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Maintenance schedule for a VN750 with > 22,000 miles?

I'm quite excited about getting a VN750, and somewhat less thrilled about the fact that I picked up a 1994 vintage bike with 22,716 miles on it two weeks ago. (I've put on about 150 miles since.)

I got it for about $2,000, which was well under my budget of $3,500 and gave me lots of room for doing necessary maintenance and adding accessories. It came bone stock except for the Mustang studded leather saddle seat, which I love and have since discovered has been discontinued, so I don't regret it at all... yet.

I've replaced both tires, put in an AGV maintenance-free battery, and am waiting to get the Iridium spark plug in the mail to swap in. On the other hand, the exhaust bolts were rusted on to the frame so completely that they snapped off when getting the engine guard installed -- fortunately I had brought it in to the dealer for that job, otherwise I'd have had to hitch it to them as I can't ride without an exhaust attached . I think that's gonna be expensive, they were going at the snapped off bolt with a blowtorch and whatnot to get it out.

I got a VN750 manual for the 2004 year model off of eBay on the assumption that it's pretty much the same info, and the maintenance schedule doesn't extend to 22,000+ miles. I had the fluids checked/changed, oil and coolant and all that, but what about the splines?

I have no idea when they were last lubed. I looked at the Verses entry on spline maintenance, but I still don't know how often it should be done, or how to check their status without removing the rear wheel.

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There's really no way to check the splines without pulling the wheel, so many here use that as a schedule....Every tire change, lube the splines.

As for a routine maintenance schedule, I believe all the schedules go in a regular increment, so if one says at 5,000, then 10,000 then 15,000 and so on, just go every 5000 miles. And similarly if in increments of anything else.

And yes, every manual is virtually identical, so you should be fine with what you got from eBay.


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There's really no way to check the splines without pulling the wheel, so many here use that as a schedule....Every tire change, lube the splines.
Rats! I just had the rear tire replaced last week!

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There's really no way to check the splines without pulling the wheel, so many here use that as a schedule....Every tire change, lube the splines.
As for a routine maintenance schedule, I believe all the schedules go in a regular increment, so if one says at 5,000, then 10,000 then 15,000 and so on, just go every 5000 miles. And similarly if in increments of anything else.

And yes, every manual is virtually identical, so you should be fine with what you got from eBay.

When the splines are mentioned, and a newbie is involved, I always feel that they may think that we are talking about the spline that mate the wheel to the 3rd member. Just a thought.

From the Haynes manuel
Every 18,000 or two years, check cooling system and replace coolant

every 18,000 change fork oil

every 24,000 change differential oil

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When the splines are mentioned, and a newbie is involved, I always feel that they may think that we are talking about the spline that mate the wheel to the 3rd member. Just a thought.
Ah, good point, This is what we're talking about when we say "Splines" ....



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OK it's true, as a newb who just got the Clymer book but it's still shrink-wrapped, I don't know a spline from a splinter... (Though I could tell you all about Splinter bids at Bridge, but I digress.)

I asked the dealer mechanic about it and he said they routinely greased the splines when putting on a new rear tire. So it appears I'm good.

On the other hand it seems I'm not too far from having to change the differential oil. Gotta make a little chart or I'm gonna forget!

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OK it's true, as a newb who just got the Clymer book but it's still shrink-wrapped, I don't know a spline from a splinter... (Though I could tell you all about Splinter bids at Bridge, but I digress.)

I asked the dealer mechanic about it and he said they routinely greased the splines when putting on a new rear tire. So it appears I'm good.

On the other hand it seems I'm not too far from having to change the differential oil. Gotta make a little chart or I'm gonna forget!

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The splines that he is talking about are the splines that mate the wheel to the 3rd member. They do not remove the 3rd member when installing tires.

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The splines that he is talking about are the splines that mate the wheel to the 3rd member. They do not remove the 3rd member when installing tires.
What he said!!!!
Most dealers don't get that deep into the drive line to grease what really needs greased.

It's not all that tough of a job to do yourself. So for piece of mind in being sure your splines are lubed, ya might want to consider giving it a go.
And even if they are lubed, it'll make the next lube check that much easier!!


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Not to mention Stealers use a crapy lube! Most have gone to the honda "Moly60".
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