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VTX 1800 front end changes
Old 10-23-2012, 12:44 AM   #1
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VTX 1800 front end changes

I'm going to get started making some changes to my X, starting with what I have to see all the time - the handlebar region. I just ordered Drag Specialties Big Radius t-bars, chrome switch housings (not covers), levers, and grips. I'll stall until there's a break where I won't be able to ride for a couple of weeks before shipping my brake and clutch reservoirs off to the chromer, but that will be in this two. The front end should look a lot beefier with the 1 1/2" handlebars. This will be a good time to move my wiring inside the new huge handlebars too.

I'll also be doing the de-smog to give me some room for an HID ballast and LEDs eventually. I was going to get the Cobra 1 1/2" freeway bars as well, but I'll hold off a while on that for now. Baby steps...

Pics to follow!
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:55 PM   #2
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Everything but my handlebars has arrived, the garage is in order, and I took some time tonight to make the tank prop tool out of some dowel rod. Here's all the crap I have ready to go:

Show Chrome switch housings
Drag Specialties Super Radius 1-1/2" bars
Kuryakyn ISO Grips KY-6240
Kuryakyn Chrome brake & clutch levers
LEDglow 16 pc 282 LED motorcycle LED kit
Yana Shiki 55W 6000K HID Headlight kit
Biglry & Bones block off plates / de-smog mod
ColorRite Paint repair kit for rear fender
Chrome Quick Disconnect 5478K122 1/4" couple 3/8" tube ID
Chrome Quick Disconnect 5478K811 1/4" couple 3/8" tube ID
Chrome Quick Disconnect 5478K149 1/4" couple 1/4" tube ID
Chrome Quick Disconnect 5478K519 1/4" couple 1/4" tube ID
2' 5/16" ID Fuel injector hose
2' 1/4" ID Fuel hose
(3) 3/8" hose clamps
(3) 5/8" hose clamps
(2) M12 X 1.25 pitch bolts X 50mm long
1/8" rubber vacuum cap
1/2" rubber vacuum cap

First up, drain the tank, remove it, do the de-smog mod/desnorkle/block off plates, and install the fuel like quick disconnects on the supply and return lines. Then I'll do the HID kit and the LED lights. Finally, tear up the handlebars and the wiring, run the wiring internal on the new bars, and put it all back together. Sometime later this winter I'll take apart the brake and clutch hydraulics so I can send the reservoirs to get chromed and replace the lines with braided stainless.

Excited to get started, and what comes up? Inventory at the plant - I have to work all freaking weekend.

I'm going to take before pictures of the bike in an empty lot at night so I can have a good comparison between the stock bulb and the HID.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:03 AM   #3
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You will love the HID!
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:46 AM   #4
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I heard so many bad reports about DM Tuning's customer service, I went with Yana Shiki. They had better customer service reports and equally glowing product reviews - or better.

The box I received was obviously a return, a used kit. It was in a box for an H4 but was not an H4 at all.

Crap. Waste of time shipping a return, etc. I ordered from DDM Tuning this morning.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:08 PM   #5
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LOL...I never had an issue with DDM Tuning and have ordered a few of them. Like anything else, it is all relative to each persons experience. We all make mistakes, it's just how we handle them. I think Cheese had a bad experience with DDM Tuning, but personally, the only one I know of.
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Why do we de-GAR?
Old 10-29-2012, 11:10 PM   #6
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Why do we de-GAR?

Because of this:


BEFORE



AFTER

I need to start doing the heavy lifting, but I keep wanting to ride and I know once I get started I'm down for a few days. More if I plow into getting the reservoirs chromed. My HID kit won't be here for weeks (just shipped from China) but by new bars should be here by Friday.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:54 PM   #7
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Ok, finished the de-smog after work. New bars came in, so it's time to really get to work. Brake lines & throttle cables on the way, and I think I'll be sending my reservoirs off to Stump for chroming.

This has been written up before, but pictures say it quickly, so here's the desmog mod in photos:



















Next up, putting the fuel quick disconnects into the two fuel lines, and then jumping into moving my wiring into the new handlebars and replacing all my brake & clutch hydraulic lines.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:01 AM   #8
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:36 AM   #9
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I should note to anyone with a VTX 1800 that taking that tank off sucks. Oh, it's super easy to do it, but you will take a bath in gasoline when you take that main fuel line off the tank. I'd siphoned what I thought was all the fuel out of it, but I was wrong. I ended up grabbing the loose end of my siphon hose and jamming it on, delivering the fuel into my gas can. Then I took another section of the hose and stuck it to the return nipple as soon as I removed the original line.

That's the orange line in the picture. Now I can't wait to get those quick disconnects in the system so I never have to do that again.

Doing the desmog on the 1800 wasn't too bad except for the rear cylinder, left hand screw. No room to work with anything except the 8mm combination wrench, 1/16 or so of a turn at a time.
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More progress

Went to work tonight and got my quick-disconnects in for future easy tank removals. Thanks to Biglry and Bigdawg for the idea. http://californiavtxriders.com/phpBB...p?f=26&t=21694

Here is the original fuel return:



Removed original return line from the in-line juncture under the backbone and added new fuel injector line around the right side of the thermostat under the backbone, then around 180 degrees to a quick disconnect, then reused part of the original line with the bend to get back to the tank.







Bottom of tank with new fuel line segments & quick disconnects.



Main fuel line to fuel pump. I had to reroute it to the ignition side of the frame cross-member for there to be room.

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