'03 V Star 1100 Rebuild
Hi, I'm Dustin, and as the title suggests I'll be rebuilding(really just reassembling) a V Star that I picked up for $500. So far, it needs the rear cam, some brake work, a front tire, adding some mirrors, and I want to put the original handlebars back on it, I hate ape hangers. I uploaded a couple pics below, if they come through, showing it with the handlebars repositioned and the tank and seats on, and one of the damage to the tank just to get an idea of what we're working with.
I'm worried that the riser clamps for the handlebars might be bent, it looks like they wrecked pretty good with the old bars, damaging the tank pretty bad on the right and had to replace them, but they don't line up right anymore, and those clamps look like the problem. The seat looks like its going to be a huge improvement over the one I had on the Midnight Star, its wider and softer by far. One thing I noticed right off, I had the bike parked in the carport for about 2 hours and it was already developing an oil spot.
The cam and bolt for the timing sprocket should be about $120, plus shipping. The last owner broke the end of the cam off, tightening the sprocket after changing the starter clutch or I wouldn't have gotten such a deal. I found out that the oil filter is the same as on my old 94 Virago, and I still have one that I had bought a few years ago, so all I need is the oil, and it'll be fresh for the new season. Going to go with the Yamalube 20-50, which will be about $30 with free shipping.
I got a free front tire, and the feeling that if I hadn't mentioned how bad it was, he wasn't going to include it. Talked to the Yamaha shop and they'll charge $40 to change it, if the tire is off the bike. That works best for me since I have to assess the brakes anyways and possibly bleed them and replace the pads. I don't know whats wrong with the rear brake yet, but it isn't functioning at all at the moment.
I would like to change the tank, but they're kind of expensive and cosmetic really. My uncle has a 650 V Star that he blew the engine on, so maybe he'll sell me the tank and handlebars. The dickhead(the former owner, not my uncle, though he's a bit of a dickhead too) pulled the little brass fitting out of the petcock instead of loosening the clamp, which may cause problems, I may need a new petcock at the least.
One thing I'm a little worried about is the air cleaner, its a little like 2" X 2" thing that looks like its missing the housing for it, it just sits out in the open right now. I'll have to track all this stuff down eventually, in the mean time I hope it doesn't affect the air/fuel mixture.
So, thats the project, I'll be ordering the first parts in October, the cam and the bolts to get the engine back together and running. Is there anything anyone can think of that I should keep in mind about this bike or about replacing the cam or timing it or anything? I don't have a shop manual yet, but I have the internet for timing procedures and the like. I know I started this thread a little early, about a month and a half early, but if there are any factors I haven't considered I want to encounter them early.
One thing I am very happy about, is that it came with saddlebags, every bike I've ever got I had to track down saddlebags for if I couldn't use old ones, and these come premounted. I'm a little worried about the stated mileage though, the odometer shows like 13,000 miles but it looks like its been through a lot more than that, especially with all the oil leaks. So what do you think? I think it'll be running in less than 2 months. See you out there.