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Hello,

Proud owner of a 2000 Yamaha V-Star Classic, "Basket Case".
With a lot of love and elbow grease, she is almost ready for the road.
I am no engineer however I have learned an amazing amount of mechanics on this bike and have enjoyed every minute! I only wish I had a lift, My floor jack and wood blocks have sufficed for the time being.

Want to know what I've done? Ok, What a mechanically inclined buddy and I have done?

When I found the bike, It had been sitting outside and uncovered in a marina for about 5 years.
We first made sure compression was good. It was at just over 150 lbs each cylinder.
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We replaced the stator, regulator, battery, battery cables and wire harness.
Rebuilt the carburetors and jetted them out slightly following Big Air system requirements. You guessed it! Installed the Big Air system, oil filter relocation kit, blow back collection system and an after market exhaust that looks like and sounds like a Thunder Header 2 into 1 pipe but has not markings on it at all. Installed 3000 ignition system and finished off by extending the controls and adding a Cobra seat. I'm still going through the rough edges but she sounds OUTSTANDING and looks great. There is much more to do and I find myself working too much on her but at least I'm home and the wife can't get jealous.
 

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Hi DM, welcome to the forum. Looks like a great on going project, but aren't they all? Impressed you included a pic with your intro, and a neat story. Love to see it when a bike gets refurbished and out on the road again. You've got some great scenery to ride in as well. Ride safe and post often.
 

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Welcome to the forum from Northwest Illinois. Happy to have you join us and look forward to reading your posts. Great intro and nice looking bike. Post often and ride safe.
 

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Welcome to the beauty and dangers of riding in the Bay Area! ;) Don't buy a lift, go to Motoshop and use their equipment. It's a community motorcycle garage with lifts, tools, tire changers, a welding station and basic parts and there are always people around who can help if you get stuck in a jam or need a hand. They also teach classes on everything from changing your oil to rebuilding an engine.

http://www.motoshopsf.com/

If you need someone to ride with midweek, PM me. I'm usually free :D
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. I'm addressing a charging issue at the moment and it looks like I'm cooking my regulator rectifier. Time to clean all the connections. I've heard of Motoshop and may use them. The classes sound great.
 

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I think we resolved the electrical issue

Hello Friends and V-Star riders:

I have been beating my head against this issue where I burn up regulators. As M'Lady suggested, I contacted motosport to schedule a time to use their facility and seek professional advice. Guy got on the phone and asked if I bought the cheapo regulator? I had. Three times. He explained that I had replaced everything else with quality parts and why not the regulator?

So....

I ordered an OEM regulator and, assuming I would burn that one up too, ordered a heavy duty regulator from electro sport where I had purchased their high end stator.

See the pictures below:

The three regulators from Celtric were smaller than the OEM and much smaller than the heavy duty regulator. You can see where they fried on the bottom.
The other picture shows all the regulators my stupid butt bought.
The one on the left is the Electro Sport heavy duty regulator, the one next to it is the Yamaha OEM regulator and the three on the right are the burnt up Celtric regulators. Yes I bought three if them.

I installed the OEM and took it out for an hour ride today. This would have completely fried the Celtric regulator. The OEM regulator was hot but it didn't fry and still produced enough output to continue charging the battery.

Tomorrow I will install the Electro Sport regulator and keep the OEM as a backup.

I'm so happy to ride my baby again.

Also attached are pictures of the bike, with the seat on this time.
 

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Dm, you got that bike looking real good, and thanks for sharing regarding the regulators. Were all here to learn and help one another. Let us know how the electro sport regulator works out for you. Im sure itll help another member out. Ride safe!
 
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