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Old 08-29-2012, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I started to rebuild my Shadow, I didn't take any before pics though. I bought this bike for $800.00 and thought I was getting a good bike. Long story short it was a piece, some pulled a bunch of parts off and lost the bolts and little brackets the started parting it out. When I got it I had to buy to spark units as mine were missing then found out the starter clutch was bad so I bought a parts bike and replaced starter clutch. I tried to start it and some how broke the left crankcase and crankcase cover where the starter gear is. So after reading a couple of post's on here I decided to fix the motor and while it was out I would rebuild the rest of the bike.

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Old 08-29-2012, 05:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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...and down the rabbit hole you go.....do not worry we will try to help you. This is an awesome bike and well worth it. I got mine for 500 but somebody else paid the bill so it was free for me.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well well... mine costed nothing and I have spent more than 5000 US on it. Why? Because I like it.
Anyway, regarding your rebuild, first thing in order: take a photo of everything as it is right now. With as much detail as possible. Don't worry if you already started the disassembly and didn't took any photos. Between all the guys here I'm pretty sure we have a photo of every bolt and nut on that bike.
Mattyo has a very nice write-up of his journey uinto the rabbit hole (engine opening), but the last episode of that series is almost finished, so it's nice to have a second season of the same. Please post photos and write-up of what you are doing. It has becomming quite additive to come here and check out what Matt was doing. And now... it's all over (sniff sniff!!)

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Old 08-29-2012, 09:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yes I read yours and matts logs and gave me the motivation to do mine, I do powder coating on the side and work in a machine shop so that should keep cost down I will take pics every chance I get and keep yall informed.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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It's good to see another VT750 getting some attention!
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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These are some of the tools I have made so far to work on this bike

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Old 09-02-2012, 11:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Oh yeah I got the rust fixed on my frame finally I only get to work on it at break and lunch since I am doing it at work

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Old 09-06-2012, 10:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I got my kickstand mount welded back on and sprayed some internal frame paint inside the frame hopefully that should keep it from rusting again

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Awesome! Glad to see you're going for it!! Take lots and lots of pics. I want to watch someone else rebuild their engine this winter. I need a break.
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Awesome! Glad to see you're going for it!! Take lots and lots of pics. I want to watch someone else rebuild their engine this winter. I need a break.
hey matt, what's the link to your rebuild thread? i'm working on my 83 vt750, and i'd love to check out what you went through.

i really like the purple engine, ps.
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