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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-20-2012, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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I've had my Vn750 since October of 2011, after my MSF class. I've been loving it so far. We've had a nice week up in New England here and everyone has their bike out this week. It's supposed to get up to 80 this week, which is ridiculous for March. Anyway, just wanted to say "Hi". I've already replaced my battery with a maint-free battery and adjusted my carbs to get rid of that little pop on deceleration, which annoyed me to no end at first... but, I've got a non-working tach and I'd like to get rid of the sissy bar/banana seat. I can't get that tach off for the life of me... I used to rebuild small block chevys and I can't get a tach off a bike, it's embarrassing...
Anyway, Hey y'all! I've been lurking for a while and figured it's time to say "Hello!"

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Welcome to the forum Matt!!!

The weather has been pretty great here in Maryland as well.

Good luck getting the tach off... I'll be honest I've taken mine off but It's been a while.

I am sure someone will chime in and give you some assistance with that.

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Welcome to the VN750 Madness nOOb!

You'll need to remove the back/bottom cover off of the center console which is held on by 2 screws (Removal of you headlight may be neccessary to gain access to these screws). This will expose a nut that is holding the Tach bracket on.

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Welcome. I am also a longtime builder and fan of small block Chevys. I have drag raced a few of them. Be warned the Vulcan engine is a lot more complicated than a sbc.

As for the tach, you need to remove the entire instrument cluster, including the speedometer and warning light panel (it all comes off easy, just 2 bolts if I remember correctly), then remove the chromed plastic housing on the tach, then you can get the the rubber mounted bolt that holds it in place. A 1/4" drive socket with a swivel should have no problem getting to the bolts from the side. I do remember I didn't have to remove the headlight housing, but you will have to remove the headlight lens/trim ring/reflector/bulb holder in order to disconnect the wiring. You can then pull the wiring through the hole in the headlight housing when you remove the instrument cluster. There are quite a few wires, but they are all color coded.

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Welcome to the group!

The tach may not be bad....did you check the wiring to the front coil that it runs off of?

While you have it off. slip a washer under the post to add compression to the rubber mount...this will solve the "shaky tach" issue mentioned before.

Search the forums for these 2 issues as they have been both discussed previously. just use the Google search at the top of the page.

Good luck!
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Welcome to the forum friend.

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Welcome to the Vulcan madness Matty377.
IIRC, 377 refers to one of the displacements possible of a small block Chevy engine after it has been bored and stroked. Is that your inspiration?

I like nicknames that reflect some other aspect of a member`s personality.


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