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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-15-2015, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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shifting to first kills engine

I recently laid my 98 vn750 down in an accident. Everything seemed fine, but then weirdness happened.

I came to a complete stop, shifted to neutral, and when I shifted to 1st and let out the clutch the engine died on me. It does this consistently now. I can keep it alive if I squeeze the clutch in again, or if I roll on the throttle and ease out the clutch I can get it to go.

I'm pretty sure I need to adjust the clutch cable since when I start it on the center stand with the clutch pulled all the way in the rear tire get a little spin for a second, but I don't think that's the entire problem.

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Check the wires on the clutch lever

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Also check the wires on the side stand switch, they may have been crossed.
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So... my brother and I must've been pretty tired sunday evening. We took the clutch plates out and checked them all, and they were in spec so I put everything back together. We threw her up on the center stand and tried it out, but it still kept dying so we called it a night. Checking again today, we left the kick stand down, and that was making the engine cut out. I adjusted the clutch cable a bit, and it now runs without dying but I didn't adjust it all the way(got dark, I'll finish it up tomorrow) so it's still too loose so when I shift into 1st or 2nd and release the clutch - and then pull the clutch in again some power is still transferred to the rear wheel. I'm just really happy right now I didn't break anything that was going to be a pain in my life to fix/replace(read: cost $$$).

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You'll probably never get it adjusted so the wheel doesn't spin on the centerstand, it's normal for the wheel to move some just by friction on the mainshaft of the trans.

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You'll probably never get it adjusted so the wheel doesn't spin on the centerstand, it's normal for the wheel to move some just by friction on the mainshaft of the trans.
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Yep. I tend to be a bit OCD sometimes, and I don't remember it spinning like that before laying her down so I spent an hour or two fiddling with the clutch cable and release arm before I tried every variation under the sun two or three times before giving up on that dream. But, then I shifted mental gears into trying to get it so shifting didn't sound so clunky. It's still clunky, but not so bad. I think I'm going to drill the basket someday soon to see if that helps(the clutch plates looked pretty damned dry to me when we took it apart the other day).

While working on that though, I noticed the idle was erratic, and I noticed a bit of smoke coming out from under near the front of the seat. Looks like either the mechanic I took it to to have a new rear tire put on didn't put one of the nuts back on for the exhaust from the engine, or it rattled off somehow. I haven't found a replacement yet. I'll probably deal with it this weekend.

Also, the left ear duct was popped out of the surge tank, but I fiddled with that until I got it all mounted up good enough. The petcock has a little bit of a leak so I'm going to end up taking that apart to see what the deal is there.

Finally, I've noticed a little bit of oil leaking, but I haven't pinpointed where it's coming from yet.

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