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Winter rebuild
« on: September 13, 2020, 12:43:26 PM »

Iím planning on some major rebuilding on my 2000 800 with 47,000 miles on it.  My steering head bearings need to be done, so Iím planning on doing a lot more while Iíve got it on the lift. 
I donít have a garage, so Iíll be working under a 10íx10í portable canopy with the sides attached. 
Iím going to have to purchase a jack to get it off the ground.
Hereís what I was planning.
1.  Steering head bearings replaced
2.  Fork springs and oil changed
3.  Wheel bearings greased or replaced
4.  New tires
5.  Check valves
6.  Possible new paint on tank and fenders
7.  New breaks
8.  Flush and fill all fluids
9.  Replace damaged upper fork tube covers
10.  Replace bent front light bar
11.  Change out to 18/38 gears
12.  Modify or change out exhaust to sound a little better
13.  Detail clean everything
14.  Replace cracked headlight bucket.

Is there anything else I should do while I have it down?

Any and all advice is welcomed as this will be my first time doing mechanic work on a motorcycle (Iíve totally rebuilt cars and engines in the past)
I do have a shop manual for reference.


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Re: Winter rebuild
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2020, 04:53:22 AM »

The only thing I'd also do, is to check all the wires and bolts...
BTW: as I'm planning to do a lot of the things you're going to do, keep us posted, thanx.
I love my swingin' bike!


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Re: Winter rebuild
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2020, 07:44:22 AM »

I think I replied to your FB post --
replace all the water and vac and fuel lines
add a fuel filter
and other things I put on FB

If you are going to "bother' with bearings, replace them

consider replacing neck bearings and adding a zerk fitting to grease them

grease the bike

check the zerk on the dogbone - replace as needed
"Scout"  800 Drifter
900 classic rear shock
18/ 38t gearing
Michelin Commander II mt/90-16 front 150/80-16 rear
1 3/4 turns on A/F, 1st clip,48 pilot, 160 main - 41mpg
Marbled and Modified airbox
Vulcan Classic 800 sissy bar
Viking saddle bags

Near future
135 main / 42 pilot
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