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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-13-2012, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Say Hi to the freshest noob

Hey everyone. So new to road bikes, i don't even have my M class yet. Was just given a 85 VN 700 with 20,000 miles. Dude told me if i could fix it and ride it out of his garage it was mine.

needless to say, at 19.... I'm freaking excited.

I'll be throwing up pics of my VN 700 rebuild, boy does it need some TLC.

Probably be looking for people to ride with in the process, and I'll be asking some really stupid questions along the way- it's just my luck with forums.

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Welcome to the group, look into the Riders training programs. Offerd all over the country, great learning program. Ask away we will all try and help.
Read the Vulcan Verses for great info.

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Congrats. Get a signed contract with the guy wheather you know him or not. People tend to change their minds.

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Congrats. Get a signed contract with the guy wheather you know him or not. People tend to change their minds.
Thanks for getting my bike running for me kid, now get out of my garage.

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Welcome! I second the rider safety classes.

Check the final drive splines
take care of the Automatic cam chain tensioners. At the very least, convert them to manual tensioners. Best bet is to pick up a pair of the TOC MCCTs and compleatly replace the automatics.
I'm a fan of replacing all of the fluids regardless of previous owners claim to have just done it.

......I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere then in any city on earth.

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Congrats. Get a signed contract with the guy wheather you know him or not. People tend to change their minds.
No worries my man. Taken care of there.

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Welcome! I second the rider safety classes.

Check the final drive splines
take care of the Automatic cam chain tensioners. At the very least, convert them to manual tensioners. Best bet is to pick up a pair of the TOC MCCTs and compleatly replace the automatics.
I'm a fan of replacing all of the fluids regardless of previous owners claim to have just done it.
Hear ya on the fluids, that was on my mind as well as a full tune up (carb clean, plugs and wires, filters, etc.)

What's the word on the drive splines and tensioners though? Fairly new to bike mechanics (mostly car background) and definitely new to shaft drive
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You just never know!

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What's the word on the drive splines and tensioners though? Fairly new to bike mechanics (mostly car background) and definitely new to shaft drive
These tend to be the two biggest problems with our bikes. seems that a lot of the final drives were not properly lubed from the factory and never got the proper attention needed (less common with the older models, but still good to check) If left unchecked, the splines of the shaft dries up, rusts, and turns to dust, and then you have a bike that doesn't go with a pretty expensive fix.

as for the automatic cam chain tensioners (ACCT), the springs the the them were weak from the get go and have a very common tendency to fail letting the cam chain rattle loose and potentially chew up the inside of the engine and mess with the timing.

Best option is to replace with the TOC Manual tensions (MCCT)
http://www.tocmanufacturing.com/Manu...nTensioner.htm

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These tend to be the two biggest problems with our bikes. seems that a lot of the final drives were not properly lubed from the factory and never got the proper attention needed (less common with the older models, but still good to check) If left unchecked, the splines of the shaft dries up, rusts, and turns to dust, and then you have a bike that doesn't go with a pretty expensive fix.

as for the automatic cam chain tensioners (ACCT), the springs the the them were weak from the get go and have a very common tendency to fail letting the cam chain rattle loose and potentially chew up the inside of the engine and mess with the timing.
Cool Cool... Pretty sure I can find a the instructions for that in the Vulcan Verses. I also have the original manuals and maintenance guides thankfully.

New thread will be appearing tonight. Going over to his place before I have to work today- Bike is going to be in peices very soon
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