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My 1988 Vmax build follow along....
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:11 PM
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Ok, well this is my 7th Vmax. I honestly don't know what I am going to do with this one. One thought is to give it to my son after I do a mild build on it. Another is to build this one different than I have my other 6.

I am thinking bright and colorful on this build and the factory paint is good for that.

I am thinking clear covers, and as I sit here typing this I have a waterpump cover in my hand and about 2 hours of free time tonight.... LOL

I am not sure about the clutch cover.... I have a Michigan Vmax Hooligan, the last insert I machined and last one I will machine , left and I was thinking of installing that on the bike possibly.

I am not 100% sure if I am doing to do the double d clutch mod or not. I am debating on whether this bike will ever see any track use. I might make a few runs just for old time sake. But there really isn't much sense. It'll run high 10's low 11's like all the rest did. So I am thinking strictly a street machine most likely.

I believe I will either try my hand at chroming another set of Vmax scoops, or I might powder coat them. I said I would never plate Vmax Scoops again LOL, as its a pain with my plating setup currently.

The front wheel.... I have something in mind for that also

I am debating, I ve never done USD front ends on any of my Vmax's and maybe its time.... If I do that, there is really no sense in machining the stock front wheel. But maybe I ll machine the wheel so I have something different until I have the decision down for USD or not.

I think I might machine a set of case guards. Most likely if I do, I will just use the current design ones and copy them for the sake of ease ability.

Handle bars, I am not sure if I am going to go with drag bars again, and of course if I do USD I ll go with clip ons.

Exhaust, I believe I might go with Voodoo exhaust 4-2 or UFO 4-2 megaphone style this time. Though I might go back to marks if I can get a better deal this time on the exhaust. The last one set I had the quality just wasn't there really. But I really liked the sound.

Carbs.... I ll just run them as is for now. Stage 7 setups never really impressed me that much more, but we'll see.

Maybe I ll do radials on the bike this time... Not sure.

I am kind of undecided what I want to do and where I am heading with this one. So right now as it sits.... next to my 14.




I dont think I ll do much distance riding on this bike, since Vmax's aren't the most touring setup bike. My 14 will probably maintain its primary role and the Vmax will be for screwing around town with my girl and stuff like that.
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:34 PM
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I was looking at the CL ads before you bought this one, and I saw it. I know it's the same one because it has that sticker on the exhaust. That thing is almost too-clean to mess-with! From the pics anyways. Have you ever run a VMax w/radials? I cannot recall if any of the prior VMax-Todd's fleet had them, but it does make a big difference.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:08 PM
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No never ran radials on them.


Here is my first quick and simple change....

Bungee shock caps I make....

Step 1

Remove original factory shock caps.



Install two nice chrome silver powder coated caps!







Now on to step 2..... hmm.....
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:57 PM
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Off with their heads..... er cylinder head cover...

Stock UGLY... who was the guy that allowed this bullshit to be colored and installed on the bike?



I had this extra set laying around, I ll machine something new and replace these. But I just had to take those God awful ugly looking factory ones off....





As you can see the block needs alittle love touch up paint also.


I am not sure what I am doing next here. I am thinking a Vmax Triple tree clamp top mint replace the original one that has a little oxidation...
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:07 PM
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One more tie-down ring on those shock caps and they will resemble brass knuckles!
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:15 PM
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One more tie-down ring on those shock caps and they will resemble brass knuckles!
That's a great idea! Lol.
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Go wild Todd. You can use that one to innovate a bit and get some new stuff. I mean using your free time to do so and have fun with some different from the ordinary
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go wild todd. You can use that one to innovate a bit and get some new stuff. I mean using your free time to do so and have fun with some different from the ordinary
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Old 04-10-2015, 08:49 AM
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Upper Bar Clamp replaced.


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Well.... I took it to the track.

And now I need clutches. The originals are slipping. In third and fourth gear it would slip and I am sure coming out of the hole it was slipping as well. It didnt bog, but took off nicely lol, thats how I knew they were bad! On the way home I dropped down to 35 mph in 5th gear and hit it, yep... slowly reved up and vroommmm..... up go the revs and the speedo doesn't move haha!!

But for an untouched bike with absolutely nothing done to it at all.

11.69@115.91

That was my second pass. First pass ran a 11.76, and after that 11.69 I progressively got slower and slower. Till it was running 12.0's at stupidly low mphs like 109.

I am willing to bet this bike bone stock can run 11.4x's.

My r/t's were terrible. I cut a .012 light, my best of the day. Most were red lights. I thought it would launch faster and but its no ZX14. So I tried to baby my last yellow a bit.

I also said I wouldn't do a double d clutch on this, but I might just pop one in, remove that half friction and replace it, scuff up my steels, and see how my frictions look, I have a good used set here, so if I do the double d, then I ll just toss those in.

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