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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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I bought an 88 vt1100c over the weekend, some one had attempted some custom work and did not do well. I now get the pleasure of undoing their work before I get to do all the things I want to do. I have ordered the new cdi box and wiring harness they butchered, I still need to find a tank (they also ruined it). I am curious what year tanks if any others will be compatible with my bike. I will hopefully have the bike running well idling here soon. I need to get switches and controls put back on it. I will have more questions for sure. I have to get it running though first, and man am I anxious to hear it fire for the first time.

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Did you check over the engine to see if it turns, free pistons. compression, etc?
If the engine sat out and got water inside, or is seized otherwise, it may be a bigger $$$ project.


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That tank may be expensive. What's wrong with the tank? Sometimes they can be fixed much cheaper than replacing?



I would get a new wring harness if that's all chopped up.You'll be chasing problems for years if you don't.

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Did you check over the engine to see if it turns, free pistons. compression, etc?
If the engine sat out and got water inside, or is seized otherwise, it may be a bigger $$$ project.
Engine turns freely and should fire with the new wiring harness and cdi box.
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That tank may be expensive. What's wrong with the tank? Sometimes they can be fixed much cheaper than replacing?



I would get a new wring harness if that's all chopped up.You'll be chasing problems for years if you don't.
Thet attempted to chop the tank up and reshape it... The lines don't match, the angles are off and he claimed there was still a pinhole leak before they put the Bondo on. I am going to clean the old Bondo off and see if I can't get it to seal and roll with it for a while. As for the wiring harness, I have one along with a cdi box ready to be installed. In the instructions for the new cdi box something about an interlock, how do I know if I have one on the bike or not?

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Not sure what an interlock would be unless it is the kickstand switch. That would be a safety interlock system.

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It mentioned orange and green wires... I can post the exact instructions when I get home this evening.
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No it was just written instructions. I believe the cdi box was made for multiple generations. I am just trying to figure out what my 88 has on it
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No it was just written instructions. I believe the cdi box was made for multiple generations. I am just trying to figure out what my 88 has on it

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It's a crap shoot to try and fit another year or model tank. The tank listed for that bike is only listed as fitting that year and model. That could just mean the color of the tank was only available that year or it could mean it's shaped differently.


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