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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.

Thanks.
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.
 

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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.
Could I uses a VN2000 engine? I just found this one on ebay:
2005 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 VN2000 Engine Motor | eBay

It is post-2000 so it would be fuel injected, but they say one of the mounting tabs needs to be welded and there is no stator. Would my bike have the stator, if all I did was scrap the lower-half of the engine? All I did was scrap the crankcase, and the parts stuck in there. I tried to salvage any and all parts I could off of the engine before hand.

That engine is within driving distance so it could even save money of shipping.

Thanks all, you are a great help!
 

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Could I uses a VN2000 engine? I just found this one on ebay:
2005 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 VN2000 Engine Motor | eBay

It is post-2000 so it would be fuel injected, but they say one of the mounting tabs needs to be welded and there is no stator. Would my bike have the stator, if all I did was scrap the lower-half of the engine? All I did was scrap the crankcase, and the parts stuck in there. I tried to salvage any and all parts I could off of the engine before hand.

That engine is within driving distance so it could even save money of shipping.

Thanks all, you are a great help!
No the VN2000 is a different family of engines altogether,you would have to stay in the later model 1500/1600 engine class
 

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No the VN2000 is a different family of engines altogether,you would have to stay in the later model 1500/1600 engine class
Thanks so much Denny. Lots of difficulty ahead I am sure and that is what I shall do, despite my desire for a 2000+ cc engine, haha.

How hard is it to plug up a stator from a nomad engine? I found an 06 nomad 1600 engine, but don't know if it's worth the trouble/hassle or if I should just wait it out and try to find a mean streak engine. Is it something easier to do or am I looking at paying a mechanic to do it?

Duct tape will work to plug it up right? Haha, just kidding.
 

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I don't know if it is plug and play or not ,but all you would have to do is swap out the single stator and rotor from your meanie engine on to the Nomad motor if it isn't. Any competent Mechanic could help you with that if you need it but it is a pretty straight forward swap. If you have a line on a 1600 engine from a nomad I would jump on it. X2 on the duct tape,it can fix everything but stupid...and you can put duct tape over stupids mouth,for a temporary fix.
 

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My 03 Vulcan 1600....when I twist the throttle it hesitates before giving me power especially when I twist quickly an also now I can only run about 100 mph max
Any thought of why that is happenning
 

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My 03 Vulcan 1600....when I twist the throttle it hesitates before giving me power especially when I twist quickly an also now I can only run about 100 mph max
Any thought of why that is happenning
Howdy stranger, long time no see.

You may want to consider starting a new thread in the Mechanic's Corner section. Some really helpful folks hang out down there. Good Luck!
 

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:confused: Hay guys and girls.I no there are a lot of nomad folk, Im still looking at geting one used what is the best year modle to get. was going to go up to 2004 but looking at them i may go up to 2012.so if yall can give me some input on this matter thanks.
 

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Hey riders,

I have found a product called "ceramizer" for four-stroke combustion motorcycle engines and I consider using it. Here is the link to full product description:
Instruction for use for motorcycle engine - Engine additives, gearbox additives, fuel savings, engine restore
The only one thing the producer mentions as a possible show stopper is the wet clutch construction:
"We don't recommend to use Ceramizer® in the case when wet clutch is constructed with metal facings pair only. This concerns about 5 % constructions of the engines.
In the case when wet clutch facings are non-metal or alternately metal with non-metal, Ceramizer® can be used. This concerns about 95 % constructions of the engines."

So my Q is: what V2K's clutch facings are made of?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Having problem starting my 92 vulcan

I drive a 92 Vulcan 1500. I was riding it around and the bike started sputtering a bit while accelerating. Began heading home and about a mile later it shut off as I let off the throttle at a stop light (happened somewhat unceremoniously). I turned on the reserve gas thinking that might help, starter would attempt to turn the engine over, but wouldn't go. I put in a gallon of gas and it started, but then after I turned it off it wouldnt start again. The oil light is also on (probably needs to get filled/changed).

The bike also seems to have a lot of vibration when it first starts up and at lower RPM's. I have heard suggestions of adjusting the timing, but am wondering if it could be something else.

This is the first bike I have owned so I am learning a lot, go easy on me :)
 

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Hi I have a 2006 1600 Mean Streak and have been thinking about putting on swept floor boards from cobra, or forward controls from Jardine. I was wondering if anyone has done either of these modifications and if I could get some feedback. Thanks in advance, ChipK
 

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Okay so I have a 96 kawasaki vulcan 1500 it had a bad knock on the motor but would smooth out after actually riding. Well one night it kept blowing a fuse in the junction box and I kept replacin them well I ended up getting her going and all of a sudden it just shut down on me I have been working it and I know for a fact the motor is locked up. Should I take it apart and look ti see if it can be fixed or just get a new motor?
 

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Look on the sidewall for the size. If it comparable it'll fit. You made need to add a tube if going to a spoked wheel.

But you prolly knew that. I suspect you meant "wheel", not "tire"
 

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Ok. Haven't been here in a long while but I have a question that Google can't seem to find the answer to.
How much pressure do the fuel injection pumps on a 2001 Vulcan Nomad put out?
 

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Ok. Haven't been here in a long while but I have a question that Google can't seem to find the answer to.
How much pressure do the fuel injection pumps on a 2001 Vulcan Nomad put out?
Wouldn't that be in the service manual for checking the injectors or something? And which engine? It's been so long I can't remember if that's the 1500 or it had been switched by then to the 1600.
 

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I'm sure it would be in the manual but I don't have access to one. The 2001 nomad came out with a 1500 cc. I am asking this question because I want to remove the internal fuel filter and install an inline external.
 
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