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01-06-2013 02:51 AM
OleDirtyDoc sounds like she's gotten under your skin.i would fix and keep her.but then again,i recently bought another one,so my judgement might be skeptical.lol
01-05-2013 09:10 PM
1stVulcan It's weird. If I had more money to throw at it, I'd put LEDs on it. I think that would help the electrical system enough to not have a problem cranking. But I've already past the breaking even point if I sell it.
01-03-2013 11:28 PM
OleDirtyDoc
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That's exactly it. My bike is great mid day, it'll usually start up the first few cranks. But in the morning she doesn't like to be awakened that's for sure. I'll sit on the back porch and crank for a minute before it finally fires up. But throughout the day I usually have no problems getting her started.
sounds just like mine.gotta jump it in the morning.starts fine on break and when i go back to work.gotta jump it when i go home at night.
01-03-2013 11:17 PM
1stVulcan
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does it crank over and backfire?mine will do that on a low battery.just cranks over,and does not start.hook up a jump pack to her and she fires right off.
That's exactly it. My bike is great mid day, it'll usually start up the first few cranks. But in the morning she doesn't like to be awakened that's for sure. I'll sit on the back porch and crank for a minute before it finally fires up. But throughout the day I usually have no problems getting her started.
01-03-2013 10:40 PM
OleDirtyDoc does it crank over and backfire?mine will do that on a low battery.just cranks over,and does not start.hook up a jump pack to her and she fires right off.
01-03-2013 05:38 PM
Wolfie You know, Ive run 20-50 in all of my bikes since the 70s...unless its very warm out, the VN prefers 10-40....honestly....I started running 20-50 in mine, and where it was fine in summer, soon as they nights dropped into the 40s, the clutch slipped....if you can afford it, try switching to 10-40...use the same filter since its not that old.

And all mod instructions with variants are all right here in detail and even with pics....just use the search on top of the page....for electric mods, all are stickied on the first page of the electrical section. But test your stator's output first before doing anything...it could just be a bad battery.



01-03-2013 05:02 PM
1stVulcan It has been about 2k miles since I changed the oil. I'm running Honda 20w50 right now... I'm going to assume the clutch is stock from 1990.

I charged up the battery today, and adjusted the clutch cable by giving it some slack. It was still spinning the rear tire when it was on stand with the clutch pulled in, so i was tentative; but I went for a test drive and its running fine. Think the next thing to do is figure out how to do the starter mod so she starts up instead of cranking down the battery. As long as it's charged I shouldn't have a problem
01-03-2013 09:24 AM
Wolfie Did you by chance notice this after doing an oil change and changing to a different oil ? Some oils will cause the clutch to slip as well. But clutch replacement is easy...I did mine in about 20 mins (not including soaking the new plates overnight)...big thing is to make sure all the plates are put in properly, i.e. some alternating, some same. But its clearly described in the manual. You can sometimes get away with just replacing the friction plates, and then manually removing the glaze off the metal ones. You need to check the metal ones condition and determine. If you plan on keeping the bike, I'd get a set of heavy duty springs for it too.



01-03-2013 04:33 AM
blazblu82
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I just hope I don't have to pull the engine to fix what ever is causing it...
No, you shouldn't. The clutch is accessed on right side of engine (foot brake side). Simply unbolt cover, unbolt the spring bolts, pull the cover off and the plates are free. All you will need is a new paper gasket (I used manila folder) when you button it back together.
01-03-2013 02:14 AM
1stVulcan I just hope I don't have to pull the engine to fix what ever is causing it...
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