Originally Posted by VN750Rider/Jerry
3. Remove both side covers.
Why the right side cover? Definitely didn't remove mine.
5. Remove both exhaust heat shields
6. Remove both header pipes and clamps
To drop the exhaust, you can just unbolt the front header and loosen the clamp to separate it from the h box and remove. Then unbolt the back header and the two bolts on each side holding the mufflers to the frame. At that point the rest of the exhaust can be dropped down and removed from the left side as a unit. No need to touch any of the heat shielding.
14. Loosen the clamps and remove the entire upper coolant assembly, including the filler neck, thermostat housing, and hoses to both the front and rear cylinders. Remove the yellow temp sensor wire
None of this needs to come out. Just disconnect the cooling hoses from the motor.
16. Remove the single screw from the wire harness support bracket next to the coil, leave the bracket in place
18. Remove both air filter housings
19. Remove both the ducts that go from the surge tank to the air filter housings
20. Remove the drain hose from the right front of the surge tank
21. Remove the crankcase vent hose from both the engine and the surge tank
24. Remove both rubber elbows between the carbs and surge tank. Remove the throttle cables and enrichener cable from the carbs
25. If you still have it, remove the 3 way valve from under the seat, the hose to the front cylinder, the hose to the rear cylinder, the vacuum line to the rear carb, and the hose from the surge tank. I through all this stuff away years ago
27. The surge tank will now be loose. Wrap something under it at both ends and secure it to something overhead to get it up and out of the way. This is why the front coil and bracket needed to be loosened
All of this can be omitted if you're ear shaved and coastered.
28. Put something solid under the engine to support it. I understand a standard cinder block is about a perfect fit. Put a magazine or something between it and the engine to prevent damage to to the bottom of the engine. I used a paint bucket to initially remove the engine, then moved it to a homemade dolly with casters
29. Remove all 3 engine mount nuts and bolts
For what it's worth, a Harbor Freight transmission jack was perfect for removing the engine. Just roll it under and take the weight off the mounts, then unbolt everything and slowly lower/steer the engine out, then roll it away.
30. Remove the bolts from the right muffler and crossover chamber. Put a scissors jack under it to support it, and lower it slightly so you can reach and remove the 2 lower Allen bolts on the removeable section. Raise the exhaust back up and put the bolts in hand tight for now
Based on the adjustments I suggested above, this can be omitted as well (because you already took five minutes to remove the entire exhaust system).
There are a LOT of nuts, bolts, spacers, clamps, and other small parts. I put them all in ziplock bags and labeled them. I had a pretty good size box full of bagged parts. You will also need a place to put the big parts so they don't get damaged.
Simply putting pieces back where they came from as you remove parts will eliminate the need for this, and be far more intuitively obvious on reassembly.