Be sure to follow the torque specs on bolts for pipes, so you don't break off the header bolts. You may want to put some washers under the acorn nuts on header bolts or just replace acorn nuts with regular nuts.
Use new header gaskets, don't reuse the old ones. After you ride for about 100 miles torque the bolts to spec again. I learned this from the awesome guys on this site.
Yes, if I recall there's not much torque to them......16 ftlbs? If I'm right that's not much. I have both the Clyman and Honda shop manuals. Lot of info there I'll never use, but heck, the info you can get out of just a few pages! I'm going to go with open nuts. It's easier all around I think.
Really curious what you mean by this. Sounds like pure wisdom, but being new to all this can you expand on that please, I want to learn! Thanks, Rog
Haven't been back to this post in a while. My point was simple...the VTX 1300 is not a high end highway bike or a Harley or a sport bike. But what it does it does well. I love to take mine out for a cruise in the country. It rides well, handles well, looks great and has a great sound. It does exactly what it was designed to do. When I hear complaints about the VTX it's always someone saying that it doesn't handle well enough, isn't fast enough...etc. Learn to love what it does well...after twelve years my VTX still has a special place in the garage.
But what it does it does well. I love to take mine out for a cruise in the country. It rides well, handles well, looks great and has a great sound. It does exactly what it was designed to do.
Bingo! That's my purpose for my VTX. A ride in the country now and then and maybe after the ride, sit and look at it and say to myself what beautiful bike, and see if there's any way I can improve it. I don't have an ego and don't need to prove anything to anybody except myself! It's for me, myself and I.