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Old 06-29-2005, 04:08 PM   #11
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Oh, and if ya just want to strip all the gauges off, the wires all come off very cleanly. The blinkers, high beam, tach and ground wires all connect inside the headlight with bullet connectors. The rest of the wires go directly to a wiring harness under the tank. To get to the harness and unplug it, you don't even have to remove the tank. Just take off the tank bolts and lift the tank up a few inches. The harness just unplugs.

I ran the bike for several weeks with no gauges and nothing plugged into the other half of the harness and bullet connectors and it worked fine.
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Old 07-12-2005, 03:07 PM   #12
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WOW....I have been dying to get rid of my gages and was wonder what I would run into! That is an awesome look!

I have been working (obviously not very hard since I started in the spring) on a set of chain handlebars because I don't like the big loop on the stock ones…and I thought chain would look cool. Now that I know I can get rid of the gauges I have renewed vigor for the project.

AND WHERE DID YOU GET THE WHEELS!? I have been looking everywhere. I can get a custom set for just over half what the bike is worth but I'm not sure it is worth it.

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Old 07-12-2005, 03:40 PM   #13
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Oh yea...and there are some really cool risers available too. Have you thought of replacing your stock ones now that they are wide open?
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Old 07-12-2005, 08:35 PM   #14
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Chain bars would be really cool. I'd really like to see them when they're done. They gauges came off much easier than I had anticipated, so if your inclined, I'd go for it.

The wheels are actually stock. In '88 it was one of the things they did to gussy up the 700 when they changed it to the 800. So, you might want to start hittin' up junk yards and parts places for '88 vt800 wheels. I'm sure they'd fit a 86' or 87 vt700 , the bikes are nearly identical to the 88' vt800.

I've just started to consider new risers and bars - It'll be a project for next spring if I get my act in gear. What have you found to fit? The ones I've looked at recently seem to be for newer bikes (granted like I said, I haven't done an exhaustive search yet).
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Old 07-12-2005, 08:38 PM   #15
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SeaBass, if ya get a chance, post some pics of your bike, I didnt' see any in the garage - that paint job looks pretty sweet.
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Old 07-13-2005, 11:18 AM   #16
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Well, I’ve come across a lot of really cool risers but apparently only book marked one. I will be looking for them again and will post them as I find em.

These are nice Ness risers but kinda spendy. Others that I have found are actually cooler then these so I hope I can find em again.
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The Bars are pretty standard stuff you should be able to find anywhere in about any style. Obviously just have to work with the cables and etc. They have some nice universal brake and clutch replacement stuff to clean up the bars too. Remote master cylinders and etc.

I love the look of no sissy bar. The wife isn’t gonna like it but I gotta try it for a while.

You say you are lowered already but want to get 11” progressives. What do you have on it now? I’ve been looking but was wondering if the 10.5 progressives would drop it too low.

Anywho, really lookin good man, keep goin.

Here are a few pics I took recently of the scooter.




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Old 07-13-2005, 01:29 PM   #17
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SeaBass, your bike is CLEAN! I put the 11" progressives on, but I'm out of the country for a few days so I can't post a pic. Before the Progressives, I had Pete over at SOTMC cut my stock shocks. After I got them back, I didn't think they were quite low enough, so I bought the progressives. The 11" Progressives are only about 1/2" lower than the cut shocks. I didn't know Progressive made 10.5" for our bikes. They don't list them on the website:

http://progressivesuspension.com/app...?AppsNumber=61

You could definitely go to 10.5, there's a lot of clearance between my tire and fender with the 11"

BTW, my wife got used to no sissybar pretty quickly. Actually I just sold my bar (so I could buy the Progressive shocks) and she agreed that we were unlikely to ever regret getting rid of it.
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Old 07-13-2005, 01:49 PM   #18
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Lang,

Thanks, I bought her in '90 and she was the hottest thing in town...just need to get er updated a bit.

I must have been looking at the 11.5 progressives. Good to know the 11s still leave enough room then. Man, this works out great...everthing I was worried about doing trial and error you've already done!
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This is what I like to see here, sharin' of info and stuff!

Hey Lang, do you have any pics of the removal process? If you do I'd like to see them.

Seabass, take pics of the chain bars in progress, and post a before during and after pics when you get them done. Those sound pretty cool. :thumb:

If any of you other Classic Shadowriders have pics or mod ideas feel free to share them with us.
I'm waitin' till ridin' season is over before I tackle any other major mods. One of which will be to lower the entire bike by an inch or two, once I get brave enough to take apart the air shocks/forks.

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Old 07-14-2005, 09:45 AM   #20
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Roger that M@. I've just got em tacked together right now so this is a good time to start pics. I am kinda torn about tearing into this stuff during prime riding season myself. I may just get the bars put together and chromed and wait till fall to tear it up.
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