You can bolt in any FI 1500 or 1600 engine from 2000 up.I say fuel injected necause there is some drilling involved to change drom Carb to FI and Vice-versa.One thing you will run into if you go with a Classic or Nomad is it will have dual stators and you just need to plug one of them up or change your charging system on to the new engine.Your fuel system should bolt right on an FI motor.I also mentioned 2000 model year or newer because they have the steel oil pump gear and 99 back they were plastic and were more prone to failure,also some where in the 90-'s the 1500 went from a 4 speed to a five speed tranny. I don't think you would want a 4 speed in your meanie.Sorry if this has been covered somewhere else. I posted in mechanics corner as well, just trying to get the most visibility I can:
I recently bought a 2005 Vulcan Mean Streak completely disassembled with the intent of putting it back together, was told by seller that it would work, just the bevel gear needed to be replaced, not the biggest deal, something I thought I could handle.
Come to find out the engine is completely FUBAR'ed. Completely seized, metal shavings in filter, can't even crack the engine to try and rebuild it. I have taken it to two shops recommended by buddies and with great reputations, both places said the same thing: Trash it.
With that in mind I have been trying to find a replacement engine with not a lot of luck via Craigslist, salvage places, and eBay. I bought the bike for $1k, so I still think it's a good deal, I just really want to get this bike up and running without having to buy a brand new engine.
So now my question: What is the compatibility of a 2005 1600 meanstreak with a 1500 engine?
Something like this:
94 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 VN1500 Engine Motor Transmission Eng | eBay
I don't know a lot about the more advanced engine stuff, still learning, and don't know if the fuel systems are compatible, mounting points, all that. It 'looks' like it would fit, but I have no idea if the electrical harness would even work.
Any help you could all give me would be unbelievably appreciated.