98 Virago 535

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  1. JerryH

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    I would pull the plugs and put some oil in the cylinders if you have not already turned it over. Check the oil, if it looks like black paint, I'd change it. Otherwise ride it a few miles first.

    I currently have 6 bikes running, registered, insured, and ridden. I have had as many as 11.
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  2. mikesova

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    I did turn it over a few days ago when I hooked up a battery. I guess I got lucky, since I didn't pour any oil or WD40 into the cylinder.:clap

    Holy cow, that's a lot of bikes to plate. I mean, I definitely subscribe to the "a different tool for a different job" theory...but man.
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  3. mikesova

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    Today is my day off and I'm supposed to be working on a project for a class, but I took a break to try out the exhaust wrap that came in the mail yesterday.

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    Worked out pretty well. I just have zip ties holding it on right now. I haven't decided if I want to use the stainless zip ties or just use a stainless hose clamp. Any suggestions for something that would look a little cleaner?

    I haven't heard back on the carbs yet, they must have really needed quite a soak. The z-bars should be here tomorrow.

    I soaked the fuel pump in kerosene for a little bit and let it dry the last couple days. I am planning on picking up a battery tomorrow, so I'm ready to fire it up when the carbs are done.

    Still need to check/adjust the valves, not looking forward to it since the only guide I found was text. I like pictures...
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  4. mikesova

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  5. mikesova

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    Pipes wrapped and re-installed.

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  6. ZZ-R Rider

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    That is lookin' SWEET man!:clap
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  7. kraven

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    Yep. Looking good.
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  8. mikesova

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    I bought and hooked up a battery today. The Z's came in:

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    They make me want to listen to this for some reason:

    and the new pegs:

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    I just need those carbs and I think I'll have a running bike!
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  9. JerryH

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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.
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  10. k-moe

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    The metal bands will look much cleaner than hose clamps, and will hold the wrap better. Don't forget to soak it in water before the final install or the wrap won't be tight enough.
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  11. mikesova

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    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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  12. samkat

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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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  13. samkat

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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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  14. mikesova

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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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  15. mikesova

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

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  16. JerryH

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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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  17. samkat

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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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  18. satz

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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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  19. samkat

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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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  20. mikesova

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    That would be awesome.

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