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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 04-08-2017, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Restoring estanner's 1990 VN750

After about 5 years of sitting in the back of the garage, it's about time to roll out the '90 and take her down to frame, clean everything up, fix the broken bits, and put her back together. I have a bunch of new(er) parts to put on like a new tank, upgraded brake stuff, mosfet r/r, whatnot.



After spending most of the day re-organizing the garage for the tasks (5 bikes, tools, and a parts cache is quite the squeeze,) I managed to take care of a few things before it got dark.

  • Drained oil
  • Removed seat
  • Removed battery
  • Removed toolbox
  • Removed side covers
  • Removed rear fender/sissy bar support
  • Removed rear fender
  • Removed exhaust & gasket
  • Removed engine guard
  • Removed passenger pegs

You know you're doing it right when there's a big hammer

We'll hopefully finish disassembly tomorrow, as well as internal engine work. That will leave the weeknights this next week for paint (frame, engine, etc,) with reassembly next weekend if I'm lucky.
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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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Nice one buddy, good luck with the strip down and rebuild
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Made some progress today. Almost as much as planned, but I got a late start.



  • Drained coolant
  • Removed radiator and associated coolant hoses
  • Removed the ears
  • Disconnected airbox from carbs
  • Disconnected clutch cable
  • Disconnected electrical connections from engine, starter, etc
  • Removed coolant bottle
  • Supported to engine with 2x4 and jack
  • Removed engine mount bolts and removable frame section
  • Trashed smog items
  • Wiggled engine out. The removable motor mounting location on the right side made this a lot easier.
  • Removed carbs off engine
  • Trashed airbox

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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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Tackled the interior engine work. The timing is super simple to keep set with the notch in the rotor and damper.



  • Replaced stator (TPE rewind, under 10k miles used from my 86 that I replaced thinking it was an issue .. it wasn't)
  • Replaced balance dampers
  • Replaced shift-shaft seal
  • Adjusted shift-shaft circlips to eliminate play (someone had dropped the bike before, so it had way too much in and out play)
  • Torqued everything to factory spec
  • Engine now ready for paint prep

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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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Nice work buddy, you are going full steam ahead

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Nice work buddy, you are going full steam ahead
Cheers Gaz.

I don't think I'll have it together as fast as planned, but if I can get a lot of the stuff painted this weekend I'll be happy.

Would be nice to have it together prior to the end of the month. I'm tackling carbs here this week after I work up the patience to deal with them.

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'm tackling carbs here this week after I work up the patience to deal with them.
Got to admit, it took lots of counting to 10 and deep breathes rebuilding mine... Kawasaki like to over complicate things

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I did the floats on my carbs for my vn750 '86 they were a huge pain in rear end , because they are not a normal angle they are setup on a 45 degree angle grrrr super frustrating. I also had short patience with linkage. cheers
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I also had short patience with linkage
Yup it's a fiddly ba$t45d ... I was so close to lobbing the whole lot across the workshop floor


But a walk away, two cups of coffee and a lot of swearing later, it finally came together

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