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09-19-2018 08:03 PM
dunthyon That's what I'm hoping anyway. Once I get everything settled and cleaned up, I'll post pictures and video of her running.
09-19-2018 07:36 PM
GDI Never hurts to have another set of eyes on the issue! Sounds like you've got 'er figured out now.

GDI
09-19-2018 07:23 PM
dunthyon Reviving an old-arse thread to give a small update. I've taken the bike to a family friend who restores bikes for a living, and he took a couple looks at it and devalued the entirety of what the shop did. Carb boots to the engine were loose and almost off, carb was still dirty, petcock was the wrong size (I used the single port one and a Y-connection to try to make it work), and their diagnosis of the engine knock was entirely wrong. (They said they would have to replace the engine, turns out all I had to do was install my own MCCT and a 2,000$ problem was solved for less than 10 cents.) Bought a used petcock off ebay (and a new diaphragm for the master cylinder so I could use the chrome cap I have for it) and am just waiting now.

My last bit after I take care of all these mechanical issues is figuring out how to cover up the portion of the tank that had its paint eaten off by the 3M Decal Adhesive. I was thinking I could just sand it to make it flush and put one of those silver stripe decals over it...
03-09-2018 09:20 AM
mikeyt
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$1200 for a nice running bike is always worth it! I have yet to purchase a bike, all my bikes have been either trades, gifted, or built with parts given to me. Hoping to buy something soon!
I thought so too! The Vulcan I'm working on is a gift from a friend of mine. Would have been about 750$ plus the parts and labor I already put into it if not for him.. the PO before him really messed this bike up. But if all in the world is right, it should be a great bike.
Fingers crossed for you. I love mine when it runs right. When it doesnít it is still a comfortable bike to toy with. Plenty of power (again, when it runs right), I find it considerably light, and it seems low maintenance for me as well. I would like to swap out my seat and handle bars sometime soon. My arms feel too close to me on long trips. Seat looks mediocre.

Let us know how everything turns out. Iím curious to see (and hear) the bike once itís all said and done.
03-09-2018 01:36 AM
dunthyon
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$1200 for a nice running bike is always worth it! I have yet to purchase a bike, all my bikes have been either trades, gifted, or built with parts given to me. Hoping to buy something soon!
I thought so too! The Vulcan I'm working on is a gift from a friend of mine. Would have been about 750$ plus the parts and labor I already put into it if not for him.. the PO before him really messed this bike up. But if all in the world is right, it should be a great bike.
03-08-2018 09:06 PM
mikeyt
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got any pics of that Honda?

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I guess adding pictures is easier than I thought. When I first got the bike, I was told the engine was rebuilt and only had a few hours of runtime. The red tank came original on the bike. Later I found out the tank had a few pinhole leaks in it and completely rusted thru in the rear corners of the tank.

The black tank was picked up at a salvage yard in Missouri. The guy had literally mobile homes filled with tanks and seats (maybe a total of 5 single wides?), which is where I also got a couple other vn750 tanks. 5 tanks for around $100 or so.

Soaked the tank in vinegar and cleared up the rust better (and CHEAPER) than Evaporust. No leaks! I need a new gas cap but the one I have works ďfineĒ.

The black tank is what the Honda looks like now.
03-08-2018 08:53 PM
mikeyt
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Iíve got a 75í CB550 Iím rebuilding and I had to touch the carbs MULTIPLE times before feeling comfortable with their end condition. If you donít have a trained eye like dealership technicians do, you can very easily look over things.

Before shelling out the money Iíd reconsider what the work is worth to you. Is the bike worth letting go? It sounds like the bike has some sentimental value to you (as does my Vulcan). Is it worth letting go? No? Well, then at that point youíd need to either sacrifice your time or your money. Unfortunately nothing in life is free, and TIME is MONEY.

Does the dealership offer refurbished carbs? May be a cheaper option than trying to refurbish that carb set you have, or buying a different set of carbs and rebuilding those.
I ask because Iíve never dealt with motorcycle dealerships. It has always been online stores like eBay and Bike Bandit for me.
got any pics of that Honda?

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As soon as I can figure out how Doc! I actually just fired it up tonight for the first time. Hard work really does pay off. Itís not running that great yet, I still need to fine tune.
03-08-2018 08:49 PM
mikeyt $1200 for a nice running bike is always worth it! I have yet to purchase a bike, all my bikes have been either trades, gifted, or built with parts given to me. Hoping to buy something soon!

Actually, scratch that, I bought an 04í V Star 650 for $500. Put $50 worth of parts Into it and a LOT of curse words. Sold it a couple weekends ago.
03-08-2018 02:16 PM
dunthyon I already took a few hours to think it over when I made the post. It would honestly end up costing the same amount to get a return carb as it would refurbing this one. At least from my nearest Kawi dealer. The eBay ones are cheap but I can't say I trust them either. I let the shop take over and fix the carbs for the money. So far I've invested 1200 into the bike.. however. After this the bike will run like new. It'll be lined in the tank, have new carb parts, New boots, brand new brakes, lubed splines.. the only downside is I have to degrease and clean the engine and other spots that aren't painted. Otherwise it'll be 1200 for a like new bike. I saved myself an extra 1k doing the bulk of the work too.. the shop just had to finish that last bit!
03-08-2018 12:49 PM
OleDirtyDoc
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Iíve got a 75í CB550 Iím rebuilding and I had to touch the carbs MULTIPLE times before feeling comfortable with their end condition. If you donít have a trained eye like dealership technicians do, you can very easily look over things.

Before shelling out the money Iíd reconsider what the work is worth to you. Is the bike worth letting go? It sounds like the bike has some sentimental value to you (as does my Vulcan). Is it worth letting go? No? Well, then at that point youíd need to either sacrifice your time or your money. Unfortunately nothing in life is free, and TIME is MONEY.

Does the dealership offer refurbished carbs? May be a cheaper option than trying to refurbish that carb set you have, or buying a different set of carbs and rebuilding those.
I ask because Iíve never dealt with motorcycle dealerships. It has always been online stores like eBay and Bike Bandit for me.
got any pics of that Honda?

Sent from my LGL34C using Tapatalk
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