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post #1 of 83 (permalink) Old 09-06-2012, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Complete rebuild project

I got this bike about 2 weeks ago as a project to get some hands-on for the things i'm learning about in night school.
The bike stand still and has not run for little over 10 years.

The plan is to strip it down completely, powder coat the frame, and then do a rebuild while looking @ all parts, repair & service where needed.

This is how the bike arrived @ my home




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First thing i did was check oil level, put in a new battery and try to start the engine.
It started without problems, i then measured the compression on both the cilinders, one had 180 psi the other 185 psi.
Good values so no major problems with the engine for this moment.
I also checked the electrical current on the battery, this was around 13,9 so that must be charging.

After these first checks i was ready to start taking here apart.
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Remove the seat and gas tank



Removed the carbs (what a fu... job )



Intake looks nice

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Removed the exhausts, the water cooling system, and the Kawi EPA system.
If i have the time i want to remove the engine in the comming weekend.





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Well..you got the bike to run with no issues, you got good compression and the battery is charging....

I'd at least ride the thing until the weather started to suck ..... You got another bike to ride while you tear this one apart?

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Well..you got the bike to run with no issues, you got good compression and the battery is charging....

I'd at least ride the thing until the weather started to suck ..... You got another bike to ride while you tear this one apart?

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Used it today to drive to work in beautiful sunshine
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If you're yanking the motor....I would suggest installing the TOC removable stator cover.... Might save you from doing it again down the road.

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If you're yanking the motor....I would suggest installing the TOC removable stator cover.... Might save you from doing it again down the road.
I don't think I could ever suggest the TOC side cover modification, due to it's price vs the value of VN750s. $450 is a crap ton when the similar tuxedo mod can be performed at home for under $100 all tools, metal, etc included.

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
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I don't think I could ever suggest the TOC side cover modification, due to it's price vs the value of VN750s. $450 is a crap ton when the similar tuxedo mod can be performed at home for under $100 all tools, metal, etc included.
Yes. Sorry...I had meant to come back edit my post to mention the alternative posted here:
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16839

But my cold medicine kicked in and I nodded out before I got the chance to come back and add it.

However, those that feel uncomfortable doing the work can pony up the bucks and get the TOC cover. Obviously if you are skilled enough to totally dissasemble a bike you should have the chops to go with the DIY option.


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I have read some posts about it and thinking about doing it.
I got the bike real cheap and the first plan was just to tear it down and rebuild it to have some study material.
Now that i have it for a couple of weeks it is kind of growing on me and i start to really like it.

Yesterday i remove the footpegs, some electrical wires going to the engine and looked at the final drive.
While removing the gear change pedal (dont now the proper word) i noticed there was alot of tolerance on the axle going into the engine.
I could move it in and out about 1,5 cm and is to much i think.
So maybe i gonna need to open the engine also and look at that.
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