Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Trenton, ON Canada
Grrr ... Broken Exhaust Stud
Well ... when Vulcan #1 died, I went out and got another one. Had it one the road right away and was enjoying it.
Was changing the fluids, moving the accessories from #1 over to #2, and generally just having fun with it. Even put approx 900 kms on it on the weekend without any issues (other than a tank of bad gas ... still waiting to see if my girlfriend's ZN750 survived her bad tank).
Tonight, after changing the final drive gear oil, I thought it would be nice to move the engine guard from #1 over to #2 (since #2 didn't have one). The guard came off relatively easily, only a little "wiggling" required to get it off the bike, and the one bolt out past the exhaust.
Putting it on #2, that's where things went wrong. It became obvious right away that more than a little "wiggling" would be required to get the one bolt on past the exhaust. No big deal I thought ... I will just loosen off the header to give me some more "wiggle room".
Well ... you guessed it ... as I twisted one of the nuts, rather than loosen ... it broke the stud right off !!
Will have to call the dealer tomorrow and order some more new parts (studs, gaskets, nuts) and then see what I can do about getting the rest of the stud out.
#1 - 1986 Vulcan 750
Purchased Jan of 2012 w/ 41,000 kms
On the road as of April 4
Unfortunately, after third ride (300 km) ... horrible engine noises ...
XXXXX FOUND METAL IN OIL SCREEN XXXXX
#2 - 1993 Vulcan 750
Purchased May 4, 2012 w/55,000 kms
On the road in only 4 days with no major work required
Have moved most of the accessories from #1 to #2