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Will a 2007 1500 EFI Engine fit in a 2001 1500 Drifter??

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Reply #50 on: December 26, 2020, 22:24:46 PM
You have to drill out the front wheel axle hole on one side to the same diameter as the Drifter front wheel so the inside spacer can go in that the axle slips through.  The bearings are the same OD but the drifter's are bigger ID due to a thicker front axle.

Could you not have had a axel spacer of the right diameter cut to fit the wheel and installed new bearings with the right ID and OD?

Also, did you have to do anything to get the brake disk to work with the Drifter caliper?



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Reply #51 on: December 26, 2020, 23:21:05 PM
the axle spacers from the Drifter front axle will work...it's inside diameter of the wheel opening on one side that needs to be drilled out to 22mm.  the axle from the Vulcan 88 is a smaller diameter, so the interior spacer (rides inside the wheel hub) is to small to fit over the drifter axle.  But to get the correct size spacer (Drifter) that goes inside the wheel hub, you have to drill the wheel hub out a little.  I'm not really sure why there is a spacer inside the hub that the axle goes through, but I think it is to space the bearings correctly (the distance in between them)  I measured the 88 bearing spacer length wise and it is exactly the same length as the Drifter one (70mm) so the bearings have to sit exactly 70mm apart.  One bearing is held in place by a c-clip, but the other one is pressed in and has room to move in or out a little.  All the various spacers on the axle keep it in the correct position. Or so I think......

The brake rotor for the 19" 88 wheel is the exact same as the Drifter...so no problem with the brake caliper....all of the front forks and single brake rotors on the Vulcan 1500's are the same from what I understand.

The correct ID bearings for the drifter axle will press right into the 88 wheel....so that's not an issue
« Last Edit: December 26, 2020, 23:23:25 PM by OR Seedman »

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Reply #52 on: December 28, 2020, 21:43:31 PM
back together and ready to ride....a lot quieter than it used to be with the V&H Longshots.  Still have the wheels to change, but no hurry on those.  Runs down the road really well.....smooth and quiet.  Plenty of power and low end.

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Reply #53 on: December 29, 2020, 08:37:02 AM
BRAVO!  8)

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Reply #54 on: December 30, 2020, 12:22:52 PM
just a quick picture of how I hung the exhaust pipes.  I have a template that I will be taking to my fabricator for a more permanent solution, so if you don't have my bag mounts, you can still use the nomad exhaust.

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Reply #55 on: December 30, 2020, 19:29:01 PM
Awesome! How would you compare the new engine vs the old one in terms of power and torque?



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Reply #56 on: December 30, 2020, 23:10:33 PM
well, I haven't really had a chance to find out yet....been pouring rain for the last couple of days..I only took it down the road about 1/2 mile on the day of the sunny pictures....I didn't have any of my riding gear and it was about 38 degrees outside...as soon as I get a good break in the weather, I will take it out for a break in ride and post my findings...

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Reply #57 on: February 08, 2021, 21:46:22 PM
wheels finally got finished at the powder coating shop.  Got the front mounted today....waiting on a new (correct) valve stem for the rear.  Got really close on the paint match.  Front wheel is a 19" from a Vulcan 88.  Rear is from the same.  Even though the rear is 15" instead of 16", the taller tire going on the rear will help fix my speedo error of 8% (should take it down to 6%)  That's livable. Will be interesting to see if there is much difference in how the bike handles at high and low speeds.....

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Reply #58 on: February 09, 2021, 11:20:05 AM
Looks really good!
What is the story on the airbox cover - is that stock on the new engine?



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Reply #59 on: February 09, 2021, 12:48:48 PM
Cool result!
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Reply #60 on: February 10, 2021, 18:50:34 PM
The air cover is aftermarket....it replaces the stock fake one on the right side and completely removes the one on the left.  The cross-over tube between the cylinders which sits under the throttle-body is also removed.  I had one the sat horizontally on the bike at first..made by Big Thunder Manufacturing.  I removed it and got a different brand...one that sits vertically instead.

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Reply #61 on: February 12, 2021, 16:22:46 PM
Cool man nice work - I'm looking forward to hearing about the performance increase.
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Reply #62 on: February 14, 2021, 17:28:45 PM
So am I...but I gotta wait until we get through the severe ice storm and bad weather we've been having... >:(  I really want a nice day with a couple of good hours riding to get a feel for the new engine and new wheels....

I was woken up at 3:00 am Saturday morning by the sound of my beautiful Autumn Blaze Maple tree disintegrating due to ice accumulation.  What a mess.

Hopefully the weather will give us a break soon....

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Reply #63 on: February 28, 2021, 23:19:01 PM
Quite a project, Seedman.  Looking really good.  I'm anxious to see how it all goes in the end.   Sorry about your ice storm---  we had a bad one here about 10 years ago and it took a month to clean up the mess. 

No Worries


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Reply #64 on: March 01, 2021, 18:26:26 PM
thx.  I now have the back wheel ready to go on tomorrow.  Going to be nice out, so I plan on a little ride to get a feel for the new engine and the different size tires/wheels.  Front is now a 19" with a much narrower tire .  The back is close to the same as the stock size  15" 150/90  instead of 16" 150/80.

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Reply #65 on: March 02, 2021, 16:14:43 PM
So...I was able to get both new wheels balanced and mounted on the bike by mid-morning.  Sun was coming out, so I decided to take the Drifter out for a good test ride.  Well, all I can say is WOW!!  Quite a noticeable difference in engine power and pull....especially at low end.  the difference in torque is significant.  Also, it seems that the gearing is different...seems a little higher at the upper end, especially in 5th.  Or maybe it's the quieter engine itself.  I'll have to check the specs on the 1600 classic.... Anyway, it was worth the effort to me completing this project.  I'm looking forward to getting out and really putting some miles on it soon.  Also, with the taller and thinner front tire, it feels lighter in the turns, but my speedometer is still off....LOL

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Reply #66 on: March 03, 2021, 00:34:21 AM
Very cool! I'm glad to hear it all worked out so well - please update with more when you can



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Reply #67 on: March 03, 2021, 01:48:29 AM
Yeah, it's good to know that the final result just meets your expectations.
I wish I had your skills...  ;)

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