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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
First of all FRAM filters and any filter made by them are BAD Not only will you wind up with cardboard in your engine, but these filters have been known to plug up completely, cutting off all oil flow to the engine, with the expected result.
I don't know why there is a drain bolt in the bottom of the engine, I guess it is just another VN750 mystery. But don't use it, the bolt is threaded directly into the aluminum cases, and if you strip the threads, you're up the creek. Big time.
There is no need to use a torque wrench on the side drain plug. It seals with an 0-ring. I use a box end wrench on it, with a piece of blue cloth/paper shop towel between the wrench and plug, to prevent cosmetic damage to the plug, and because the correct size wrench feels just a bit loose on it.
As for oil filters, let the confusion begin. Aside from not using any of the above brands, I have found quite a few part numbers of the same brand of filter (Emgo) that supposedly fit the Vulcan 750. I get my Emgo filters from DK, and use Emgo part# 1024420 on my Vulcan 750. I used part# 1082230 on my recently departed '09 Ninja 500. Heres where it gets weird. After selling my Ninja, I realized I still had a couple of brand new oil filters for it. I did a cross reference, and found that filter also fits a '94 Vulcan 750, but only the '94. Now, as far as I know, Vulcan 750s have been the same from the beginning to the end. I do know about the filter change by Kawasaki, I never knew why, but both filters still fit all years. So I am assuming that a filter designed to fit a '94 will also fit my '02. At least I am planning to use them.
Do you have a name brand or part number for the filter you used?
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike