do you know of any particular driving attribute that causes this pog failure or is it just happen-stance? mine must still have the pog since I'v done nothing to change it. thx dougI have a '99 Classic and it still has the pog with 13k miles. I had thought about having it replaced (actually have a dealer willing to swap it out under Kawi warranty before it fails) but have put it off, most likely because the two vulcan owners that I personally spoke with that had them changed, each afterwards experienced an oil leak, albeit small, most due to poorly seated seals as splitting the case is essential to the Kaw sanctioned repair. Interestingly you will hear of people talking about a Judge's steel gear that can be used to replace the plastic one without tearing down the engine but whenever I contacted one of the owners that were going to replace this gear they never got around to doing it, possibly intimidated by the work involved. I also remember looking at some website that had actual failure statistics and the percentage of failures is actually not all that great and lowest, for some reason among Classic owners and higher with Nomad owners. Most, if they are to fail do so between 12 and 20k miles. I for one have chosen to take a wait and see attitude. My bike is in overwise show room condition and I hate the thought of having the engine torn down for whatever reason. I've gotten over the worry of possible failure and simply ride and enjoy myself.
No, there is no common thread relative to driving habits that were sighted in the stats that I remember seeing. So if you are looking towards minimizing the chances of failure by adjusting your driving habits I don't think there are any. Although I would think that extreme heat would hasten the breakdown of plastic against metal so maybe there is an outside chance that changing your oil and avoiding 85mph / 10 hour travelling days in Arizona in July might help. I believe I saw the stats and this goes back a couple of years on the VROC site. I may still have the url stored on my home computer. If I do and the url is still active I'll post it here.do you know of any particular driving attribute that causes this pog failure or is it just happen-stance? mine must still have the pog since I'v done nothing to change it. thx doug
Happy to hear you repaired it , did you use the jog (judges oil gear ) I TRIED TO GET ONE ONE BUT HAD NO LUCK , then i checked mine, ... and found it was a steal gear , must have been done before i got the bikeI recently had to have this done -- my POG failed and I was lucky enough to find some of this info on the web via Gadget's How-to page. Back on the road, and sure as heck beats the 12+ hours of labor the dealer wanted to charge me!
I cannot find the thread now, heck it might have got deleted, who knows.Mine was doing great and wonderful until right at 24,000 and WHAM, that gear stripped. I had just put brand new whitewalls on it and a few new chrome doodads, so I was NOT ready to pass it to the junkyard.
Laugh if you want, northernman... that guy's gear design saved my a$$ and I admit it. I paid about $200 for the gear, and the mechanic charged me only two hours labor to install it. Sure as hell beat the 12 hours of labor the Kaw dealer wanted to charge to "do it the right way."
I recently aquired a 99 Nomad and was wondering if their is any way to find out if it has a plastic or the steel gear in it.Happy to hear you repaired it , did you use the jog (judges oil gear ) I TRIED TO GET ONE ONE BUT HAD NO LUCK , then i checked mine, ... and found it was a steal gear , must have been done before i got the bike
check this out ,Vulcan 1500/1600 Clutch Replacement somewhere on this page it shows you where to look to find a view of your oil gear ,I recently aquired a 99 Nomad and was wondering if their is any way to find out if it has a plastic or the steel gear in it.
Any help will be appreciated