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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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:sighs: I don't know what to do....

So here's the story. My 1993 Vulcan came down with a small surface rust problem. No biggie. Can take care of that one quickly. I have the stalling thing going on that everyone has and the carbs need to be rejetted. I don't have the experience to do this myself and don't have the funds to get someone else to do it for me. Should I try and sell it with 16,xxx miles on it or just trash it? I need some help deciding this one. Thanks in advance to everyone!
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Why would you just trash a perfectly good bike?? A little effort on your part would fix what's ailing it and you would be further ahead. As far as experience goes, how do you think those of us who work on our bikes got it? I wasn't born with it!! Buy a manual, some tools, and dive in. Most of wrenching just having the confidence that you can accomplish the repair no matter what the machine throws at you. The carbs aren't hard to remove, just a pain because there isn't much clearance. It's more of a finesse thing, rather than brute strength.
Just remember, all mechs were beginners once and just kept at it until they got over the fear of doing it themselves.

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Have you tried to add Sea Foam to help clean the carbs out.
You really dont need to rejet unless you do a Ear Shave.
You could just have dirty carbs.

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I think all of us have been discouraged at times. Few of us are rich. I would get some sea foam. I have decided to stay as stock as possible. Good luck. You will regret junking this machine.
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I listened to what the guys said here---I just put sea foam in mine. I plan on driving 300 miles then doing an oil change. I put a little in the fuel as well.. 1/2 can used over all.. $4 or something...

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I think there are a few mechanics among us, but out of 4300 members, my guess is that probably 4200 of us had no idea what we were doing when we started this. Just wanted to save a little money, learn a little something in the process. The service manual is free online, and you can pick up a Clymer's off of eBay for $25. A few tools from Sears, a big dose of patience, and you're all set!

However, if you're planning on junking your baby, I'll give you $500 for her.

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I will up that bid to $525
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Looking for another project bike Cindy???

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It boils down to how much you want to ride, and are you ready for the experience? You can't teach experience, you can't learn it, it only comes from doing.

Mech skills come from practise, and practise makes perfect ( or so they say)

get yourself a good manual, ( I like my clymers, but its no substitute for a factry service manual) and it will take you through every thing you need to do. It works for aircraft techs it will work for you.

There is no sense in ditching a good bike just cause the experience isn;t there.

Nobody ever learned anything from sitting around waiting for someone else to do it.



Oh by the way, I call surface rust "Patina" and this bike, is in a constant state of tuning or stalling or orverheating or something.

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I spent 19 months on it and I wont ever trash it

85 VN750 basketcase ( yes its a true 750, and no smog controls, its good to be Canadian)
It will have
a rebuilt 96 top end, rebuilt 85 bottom end
degoated, Eared
stripped, lowered, raked, bobbed,
reed valve boxes shaved
ported and polished
balanced
right side dump exhaust
heads and cylinders shaved for compression
looking for smoothbore sidedraft carbs
possibly fat bob tanks
modified vn800 or sportster drag pipes or I'll just make some

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I should mention its also the first bike I built. I'd never chopped a frame or set up rake and trail, or built a fender, or modified a tank, or built a seat before this. and it did it for 1900 bucks, including the donor bike.

I read everything i could, from evry site i could find, I planned for months, and thats the result.

I traded work for welding, I traded work for leather work, theres always a way around the big pricetag.



The point is, you Gain Nothing from trashing it, but you gain much from keeping it and trying.



Sorry bout the rant, the keyboard has been drinking.

85 VN750 basketcase ( yes its a true 750, and no smog controls, its good to be Canadian)
It will have
a rebuilt 96 top end, rebuilt 85 bottom end
degoated, Eared
stripped, lowered, raked, bobbed,
reed valve boxes shaved
ported and polished
balanced
right side dump exhaust
heads and cylinders shaved for compression
looking for smoothbore sidedraft carbs
possibly fat bob tanks
modified vn800 or sportster drag pipes or I'll just make some

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