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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Reminder: Use Loctite on the stator screws! :(

I had planned a nice 100 mile ride today, since my MOSFET install went so well last night. I was cleaning up the bike, making it presentable, and was going to test the charging prior to heading out (just in-case). I start up the ride, all good, until I detect a tapping at the outer stator cover.

I grabbed a screwdriver quickly to locate the origin of the noise, and sure enough, loud as hell from the stator cover. I kill the throttle instantly, and sigh heavily. I had spent my budget set aside for biking this check, so I can't get any gasket maker until next week.

I am going to open her up and check it out tomorrow, and hope it was just one of the outer cover screws that backed out against the outer cover. I swear I put loctite on each one prior, but I guess I could have missed one. Really killed my weekend, what a bummer.

Moral of the story is to make sure to use blue loctite on the stator screws. Don't ruin your beautiful weekend that you had set aside to ride like I did! I've spent more time wrenching than riding lately, and that's not a good ratio.

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Did you set the pickups to close to the rotor or have they slipped and are catching the magnet???
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Did you set the pickups to close to the rotor or have they slipped and are catching the magnet???
I'll know in a few hours. The pickups were on securely and were not modified so they should not really move.

I was going to check it out this morning but work happened unexpectedly.

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
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Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
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Work has a habit of doing just that, hope its something simple and easily sorted
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Work has a habit of doing just that, hope its something simple and easily sorted
All fixed and back together in 1 hour 30 minutes from start. Not bad. That means I can swap a stator in under 2 hours.. sweet! Most of that time was spent cleaning the gasket as per usual.

It was an inner stator screw that backed out, and was about to be free-floating in the rotor! Luckily my Vulcan ears treated me well, and I detected the noise prior to my long trip. A liberal amount of blue loctite has been applied, and am I letting it set for a bit prior to starting her up and taking a cruise.

The moral of the story is always double check your screws. I put some loctite on the pickup screws as well.


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NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


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You removed the engine and replaced it in 1 and 1/2 hours? If so that is really good.

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You removed the engine and replaced it in 1 and 1/2 hours? If so that is really good.
I wish. I have the tuxedo mod done, so it was just the side-cover.

Back from a beautiful 42 mile ride along the coast. Loving it!

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V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
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Thats great news so pleased it was a simple fix for you, now hopefully you can enjoy the rest of the season.
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All fixed and back together in 1 hour 30 minutes from start. Not bad. That means I can swap a stator in under 2 hours.. sweet! Most of that time was spent cleaning the gasket as per usual.

It was an inner stator screw that backed out, and was about to be free-floating in the rotor! Luckily my Vulcan ears treated me well, and I detected the noise prior to my long trip. A liberal amount of blue loctite has been applied, and am I letting it set for a bit prior to starting her up and taking a cruise.

The moral of the story is always double check your screws. I put some loctite on the pickup screws as well.

Are you talking about one of the screws that holds the stator to the inner cover came lose??



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Are you talking about one of the screws that holds the stator to the inner cover came lose??
Correct

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


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