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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Project Deborah drive

Deborah is my street name. I started riding a motorcycle two years ago. rode bike (bicycle) to work for about 17 years on good days before I got what my good Friend Brian calls "the bug" of motorcycles. story short, I purchased a Savage 650 year 2000 right after I took the MSF class in April 2011.
Once I knew better decided to jump on a bike that has drive shaft, twin engine, liquid cooled and found Kawasaki VN750. Not having the rush to ride (having one on the road) found a nice one from a lady that decided to leave biking for a while. not recently but probably around 2008. therefore bike was not ready to run.
having said that, dear forum savvy, I need your help to put this bike on the road and may be next year I can have my ride from the East coast to see my daughter in San Francisco. a ride of about 3500 miles.

I have with me the kawasaki service manual
Serial number on bike is: JKAVNDA14YB542914
Current condition after removing tank, petcock, carburetor

Gas tank seems dirty with noise inside-derbies removed
Gas tank cap totally covered with some greenish dust that makes the key work hard to remove.
petcock does not seem stock (original)
one of the hoses from carburetor is cut
removed carburetor and found out that Rear carburetor is stuck and does not make the sound of "slushhhh". totally stuck

help required with the following:
what kind of petcock do I have? see pictures. I can say that it is not stock because there is a mismatch on the shape of the petcock and the trace of paint on the tank. should I rebuild? the screen that filters gas seems destroyed. i can blow and parts fly everywhere. the exitement makes me go in different directions. hope I can get the guidance to focus and go in order. again Please help.
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Petcock is stock with primary filter and tube eroded away.
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Welcome!

That is a stock petcock.

I bought a new one from a dealer for about $50. It was worth it than to spend time on a rebuild imo.

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
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thanks for quick reply. then why there is a mismatch between the shape of petcock and paint on tank? by the way I enjoyed seeing your project rebuilt.
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I live in Maryland. any suggestion for a dealer near me?
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Petcock is alluminum. Tank is painted steel.
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Good luck! I'm a fellow Marylander and I've yet to sight another VN750! I'll keep my eyes peeled for you when you're all together.
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Just call any local Kawasaki dealer. Go to their website to find the closest one. Find the part # online (cheapcycleparts.com) and call the dealer to order it.

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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....what year is your bike ???....if its an 85 or 86, the petcocks are different, in a number of ways.....could be, if you have an older model, the PO installed a newer petcock. That could cause the mismatch.



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thank you all for valuable chat. Proceeding with work. After some Kroil and impact screwdriver, I was finally able to separate Rear Carb. screws were stuck and currently have two screw heads damaged. would like to replace for hex type like in the video. any suggestions on where to order from?
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