was not as smooth as I would like. Sometimes had to really kind of kick the shifter very hard to a point I was afraid of breaking things.

Over the weekend. Replaced the battery with an ETX15L AGM battery. And I am glad I did it, because the old one was in bad shape without the over flow tube installed, rusted part of the battery box. Had to clean the place, and put a coat of paint before sat the new battery in there. Now at least I don't have to worry about the rusting there. While I was there, put a weather proof 12V outlet on the handle bar with an inline fuse box connected direct to the battery. So, I can charger my cell phone, and if needed, connect a battery tender there. No more taking the seat off for access to battery.

The old spark plugs were DENSO X2ZEP-U9. Replaced them with NGK DPR7EIX-9 (7803).

The result was: first time she started at the first crank. Took her for a spin with the wrench in my pocket, did some clutch adjustments. Had to stop several times to adjust the cable tension. Finally, solved the hard shifting problem. Now she is running better.

We have lots of nice people, and wonderful information here. Big Thanks to you all.

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Houston, Texas
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 "SMILNG" Lucky
2006 Kymco People 250
2008 Honda Silver Wing 600 "MYPONY" Darksided
VROC# 31496

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An AGM battery is a great investment for any bike. I have not used the 7803 plugs yet (maybe the next time I change them, in about 16,000 miles), but IMO, nothing is better than NGK. Jerry.

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Congrats on getting it running right!

Isn't this forum great?
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I`m glad to hear you finally have the bike running well. Enjoy.

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Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

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July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


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The Moly 60 paste has arrived. Time to check the splines. Estimate to complete the job in two days , I am taking my time as the master suggested.

Will let you guys know what I found out. Good luck to me. Thank you.

James Chien
Houston, Texas
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2008 Honda Silver Wing 600 "MYPONY" Darksided
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An update on spline lube

A little screw up in the process , but the spline lube is done. First, not able to get the bike on to the 2x4 that I put under the center stand. Wish I had a third hand to help. Almost gave up after 3rd try.

Ended up put the bike on the center stand first. Then tilt the bike to the side, placed one 2x4x8 on one side, did the same on the other side. Once on the higher ground, the procedure started without problem. Thanks Fergy.

When put things back together. Made a mistake by torquing the axle too early, I mean before securing the brake drum. When I found out the brake house was not movable, and in the wrong position, just sat in the garage and laugh my heart out. Must be getting older, and lost the touch. So had to undo the shocks because my socket was too long and the left muffler was on the way.

There was just a tiny amount of dried stuff on the surface of the spline. The timing was perfect to perform this maintenance. I am glad I met you guys here, and took the action. Will call my bike "LUCKY" at least for now.

Also, gears on the other side (outside the bearing) were pretty dry too, not sure what kind of the grease the Kawasaki calls for. But apply the moly60 for them too, figure it should not hurt with the best. It was late when done, did not have chance to ride. But I can tell, the ride in the future will be much more fun with one less thing to worry about. Thank you all for encouragement.

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2008 Honda Silver Wing 600 "MYPONY" Darksided
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Glad to hear of another happy Vulcaneer. Wish I had the temps to go out and work on mine... I have a lot of maintanance to do sinc emy bike has been sitting for almost 18 months now... Damn ARMY!!!
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Did a 30 miles ride today. My rear wheel still on the bike along with a nice decent rear brake. The spline lube must be done correctly. Now I am happy, my bike is happy. Can't wait to have some more warm weather to ride in.

Man, this group is awesome.

Thank you! Thank you! and Thank you!

James Chien
Houston, Texas
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2006 Kymco People 250
2008 Honda Silver Wing 600 "MYPONY" Darksided
VROC# 31496

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