V Star 650 Classic Touring Budget Build W/PICS

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ben2go, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    The final drive was rebuilt under warranty by the first owner and the shaft was replaced with a chrome one from another model.The drive exploded again and was completely replaced spring of 2012,but they kept the chrome shaft.The housing was packed with moly grease and a new seal,so I left it alone.How do I know this?The PO I bought the bike from didn't know about the side cover storage area.I found the receipts and notes in there along with a brand new tool pouch and tools.When I replace that bad seal,I will be doing a complete strip and clean with fresh grease.Not much riding left for me this year,so it will be a winter project in a about a month.
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  2. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    I went with the same tires, excellent considering the price, and wonderful in the wet.
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  3. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I have been doing a lot of wet riding this year since we have pretty much drown through most of it.I had read and heard go things about mileage and wet traction so I bought them.I can't afford any high quality tires and my Shinko Advanced 005 have been great so I went for it again.

    I am eating dinner.I will be posting today's work load in a little while if the puter is still free.
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  4. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Ok din din is in.:rofl

    Today I got the front tire installed,front brakes installed,front ss brake line installed.None of these things were difficult,just time consuming.I cleaned greased/lubed everything that required it and made sure everything was properly torqued and routed.My oldest son came over for a while today,so I took a little break to visit with him.

    Bike up, wheel off.Lets do this.
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    Breaking bead.
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    Set up to run the tire beads off.
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    Preping to pour in the balancing beads.
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    Finished wheel.I get into it and forget to take pics.The rotor looks grooved but it's not.
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    Installed the SS brake line and HH pads.Here's a tip,remove the windsheild/screen before replacing the brake line.It makes it sooooo much easier.
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    Wheel on and front end buttoned up.
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    She's a roller.
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    Next up,
    Bleed front brake.
    Install carbs,airbox,fuel tank,and dash.
    Reassemble and install rear fender and seats.
    Wire in relay pack for 3 way rear signal conversion.
    Install upgraded regulator rectifier.
    Reinstall side cover and sync/balance carbs.
    Test ride.
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  5. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    I'm curious to see what bags you end up with, I got the generic Matazu LN off of ebay for $60, looking at trunks too. Was going to do running lights like yours, but after pricing out everything, I ended up getting some OE Star Passing lamps off of ebay for less money.

    Had a screen like yours that got trashed when I went down, decided to give the Memphis Shades batwing a try this time around. More than I wanted to spend, but my Urals full coverage shield and leg guards have spoiled me for winter riding.
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  6. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Here is my around town bags.The PO had them on backwards.This was a pic as soon as I got it home.Another ADV'er has a set of Matzu side opening hard bags with lights,anda Kuryakyn waterproof sissy bar bag with cover he is trying to get me to buy.I gotta recover from this round and get ready for Xmas.

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  7. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I got a little more done today.Still not ready to ride.finishing up this week isn't looking good either.We're expecting rain,I have physical therapy all week,and I am on kiddie duty in the afternoons.Anyway,here's what I got done today.

    Got the carbs and air box on.Everything is hooked up,just need a sync/balance when I get'er done.Yes,I went there.:lol3
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    I assembled the fender and got it ready to go on.
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    Fender on.
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    Reinstalled the sissy bar.
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    Relocated turn signal relay.This will make sense in a minute.Bare with me.
    Stock position,inside rear battery box.
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    New location,front of battery box.
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    The new location for the relay pack for the 3 way turn signal conversion.It will occupy the spot voided by the turn signal relay.
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    Pulled the fuse block and wiring out to tap into it for the 3 way turn signal conversion.
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    Got my relay block wired as far as I could before I had to quit for the evening.
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    I still need to finish these,
    Finish wiring in the relay block.
    Bleed front brake.
    Sync/balance carbs.
    Reinstall fuel tank and dash.
    Test ride.
    Install GPS mount/case,clock,and new add on tach when it gets here.
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  8. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    The weather is cold and very windy today,so I will be stuck inside.The wind is just to much and I have to much crap stuffed inside my building to work in there.

    In other news.I received a payment through paypal, so I bought an aftermarket tachometer.The V Star 650 doesn't have a tach from the factory.Cost,$64 delivered.I got it today while I was at physical therapy.It's a knock off of Drag Specialties white face V twin Harley Davidson tach.I am glad I haven't put the tank back on yet.I'll need to get in there to wire this puppy up.It looks quality considering it's a cheapo.I am also considering a different mount that would put the tach in the center and just above the handle bar risers.

