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Went to my salvage yard today (KC2 knows it) and there were 2 EN series Vulcans there...one was a belt drive...didnt look at displacement, just got what I needed (brake and shift lever, and 2 pass pegs for $9)...for those who dont know, the EN/LTD was the inline engine version...MANY parts are interchangable ! Especially if doing mods...the sissy bar/seat on one is awesome.
Im lookin fer a Sugar Daddy to buy both (guessing $200) maybe less, to strip em and sell the parts....I'll do the sellin legwork, storage and stripping....
The forks look same, but seem longer by mebbe 3-4"....bet a buncha guys could deal with that....one has the exact same inst panel as ours too...
If anyone's interested in investing, lemme know soon, else they will be melted down.....
Im hopin my buddy can front me the bucks, but he's having serious front brake problems....
 

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Awesome info. Im definitely interested in forks, if they are at least 3" over stock. seat and backrest.. hmmm... I think i need to look up what the EN looks like. Might be worth getting the rear fender, fender struts, and sissy bar for a couple mods I am working on for a few members on here.
 

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I'd check to see if the parts are indeed worth it on eBay or EN specific forums. If justifiably so, I might back the project for shared profit.
 

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forks will swap with zero mods, they are both 38mm forks. The steering head bearings are the same size diameters, just different surface angles, but by pressing out the VN750 race from the frame, and pressing in the EN race that would fix that problem if you wanted to swap triple trees. Just not sure if the stem is the same length or not. I don't have that information at my finger tips. But if you were to swap out triple trees, you would also need the EN axle and fabricate your own axle spacers to keep the VN wheel, or just use the EN wheel.

What Wolfie and I are trying to do is just find a set of fork tubes that are 2"-6" longer than stock (2-6" over using the correct terminology). And use only the fork tubes, keeping the stock VN750 Triple Tree and Axle parts for a very simple swap, and keep the front end looking stock until you really start looking close at the new Rake angle compared to a Bone Stock VN750 sitting next to it.
 

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The lowers and front wheel are the same too...all ya need to do is drop yer tubes from the triple tree, and shove these back in...even the fender mounts look the same.....
Talked to my buddy Jack today, and when he gets home from work tomorrow, we're gonna go over and look (he has a pickup)...said he'd front me the bucks if wasnt over $150-200....then called the scrapyard...they said they need to weigh em, and will sell for the metal weight...hmmmm....I KNOW they paid $50 each for em....will see tomorrow....but will be nice to have slightly over forks, near new Dunlops (all 4 tires are good), and a good set of rear shocks....with whatever's left, I may build a retro style chopper/bobber....that could be sweet in itself....
Im just tryin to save these two before they go to the crusher....damn dashboard's the same on one of em....hand controls the same...same seat from what I could tell...bars look a lil neater...more like buckhorns...
I'll empty out my garage and put a heater in, and spend my whole winter in there...alls I need is a MIG....and my buddy Jack's been considering it...
 

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I like my vn750, but my first Kawasaki was a 454LTD and i really liked it. It was so agile and quick. It was a pleasure to ride.

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I dont think theyre 454s...look too big...my guess is the belt drive EN750...master cyl same as on my 85...so that should estimate the date until I check VINs....
No titles btw, think I stated that...but one even still had the key in the ignition....too good to pass up, IMO....will let y'all know tomorrow when I go...
 

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I loved my EN500 which I rode before the VN750. The belt drive model may be my old bike.
 

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...and yeah...since the front end is longer, front cables will be longer too for those adding apes and such....I got dibs on one front end set w/cables...so, one will be up fer grabs same....I'd rather sell the front end complete....but hell, aint even gotten them yet, but looks good so far....will know by late tomorrow....
 

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If I get em, you got it brother.........
 

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wish there was a m/c boneyard nearby
 

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If they are the en500, or a compatible bike to swap the tank on them I'd be interested in buying it. You said in another post wolfie that the en500 has like 4.3 gallon capacity and that made me start thinking about the convenience that would be
 

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If they are the en500, or a compatible bike to swap the tank on them I'd be interested in buying it. You said in another post wolfie that the en500 has like 4.3 gallon capacity and that made me start thinking about the convenience that would be
ok. first, if they are both EN500 Vulcan's, then NO, the tanks will only hold 2.9 gallons. now if one or both were/are Vulcan 500LTD's then the tanks would be bigger, 4 gallon.



I dont think theyre 454s...look too big...my guess is the belt drive EN750...master cyl same as on my 85...so that should estimate the date until I check VINs....
No titles btw, think I stated that...but one even still had the key in the ignition....too good to pass up, IMO....will let y'all know tomorrow when I go...
from what you said in your posts, it sounds like one is a EN500 and the other being a 454ltd. there are no "belt drive" VN750. the 454ltd had a dash that looks just like the VN750.
as for looking "too big" to be a 454ltd, MOST people think my wife's EN500 Vulcan is a bigger bike. even when it's standing next to my Vulcan 750!!!:doh: lol

yeah, wolfie, keep us posted on this. I maybe interested in some parts for my wife's EN500 Vulcan.
 

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Well, finally got over there, and only took one. the more complete one. They are both EN454 LTDs, not 500's...and the larger tanks werent introduced until later years. The second, still there, was missing carbs, seat, and tank. Can be had for $75 if anyone wants it (Spect's Salvage, Warwick, NY).
Im gonna be taking the entire front end off this one. Note, they are the same exact forks as ours, including the lenght. Difference is that its a single disk brake. Im also keeping the rear fender, and rear shocks. All else is up fer grabs. 6 speed tranny on this thing too ! Im gonna try to start it in a day or two, and see if it at least coughs. But if it runs, was thinking about making a really hot go cart with the engine, lol.







Honestly, once I get my parts off, only thing I can see any of you guys being interested in is the seat and tank. And no key for the tank lock. Now, ya get the one thats left, and whats left of this one, could make a fun lil bobber or sumpon outta it. The other is a rolling chasis.
 

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Definitely excited to see that rear fender on your bike. Will it bolt up pretty easily or will you have to do much modification on it?
 

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Yaa, gonna need to mess with it a bit...drill new holes and such...no biggie...but I like the flare-up....I manually did that to my Harley before Harley did, lol.
I'd cut off the lower part of the underfender, then just mount the plate elsewhere (thats all its there for). IMO, that nice upper looks silly with the rear still coming down over the wheel. Ya can bet on it that I'll fix that pronto. Also, the rear shocks on these are 3/4"-1" shorter, so Im swappin fer a lil lowering. Adjustible, but no air....Im a skinny azz cuss anyway.
 

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Exactly the same sadly....difference is, mine sag due to tired springs and not holding air....checked em both at home...exactly same besides the second brake mount on the right lower....they'd swap though....same year almost and Showas...but both uppers and lowers are same... :(
Would be good if ya wanted to swap to a single disk brake sys....I been thinking about it....instead of swapping springs and the air valves, I toss these on and just remove the old lines (mine are cracking anyway)....so, there are 2 complete fronts....I only have the one....the other is in the scrapyard...lemme know...for a transport fee (not me) I can get the other for about $70, and I'd store it here for ya....2 Vulcans in my garage now...a lil rearranging, and have room fer 3....
 
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