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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Floppy Shifter, she might be for parts, Opinions Wanted

I purchased a 92 VN750 knowing it would not shift, I hoped I could fix it by replacing one of the springs or fixing one of the external components, but.......

I opened it up today and the tie-rod end is broke off the lever assembly.

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when I put I fiber optic light in the hole in the lower left hand side I can see the tie-rod assembly.
I can see it, I can touch it, but I don't think I can be repair it without splitting the case.

I'm not sure it's worth all the time and expense it will take me to repair it. I can do the work myself, but I'm not sure I want to.

But on the other hand I sure hate to part out A good bike over a thirty dollar part.

Any suggestions or opinions? I see no way of fixing it without a complete tear down, and I have no idea what I would get out of it if I parted it out or how long it would take to sell the parts.

I knew it was a gamble when I bought it, I might have just lost the bet.
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I have the same thing with my '06 and it seems to be caused by a loose oil pump drive chain getting too much torque on the thing or bending the shield down into the shaft. It is a design flaw and my ace mechanics are looking at ways to beef up the bearings that the shaft sits in to try to prevent the thing from breaking again. I bought it pretty well and was all proud til it broke 3 days after I started riding it. Now we're trying to find a gasket kit because I can't afford to scrap it at this point and any other shop would have charged me twice what the guys I have will. Bottom line is, you won't get half as much for it in parts as you will running, I figure I'll have to ride mine for at least a couple years to get some of my investment back. The good news is, they are fun to ride, look and feel good, and mine will be pretty well rebuilt by the time it gets done sometime next month.

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So where can I find those various gaskets? Nobody seems to have a master kit...

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So where can I find those various gaskets? Nobody seems to have a master kit...
I get most of my parts from cheapcycleparts.com

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To answer my own question, I found the part number(11028-1098) in the archives here for the master gasket kit, found them in stock at Gearhead.com, and got them coming for $125 after shipping and tax. Yay gaskets!

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Nettrain thanks for the gasket set info.

I'm trying to picture the oil pump chain layout, but I can picture it right now but I will look into it.

Flaco, I was thinking the same thing. If I'm going to tear it apart, I could just put it back together.

I'm leaning towards fixing it.

I guess I could always rig up some sort of a suicide shifter on it.......I could, but I won't....lol
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Crap! Gearhead.com showed the kit in stock, took my money, and now that I called to see if the o-rings were included; they say they don't have it after all. Back to square 2, at least I have a part number to look for...

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Crap! Gearhead.com showed the kit in stock, took my money, and now that I called to see if the o-rings were included; they say they don't have it after all. Back to square 2, at least I have a part number to look for...
If I run across something I will be sure to let you know.
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Bottom line is, you won't get half as much for it in parts as you will running, I figure I'll have to ride mine for at least a couple years to get some of my investment back.
haw haw!! please keep that rumor alive!! i sell used parts full time!! in 3.5 years i have turned a $10k investment into around $250k! with a lot of hard work of course!

i loooooooove dead bikes for $500 although most of mine are nice runners. the economy handed me lemons... so i made lemonade

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