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post #1 of 79 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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my freebie 1987 VN750A build

A guy from work GAVE me a 1987 VN750 with a broken internal shift shaft for free. It had been sitting for years and his wife wanted it off the property.

So.......I now have a project to work on and I just got the kawasaki to a roller state - minus the brakes. Working on the brakes now. Need new front brake pistons and a seal kit of course - the original pistons were corroded. Found a guy in England that carries them relatively cheap tho.

I am doing the military OD Green with a white army star in a circle thing. I was in the US Army and have always liked that look.

I have a bunch of pics on the process - need to upload them to a host then I will do up this thread better.

Later - BigJeff

It looked like this when I got it - engine was out of frame and many parts in boxes:



I stripped it down to this and painted the frame:



And have rebuilt it up to this so far:



All it takes is money and a boatload of time! Right? lol

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very nice! Keep the pictures coming...are you doing a full rebuild on the engine/trans?
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very nice! Keep the pictures coming...are you doing a full rebuild on the engine/trans?

Got to split the case to fix that famous "broken shift tie rod" - so I'll give it a good look over. Should be in pretty good shape. Only has 14k on it. Will need to buy a complete set of rebuild gaskets tho. :/ Going to leave the tranny alone unless something glares out at me.

If the pistons and bores measure out right I'll leave it - if not - big bore time.

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Got to split the case to fix that famous "broken shift tie rod" - so I'll give it a good look over. Should be in pretty good shape. Only has 14k on it. Will need to buy a complete set of rebuild gaskets tho. :/ Going to leave the tranny alone unless something glares out at me.

If the pistons and bores measure out right I'll leave it - if not - big bore time.
Ensure you replace the dampers...mine went out @ 13K miles.
To avoid possible leaks, I also replaced the shift "Shaft" Seal ....also performed the Tuxedo Mod.

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x1000, check the dampers, the pics of failed ones are hideous.

Can't beat free and it's obviously going to look cool.

Stock bars on that in the pics?

Military theme, eh... I see some of those gas cans they use on the milspec KLR650. Tiny fuel tank, solved!

Nice neat shop, I'm jealous.

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Awesome start on the resto!

I'll xInfiniti on the dampeners. If your bike is already vibreating badly (badly as in can't see out of one mirror regardless of RPM and the bike dances around on center stand) then get those suckers replaced! Else, you'll end up with bullet holes in the casing.

Good job on the work thus far! Looking forward to more updates!

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Looks great!


Malibu Shades windscreen, headlight visor, custom dashboard with voltmeter and clock, luggage rack, extended backrest, Viking saddlebags and toolbag, Wingerline engine guard with foot pads, light bar with halogen bulbs, Hardley Sportster muffs with crossover, homemade coasters, earshave with K&N pods, 142/42 jets with 2 shims each needle, MCCT's, AGM battery, coil relay mod, Iridiums with yellow NGK plug wires, relocated R/R, WOLO air horn, VN750.com chrome radiator guard
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Thanks for the tips. I'll replace the dampeners for sure and look into the tuxedo mod. Yes - stock bars - so far. lol

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1987 Kawasaki VN750A
1981 Honda CB900C
2012 Honda NC700X

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Ok people - I got the US Army Star decals I ordered today! Whoo Hoo!

Tank - notice Honda cb900c and NC700X peeking through under the tank:



Side cover:



You get the idea:


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1981 Honda CB900C
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that really is looking slick! I can't wait to build my next garage....it will allow me to go crazy with project bikes I'm just now finishing my first vulcan build and am already on the lookout for another one LOL
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