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if the Grambo trick helped, then I strongly recommend you order some TOC manual cam chain tensioners. The Grambo trick will not last long, and the noise will come back. Your tensioners have already failed. Hopefully the cam chains and sprockets are still good.
Do the spline lube yesterday. It's that important. It is a time consuming job if you have never done it before, but well worth it. It can save thousands of dollars in final drive damage.
A dealer will not likely have checked those two items. Most don't even know about the cam chain tensioner problem, and no dealer I've ever heard about is going to spend the labor to do a spline lube on a bike they are selling.
After that, the rest can be done later. Go through the maintenance schedule in the owners manual and do everything but the swing arm and steering head lubrication. Only do those if you find a problem with them. Same for replacing the brake hoses. The manual says to replace them every 4 years, but that is not necessary. Go by their condition. If they are badly cracked replace them, otherwise they are still ok.
I do recommend removing the entire air injection system and CA emissions crap is you have a CA bike, The AIS is on all Vulcan 750s, and can cause some running issues, besides just cluttering up the bike.
Please keep the original air filter housings and filters.
Life is not a race, so don't treat it as such. If you don't believe me, just take a look at the finish line.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike