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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-10-2013, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Summer's almost here, so it's about time for me to finish off "Kelly" and get her in shape to run up and down the coast. If I can find some mirror extenders, I'll change out the mirrors. I'll be really pedantic about it since Kawasaki decided to use different height mirrors on each side.

I'll update this thread with pictures and such of each installation (if it's worthy of sharing anyway). Once she's all done I'll have my buddy detail her and take some more pictures. Here's a list of what's coming soon...
  • Emgo 23-93100 Handlebars
  • Black VN700 levers (I have a 86, so my brake MC should be the same)
  • Front and rear wheel bearings
  • Bolt on a bunch of the other add-ons / new parts I ordered last year

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

2014 Honda VFR800F

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-21-2013, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Well I finally got off my backside and got some work done. Nothing major but getting the ball rolling.
  • Drained the oil
  • Removed extended backrest
  • Removed brake calipers
  • Loosened axle bolt
  • Removed old dead front turn signals
Tomorrow morning-afternoon I should have the new forks, wheel bearings, and brakes on the bike. I'm kind of working front to back. Next after all of that will be the new bars.

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

2014 Honda VFR800F

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350
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Nothing beats beats working on a motorcycle, well a few things do. Here in the UK it is the official first day of Summer, looking out of the window it is grey skies, windy, and rain is forcast. We don't have climate here, we just have weather! My engine parts arrived today so I'm off into the big shed to start putting the motor back together.

One can never have too many alternative forms of transport.
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Nothing beats beats working on a motorcycle, well a few things do. Here in the UK it is the official first day of Summer, looking out of the window it is grey skies, windy, and rain is forcast. We don't have climate here, we just have weather! My engine parts arrived today so I'm off into the big shed to start putting the motor back together.
While I do love the thought of working on a motorcycle, it would be better if I were in a situation like you and thtanner where I had another bike to ride while I worked on one.

thtanner, did you go with the chrome version of those handlebars? Looking forward to seeing some pics of those bars and mirrors. That might be one of my next purchases.

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Yes, it does take the pressure off if you have alternative transport. I am fortunate in that respect. However many of my fleet came to me as throw outs from past owners, I just love a challenge. My wife thinks I see them as stray dogs needing TLC and a good home.

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Forgot to say "yes please" to pictures thtanner. I love other peoples pictures.

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I just got back from swapping the forks, front wheel, and wheel bearings. It was a fairly strait forward process; leagues simpler than the ST1100 I had. I will clean the brakes and change the pads later today or early tomorrow. After that it's time for the handlebars.

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thtanner, did you go with the chrome version of those handlebars?
They are the chrome version. Pics hopefully tomorrow.


Reference pics for left and right side (spacer, speedo gear)



One fork at a time to keep alignment..


Finished product. I just sped through the bearings (I did them on my ST1100 so I am familiar with the process).

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

2014 Honda VFR800F

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350

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I went ahead and cleaned up my calipers today, swapped the pads, and flushed the fluid. The brakes on the VN are fairly pain free, and using the MotionPro one-way check valve bleeder thing, it made the fluid swap a breeze.

Now the front end is complete. I still have that leak around the shift shaft, and I have a replacement seal; I'm just not sure how much I care about it. I'm about ready to leave that small drip leak until next oil change...

Hopefully I can get the fuel valve swapped tomorrow, and the carbs re-synced. If that goes well I'll drive her around the block to admire the new front end, and swap the bars on Tuesday.

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

2014 Honda VFR800F

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350
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Well I got the shift shaft seal replaced today. I just beat the old one into submission and it eventually came out.

New one popped in easily with a 15mm deep socket.

I refilled her oil and reconnected the battery and did a run around the block. I can't wait to knock the rest of the items off of the list for a ride I plan to go to on Sunday.

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

2014 Honda VFR800F

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350
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All sounds great, nice pictures. The brakes are nice and simple to work on aren't they. I did mine whilst waiting for the engine parts to arrive.

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