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Location: Chandler, Arizona
If it is a head gasket (there are other possibilities) then yes, the engine has to comeout again, the cams have to come out, along with a bunch of other little parts to get the heads off, plus you have to deal with those awful cam chains, and retime everything when you put it back together. No fun at all. It is not something I would try to do in a hurry, if I needed the bike for transportation, I would look for something else. I am a professional auto mechanic, but tearing into the Vulcan 750 engine is something I would take my good easy time with, especially since I have never done it before. Lance could definitely do it if he is nearby.
And yes, I would do them both, if that is what the problem is, while you have the engine out. And I know people here are getting tired of hearing this, but someone new is always coming along. If anything can be considered reliable, the Vulcan 750 can. I put over 80,000 miles on a '93, and currently have almost 45,000 on my '02. The ONLY problem I had was with the '02, the automatic cam chain tensioners messed up, but I solved the problem permanently (I hope) with manual cam chain tensioners. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
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
Last edited by VN750Rider/Jerry; 03-31-2010 at 10:13 PM.