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01-30-2015, 08:05 PM,
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2003 & 2006 V Star 1100 Classic-Valve Adjusting Necessary?
Hey everybody, when I had my 2005 v star 1100 Silverado a few years ago, some people told me I should adjust the valves after the first 18,000 miles. I'm not sure where that number came from. Is there any truth to that, and if so is it something that's easily done? I'm no rookie around tools, but I'm not a grease monkey either.
I do have a Clymers service manual, but it's only for 1999 to 2005. It's ok for my 2003 but do any of you guys know what the difference in the manual is between 2005 to my 2006 bike? I don't wanna have to buy another manual just for some small difference.

I'll try to make the rest of this short: I now have a 2003 Silverado 1100 I just bought online, with 30,000 miles, and in perfect condition, "except" the carbs need rebuilt, "and" the tank is half full of muddy looking gas. It's been under a bike cover in a garage for 7 years. No big deal really. I only gave him $750 for it, and the freight thru a company called: "uShip" was only $312 for 1,036 mile trip, which I thought was a great deal. The guy sold my bike to me so cheap because it was winter, and he said
people didn't wanna pay an arm and a leg for freight charges. So lucky
me got my 2003 Silverado 1100 for a little under $1,000.
The lesson is: Don't let high shipping charges scare you off. uShip puts your details on a msg board and haulers give you shipping quotes, and you pick the cheapest, just like on that tv show shipping wars I think it is. Anyway uShip is awesome.
uShip also shipped my next bike 263 miles for only $216. It's a 2006 1100 Classic with unknown miles. It has no key so I can't check the miles. I believe it to be low though judging by the condition of the rest of the bike. I bought it online at a repo & surplus equipment auction site. The carbs were in a box ready to be rebuilt. I'm turning the 2006 into a Bobber, and I've gotten some great ideas from you guys, on seats & pans, & fenders, lowering links etc... Mainly the front fender for a rear fender. That's an awesome idea. I'm also looking at some sportster peanut gas tanks on eBay. Have any of you done that for your Bobber?

Any info you guys (or Girls)can give me about the necessity of adjusting valve lash after a certain amount of miles, whether it sounds like they need it, or not,
or if there is anything else I should address since my bikes have been sitting for years without even being started occasionally. If you guys have any info, or ideas on making, or reasonably priced sources for Bobber stuff, I would appreciate it.
Thanks


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01-30-2015, 08:58 PM,
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2003 & 2006 V Star 1100 Classic-Valve Adjusting Necessary?
Good deals!
How about this for front fender in the back and peanut tank?
http://youtu.be/dGcuXsbihbo
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01-31-2015, 01:03 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-31-2015, 01:09 AM by Dreamweaver.)
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RE: 2003 & 2006 V Star 1100 Classic-Valve Adjusting Necessary?
(01-30-2015, 08:58 PM)Maustarman Wrote: Good deals!
How about this for front fender in the back and peanut tank?
http://youtu.be/dGcuXsbihbo
I really like that Purple Death. I've got some questions. What did you do to your fork covers? How do you like those handlebars? Is it easy to steer with them? So your seat is sitting basically on the frame I think you said? What do you think of the chrome seat I'm thinking of using? Are you happy you went with the peanut tank? I think the fat tanks are ok but I think the sportster tanks bring out that bobber look.

(01-30-2015, 08:58 PM)Maustarman Wrote: Good deals!
How about this for front fender in the back and peanut tank?
http://youtu.be/dGcuXsbihbo
I forgot to ask you about a link you posted for someone where they could buy something off of eBay to put together a Bobber seat for around $75. That link doesn't work anymore of course. Do you remember what it was?
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01-31-2015, 01:18 AM,
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2003 & 2006 V Star 1100 Classic-Valve Adjusting Necessary?
Ok... Let's see..
Let's start with comfort and handling ... The combination of the handles and the seat are perfect ... I was really impress with how comfortable it felt.
Fork covers:
Took the out and drilled 1/2" holes in straight vertical and horizontal lines.... Added purple LEDs under it for a cool effect.

The seat is seating in 2" spacers and to the frame (not directly on top of the frame. (For better posture)
Peanut tanks... Not all of them will work*
I think I used a 3.8 king... And you have to cut/delete the petcock bung and seal/fill up the hole.
Relocated petcock by drilling a hole and adding a bung wherever you like it towards the back so you have the max fuel usage.
Add/weld brackets to the tank in front and rear so you can attached to the Vstar frame.
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01-31-2015, 02:46 AM,
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RE: 2003 & 2006 V Star 1100 Classic-Valve Adjusting Necessary?
(01-31-2015, 01:18 AM)Maustarman Wrote: Ok... Let's see..
Let's start with comfort and handling ... The combination of the handles and the seat are perfect ... I was really impress with how comfortable it felt.
Fork covers:
Took the out and drilled 1/2" holes in straight vertical and horizontal lines.... Added purple LEDs under it for a cool effect.

The seat is seating in 2" spacers and to the frame (not directly on top of the frame. (For better posture)
Peanut tanks... Not all of them will work*
I think I used a 3.8 king... And you have to cut/delete the petcock bung and seal/fill up the hole.
Relocated petcock by drilling a hole and adding a bung wherever you like it towards the back so you have the max fuel usage.
Add/weld brackets to the tank in front and rear so you can attached to the Vstar frame.
I think I'll just keep my fat tank, and maybe put some beach bars on instead of apes. I am gonna cut my front fender, and put it on back.
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01-31-2015, 02:51 AM,
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2003 & 2006 V Star 1100 Classic-Valve Adjusting Necessary?
Keep you fat tank but roll the seams you will be impressed about how much cooler it will look
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01-31-2015, 03:02 AM,
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RE: 2003 & 2006 V Star 1100 Classic-Valve Adjusting Necessary?
(01-31-2015, 02:51 AM)Maustarman Wrote: Keep you fat tank but roll the seams you will be impressed about how much cooler it will look
What do I do just take a leather mallet & knock em over?
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02-01-2015, 01:06 PM,
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RE: 2003 & 2006 V Star 1100 Classic-Valve Adjusting Necessary?
back on the valves, i have never checked mine and runs fine. hear stories about some swear by checking it, others have checked according to that mileage suggestion and everything was fine. have over 30k on mine too.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
Life's tough .. it's even tougher if you're stupid. - John Wayne

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02-01-2015, 03:55 PM,
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RE: 2003 & 2006 V Star 1100 Classic-Valve Adjusting Necessary?
(02-01-2015, 01:06 PM)Keith Wrote: back on the valves, i have never checked mine and runs fine. hear stories about some swear by checking it, others have checked according to that mileage suggestion and everything was fine. have over 30k on mine too.
Thanks Keith, I think I'll leave them alone too.
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