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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 04-10-2010, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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strip bike down to frame for powdercoating

hello everyone.im wanting to disassemble my vn750 down to the frame so i can have it powdercoated. i dont ride it anymore cause its too ugly.rust is starting to take over so im going to tear it down and make a bobber out of it.

i was hoping i could get pointed in the right direction as far as where to start.im an industrial mechanic by trade and ive built a couple engines. one of them a 400hp 350. but i know absolutely nothing about this bike or any other motorcycle for that matter. this is where i plan to learn. which manual will best suite my needs as far as stripping the bike to the frame.any specialty tools needed? are there any threads on this site that may help me. i couldnt seem to find any on my search.any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Gordon (Oll Hoss Canada) will post the link to the free service manual... As for striping it down for paint... do a search on the stator... the VN750 requires an engine pull to get to the stator... also "Spline Lube" will give you pointers for tearing into the rear diff. and finally, all body parts (tank, fenders, side covers neck covers) are easy enough to figure out. the last to come off will be the handle bars and electrical system...
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thank you

thank you so much...thats exactly the type of stuff im looking for. im also hoping to keep as much of the bike assembled as possible. for instance...can i pull the engine and tranny as one unit? im just trying to minimize loose parts.
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness. Click on link in my sig line.
Post #4 has link to TOC free downloadable Kawi vn750 manual.
Post #25 Fergy has link in his sig line for rear spline lube.

Find jthills thread, "The Journey Begins", for a full photo documentation of engine teardown and rebuild. Not sure how much he has on actual engine removal.

Engine and trany are one unit. There is a bevel gear unit on the backside of engine, that has to come off to pull engine out the right side of frame.

While the engine is out of the bike check the stator (alternator) and anti vibration dampers. A burned out stator replacement requires at least an engine tilt (95% of the way to an engine pull).

Some others will give you more info I am sure.

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Best of luck. I am an auto mechanic, and amateur drag racer, and have built a lot of car engines, including drag race engines. The Vulcan 750 engine is a whole different animal. I have 125,000 miles on Vulcan 750s, and have never had the engine out of one. Getting it out is easy though, because or the removable frame section. If you actually intend to rebuild it, could you post some pictures of it here? Many people claim it is easy, but so far, I have never seen a photo documented VN750 engine rebuild. Jerry.

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engine runs fine. this is mostly a cosmetic project. although i think the acct is out.
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If you actually intend to rebuild it, could you post some pictures of it here? Many people claim it is easy, but so far, I have never seen a photo documented VN750 engine rebuild. Jerry.
And The Journey Begins...........
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...1490#post91490

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jt if you dont mind me asking whats a rough geuss on how much the parts cost for an engine rebuild?
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Motorcycle spares costs? It depends.

When buying new manufacrturer parts expect the price to be only slightly higher than the cost of setting up your own machine shop from scratch and hiring the best labour around to make them all from new from aero grade materials.

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My only suggestions I could add here is to take photos of the various parts you remove and label everything. The picutes are meant to help you in reassembly as opposed to posting them here...(which of course you still can)

Small zip lock backs and a black Sharpie work well for keeping track and labeling all the nuts, bolts, etc you remove. Many say to themselves "Oh , I will remember where this goes" ...only to find that not true weeks later when they go to put everything back.

Making simple drawings on file cards and putting them with the associated parts also can help. The more exact the discription of where and how each part goes speeds up assembly time considerably....and avoids the dreaded "part leftover syndrome" many run into...

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