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87 Magna/86 VT1100 project done

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If I cant fix it, I will muck it up so nobody can

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Great job. it really looks good
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 02:05 PM
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Am I reading the title wrong? Magna's didnt use VT1100 motors, and they weren't made in 87.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Am I reading the title wrong? Magna's didnt use VT1100 motors, and they weren't made in 87.

Partly correct in that Magnas didnt use VT motors, Magnas use the V4. My donor bike was an 86 VT1100, front clip. MY bike is an 87 VF700 Magna. Magnas were made from 1982 and into the 90s. For the VT1100, introduction year was 1985, and only the 85-86 1100 had dual front brakes.

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Turned out great looking, like it was meant to be.
What did you have to do to make it come together?
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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Turned out great looking, like it was meant to be.
What did you have to do to make it come together?
Because I swapped the entire VT1100 front clip, it made the project easier. But, still hurdles to jump to keep it looking OEM and not hacked together.

Bought a Magna gauge harness and wired it to the VT gauge cluster - time consuming pain in the ass - 85 to 90% of the VT and VF wiring has the same color code and function, but location and routing change. The VT risers put the handle bars against the tank when the bars were at full left or right when parked (risers and triple clamps together moved the bars too close to the tank), so I picked up a set of risers from an 88 or 89 VT1100 which raised the bars to a perfect height. Triple clamp steering stem/lower bridge is a little different than the Magna - shorter because of how its mounted in the lower triple. I had to cut the stem, separate the 2 halves by 20mm, insert a piece of solid bar stock that had to be machined to match the ID of the stem, had it welded together - that raised the threaded part of the stem 20mm, which matched the height of the Magna so I could bolt it all together.

Things to do - paint the front rim to match the Magna silver/gray - I thought I would like the black after it was all bolted together but I dont. Need to paint the fender to match the rest of the bike. Once Im 100% sure Im done, will put the lower plastics back on (lower plastics prevent me from putting bike on motorcycle lift).

My Magnas brakes worked fine, this project was all about the dual disk look. The 85-86 VT1100 was the only thing I found that matched the Magna fork and wheel design - 5 spoke rim with center axle.

There you have it, my story

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Thanks for the break down on the procedure you followed and the hurdles you encountered.
I'm sure it will be of value to others.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 11:29 AM
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Interesting look. Just looking at the pics, I could tell something was different, but not sure what it was. Seemed like the rake had been change or something.
Front end sits a little higher also?

How did it change handeling? I know the Magna had a little sportier handling than a Shadow.

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