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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-06-2010, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Johnstown, PA. I have an '86 that we've had for a couple years now. It has about 26K miles. I got it cheap, but love the way it rides.

However, I've been having a few issues. It seems the ignition problem appears to be a common theme, so I should be able to find help here. I also need to replace the front fork seals.

Finally, there is the tapping coming from the engine. From what I've gathered, '86 was the first year for the 750 and it had significant problems with the lifters, which are most likely destroyed at this point. It still runs great, but I worry about it's longevity.

Anyhow, I look forward to being part of the Vulcan community.

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I have an '86 that we've had for a couple years now. It has about 26K miles. I got it cheap, but love the way it rides.

However, I've been having a few issues. It seems the ignition problem appears to be a common theme, so I should be able to find help here. I also need to replace the front fork seals.


Finally, there is the tapping coming from the engine. From what I've gathered, '86 was the first year for the 750 and it had significant problems with the lifters, which are most likely destroyed at this point. It still runs great, but I worry about it's longevity.

Anyhow, I look forward to being part of the Vulcan community.
Welcome, Rogue. You will find this a very informative place, and there are probably members in your part of Pa.
You will get better response to maintenance and repair questions if you post them in their specific threads. Explore the site, read the Vulcan Verses, and enjoy.


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Welcome to the forum, Rogue. As Jim said, the answers are here. A pictorial on how to clean the ignition switch was just posted in the Electrical section. Do a search for the Grambo Trick to see if the engine noise is the Automatic Cam Chain Tensioners (ACCTs) getting weak. If so, will need to repair/replace. There are also instructions on the front fork change too. Think it's in the Verses, but not sure.

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Thanks for the warm welcome guys!

I used some of the links and fixed my electrical issues today!

Got her running and hit the open road for a much needed cruise.


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Ignition Issue - Fixed! Replaced Hockey puck.
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Welcome to the Madness!!

The tapping is probably the ACCT's, replace with MCCT's

MCCT order 2

http://www.tocmanufacturing.com/Manu...nTensioner.htm

Fork seal instructions below.

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...ght=fork+seals

Ignition switch

https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showg...t=701&ppuser=0


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Your best bet on the acct's is to replace them with mcct's (manuel cam chain tensioners).

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lance you're just a faster typer than I.

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lance you're just a faster typer than I.
Getting better, I can use two hands now! LOL


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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Getting better, I can use two hands now! LOL
I use three fingers, but sometimes they get tangled up.

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Another vote for the MCCTs. After thousands of miles of fiddling with the ACCTs, even replacing the originals with brand new Kawasaki parts, and STILL having problems, I went with the MCCTs, and all is well now, and has been for over 15,000 miles. Jerry.

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