I am in the same boat with my 99 Nomad. Any luck getting a hold of the Judge?I have a 97' Classic with 33,150 on it and it just took a crap on me, I pulled the engine side cover off and the plastic oil gear's center is broken out! so I'm ordering the Judges gear, I just hope they still make it. Wish me luck!
Good idea on the safety cutout, it would have helped me. My '96 Classic POG bit the dust last summer with 54k miles. I had been cruising along, averaging 80-85mph for about a 30 minute stretch. I usually ride with an open face helmet but since I had a long highway ride ahead of me I opted for my full face. Less buffeting but it blocks my view of the gauges. Well, at one point I happened to glance down and saw both idiot lights on. I quickly flipped the kill switch and coasted to the side of the road. After I got stopped I hit the starter and was greeted with a horrible clatter. I never lost power and I have no idea how longs the lights were on. I'm told that a lot of the clatter could be because the hydraulic lifters were colapsed which made is sound worse than it was.I just hooked up a saftey to shut down 1 cyl in the event of loss of oil psi , this i will notice before a light , was going to shut down completely but you never know where you could be (*heavy traffic)
I have a 1997 Classic. My POG failed at 60,000 miles. I drilled a hole on the block to remove the circlip, which is all that holds it on and replaced it with a "steel" one. There are detailed explicit instructions with excellent photos found on the internet. You don't have to repair the hole. I've riden the bike 10,000 miles since the change to steel. You're splitting the case to simply remove the circlip....crazy! No need to remove the engine. Just clean, flush, and vacuum after drilling and cover the hell hole real well before drilling with packing that won't shed or move. Drive a short while after change then change the oil, filter and clean out screen real well when done.How many of you riding a vn1500 ,year from 87 to 99 still have your plastic oil gear ?and if i could ask how many of them do you know went bad, just trying to establish a % of failures .