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2004 1300C, 2nd owner, 38k miles.

Air/pipes/carb:
Decapped with K&N
(Spyker mod will be coming soon...)
Cobra Slip Ons
Factory Pro Stage 3 jet kit
215 main jet, 58 slow, needle clip on 3rd notch
Glen's perm. A/F screw at about 2.25 turns out

PAIR valves removed, dimpled block-off plates from vtx-parts.com

Danny Gray Buttcrack and Danny Gray Bigseat
Both have the Danny Gray Seat Pin Mod (I still need to post this mod)
Danny Gray Wide Seat ("lick-n-stick" pillion), studded Mustang tail cover when Wide Seat removed

Hondaline saddlebags and mounts with helmet lock relocation kit
Hondaline deluxe backrest and luggage rack

Last oil change:
33xxx, Pro Honda GN4 10W-40
Purolator PL14610 filter (Amazon)
replaced both drain plugs with magnetic drain plugs

Wolo 619 Big Bad Max (with relay kit) mounted on
KC Hilites 7310 light mount bracket

Jump start battery harness and Battery Tender USB adapter

Gear:
BiLT RAPTOR helmet
Sena SMH-5-FM
XELEMENT CF5050 armored jacket
BiLT Ironworkers Kevlar jeans
Full finger armored summer gloves
Nelson-Rigg Storm Rider gear (rarely have to use it)
 

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Forgot to record the mileage at each step....oh well. Next time.

Oil change:
-switched to Rotella T6 synthetic (quieted the engine a lot, and shifts a little better) and cheap at Wallyworld
-Bosch 3323 filter, also cheap a Wallyworld

New Tires:
-Kenda K671 front and rear tires, amazon

Moto-D 11.3mm angled low profile valve stems, $25 on amazon

Replaced DynoJet carb spring with Honda OEM carb spring, will be fiddling with the carb adjustments soon to dial it in. $8 at dealer.

Removed choke. Installed new, stiffer choke spring and rubber cap. Both from OSH, less than $3 total.

New battery about a month ago

New fuel line and vacuum lines
 

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Sep 19th

Finished my Suspension Upgrade Project:

Fork Rebuild
-Progressive 11-1126 front suspension
-All Balls fork seals and dust wipers
-All Balls bushing kit (don't remember All Balls part number, but STG parts number is TR417017)
***All Balls provides several extra O-rings and washers in their kit, and of different sizes! Be careful to use the correct copper washers for the bottom bolts, and O-rings for the fork caps! The fork cap O-rings in the kit are of very similar sizes, so use the one the fits tightly.
-10w fork oil from local motorcycle retailer

Rear Suspension
-McMaster-Carr bushings

Other Stuff Done
-New brake pads on front and rear
***shame on me. Wore pads down to the metal and didn't even know it :( will look into replacing rotors soon, but brakes still work as they should...maybe I got lucky :dontknow:



Some after-thoughts:
-Old fork oil was BLACK AND SILVER!!! So glad I replaced all of it!
-New Progressive springs ended up being the same length as the stock springs I pulled out. Maybe if I had just replaced the oil and filled the forks to the level, the stock springs might have been ok to keep.
-Day 1 = very rough ride in the front! Also, turning feels harder to do now. I find myself leaning the bike more than turning the bars to make a turn. Also, I used to watch the forks move up and down while the bike would glide down the road. But now, I really don't see them moving, if at all... BUT, NO MORE ROCKING HORSE WHILE BRAKING AND STOPPING!!!! And that's what matters most!
-Day 3 = SO MUCH BETTER while riding 2-up! Turning and handling is much more controllable. Forks are still a little stiff, but feel like they're loosening up. Handling in the twisties while 2-up with luggage feels like riding solo! Ground clearance has increased, so no more scraping the frame on right turns :mrgreen:
Day 5 = Yup, front end is breaking in nicely now. I can see the forks moving up and down better than they did on Day 1. I still may remove a little fluid to soften the ride a touch.

About the Rear Suspension:
-McMaster-Carr bushings are WONDERFUL! No more butt-spanking when riding over an unexpected pothole or bump at freeway speeds.
-It makes the backend quieter.
-Also, the rear suspension preloads actually make a difference now.


In the end, no regrets!!! (except for not paying attention to my brake pads)
 

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Happy birthday to you......

Happy birthday, 40,000
Happy birthday to you!!!

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40550 miles

New Front Rim
New All Balls front wheel bearings

I am a little sad for 2 reasons:
1) When I got my replacement rim, I realized that the PO had the original rims chromed, but I thought he just polished them REALLY WELL! So now, the rims don't exactly match....oh well.
2) I wish there was a way to save the chrome on the old rim (like removing an accessory and giving it to someone else who wants it), but the rim is trash now. It just sucks because chrome plating those rims is a little expensive, but there's nothing I can do about it....


