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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-30-2013, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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86 vulcan known as purple rain to my friends.

So I picked up this 86 vulcan a few weeks back for 200 bucks. It's painted this purple ish color I'm not a fan of at all. Anyways I'm going to drop it in the rear so the fender hugs the tire better and do struts instead of shocks. I'm also going to do rec rectifier-regulator mod and move it so it gets better airflow. I have a spare set of hard bags I want to put on as well. Maybe swap out the bars later on. Il get pics up as soon as I can.
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Welcome and what a steal that was for the bike
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welcome! and yeah....great price!

I gotta see this purple rain bike...post up some pictures when you can.
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welcome to the family.there are even some shorter shocks you can use

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Here it is the day I brought it home.
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that's not a bad color actually...The wife keeps asking if we can paint mine a metallic purple.
Good luck with it!
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Wow I haven't updated this thread in awhile. I've since found a set of good pickup coils. In the process of having it apart I've eliminated a lot of things on it. I took off the gauges turn signals and a few other things. I want to get rid of the key and just have a toggle switch to replace the ignition switch. How would I go about wiring that up?
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Hey Jim, welcome to the Vulcan madness.

I agree with kc, the purple is actually a pretty nice color.

Bypassing the ignition switch and the safety switches is probably just a matter of checking the wiring diagram and soldering the RUN and Ground wires to the toggle switch.

However the wisdom of that course of action is very debatable IMHO. Just sayin'.

Also hardtailing the scoot with struts makes the suspension and handling worse IMO.
I believe there are 10.5 inch shocks available (2" shorter than OEM) which will lower the fender considerably to give the look you want, while still retaining some shock absorbing capability.

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I had to eliminate the ignition switch on my '85 Goldwing. It was bad, and all I could find were 30 year old used ones that probably weren't any better. The switch turns on so many things that I decided to break it up into 3 different circuits and used 3 toggle switches. I left the old defective switch in place, and the toggles are mounted in the fairing. People are used to seeing Goldwings covered with all kinds of stuff, so I don't think they would attract any attention, and I can't see anyone wanting to steal this bike anyway.

I would reconsider the hardtail conversion. You don't know what pain is until you've ridden a hardtail. Most hardtails never get ridden, they are just show bikes.

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