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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hello From Vermont!

I bought my first bike, 2002 Vulcan 750 in May 2009 and started riding June 6, 2009. Still have the bike and have now put over 38,000 miles on her, plus another 3,000 plus on rentals while visiting CA. She started with a little over 7k so now has 44,500 miles on her. She's starting to clatter.

Service folks tell me stuff is starting to wear down in there and I either need new parts and pieces or swap out the engine with one from a junkyard.

I would love to hear from anyone with knowledge and experience about this situation.

How many miles is a lot on a Vulcan 750?
Is it less expensive to fix the motor I have or buy a used one?
Approx. what will it cost to fix?
Approx. what will a used one cost?

I LOVE my bike!!!

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 10:53 PM
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well, with out hearing your bike... we need to know a little more... but where does the sound seam to be coming from, front cylinder, rear cylinder, top of engine, bottom of engine?
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I bought my first bike, 2002 Vulcan 750 in May 2009 and started riding June 6, 2009. Still have the bike and have now put over 38,000 miles on her, plus another 3,000 plus on rentals while visiting CA. She started with a little over 7k so now has 44,500 miles on her. She's starting to clatter.

Service folks tell me stuff is starting to wear down in there and I either need new parts and pieces or swap out the engine with one from a junkyard.

I would love to hear from anyone with knowledge and experience about this situation.

How many miles is a lot on a Vulcan 750?
Is it less expensive to fix the motor I have or buy a used one?
Approx. what will it cost to fix?
Approx. what will a used one cost?

I LOVE my bike!!!

Thanks, all!
I bet the sound is just your ACCTs (Automatic Cam Chain Tensioners) starting to fail, and clack loudly. Also, the petcock can get noisy over time.

I'd investigate the source of the sound. Try using a screwdriver as a stethoscope to see if the noise is near the ACCTs. If it is them, I'd grab a pair of TOC MCCTs for $100 + S&H, lube your rear spline, and put another 38k on her!

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Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
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TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
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I bet the sound is just your ACCTs (Automatic Cam Chain Tensioners) starting to fail, and clack loudly. Also, the petcock can get noisy over time.

I'd investigate the source of the sound. Try using a screwdriver as a stethoscope to see if the noise is near the ACCTs. If it is them, I'd grab a pair of TOC MCCTs for $100 + S&H, lube your rear spline, and put another 38k on her!
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x2 ! & definitely lube those splines !
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-Purchased 2008 w/8800mi
Replaced ALL Cables . Kuryakyn LED Voltmeter
SilverStar Ultra 9003/HB2 H4 Headlamp, Jardine Fwd Controls,
Iridiums DPR7EIX-9 & Wires, Tuxedo Mod, Coil Mod, P/U Sensor Mod, Fork Seals,
Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
Additional Flashing LED Brake Light on Trunk
Dampers went out @ 13+K !
After TOC MCCT's..... so amazingly quiet I discovered a rattling heat shield on my stock exhaust !
...have a vulcan good day!
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Welcome to the Vulcan madness.
(Sorry to mention this, but the name "Road Hog" sounds like you should be on another forum. lol )

My first thought whenever someone new shows up with an undiagnosed noise in the engine is ACCT too.
The Grambo trick is a quick, easy, no cost test to see if the ACCT is the culprit.
See Vulcan Verses here:
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1076

The Automatic feature of the Cam Chain Tensioners is great when they are new and the springs are still strong.

But when the chains start clacking and otherwise making noise, it is time to change out to a Manual CCT, whether converted for a few $ from an OEM ACCT,

or spend $100 +shipping for the beauties from TOC Manufacturing:
http://www.tocmanufacturing.com/Manu...nTensioner.htm

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Welcome to the Vulcan madness.
(Sorry to mention this, but the name "Road Hog" sounds like you should be on another forum. lol )

My first thought whenever someone new shows up with an undiagnosed noise in the engine is ACCT too.
The Grambo trick is a quick, easy, no cost test to see if the ACCT is the culprit.
See Vulcan Verses here:
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1076

The Automatic feature of the Cam Chain Tensioners is great when they are new and the springs are still strong.

But when the chains start clacking and otherwise making noise, it is time to change out to a Manual CCT, whether converted for a few $ from an OEM ACCT,

or spend $100 +shipping for the beauties from TOC Manufacturing:
http://www.tocmanufacturing.com/Manu...nTensioner.htm
x2 OlHoss !

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'86 VN750 13,700 mi -Stock
-Purchased 2008 w/8800mi
Replaced ALL Cables . Kuryakyn LED Voltmeter
SilverStar Ultra 9003/HB2 H4 Headlamp, Jardine Fwd Controls,
Iridiums DPR7EIX-9 & Wires, Tuxedo Mod, Coil Mod, P/U Sensor Mod, Fork Seals,
Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
Additional Flashing LED Brake Light on Trunk
Dampers went out @ 13+K !
After TOC MCCT's..... so amazingly quiet I discovered a rattling heat shield on my stock exhaust !
...have a vulcan good day!
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Thanks, All. I'll check out the ACCTs.

And BTW, using the name Road Hog, cuz my friend in Nashville calls me that as a joke. I like the joke. No reality intended!

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Oh, yeah, and I'll lube the splines, too.

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