Hi all -
Just joined this forum as a way to learn more about my bike & share info. I ride a 1999 V Star 650 Classic. I'm the 2nd owner, purchased it back in 2000 with about ~600 miles on it when i traded in my rice rocket.
Original owner replaced the exhaust w/ straight pipes & added a small wind screen. Bike ran poorly, was embarrassingly loud, & would backfire whenever you backed off on the throttle as there was no no back pressure.
I tossed the windscreen & purchased a set of baffles from a parts catalog. Of course, the OD had to be slightly turned down to fit the pipes so I skim cut them on the lathe at work until they slipped in. Ran much better and eliminated 99% of the backfires. Decibel level down to a pleasant (and legal) level but still sounds "aggressive". Added saddle bags too.
After that, I stripped the body work off as the original factory black paint was poor in my opinion. My brother (who works auto body) repainted with a custom-mixed maroon red topped with some blue pearl.
The bike was that way for many years & trouble free. About 3 years ago, decided to repaint again - this time I chose medium metallic blue from a 2005 Mazda 5. Also added heated hand grips and highway bars. Hand grips are awesome as I love to ride on long cool fall foliage tours. Learned the hard way to wire then in using the 5 amp keyed/fused circuit for the horn, not hardwired to the battery.
What really brought me here is my search for info on my rear axel. Picked up 3 (unbelievably) roofing nails in the rear tire at end of last season. Made it home safely & wasn't too upset as the rear was well worn & in need to replacing anyway. Fast forward to today...
Purchased new tire, pulled the rear wheel off, and took to local deal to mount & balance. Dealer cals back & says they can do the job as the hub is cracked on left (final drive) side. Sure enough it had a small crack when I picked it up.
Cost of new parts was ridiculous so I searched the net & purchased a whole replacement rear wheel from a salvage yard in NH. Opened the box to find it was in perfect condition - true, dent free, good bearings - chrome only need little polish. I was happy... Took new wheel & tire to different dealer (yamaha authorized this time) & got it mounted & balanced.
Now the dilemma - I can't reinstall it as the width of the wheel hub or distance between the bearings seems smaller than the original wheel. I can slip the final drive into position, get the whole assembly back on the bike, alignment between the face of the drive mechanism & wheel hub is fairly good (didn't check w/ feeler gages), tighten the 4 bolts to mount the final drive to the swing arm, but the axle bolt will just crush the drive into the wheel hub causing the wheel t seize up long before any real torque can be applied.
Hopefully someone can help this poor new forum member. I've only ride 52 miles all year...