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Just bought a 94 Vulcan and noticed the tire looked old on it when I bought it and knew it needed to be changed. I know it's hard to tell how rotted motorcycle tires are from the outside but I figured I'd ride it the 60 miles home anyway and replace it before riding again. Well today I finally took the rear wheel off and read the tire date. I just about died, I couldn't believe it. If I am reading the tire correctly then this is the tire that came on the bike off the showroom floor...

I tried to get the castle nut off the other day but it was siezed on there. Used pb blaster, a blowtorch, couldn't get it off. Endedsing a 27mm axle wrench inside a 3 foot pipe today and that broke it loose. I don't think it's ever been off. At least that's what the rust on the axle threads is telling me.
 

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I read that date code as 22nd week of 1993..

yea, that axle nut has never been off in all likelyhood.. now that you have rear tire off, remove the rear drive unit from swing arm and inspect/grease the splines where the drive shaft and final drive meet!
 

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I read that date code as 22nd week of 1993..

yea, that axle nut has never been off in all likelyhood.. now that you have rear tire off, remove the rear drive unit from swing arm and inspect/grease the splines where the drive shaft and final drive meet!
That's how I read it too. New tire is on today. Got a 170/80 me888 on there. I cleaned the axle threads and put some never sieze on it. Also lubed the splines. Thankfulky they were lubed at the factory. Took the bike out for a cruise, can't believe how good the oem suspension is. I've got some pretty rough roads near me I have avoided on previous bikes but the suspension soaked the bumps right up


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