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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-03-2014, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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25,000 mile 1992 Vulcan 750 I found on craigslist. Seller was up front about a bad stator, and the bike had been in a chicken coop/shed for a couple years. According to the title he bought it in 2010, and he showed me the pictures of when he got it - it was spotless. He put new tires and brakes on it. The stator went up and his wife got sick so he parked the bike. Nearing retirement he's selling off everything and moving South.

I got the bike home last night and gave it a quick wash.

Here's things that need to be addressed:

Mice chewed through some wiring - under the tank and seat.

RR turn signal stalk is broken (and wires chewed through)

License plate light wires eaten too.

Missing bolts - stator cover, left footpeg bolts.

Battery is dead and dry.

Stator is bad (not verified)

Gas is old/varnish

Throttle cable stiff

Clutch linkage disconnected
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-03-2014, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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As a way of logging my progress, here's what I did today:

Pulled the gas tank, found left front plug wire was eaten by mice. Bought new battery, (Sam's club $52) and bolts for stator cover and brush-on wire insulation. (Lowe's $18)

Hooked the bike up to an old car battery and got it to fire a bit - impressive on ancient gas. Pulled tank and need to dispose of old gas.
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Cool find. Did you get it for a good price?

Welcome to the forum - a lot of good info and help on this site.



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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-04-2014, 12:37 AM
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if you want to remedy the wireing issues all together i have a complete harness off of a 2000 that will work on your bike its yours for 50 bucks plus the shipping

if your wires on the controls are fried i have those too all from a 2000 but they will work on the 92

call me if you want it my number is down at the bottom

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thanks newrider, the harness is only bad in two little spots, and it's only the insulation. I'll try this fix first. I don't have a wiring diagram but looks like it's horn or headlight wires. Nothing essential.
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I got some rear turn signals in good shape if you need any.

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I could use a passenger side turn signal. Or at least the black plastic support shaft part of it. How do I go about buying the stator plate mod thing?
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but please if you do the mod do it away from the engine

im not a fan of the mod myself but then again i can change my stator in under 4 hours cause i know ever bolt on this bike and i got a few tricks up my sleeve to make the motor pull a lot quicker

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I may not need to do the stator at all - If I checked it correctly, I have a bad diode or 2 in the Rectifier. (which is ratty looking, and rusted in place - definitely not a newly-replaced part) I drained the 3 gallons of varnish last night, but the petcock doesn't seem to work at all. I put a Mityvac on one of the vacuum ports and plugged the other with my finger. pulled 15lbs of vacuum and no gas dripped out on any setting (RES/ON/OFF) Now that the tank's empty I can pull the petcock and examine.

Also found the vent tube on the bottom of the tank (right above the center frame rail) was chewed off by mice.

Will a bad rectifier mimic the symptoms of a bad stator? Or could a bad rectifier have CAUSED a bad stator? I still haven't had it running so I can't check voltage at speed. The battery that came with it was "new" from the previous owner (bought the bike in '10) and is a Wal-Mart battery. (which have one-star reviews) and it was dry inside, will all the caps in place.

I looked closely at the spare stator that came with the bike - I had thought it was a junkyard takeoff because it's rusty, but it may actually be brand new and just rusty from sitting in hay in a chicken coop for years. The rubber grommet looks new - no creases from being smashed in a case, and no silicone. Don't think I'll take a chance on it (especially without a case mod) so I'll probably buy new. Even if it is new, it could be an ebay junk cheapie.

I think the new plan is to get it running, check voltage situation, then see what needs done. In my research I came across some VN750 bobber pictures - I REALLY like the looks of them! If I get this running cheap I may go that route! (but keep factory paint - the paint is beautiful on this thing - I polished the tank last night - to keep any spilled gasoline from doing too much damage)

stay tuned!
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