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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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What's happening?? From Gatlinburg

What's happening!!! I am from Gatlinburg. I have been riding a while, mostly on 250cc or smaller bikes. Done plenty of work on all types of bikes, but finally broke down and bought a, you guessed it (1986 Vulcan 750 cruiser). How pleased I am from the first ride home on it today. What a bike, it has little rust spots on the chrome, and tarnish on some of the cast, however the cam chain tensioners didn't make one single sound the whole ride home, which I was extremely happy about. I will be going to the (MCCT) though. Like I said I love to tinker and fix. My first priority however is to get the chrome and all back shiny and as rust free as possible. Going to go with the #000000 steel wool. I am going to take before and after pictures they will be loaded if goes well as a way to go or not go (WE WILL SEE). I am open to any suggestions from someone who may have seen this issue before. Thank everyone for being so helpful and knowledgeable about all the little quirks of this great bike. Can't wait to make some new friends here. What an amazing community.
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Hey Striker1! Welcome to the group... I think you'll find all the info you could want to have here somewhere. When I first got my bike there were quite a few areas I had to attack rest as well.. I did it the same way you are going to... Also, aluminum foil & water work to get rust off as well. Some say try it with coke but I've never done that.

Make sure you check out some of the things we suggest here.. Such as "Spline the Lubes" and get a "Maintenance Free Battery"...

The other guys will pitch in with a ton more ideas and info.. Hope you have a great day and be safe.


Changed Final Drive Fluid
Iridium Plugs

NGK Spark Plug Wires
Bridgestone Spitfire Tires
Maintenance Free Battery
Lubed the Spline
Shaved and Coastered
Under Tank Air Filter
Vn900 Seat Mod w/ Honda 1100 Backrest
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2001 Vulcan 750
TOC upgrade on ACCT
Air/fuel mixture set to 2 1/2 out
rectifier relocated
splines lubed
decals removed
upgraded mirrors
Pic up coil mod done
All LED lighting
Upgraded Mosfet rectifier
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Thank yall very much, I have read so much in here which is what prompted me to purchase the bike. Even with the rust specs, my wife and I think she is beautiful. Can't wait to get started detailing.
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Welcome to the forum good luck with the bike I got mine about 4 weeks ago not running but it goes well now thanks to the guys on here

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aluminum foil works well to remove surface rust. I use polishing compound or chrome cleaner for the final polish.

I also tried CLR (calcium, lime and rust) remover found in the hardware store or grocery store, and is used for scale removal for sinks, shower heads, faucets...etc. It will soak in and loosen up the tough rust areas and will not harm your chrome.

looking forward to seeing some photos.
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Welcome to the forum friend.

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85 VN700
Replaced crankshaft and rod bearings
sportster mufflers installed

To do
Repaint tank, frt fender, and side covers
add saddle bags
add luggage rack
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Thank yall for all of the advice, Seems CLR and Aluminum foil are the way to go I am fixing to take some pics for before and after.
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness Striker1.


1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady" or "Bad Girl"?
Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)

H-D windshield
Relocated R/R
MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15

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Ok guys I have a small problem, Where does the stock tach hook up at. When I crank my bike the tach works a little kind of bouncing normally, but when I rev it or give it any gas to go or anything the tach doesn't move. I know there has to be a connection problem, also the speedometer was unhooked. The cable is there and I just need to put it back in the speedometer gauge, but what type of grease is ok to use on Speedo cable before hooking it back up. I couldn't find anything on stock tachs in the forum, just portable ones. Thanks.

1986 Vulcan 750
30,000 miles and counting
Castrol GTX 10w-40
WIX- Gold oil filter Pt.#1356 @ Napa Auto supply $8.00
Seafoam-2 oz. to every other tank of gas @ Napa-$10
Yuasa M/F battery- YTX14AHL-BS
Lubed Splines- Moly EP Grease, 1lb. tub $3.49-Autozone Pt.#561753
Sprayed U-joint with Liquid Wrench White Lithium Grease- $3.99 Autozone Pt.# 828796
Castrol Hypoy C 80w90 Gear Oil $5.99- Autozone Pt.#991558
NGK Iridium IX Spark Plugs, $8.99(x4)=$35.96 Autozone Pt.#088394.
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