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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2013, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Splines 1500

Anyone know if there were any issues on the vulcan 1500's as regards splines? Saw this one and it looks like a decent deal.

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ALL shaft drive bikes need their splines lubed properly. Don't recall any "issues" with the 1500 other than those due to owner neglect.

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I think at that price, I'd risk it. Or google up any of the bad things and hit the seller with them, then get the price down even more.

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Don't know about the 1500's splines, but I would assume they are similar to the 750. Watch out for the plastic oil pump gear though. it was replaced with steel in 2000 or 2001. The plastic ones have a very high failure rate, and it requires splitting the cases to replace. If it fails, you will need another engine, or a complete rebuild.

Most bikes need their splines lubed, but the 750 seems to require it to be done way to often. I wouldn't have a problem with it if it only needed to be done every 50,000 miles or so, but 10,000 miles is ridiculous. My former Goldwing 1200 did not require the rear splines to be lubed, the shaft went inside the final drive gearcase, and the splines were lubricated by final drive gear oil. There was an oil seal on the gear case, just like on a car transmission. But the front splines still needed to be lubed, and to get to them you had to remove the gearcase and pull out the driveshaft.

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From experience ,the 1500 splines are a lot different than the 750 ,bigger diameter output shaft and all.I don't know how we went from drive splines to plastic oil pump gear but since we are here now, the 1500a did not have a lot of problems at all with the POG,When Kaw went from the BUBF to the Classic style 1500(two different engines), there was a bunch of problems with the POG Until 2000 when the went to a steel oil gear from the factory. If you do have one of the affected models,you will have to split the cases to put a factory steel oil gear in .If you don't want to split the case and it hasn't failed go to Gadgets fixit page and look up Judges oil gear(JOG) he designed and sells a replacement gear that can be installed without splitting cases,there are bunch out there installed and running over 100,000 miles with it.If it was a later model ,Kaw knew about the problem and replaced them under warranty. the thing to watch for is a 96 t0 99 model 1500 with low miles on it . If anybody on here finds one, ask the owner before you buy it, if it has had the Oil Gear updated.If not, move on, if it has you are good to go,




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I mentioned the plastic oil pump gear because the OP did not say what the year or model the bike was, and the Craigslist posting had already been deleted before I saw his post. I have heard of Judge's oil pump gear, but don't know anything about it, or whether it requires cutting or grinding on an assembled engine, as many do with the tuxedo mod.

My local Kawasaki dealer has a nice '97 BUBF with 49,000 miles on it. I would be interested if they didn't want too much for it.

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