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Old 08-14-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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jumping the gun- im about to buy/trade for a vt500c shadow

i've already bought parts off ebay for it. going to get some dirtbike handlebars for it right now after im done posting this. i dont like high, funky 80's cruiser bars. i like my controls a bit lower, with the path to them not so curvy.

below is a quick mspaint of my short term goals with this bike. i want to lower the front a little, do away with some of the junk in the trunk, and get lower bars.
the owner says that one of the magnets in the stator field has let go and that the battery is pretty much junk, so i have that stuff coming from the interwebs.

i'm more of an older sporty bike kinda guy, but my family hates those kinds of bikes. maybe this one will sit well with them.

i also want to raise the rear a few inches. i think the rear shocks are 11 inches stock. what bike would use like a 13 or 14 inch shock?

is this all a terrible idea, you cruiser types?
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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also, being that the bike is shaft driven, i wonder if i can raise the rear... or what my limitations would be since the shaft would have to be a little flexible in order to work with the factory placement... hmmm............

i need a braintrust here.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:33 AM   #3
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for comparison's sake, here is my mspaint chop next to stock
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:47 AM   #4
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here is the actual bike i'm getting. aint it a beaut?
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just got the grips and handlebar. woo

when i see a bike, i have a very bad problem of seeing it as how i want it to look. i know this thing has a pretty rough appearance right now, but i see the areas that call to me, and i have a clear vision of what im going to do and pretty much how i'm going to get there. some of the stuff, like electricals, man, i'm downright afraid to mess with. but paint and parts, bah, whatever. time to wake up the sleepyhead kids and go
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:37 PM   #6
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P/u bike. omg. fixer upper. pfft
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Any idea what your gonna do with the wheels? Keep them stock, paint, etc..
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:38 PM   #8
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I like them as is.
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check out www.tailendcustoms.com
he is local and specializes in making those bikes beyond pimptastic. He has a lot of goodies for them also
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The wiring on this thing is bad. like what in the . i think old wires burned and repurposed electrical cords like, appliance power cords, were run to the connection.
im going to have to have someone do the wiring for me. Maybe i can luck out with an ebayed wiring harness. can anyone reccomend me a shop that will do wiring?
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The wiring on this thing is bad. like what in the . i think old wires burned and repurposed electrical cords like, appliance power cords, were run to the connection.
im going to have to have someone do the wiring for me. Maybe i can luck out with an ebayed wiring harness. can anyone reccomend me a shop that will do wiring?
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I began removing the gauges and headlight and i am still awe stricken by the.wiring. theres not.one connector. its all a bunch of those twisty cap things and electrical tape.
i found a point under the leaking gas tank where there are like 4 or 5 wires i guess grounded to the frame. just wrapped around a screw that is screwed into the frame. .
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I think i must hate myself
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:06 AM   #14
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I sent them an email, thanks

Heres the bikes good side.
i slimmed down the earlier. no pics yet.
looks good though
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Yep. Those older bikes electrical is a mother. I struggled for a good little while on my cb750. Changed/upgraded everything except wiring, especially the male/female spade connectors which what it ended up being. My TLR I'm doing a custom harness for high load applications. (HID, ignition coils, charging wires) I'm very particular about wiring. My wiring connections are crimped, soldered, and fitted with heat shrink. Probably going to go back and redo some of my earlier work from years back.
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good luck man , bike should look good , once you put your magic on it.
Not sure what part of town you are in but try union cycles for parts & some service.
They are off 610 & long drive.
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good luck man , bike should look good , once you put your magic on it.
Not sure what part of town you are in but try union cycles for parts & some service.
They are off 610 & long drive.
Just make sure u know exactly what u want. What it looks like etc. Also pprepare to dig for it. And don't expect to pay the price of what u see online haha
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i didnt expect this, but i found several harnesses on ebay for this bike. with an oldass wire harness its difficult to tell if its in good condition, but none of them have extension cords and stuff like that.

i also contacted the PO's about the poor wires and the leaking gas tank. they are looking for a replacement to hook me up with.
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ok braintrust, i have heard that the vt500c can use some kind of harley pipes. i dont know jack about harleys. i'm also not trying to build some sort of goofy wannabe harley, but there arent many good pipes out there for this bike and i just found out by removing the mufflers, that the front pipe is really just kinda hanging in there... the bolt in there is not the stock one. i cant tighten it any more, and im sure i shouldnt try. i guess it needs an exhaust gasket kit at the least.
the pipes and muffler are fairly beat up, too. i was thinking of hi temp blacking them out, but if they are , i might get a different pipe.

i think i'll just get the gasket set for the short term fix, and attempt to locate another stock sort of bolt.

some drag pipes would look though
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