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post #21 of 58 (permalink) Old 03-06-2016, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Finished projects last night. Completed and ready to go as soon as the weather cooperates.
  • Changed oil - Rotella T6 and Purolator Classic
  • Refreshed Moly Paste in rear splines and lubed axles
  • Air pressure set at 41 PSI
  • Installed Cobra FI2000R tuner - starting out at 2-0-0
  • Gear linkage greased
  • Modified rear license plate mount / tail light setup - LED mini bullets
  • Cleaned / polished whole bike
  • Wheels sanded and polished
  • Brake rotors sanded and polished
  • Fork lowers sanded and polished
  • Replaced rectangle mirrors with rounded OEM
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2007 VTX 1800 F Spec 3 - Mustang Seats, Cobra Angled Slashcuts, House of Kolor Blueberry Pearl paint and custom tank badge, lots of chrome, lots of sanding and polishing on the aluminum!
other stuff - HID headlight, airbox decapped plus K&N, ground fix, PAIR/desmog, tail light area minimalized, horn relocation, fwd controls extension, switch spiders removed, reflectors removed, Barnett clutch kit, Cobra FI2000R
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Changed oil to Amsoil 10w-40
No offense to anyone here, but I did not like the Rotella. While it may have quieted down the gear box for the first couple hundred miles, it just felt like it was working harder. By the time I changed out the oil, it was clunking into first just like normal.
With the Amsoil, she's running just as smooth as ever.


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2007 VTX 1800 F Spec 3 - Mustang Seats, Cobra Angled Slashcuts, House of Kolor Blueberry Pearl paint and custom tank badge, lots of chrome, lots of sanding and polishing on the aluminum!
other stuff - HID headlight, airbox decapped plus K&N, ground fix, PAIR/desmog, tail light area minimalized, horn relocation, fwd controls extension, switch spiders removed, reflectors removed, Barnett clutch kit, Cobra FI2000R
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Fork bearings, seals, and fork oil changed
Clutch fluid and brake fluid flushed
Work completed by Mike's Powersports for reasonable $$, but I'm not happy with the work. Bill (tech) dinged up the aluminum fork lowers and the turn signals were re-installed crooked. Mirrors needed re-adjustment and nearly all chrome/aluminum needed to be thoroughly cleaned due to grease, brake fluid, and dirt/grime.
Ride seems rougher than before. I'm skeptical that the internals are reassembled correctly.
*Lesson learned - buy the special tools needed, learn to do this stuff myself, and schedule the time necessary next time.


2007 VTX 1800 F Spec 3 - Mustang Seats, Cobra Angled Slashcuts, House of Kolor Blueberry Pearl paint and custom tank badge, lots of chrome, lots of sanding and polishing on the aluminum!
other stuff - HID headlight, airbox decapped plus K&N, ground fix, PAIR/desmog, tail light area minimalized, horn relocation, fwd controls extension, switch spiders removed, reflectors removed, Barnett clutch kit, Cobra FI2000R
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Oil filter change only and topped off with Amsoil
Removed Cobra FI2000R
Cleaned and recharged K&N filter
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Question, when did ROTELLA start making oil for MOTORCYCLES?????????????:dontk now:
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Question, when did ROTELLA start making oil for MOTORCYCLES?????????????:dontk now:
Shell Rotella T6 is a synthetic that's labeled for diesel engines, but it meets the standards for the wet clutch on the VTX. Many members here on the forum use it, but I wasn't impressed.

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2007 VTX 1800 F Spec 3 - Mustang Seats, Cobra Angled Slashcuts, House of Kolor Blueberry Pearl paint and custom tank badge, lots of chrome, lots of sanding and polishing on the aluminum!
other stuff - HID headlight, airbox decapped plus K&N, ground fix, PAIR/desmog, tail light area minimalized, horn relocation, fwd controls extension, switch spiders removed, reflectors removed, Barnett clutch kit, Cobra FI2000R
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Making good progress...
New tire, new brake pads, fender support fixed, wiring cleaned up, some cleaning and polishing - all done.
Fork seals and progressive springs installed (gotta get those installed on the bike next)....
Bring on spring!

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2007 VTX 1800 F Spec 3 - Mustang Seats, Cobra Angled Slashcuts, House of Kolor Blueberry Pearl paint and custom tank badge, lots of chrome, lots of sanding and polishing on the aluminum!
other stuff - HID headlight, airbox decapped plus K&N, ground fix, PAIR/desmog, tail light area minimalized, horn relocation, fwd controls extension, switch spiders removed, reflectors removed, Barnett clutch kit, Cobra FI2000R
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To show how I cleaned up the license plate area and rear signals, here comes a bunch of pictures....

After disassembly of the rear fender and support frame, I cut off the lower portion of the frame just above the factory license plate location. The license plate frame was also cut in half so I could re-use the mounting tab. The LED brake light from the factory has a circuit board hanging below the brake light that will be visible through the hole I cut when removing the license plate light mounting area. That black plastic trim cuts very easily with a good carpet knife, just use caution and patience with shallow slow cuts as to focus on keeping them straight and not marring up the plastic.



When removing the factory license plate light housing, I also trimmed the factory black molding to be flush behind the license plate's new location, tucked right under the tail light. Be cautious to allow for the circuit board of the factory LED brake light and its mounting setup. The license plate will mount using the factory bracket (cut in half as shown above) through new holes drilled below the LED brake light bracket.



The new chrome mini bullets - http://www.jpcycles.com/product/214-278 - have a narrow base on them. I filled in this gap with handy dandy rubber furniture bumpers, simply cutting a hole in the center so they act like trim rings.

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More pics...

You can see the gold-ish bolts that are in new holes I drilled for the license plate itself. This section of license plate mounting bracket was cut from the factory bracket. Make it straight and align it so the plate tucks just below the factory brake light and covers the hole in the black plastic trim piece.
The new signals will be wired directly into the factory signal wiring and routed with the rest of the wiring harness under the rear fender.



The rubber furniture pads will fit flush on the black trim ring. They've performed for more than 12 months without fading.



You can see the size difference between the factory signals and these mini bullets. The factory license plate light was replaced with this LED license plate frame - http://www.jpcycles.com/product/340-800 - wired into the factory harness.

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Here's the rubber grips that cost me $2 but made the whole mod come together in a finished look.

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2007 VTX 1800 F Spec 3 - Mustang Seats, Cobra Angled Slashcuts, House of Kolor Blueberry Pearl paint and custom tank badge, lots of chrome, lots of sanding and polishing on the aluminum!
other stuff - HID headlight, airbox decapped plus K&N, ground fix, PAIR/desmog, tail light area minimalized, horn relocation, fwd controls extension, switch spiders removed, reflectors removed, Barnett clutch kit, Cobra FI2000R

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