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I'm going to track some mods and maintenance items in this thread. I started with a used 2011 V Star 950 a few weeks ago and had minimal mod plans, but that has expanded a bit. :grin: This is the only pic I have from when I picked it up. It was all stock and set up for solo rides. I plan to bring it back to 2 up so I can maybe convince my wife to join me.



I have some catching up to do with posts and I'll get those added shortly.

ETA: I'll be posting pricing for reference purposes.
 

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The first mod I did was a slip-on exhaust. After reading a few reviews and trying to listen to some youtube videos, I settled on the Vance & Hines Twin Slash. I ordered it on ebay for $225 shipped. It took around an hour to install but most of that was me messing with the heat shields. I posted some tips in this thread. The exhaust completely changes the sound of the bike. The stock exhaust is almost like a purr and scooter-ish. This slip-on unleashes the beast and is quite loud.







I also decided to get the quiet baffle insert. I wasn't sure if I was going to use it but after the first ride without it, I knew it needed to be toned down a bit. I got that for $20 on ebay as well but was unable to install it because I couldn't get the main baffle out without having a large slide hammer. I ended up having a local shop do it for $25 when they installed my tires. Now it still has a decent roar but isn't overly obnoxious.
 

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I ended up deciding to replace the tires as well. After some detailed inspection and realizing they were the original tires, it became a priority. I read quite a bit about the popular Metzelers, Michellins, etc but decided to go with Pirelli Night Dragons. People seem to love them and their grip, with the understanding that there's a sacrifice in treadlife. I can deal with that. I ended up getting a local shop to match the best online price of $320 and I paid $120 for installation. No pics yet, but I'll add them later. I also started this thread about the tires before deciding to do a build thread.
 

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After realizing how stock this bike was and that it had the original tires, I took an educated guess that the spark plugs might be in rough shape. Boy was I right.



Old vs new for comparison. I went with the oem NGK standard spark plugs, which I ordered from Amazon for $7.24 each. Apparently you can swap the plugs pretty easily and don't need to remove the tank, which I learned thanks to this
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After realizing how stock this bike was and that it had the original tires, I took an educated guess that the spark plugs might be in rough shape. Boy was I right.



Old vs new for comparison. I went with the oem NGK standard spark plugs, which I ordered from Amazon for $7.24 each. Apparently you can swap the plugs pretty easily and don't need to remove the tank, which I learned thanks to this
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Dang dude how many miles were on those plugs?! I replaced mine at 8,000 and they still looked in great shape.
 

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I also decided to clean up the rear end a bit. It still had the original tag mount and blinkers and stuff. I stripped all of that off and started plotting some alternatives. Ultimately I decided to go with some leds that I'll post about later and to make my own tag brackets. Basically, I picked up some aluminum flat bar for $7 at Lowes and am going to mount them to the oem holes so the tag will hang down just below the fender. I only managed to get them made and painted today. I'm planning to curve the tag a bit but am still waiting on that to be processed by the state (Colorado takes forever!). Here are some preliminary pics of where these will mount and how they look. I cheated a bit and used bolt cutters to trim the aluminum to size. The rest was done with a cheap vice, pliers, a 1/4" drill bit, and a rotary tool to grind the edges. I'll add more pics once I get them mounted. I did test mount with an old tag in between bends and am happy with how they turned out.









 

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Dang dude how many miles were on those plugs?! I replaced mine at 8,000 and they still looked in great shape.
Almost 15k :surprise: What's worse is one was only hand tight. Incredible.

This thing is running super lean. The fi2000 should help. Hopefully I can get it in this week.
 

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That's all the pics for now. I have some stuff on order and will post more.

In the meantime I'm repairing some chips in the paint, will wet sand that and do a full polish job on it. I bought some small tubes of touchup paint and clear that are colormatched from Amazon. It was pricey for what it is ($24), but I've half-assed touchup before and it looked terrible. Hoping for better results this time.


Oh, one other thing I've been doing a little at a time is cleaning up bolts that had some build up on them. For this I typically soak them in WD-40 for about 5 minutes, clean them, and then use some semichrome with a rotary tool and buffing attachment. They look brand new! I also follow up with some Optimum No Rinse and buff them. It adds a bit of protection.
 

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Looking good!
 

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I am working on adding LEDs to the front and rear but while I'm waiting on snail mail from China I went ahead and preemptively addressed the hyperflash issue. The guys over on the strkyer forums figured out an easy, cheap fix and as I was looking at the relay on my bike I realized they are very similar. Anyway, a $5 3-pin flasher relay from Amazon and I'm in business!


This is the relay I used. I'm sure you can use any similar relay.

Keep in mind that the auto-cancel feature will no longer work.. but I'm used to turning off my own signals and won't miss it! Can't believe some places are charging so much for a similar fix.

Here's a shot of the relay and wiring for quick reference
 

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Other stuff done today but no pics....

I landed a used FI2000R O2 from Craigslist for $130 and finally got that in today. Haven't had a chance to tune it, but let me say - that is a royal pain to install. Getting to those injector plugs was hard without removing the fuel tank. My hands aren't that big (large glove) but I really struggled. What ended up working was undoing the tank bolts at the base and shifting it up and then left/right for each side. I used a long screwdriver to give me leverage on the plug release and that did the trick.

I also wetsanded the touch up paint areas from the weekend. I gave it a good 4 days to cure and it looks like they will polosh up nicely. Just some 1500 grit backed with a simple school eraser to get even pressure.
 

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what worked for me was shoving a board under the tank to prop it up while i installed the fuel injector connections. but if you're already done...
Yeah I managed to set a piece of 2x4 vertical once I pulled some harnesses out of their clips. Still not much room between the frame and injectors. I'm just happy it's over. :grin:
 

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personally, i like that the lights blink faster on LEDs. i think it makes it more noticeable to others.
I've gone back and forth on it. I agree that it's more noticeable and don't really mind the speed of the flash. Downside is that it can draw attention from an overzealous cop. I've also wondered if the higher frequency on/off impacts the life of the bulb. Don't know really.
 

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I got quite a bit done today. The bike is back together and I got her washed, polished, and waxed. I'm heavily considering going matte black next year, over the winter. I also got the Mustang Daytripper seat installed.
 

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Getting caught up with some posts... When I added the pod intake I inspected the old filter. wow... I will probably need to check some of the other periodic maintenance stuff this year. I'm a bit disppointed in the dealer who tells me that all used bikes undergo routine maintenance and mechanical inspections before being sold. I call BS
 

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