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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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86 vn750 Project Bike

Picked this bike up a couple of weeks ago, was looking for a project to work on with my 13yr old son so he can hopefully pick up some skills.
The bike was running well until the front cylinder developed a bit of noise so the previous owner basically parked it and left it until he decieded to sell.
This won't be the fastest moving project as spare time is limited
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The plan is to make a few mods, new seat, loose the air cleaners, lower bars, strip the bike down to the frame, check and service as needed and repaint etc
With the engine fix the problem causing the noise (valves I think), do the clutch mod and the stator mod and have already converted to mcct's

This is the Bike as I picked it up and then with the new seat
Next is to start the strip down
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 01:26 PM
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So did the mcct's take care of the noise in the front cylinder?

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no they where not the problem so did a compression test and the front cylinder is down so looks valve related
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nice project.love the 85's and 86's(not because i own one of each.lol)because of the painted/polished wheels.like the seat.not a fan of the stock one.and if you decide to lower it in the rear,relocate the rectifier/regulator,as the swingarm will hit it

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Well I got up on sunday morning a week ago and decieded to start stripping down the bike. The plan was to pull everything off and check all the parts and make a list of what needs repairing or replacing and slowley pick away at it. The total job to get it down to bare frame took about 7 hours and suprisingly considering the age of the bike everything came off easily except for one engine mount nut that I had to chisel off as it was rounded. All I need to get are fork seals, fuel lines, all the rubber water hoses ,the two steel water pipes on top of the engine and a new sight glass for the master cylinder. Pretty happy with all that. I will replace the steering, swingarm and wheel bearings although they don't need it.
Everything went off to the powdercoaters yesterday so I should have it all back tomorrow.
Thanks Doc I will remember that as I will probley lower it at some stage, I would like to hardtail it but you can't do that in Oz unless it was origional.
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from the merry old land of Oz,eh?I would love to visit someday,but i am just a poor old cook.

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yep not a bad place i'm in Queensland so always nice and hot

Got the powdercoating back today so hopefully will put some pieces bach on this weekend
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Nice, keep the pictures coming.
I just got an 86 and had no intentions of tearing it down but buy this weekend I will have it down to the frame and motor. The engine runs fine but how ever worked on this bike before was a mechanical idiot.
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good luck with that they seem really easy bikes to work on or maybe I was really lucky.
Take lots of pics so you can how it goes back together, I ended up with about 80 pic's
From experience working on cars I always think I will remember how it goes but when the time comes I have forgotten
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I always try to have extra parts left over (to make it lighter)...

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