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First post, first Kawasaki, first Vulcan, first motorcycle. Just purchased an Ď85 700 that needs reassembly and a late 90ís part bike thatís a 750. If everything goes right I might fix it too. Have a truck load of extra parts to go with it. Hope to learn a lot in here.
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Ear shaved
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Emissions removed
Lowered rear
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
Petcock gutted

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Welcome, Good luck, check the Verses, and as someone who bought their first bike as a Vulcan, get a JIS cross screwdriver. It will save you stripped screws in important places.
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Welcome, Good luck, check the Verses, and as someone who bought their first bike as a Vulcan, get a JIS cross screwdriver. It will save you stripped screws in important places.
And holy crap, that explains why the previous owner stripped out EVERY SINGLE SCREW HEAD on the bike trying to get it apart. Thanks for the tip!

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welcome to the nucking futhouse. can also flatten the tip on a Phillips with a grinder.also,before you try to remove the screw,tap the screwdriver a few times with a hammer when the tip of the screwdriver is in the head of the screw.that's about what my 85 looked like when I got her(minus the purple frame,of course)

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welcome to the nucking futhouse. can also flatten the tip on a Phillips with a grinder.also,before you try to remove the screw,tap the screwdriver a few times with a hammer when the tip of the screwdriver is in the head of the screw.that's about what my 85 looked like when I got her(minus the purple frame,of course)

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Yeah I'm not a fan of the purple either. Which is unfortunate because it is a very nice new powder coat job, my wife doesn't like it either. The previous owner said his favorite color was purple and he had plans of making it purple and black like the Kawasaki Mean Streak was red and black. I'm hoping I can find a good way to rough up the powder coat and just paint over it, black of course...

-2016 Indian Springfield
Chieftain bars
Roadmaster heated seat

-1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Ear shaved
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Emissions removed
Lowered rear
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
Petcock gutted

- Wife's: 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited Pearl White
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I'd keep it purple. Once you have everything installed on the bike, there isn't that much frame showing. If you make the rest of the bike black, the purple wouldn't look bad.
Every bike seems to have a black frame. Guess I just like having something different
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I'd keep it purple. Once you have everything installed on the bike, there isn't that much frame showing. If you make the rest of the bike black, the purple wouldn't look bad.
Every bike seems to have a black frame. Guess I just like having something different
I do too. Just don't know if I could drive it with a purple frame... If it were red or something it would be different.
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Chieftain bars
Roadmaster heated seat

-1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Ear shaved
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Emissions removed
Lowered rear
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
Petcock gutted

- Wife's: 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited Pearl White
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Update: I haven't gotten much at all done on my project VN700 yet, but I did find out why the parts VN750 is a parts bike... There is a large chunk broke out of the bottom of the crank case on the front left side. Also there are some discs (looks like starter gear to flywheel??) that are loose and broken, so the bottom end of that engine is mostly junk. BUT! I found a complete VN750 with a clear title that just needs carb work for cheap that we will pick up this weekend if everything goes right so I will hopefully have 2 running Vulcans and a parts bike! This could work out good, I like having parts available at my fingertips.

On a side note, I can't seem to find a carb rebuild kit anywhere. Looks like you have to buy individual parts from a dealer or an online source. Is this true? Wanting to go back with all new soft parts in my carbs on the purple frame VN700. (Oh, and I think I'm gonna leave it purple too)

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Chieftain bars
Roadmaster heated seat

-1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Ear shaved
Mufflers removed / 38/140 + 2 shims
Relay coil mod
Pick-up coil mod
Emissions removed
Lowered rear
Rear blinkers located in tail light housing
Petcock gutted

- Wife's: 2018 Can-am Spyder F3 Limited Pearl White
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