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  9. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I finished up the 3 way signal conversion and installed the new tach.The tach was a breeze to install.I got a 20 mile test ride in also.:clap

    Everything installed and wired up.Just need to mount the relays and tidy up.
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    Relays mounted.
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    Center relay installed and fuse holder tucked in.
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    Tidied up and ready for the side cover.I payed attention and got this right without having to keep redoing everything.
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    My thoughts on the 3 way conversion.I should have bought color coded wiring and wired the relay pack on the bench.I used an old hacked up GS500 harness to get colored wire from that matches the bikes wiring as close as possible.The relay pack presents a small electrical load on the bikes original flasher relay.The wee star uses a special relay that is different from any other bike I have seen.So I will need to add resistors to the relay.There is a write up on this and it can be found here.I can also eliminate the wee star flasher relay and install an elcheapo electronic flasher relay like detailed here.I may go with option number two,because I am used to manually shutting the signals off.Opposable thumbs,what an evolutionary invention.:lol3

    Stay tuned.I am about to post up the tach install.Not step by step,but close.
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  10. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    The tach is fairly simple to install on the wee star.

    Find a place to mount it.Hummmm,this spot looks good and I can mount my charging station next to it.
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    FYI,this is the proper way to mount these tachs.I started to mount mine on the bottom of the clamp for a more recessed look.
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    Ran my wiring.Looks fairly factory.
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    Connectors installed.Be aware that the wires come pre-tinned.I cut that off so I could crimp and solder my own connections cleanly.
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    I found it best to wire everything directly to the front (#1) cylinder coil.The tach wiring is perfect length for this.Had to remove the airbox,,,,,again.
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    To connect the tach wiring in conjunction with the coil wiring,I had to buy these quick disconnect adapters.They are also known as .250 piggyback connectors.
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    Out of the 8,I used these two.
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    Those connectors present one tiny problem.The negative side of the coil uses a .190 female spade connector.No problem.Replace the .190 with a .250
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    Now connect everything.I started with the ground wire.Bolted down with the coil screw.
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    This is how the connectors go together before connecting them to the coil.
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    Everything is all connected to the coil.Notice how the clear factory connector covers protect the connectors.Sweet.
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    All done.Time to reassemble and test.When the tach comes on,it resets itself and zeros out.Here it is idling and it's damn near spot on.I was very surprised.It also has very little needle shake,another happy surprise.It's within 50rpm of being spot on accurate.
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    I got out my receipts.I have exactly $65 total in the tach and connectors.I just hope the tach lasts a few years.We shall see.
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  11. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    You're doing a great job on your machine.

    You're going way farther than I would try it, since as a mechanic, I make a great librarian. BUT it's still interesting to watch what you're doing.

    My bike is still stock, except for a Saddlemen Explorer seat.

    Keep going!
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  12. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Thanks.

    SWMBO heard our son comment on how harsh the stock seat is and asked me about it.I gave her my honest opinion on it.She asked what could be done.I told her about the Mustang seats and what they cost.She said she'd she what she could do when riding season comes around next year.So I may be getting a seat upgrade when tax refunds come in next feb,if the gobberment don't take them.I still have a clock and GPS case to mount up.I am also looking at making some wind deflectors for frame area and handle bars.
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  13. Sharkguy

    Sharkguy chain lube applier

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    Hey ben2go, is that tach lit? I have been wanting one for the wife's bike. Great work man, real clean.
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  14. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Thanks and yes sir.It has a good back light.I have ridden at night just to see how well it works.If it's to bright,you can wire in a potentiometer to adjust the brightness.They are cheap at any local electronic parts stores.I got one from Radio Shack recently for a couple dollars.
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  15. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I did 200 miles on the bike today.Everything worked flawlessly.Tach was spot on,new brake pads were johnny on the spot a couple times,and that SS brake line makes braking a 1 finger job.Don't even think about it or you'll be nose diving.The 3 way signal conversion is great.I do have the fast flash problem but that's ok.I'll pick up an electronic flasher relay for a few dollars and fix it.I do have a tire balance problem.I was kind of expecting it.I have never ran balancing beads in my tires.I always static balance my tires and it has never let me down.I think I will be going back to that.
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  16. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    About this.I pulled my valve stem cores and dumped the air out of the tires.Then I pushed the side wall over just enough to squirt lube between the bead and wheel.Then I aired them up to 100psi,road it around my block,and then set the tire pressures to OE specs.Then I took it for a rip around town.It seems to be good now,but I need a longer ride to heat up the tires and run it over 40mph.I left the beads in the tubes,but I lost a few when I dumped the air the first time.They were beat and smaller than when they went in.
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  17. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    You sir, are a villain. :freaky

    You keep on motivating me to do more to my bike.

    Because of you I have gone from this,
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    To this, and still going.
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    Thank you, :thumb
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  18. 84blue

    84blue Its time to ride somethin

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    WOW! That is very cool! Nice job. What batwing, hard bags and top box did you use?
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  19. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    Thanks, batwing is a Memphis Shades, trunk, bags, and luggage rack are generic eBay items, passing lamps are Yamaha.

    Found out the hard way that the alternator doesn't put out enough wattage for the passing lamps and extra taillights, changing most the lights to LEDs.
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  20. Byork

    Byork Novice

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    Yeah ebay has some good ones, so does Mutazu link . They are on sale right now :deal I've been thinking about getting one. I at least want a luggage rack.

    How do you like the top box windmill? I think I would like to have one for long rides or inclimate weather to hold rain gear...