Side note about the front suspension: yes, even though the forks have started moving up and down a little, they are still WAY too stiff! I need to remove maybe .5oz from each fork tube to soften them up a bit. I can feel just about every single little bump on the road....but handling and ground clearance in the curves is phenomenal!!!
 

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Oil change at 42,000 miles, exactly.
Rotella T6 and Purolator 14610 filter
 

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Side note about the front suspension: yes, even though the forks have started moving up and down a little, they are still WAY too stiff! I need to remove maybe .5oz from each fork tube to soften them up a bit. I can feel just about every single little bump on the road....but handling and ground clearance in the curves is phenomenal!!!
Would it not be better (no mechanic, just a heavy reader of forum) to Go to lighter oil in forks???
Low fork oil could cause heavy foaming and ruin the ride and wear forks rapidly??????


I am more asking then suggesting as I dont know much about forks/shocks etc at all...







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Would it not be better (no mechanic, just a heavy reader of forum) to Go to lighter oil in forks???
Low fork oil could cause heavy foaming and ruin the ride and wear forks rapidly??????


I am more asking then suggesting as I dont know much about forks/shocks etc at all...






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Sorry for not seeing this until now! It's been a busy winter. I'm in the same boat and not an expert on forks either, but that seems like it would make sense. I think that adjusting the fork oil level would be an easier way to fine tune the forks, rather than changing out different weights of fork oil.
 

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It's been about 6 months now, and the front suspension feels like its settled into where the firmness is going to stay. It's definitely, noticeably stiffer than what it was, but there's WAY more control of the front wheel and no more rocking horse when slowing down or stopping.

Installed LED headlight. Love it so far, but still need to adjust it.
 

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New fuel line and vacuum lines
The generic fuel line I installed ended up being pinched at the petcock, so I ordered and installed an OEM fuel line that was already shaped the way it needed to be.
 

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8/28/2016


Took out the alarm system. It kept killing my battery and I finally moved into a new place that had a garage, so there was no more need to have the alarm.


Also, (as expected) I replaced the battery. Even though it was technically 1 month past its warranty timeline, the shop replaced it with a brand new one.
 

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So, when I worked at a bicycle shop for a few years, Kenda was one of the best brand of tires that we had (out of about 15 different brands that we sold). So I bought Kenda tires for my VTX awhile back.


.....last week, I noticed there are "bubbles" below the surface of the front tire, so I'm thinking there is some delamination between the plies. I will probably be looking into getting Commander II tires and be done with it. But for now, my baby is parked in the garage for a while :(
 

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46084 miles today. Been working on the X over the past 6 days:

Got the new tire installed today. Went with a Pirelli Route 66. Now to break it in.

Adjusted the valves.

Replaced the headlight.

Completely cleaned the turn signal switch.

Cleaned the spark plugs. They were fouled up REALLY BAD!!!! I knew I was running rich, but I wasn't able to get everything dialed in where I wanted it, so I decided to clean everything and start over from square one.

Tore the carb all the way down and cleaned every bit of it!!! Found a shim, so I reset my carb to the following:
58 pilot
215 main
3rd clip plus 1 shim
2.5 turns

The bike fired right up, even while being cold!!! It's never fired up that quickly and run so smooth after sitting for a while! Put fresh gas in it and went for a quick spin.

So I'm still weak on the low end, but the top end pulls hard! Twisting the throttle from an idle makes it hiccup/sputter before it starts revving up like it should. The issue started going away as the bike warmed up, so I think I'm close. Some more needle and A/F fiddling to do.
 

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Where did you get the helmet lock relocation kit. Please reply and thanks in advance NICE BIKE Joe
 

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Where did you get the helmet lock relocation kit. Please reply and thanks in advance NICE BIKE Joe
Hey bud! Sorry for the late response (I'm not very active on this forum, and I periodically miss the notifications).


From my understanding (and I could be wrong) I think the Hondaline saddlebag brackets can come either with or without the relocation option. The one I have with my bike, the helmet lock that is normally installed on your fender can be installed directly to the saddlebag bracket.
 

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I finally did the Spyker mod on April 13th. I had the parts sitting in a box from when I did my computer, but just never got around to it.

There wasn't too much of a change in throttle response, but there was a change nonetheless.
 

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....soooo many things to update......




Blacked out the engine (pics and thread to come later)


New exhaust gaskets


New rear wheel bearings and flange bearings
http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/7-vtx-1300-riders-board/430049-another-flange-bearing-victim.html


Coolant flush


Cleaned the turn signal switch contacts and housing




Also, apparently I didn't update this a while ago, but the LED headlight I went with died, so I've been running my usual Sylvania ZXE bulbs since.


If I can think of any others, I'll add them.
 
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