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Scratch to Vulcan in days - part DEUX

Time for me to do it again with this Vulcan I picked up in the classifieds. Had to rebuild the engine, then tear it down and start from scratch so everything was properly lubed and maintained. I won't ride it if I haven't set every screw in it myself. As with the other bike, This will be a frame up build. This time it won't be a cream puff, This one will be a bobber with some custom accents and blacked out a lot of places.

I have some of it assembled, but have to tear it back down because I was just mocking up the suspension to where I want it to sit. The forks are 4 inches down.The rear will be relocated. I redid all the electrical harness, have to put it back in.
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hour later, engine is in
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hour later, engine is in
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hour later, engine is in
That is as far I have my engine installed....bet you have your installation completed before I do mine - -

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New personal record for me. I've done everything but the plumbing and exhaust in 5 hours. It's wired completely up, just have to do coolant and exhaust. Will test ride it tomorrow.
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New personal record for me. I've done everything but the plumbing and exhaust in 5 hours. It's wired completely up, just have to do coolant and exhaust. Will test ride it tomorrow.

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The VN goes together pretty darn fast once you know what goes where. Bet you can get it down to 2-3 hours if you do a few more.

Heck, can probably start flipping them on CL at that rate
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It does indeed go pretty fast once you have it down. Should be riding it tonight and hoping the fresh engine is timed right. I had a moment of doubt on whether or not the rear head was on the right tooth for the lower sprocket, but 1 tooth wont cause any damage if it isnt. It'll just run like shAt and I'll move it a tooth over. I think it's right. The piston goes to TDC on the first pin, stays there for the second pin, and drops at the 3rd pin, which totals a tooth and a half. The front of the engine was already timed to be on the third pin when the piston just starts its downstroke and hasnt actually moved yet so I set the rear to be the same so they at least match. I can't set it at either of the others because the tooth isn't available for them.

Daytime pic of where I left off last night. Did all the electrical, headlight, not using turn signals on this bobber so left them off, Have to figure out a brake light cause I want the rear tail smooth, Just need to bolt the exhaust, do the cooling and oil. tank and seat are a 2 minute job.
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First pic shows the drop on the front forks. She's riding low.

Second and third pic are from today when I wheeled them both out complete.
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