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First question is about finding out what model I have. A 2002 XVS 1100 A Dragstar according to the info I pulled from the VIN on the net. However the info I got didn't give me a model, I checked under the seat on the frame but there is nothing there,all the name plates were removed. When looking up parts it always requests custom,classic or silverado,never dragstar.
Is there any way to determine what model I have?

Next question,I need to run a compression check, when I start the bike and place my hand over the rear cylinder exhaust pipe,the air feels cooler then the front cylinder pipe. When looking at gauges on e-bay(my old one vanished since the last time I used it about 10 years ago) is there any special considerations I need to look for? They list adapters and things and I have no idea what I need,my old one you just held in place but that wouldn't work for me now.

This is the one I was looking at Automotive Petrol Gas Engine Cylinder Compression Tester Gauge Kit Auto Tool | eBay
For me the price is perfect since after I get done getting this running right I will probably never use it again.
Thanks for any help.
 

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First of all the XVS 1100 in USA is known as Vstar Classic, custom or Silverado everywhere else in the world is known as the Dragstar but it's exactly the same bike.
Post a picture and will tell you which of the 3 you got.
The cooler air off the exhaust or cooler exhaust might be one of the carbs not working properly or the sparkplug needing to be replaced.
The kit I use to test compression is from HF
http://m.harborfreight.com/quick-connect-compression-tester-95187.html
And they have 20% coupons all the time so it's about 22 bucks
 

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First question is about finding out what model I have. A 2002 XVS 1100 A Dragstar according to the info I pulled from the VIN on the net. However the info I got didn't give me a model, I checked under the seat on the frame but there is nothing there,all the name plates were removed. When looking up parts it always requests custom,classic or silverado,never dragstar.
Is there any way to determine what model I have?

Next question,I need to run a compression check, when I start the bike and place my hand over the rear cylinder exhaust pipe,the air feels cooler then the front cylinder pipe. When looking at gauges on e-bay(my old one vanished since the last time I used it about 10 years ago) is there any special considerations I need to look for? They list adapters and things and I have no idea what I need,my old one you just held in place but that wouldn't work for me now.

This is the one I was looking at Automotive Petrol Gas Engine Cylinder Compression Tester Gauge Kit Auto Tool | eBay
For me the price is perfect since after I get done getting this running right I will probably never use it again.
Thanks for any help.
if it has pegs its a custom if it has boards it's a classic if has studded seats its a classic with the silverado package. and that compression tester looks like it will fit anything out there and its a very good price
 

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Thanks for the reply's,my problem with the model is that things have been changed over the years,the exhaust is modified so I don't know what else may have been changed,the best I could tell from my research is classic,from what you guys said and from what I read that seems the best bet.

I'm hoping it's just the carbs,I want to put it in the shop and have them cleaned and rebuilt but want to make sure I don't have any unexpected surprises.It been a long time since I've worked on anything,I've forgotten a lot of what I knew,don't remember a lot of what I learned and a lot has changed since the old Triumphs I rebuilt in the early to mid 80's so I appreciate any advise I get.

This is the pic from the newspaper add when I bought it.I need to get a camera and take some pics before I start working on it.

And I had forgotten about Harbor Freight,have one close by so I don;t have to wait for shipping,again thanks for the reply's,I wont be doing much for a few weeks while I save money but plan on a few changes and painting eventually and will post pics as I go.Right now trying to find a muffler bracket to replace the original pipes,the ones on there are straight,need to change them.
 

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This is the pic from the newspaper add when I bought it.I need to get a camera and take some pics before I start working on it.
It's a Classic. I have the same year / model.
 

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