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01-28-2009 10:39 AM
99vulcan750 the vn750 are all the same.. the A# is just the year differences.
I have used Rotella T 15w-40 without any trouble.Check the vulcan verses thread for PLENTY of info on oil, filters, etc...
01-28-2009 10:38 AM
krussdog46
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Originally Posted by lance328 View Post
If you are going to get service done at a Stealership be prepaired for a healthy bill. I would call first and ask them how much and what will be performed. Have them put it in writing and have them acknowledge you will only authorize said repairs. They have a habbit of charging you for work you did not authorize. Considering the age of the scoot have the coolant flushed and filled. below is a link to download a service manual at the bottom of the page.
Thanks for the link. I think I'm going to start off by giving it an oil change. I figure it can't hurt. After looking at the service manual it seems like the oil change is incredibly easy. I'd like to replace the filter also. Can I get a new one at most repair shops? As far as oil goes, I think 10W-40 is probably my best bet living in Florida unless you guys think otherwise. Is there a particular brand of oil that you would recommend? The service manual says to clean the oil screen with a high flash point solvent. Can you guys give me an example of a high flash point solent that you use? Lastly, the service manual shows a bunch of different models of VN 750s that all look pretty similar to me, how do I know which one is mine?
01-27-2009 10:29 PM
flitecontrol Welcome krussdog. I would buy a manual and do as much of the servicing as you can. The manual will lead you through it step by step and if you have any questions, the folks here are more than willing to help. I've seen them solve problems on bikes they've never laid hands on when mechanics that worked on the bike couldn't figure it out. Working on your bike will save you some bucks, get you more familiar with your ride, and you will know it was done right. No one is going to be as meticulous as you are with getting it right because IT ISN'T THEIR BIKE! Knowing the workings of your bike can be very helpful on those occasions when something breaks miles from anywhere.
01-27-2009 10:07 PM
OlHossCanada If you are a certified auto mechanic, you shouldn`t have any trouble working on this bike. Download the Kawi manual, check out the Vulcan verses and ask questions here and you should be able to service everything just fine. Oh yeah, welcome to the forum.
01-27-2009 04:19 PM
lance328
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I'm going to put it up on the center stand and check the oil when I get the chance. I think I should probably bring it to a shop to have it serviced anyways. It will be interesting when I bring it to a shop and ask for a first service on an 03. Do you guys have any clue where I can download a service and owner's manual for it? I'd like to know what exactly is being done to it when I bring it somewhere for service.
If you are going to get service done at a Stealership be prepaired for a healthy bill. I would call first and ask them how much and what will be performed. Have them put it in writing and have them acknowledge you will only authorize said repairs. They have a habbit of charging you for work you did not authorize. Considering the age of the scoot have the coolant flushed and filled. below is a link to download a service manual at the bottom of the page.


http://www.tocmanufacturing.com/Products.htm
01-27-2009 03:25 PM
krussdog46 I'm going to put it up on the center stand and check the oil when I get the chance. I think I should probably bring it to a shop to have it serviced anyways. It will be interesting when I bring it to a shop and ask for a first service on an 03. Do you guys have any clue where I can download a service and owner's manual for it? I'd like to know what exactly is being done to it when I bring it somewhere for service.
01-27-2009 03:01 PM
lance328 As hyper suggested check the oil on the center on level ground. It should fall somewhere between the H and L mark on the cover.
01-27-2009 02:17 PM
Scootergptx You didn't say when it had been done last (or I missed it) but an oil change wouldn't be a bad investment.
01-27-2009 10:56 AM
hyperbuzzin To check oil level, you want the bike sitting straight/level. NOT on the side stand.

Oh, and welcome to the forum
01-27-2009 10:52 AM
krussdog46
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Welcome Krussdog and happy birthday. You wound up with a great present. The oil leak needs to be looked at and taken care of. As far as the pipes, you may want to look up the thread on drilling the baffles before you put down the bucks for new pipes. If you drill the baffles it may be loud enough for you.

Whatever you do, ride safe. Good luck.

Gemguy
Fred
Thanks for all the responses guys. I'll definitely look at drilling the baffles first. I may have figured out the oil issue. This morning I looked at the sight glass for the oil and it is way above the max line. Actually I can't even tell what level the oil is at its so high. My dad said he had a friend who builds custom choppers look at it before he gave it to me. The engine was cold and had been sitting over night and was resting on the kickstand when I looked at the sight glass. Is this the right time and way to check the oil level? If this could be the problem can I just use an oil siphon to take out the excess oil? I am an ase certified auto technician but don't have much motorcycle experience so all help is appreciated.

PS. I'll post pics asap. I'm a full time college student and have a full time job so time is a luxury for me but I want to figured this out.
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