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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-28-2019, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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As of today, I am a proud owner of a 1993 Vulcan 750. Itís been many years since Iíve ridden anything on two wheels and Iím looking forward to getting back to it. When I bought the bike this morning the front calipers were seized but the seller had the rebuild kit. I pulled the trigger and went straight to the shop. I rebuilt the calipers and viola, wonderful front brakes! The old owner was also a bit impatient and when he couldnít find the key he drilled out the ignition and the tank locks. So currently any key (or screwdriver) will start the bike or open the tank . Iíd love to replace them and would value any links or suggestions on a less expensive option as a replacement instead of the expensive and limited factory sets.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-28-2019, 06:57 AM
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Welcome to the forum. I imagine there are a number of 750s out there that gave up the ghost and are sold for parts. I've seen just about everything on Ebay. I would start there.

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Welcome. Only the stock parts will fit, but you can probably find them used on eBay. These bikes haven't been made since 2006, and both new and used parts are starting to get a little more scarce. Be sure to check things like your cam chain tensioners and final drive splines. They are common problems with this bike, if the splines are stripped, it will not be cheap to fix. If you hear cam chain noise, check/replace the tensioners to avoid having the cam chain break.

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Cool Solved - ignition and gas cap lock

So I found someone selling the ignition with key plus seat storage lock, and two helmet locks on EBAY. All we’re supposed to be keyed the same, one helmet lock was not. Easily replaced the ignition by removing the headlight. Then I was able to remove the cylinder from the one good helmet lock and modify it to fix the gas cap (took a while, but it works great now!) Woo! I now have a properly keyed bike.

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