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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-03-2010, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Just Picked Her up Yesterday.

Just picked this up yesterday, traded a 2006 KFX 400 for it. 2003 VN 750 20k miles. What is the first thing that I need to do to it. It was just recently at a shop getting a tune up. For some reason the temp gauge doesn't work along with the fuel gauge. Missing a few chrome pieces here and their, but overall in great shape and runs really good.
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welcome to the family lube the splines for instructions look for any post by fergy the instructions with pictures are in a link in hes signature. then check out the vulcan verses.

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The temp gauge sending unit is under the right side frame cover in front of the gas tank close to the coolant cap , make sure it is plugged up.If it is plugged in and has a good connection unplug it and turn the key on and touch the wire you just unplugged to a good ground on the frame and watch the gauge it should sweep all the way to hot on the gauge ,dont hold it to ground any longer than necessary to test the gauge,as it can damage the gauge if grounded too long.If the gauge works the sending unit is bad if not the gauge or the wiring are the culprit and you will need to digg a little deeper but not far,there is also a similar test for the gas gauge I suggest you download the manual,or buy a clymers or haynes manual in a pinch.I have a factory and a haynes and i have found the Clymers to be a better aftermarket manual.Nice ride ,by the way it has a lot of goodies that are sought after on here already.I noticed the extended backrest luggage rack and wind shield for starters,some body spent some money on accessories that you won't have too if that is your thing and if it isn't you have extra bling to sell to make it over your way,Good find and sounds like minor issues,welcome to our little corner of the net,Denny

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Hey Quicksilver...Glad to have you aboard! Nice bike choice dude! Take Vulcanjoes' advice and tackle those rear drive splines. Can't stress that one enough. Bought my bike with 16k on 'er and she looked very well taken care of yet mine were rusty-dusty! Fortunately I caught them before any damage occurred. Cleaned 'um up and lubed. Now I sleep a little better at night!

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Welcome to one of the best bike specific forums online. Bike looks good, though I have to admit I don't care for the plastic chrome car door edge guard around the fenders and tank. I noticed someone removed the emblems, I removed the sidecover emblems on my '02, well actually they removed themselves. They were coming loose, and my pant leg caught on the right one and ripped it right off. I may also remove the tank emblems and replace them with something else.

As was mentioned, the spline lube is the absolute first thing you should do, before even riding the bike. Virtually every Vulcan 750 ever made either didn't have the splines lubed, or they did it wrong. Hopefully you will catch it in time. It is NOT a cheap fix.

After that, just get a service manual (I like Clymer), and start doing all the services, except the steering head and swing arm bearings. That is such a major job I would leave it alone unless you notice a problem. They can wear considerably before becoming dangerous, you will have plenty of warning. I would not disassemble the swingarm or steering head unless I was going to replace the bearings. other than that, oil and filter change, coolant change, final drive gear oil change, replace fluid in front brakes, check pad and shoe wear, replace if necessary, replace or clean and reoil air filters (I just replace mine, I get the Emgo filters from denniskirk.com for a small fraction of the cost of Kawasaki oem originals), remove, disassemble and clean the carburetors, then maintain with Seafoam, lube and adjust the cables, replace the stock battery with a maintenance free AGM battery if it doesn't already have one, some claim iridium plugs help starting.

If it were mine, I would remove the CA evap emissions system (if it is a CA model) and the air injection system, they are both nothing but trouble. Bike runs much better without all that crap. Read about the cam chain tensioners (I recommend the manual ones if you have problems), the stator, and the balancer. Then go RIDE. Jerry.

BTW, 20,000 miles is nothing for a properly maintained Vulcan 750. I put over 80,000 on a '93, and currently have over 44,000 on my '02.

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Looks good. You came to the right place, people here have a wealth of knowledge to get you squared away and riding safe.

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Welcome to the forum. You've found one of the biggest benefits to owning a VN750!

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Welcome to the Vulcan madness Quicksilver. Check link in my sig line for more info.


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