Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Northern California
New member - 1996 vn750
About 9 months ago I purchased a 1996 vn750 with 9K miles. It apparently has been kept in a garaged as it is very clean, has no rust, and is in sweet condition.
I have changed all the fluids and greased the drive shaft spline.
The bike had problems idling so I pulled the carbs, cleaned and kitted them. It ran wonderfully for a few months then started the dreaded fast idle problem. Checked the carbs again, but was not the problem. Discovered the petcock diaphragm was leaking fuel through the vacuum line and causing this problem. Tried an after market petcock which failed miserably. Then rebuilt the original for a complete fix.
The cooling fan was not turning on so I had to disassemble and repair the relay board. A few of the solder joints were cracked.
During the petcock problem I removed the air box (in one piece), and installed small cone filters. It is super easy to remove the carbs now. I tried re-jetting the carbs with various size jets but could not get smooth results through the power range. So I returned to the original jets and fabricated air restriction cones to slip over the filters. Had to play with air flow sizing a bit but was able to tune perfectly to the original jets. I used clear packaging tape to fine adjust the openings on the air restriction cones. I now have smooth acceleration through the power range with cone filters and the original jets.
Other mods I have done:
Converted the old filter housings into glove boxes. I used Gorilla tape as a lower hinge and mounted a latch on top to keep them closed. I keep a tool kit in one side and my gloves in the other. Very handy.
Clutch basket mod.
Installed a 7" LED headlamp by changing to a larger headlamp basket.
Installed a cell phone mount with wireless charger pad mod. Works great to keep my phone charged on the bike. And no cables to deal with.
1996 Vulcan 750
Earshave, Clutch basket mod, LED Headlight and lamps,
Orig air filters converted to hold gloves and tool kit.