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Old 04-21-2013, 04:28 AM   #91
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Looking better all the time. I hope you don't decide to do an "earshave" on it, if the air filters are in those chrome pods. This is something commonly done to Vulcan 750s. Both air filter housings and the entire airbox are removed, and pod filters are attached directly to the carbs. This dramatically increases airflow, but the carbs can be rejetted to compensate for that. The problem is that it also drastically increases dirt flow as well. Dust goes right through the wire mesh filters, while nothing gets through the oiled foam stock air filters. You can shorten the engines lifespan by more than half by doing that. Most everybody does it anyway.
The air filter is housed under the tank. The chrome pods house electrics on the right and some environmental stuff on the left.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:08 AM   #92
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Looking good man. I've got an 87 535. Hated that exhaust til I found an unmarked Jardine system used on eBay for $100. Did anyone suggest that you move the voltage regulator while you have the exhaust off? I replaced mine with one from a Ninja, I think, and moved it to the bottom of the triple tree for better cooling. The starter clutch bolts sometimes loosen up behind the stator. What else...
Oh yeah, be careful with the screws that hold the oil filter cover on. The long one sometimes seizes or strips the threads. I love the hell out of mine. Bobbed fenders, turned the handle bar clamps around to move them fwd 2", taller rear tyre for better hwy speed, and a bigger pad on that tiny kickstand. You'll love it when's its running.

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:28 AM   #93
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I also was hating that headlight so I slapped a ford tractor light on it (been painted since this pic). Works tons better. And an ostrich skin seat recover. Not a comfy seat on long rides.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:21 PM   #94
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Valves adjusted!

They were SUPER tight. I'm wondering if they had ever been adjusted. :(

When I pulled the plugs they looked pretty black. Symptom of running rich, right?

Just waiting on the carbs. Once I get those hopefully she'll fire up.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:06 PM   #95
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Ok, I'm going to recap my investment so far:

Bike: 600
Gas to pick up bike: 50
Battery: 50
battery tender plug: 7
Z-bars: 60
pegs: 26
exhaust wrap: 14
misc fasteners 15
fuel filter: 1.50
bar end mirrors : 16
grips: 10
fork gaiters: 10

So far I'm at $860ish. I will still need to pay for the carb clean and get a set of tires, change the oil, maybe change the gear lube? . I don't think I'll be able to keep it under 1k$.




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Old 04-22-2013, 09:00 AM   #96
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Get a service manual and see if the final drive splines need to be lubed. They don't on the larger Viragos, they do on the Vulcan 750. It's an involved process, you have to tear the whole rear end out of the bike. The engine output shaft, U-joint, both ends of the drive shaft, and the splined flange that meshes with the rear wheel all need to be cleaned and coated with moly paste, like Honda Moly 60. Had I known that about my first Vulcan 750, I would have bought the Virago 750 instead. If the splines need to be lubed and aren't, they will chew themselves up fairly quickly.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:16 PM   #97
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Its not actually that hard on the 535. Your gonna have it apart anyway when you replace the tire. Look into getting the taller tire when you buy one. It makes a big dif on the hiway.

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:35 PM   #98
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Nice . My wife the Gf started on one of these we got from a dealer for 2800$. he put new battery and tires.

change the hose, it fell apart and the gas leaked everyday oneday.We sold it after a few years for 2200$ when we found we are having a kid
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:15 PM   #99
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I think I have a digital copy of the service manual for that. I can send you a copy if I can find it.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:25 PM   #100
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I think I have a digital copy of the service manual for that. I can send you a copy if I can find it.
That would be awesome.

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Old 04-23-2013, 05:33 AM   #101
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Its not actually that hard on the 535. Your gonna have it apart anyway when you replace the tire. Look into getting the taller tire when you buy one. It makes a big dif on the hiway.

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What tire sizes do you have on yours? I was really interested in getting whitewalls, so the shinko 777's looked good to me. After checking tire sizes on my bike and then online, it looks like I can't get them in the stock sizes. In the rear, I can get one that is 10mm wider (150 instead of 140) and on the front I can get one that is 10mm wider as well (100 vs. 90), but I read on the Viragotech forum that somebody put that front one on and had tire rubbing issues on the fender. I may just need to go with the non-whitewalls. :(
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:03 AM   #102
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I'm stock size in front with an Avon Venom 150/90-15 in back.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:10 AM   #103
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Probably want to change that front brake fluid while you're at a standstill, if you haven't.

I imagine it's old and crusty by now.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:35 AM   #104
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Probably want to change that front brake fluid while you're at a standstill, if you haven't.

I imagine it's old and crusty by now.
Good idea. While I'm at it, I was thinking about flipping the brake hose "eye" that attaches to the reservoir. Is there any reason why that wouldn't be ok? It just would make more sense with the different bars.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:19 AM   #105
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No idea. Snatch it apart and see if it'll work the other way. You can always put it back the way it is. If you don't break something getting it apart.
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