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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-29-2010, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know wher to start first!

Actually I'll start by saying......"I wish I had found this site years ago!" Wow a mind can get boggled from all of the info that you folks have on here. I thought I was about to the end of mods on my 2 scoots. I was very wrong.

To catch up to speed on my scoots I have only done simple mods externally, grips, pegs, cross over pipes, modified the seat and backrest, wider tires, ect....

I just recently heard about marbling the read valves and haven't done much there yet, on my 01' I just put a piece of round stock alluminum with a small hole in it, into the hose that comes from the air box to the air suction valve. I was worried that cutting off all of the air would foul something up. It took away a little of the popping but not a lot. Where should I start on the mechanical mods? The simple, free or most inexpensive ones that is, money is tight. I know enough to start slow and build up ability and confidence (too many mess ups taught me that). haha

My older scoot with 43000 miles has issues and maybe some that can be taken care of with an acct rebuild and a good carb cleaning. It has the clattering on the front cylinder where the cam chain is and rough idle when leaned on the kickstand. It smoothes out when leaned to the right. Hard to start (possably out of time with the acct being loose?) and backfires when trying to start it, also acts like it won't pick up fuel a couple seconds when finally does start. I was thinking of rebuilding her where I have my 01' to ride.

I have a Haynes repair manual but reluctant to just jump into it. I have mechanic abilities on cars but haven't trusted myself with any mechanical stuff on the scoots.

I am sure this is old hat for you folks when a newby comes in here but ideas, info, slap on the head saying "silly you can do it" will be greatly appreciated.

01' VN750
Jardine cross over exaust
Kyriakin grips and foot pegs
Modified seat and backrest
Windshield
Luggage rack
Crash bar with Kyriakin pegs and extensions
Kumho 758 165/80-15 CT rear Dunlop 404 110/90-19 front
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
Spline lube

93' VN750 getting TLC
Decals and mirrors
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
ACCTs to MCCTs
Degoated with Harley mufflers
Duro 110-90-19 front 150-90-15 rear
Pick-up coils at .020
Spline lube

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welcome to the madness!
you could start with.....some pic's!lol

don't worry, you will get lots of help from here! start by reading the vulcan verses. click here: https://www.vn750.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=36
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Relocating the r/r is an easy mod. If you have patience and the desire, I see no reason why you couldn't tear into the motor. Lots of help here if you do.

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I have pics on my profile and the pics of members bikes thread. I don't want to blog up the forums with tons of pics. I may have more pics of my bikes then I do of my 2 kids. lol

I don't think relocating the r/r is neccesary where I have removed the belly on one bike and the cross over opens up the air curculation under the other bike. I may be wrong though? Like I said I am now learning more of this stuff. lol

01' VN750
Jardine cross over exaust
Kyriakin grips and foot pegs
Modified seat and backrest
Windshield
Luggage rack
Crash bar with Kyriakin pegs and extensions
Kumho 758 165/80-15 CT rear Dunlop 404 110/90-19 front
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
Spline lube

93' VN750 getting TLC
Decals and mirrors
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
ACCTs to MCCTs
Degoated with Harley mufflers
Duro 110-90-19 front 150-90-15 rear
Pick-up coils at .020
Spline lube

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get the service manual.. it is tons better than the Haynes manual.. you can find a free version in my sig line.... it even has a parts break down with it as well.
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Welcome again baldy. I notice on the pics you have the Kuryakyn grips on one bike, and what appear to be the stock grips on the other. Do you find the kurys noticeably better for any given situation? I have only limited riding experience, including my vn, but did not have any particular complaints with the OEM grips on the longest trip I made on it. (But that trip was only ~ 100 miles from home.)

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Relocated R/R
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I have had my 01' for a year or so and haven't started very many mods yet but in another thread I mentioned that my 93' was needing repairs so I'm pulling everything off that and putting it on my 01'. One good thing about having identical bikes. haha

I like the kuryakin grips better then the oem. They are bigger in diameter and my hands don't seem to cramp up or go numb as much on long trips.

I should be done changing things over tomorrow so I will get some updated pics of my 01' on here.

Then on to doing more mechanical mods. Thinking about adjusting the air/fuel screws. BTW....how do you get the plugs out to adjust the screws? They seem to be pushed in so far I can't get anything in to pop them out.

01' VN750
Jardine cross over exaust
Kyriakin grips and foot pegs
Modified seat and backrest
Windshield
Luggage rack
Crash bar with Kyriakin pegs and extensions
Kumho 758 165/80-15 CT rear Dunlop 404 110/90-19 front
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
Spline lube

93' VN750 getting TLC
Decals and mirrors
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
ACCTs to MCCTs
Degoated with Harley mufflers
Duro 110-90-19 front 150-90-15 rear
Pick-up coils at .020
Spline lube

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welcome to the madness!
you could start with.....some pic's!lol]
Ruger only needs the pics cause he forgets what the vn750's looks like

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Ruger only needs the pics cause he forgets what the vn750's looks like
yup! and I'm TOO lazy to walk my ass out to the garage to look at one!lol
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