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View Poll Results: What to do with her (Vulcan 1500)
Quick sell as-is 0 0%
Sell after proper diagnosis 4 22.22%
Fix that b**** next fall after setting aside more $$ 3 16.67%
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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Not sure what to do with her....

A few weeks ago, something went wrong in my bike's transmission. I have not had the time or money to take it to the shop (I didn't want to ride it there, just in case something wanted to seize up). It sounds like someone just tossed something in there (crunch) and you can feel it between the footboards. Bike is a 2004 Vulcan 1500 Classic with a little over 10,000 miles (I bought it at about 6,000) and rode lightly while in my possession. Why the transmission went on me then , is a good question. Anyhow, I was seeking the advice of others. Should I ; 1. Post it up as-is and sell (with the disclaimer that the trans. is bad) 2. Wait a while longer and try have it taken in to the shop so I can give an exact diagnosis and then sell? I own the bike outright, with the title in hand. I just had to reduce my work schedule a LOT so that I could get my health in order and continue with school, so I don't have the $$$ to have it fixed (...Lord knows I miss riding already . Any CONSTRUCTIVE comments are welcome, and if anymore details are needed; just ask Thank you for your time
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:43 PM   #2
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Man really is a tough call. If you try and sell as is and not really know what going on with it you better be prepared to take a loss on it. Think about it, if you were going to buy something from someone and they told you something is wrong with the tranny but don't know what. You would hesitate and throw a low offer if interested.

Personally if I was in your shoes I would just leave it to the side until you get your money/time in order then mess with it. , you might end up keeping it after you finish up school.

Tough call man. Either way, goodluck.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:44 PM   #3
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Not sure what to do with her....

Maybe a bolt backed out of the clutch. Seen that happen. Open it up and look around.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:45 PM   #4
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I figured on about 50% loss (at least :( ).
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Not sure what to do with her....

Get a manual and get to work. It's not near as bad as one might think.
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Maybe a bolt backed out of the clutch. Seen that happen. Open it up and look around.
I haven't opened her up yet... lol. I may have to once I heal back up.
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Drain the tank or stabliize the gas. If you don't, you will wish you had.
Might not be a bad idea to pull the spark plugs and squirt a little oil in the cylinders, then crank but don't start, to spread the oil on the cylinder walls. If you do this, I wouldn't use WD40 but something a little thicker. Like motor oil.
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Definitely find out what's wrong first. You may find that it isn't much to repair or replace the damage (perceived). If you sell low and find out it was a $20 fix, you'll be upset.

IMO - diagnose first. Then decide if you want to sell.
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Drain the tank or stabliize the gas. If you don't, you will wish you had.
Might not be a bad idea to pull the spark plugs and squirt a little oil in the cylinders, then crank but don't start, to spread the oil on the cylinder walls. If you do this, I wouldn't use WD40 but something a little thicker. Like motor oil.
this. then when you have the timr and money tear it apart. No reason to take the hit unless you absolutely need the cash.
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this. then when you have the timr and money tear it apart. No reason to take the hit unless you absolutely need the cash.

giggity.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:19 AM   #11
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Ordered a service manual, gonna look around and see if there is anything obvious before I pay someone else to look at it for me . Thank you to everyone for the advice .
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:24 AM   #12
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Im betting you could have DL that book for free
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Aside from the weight of the engine and needing help to pull/re-install it, the Vulcan motor really isn't hard to work on. Biggest pain is getting the clutch side case gasket in place. Son of a gun is thin and gets tweaked easily. I highly recommend investing in a 1/4'' drive torque wrench. It's stupid easy to strip those case bolts.
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