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Too much heat from your engine? A number
Vulcan Voyager 1700 owners swear by a radiator coolant called Engine
Ice. They claim the engine runs noticeably cooler and that there is much
less heat coming off the engine. Visit the Engine
Ice website here.
Wire Insulation Under the Gas Tank
1700 owners have found that the wires
that go into the bottom of the ignition tower rub against the gas tank
or frame causing them to wear through the insulation which causes a
short, causing the main 30 amp fuse to blow, completely shutting down
all systems on your bike. This always happens when you're miles from
nowhere, of course. To protect yourself, inspect these wires and wrap
them in electrical tap, plastic loom, rubber, or what have you. It's
usually the brown wire but wrap all of them.
The wires are located upper left front near the
ignition switch. You
need to take off trim, gently work off ignition trim (round piece that
goes around lock). Pop seat and unbolt 2 bolts where the seat connects
into the bracket up front by the bottom of the tank. You don't need to
take the tank completely off, just move it enough to remove it from
front rubber mounts and let it rest on the mounts while you go to work
with electrical tape.
When putting tank back on round rubber mounts up
front, pay attention
to the rubber line that is on right front side. You don't want to get
that caught up with the bracket that fits into the rubber mounts. Once
lined up on rubber mounts (use flashlight to inspect both sides) gently
apply pressure to the top of the tank and push down. Use a soft cloth
across the tank so you don't scratch the tank. Also it would be a good
time to put fresh coat of wax on before putting trim back on.
Does your 1700 lean over too far on the kickstand
for you? A kickstand
from a Vulcan VN1500 is a direct replacement and is about 2" longer
than the stock 1700 stand. Just be careful when parking on slopes that
lean the bike the wrong way! If the bike it too upright, wind could
push it over!
Oil Level Checking Procedure
Due to the semi-dry sump lubrication system on the Vulcan 1700 models there is a special oil level checking procedure. Using the chart below, let your bike idle for the time that roughly corresponds to air temperature. Next shut the engine off and allow it to sit for another few minutes.
After all of the oil is settled make sure your Vulcan 1700 is on level ground and off the kick stand. Remove the oil dipstick, clean it and re-install it, screwing it all the way down. Remove it again and take your oil level reading.
If you do not allow the unit to idle for a time or fully screw in the dipstick you may get a false oil level reading and overfill the engine with oil. Too much oil may result in the excess oil being pumped into the air cleaner and leaking onto the ground.
Click Here for Kawasaki's PDF Instructions
The oil screens on 2010
Voyager 1700s DO NOT NEED TO BE CHECKED unless some major mechanical
malfunction happens...this is strait from Kawasaki themselves. -- Mike
Want to create a "Vaquero" look to your 1700 Voyager? Or just
like the streamlined look of a touring bike without the trunk? But still
want to be able to put the trunk back on easily for that cross country trip?
Here's how one AVA forum member did it.
the pdf instructions.-- David
If your 1700 has a CB and you like symmetry
and a balanced look, consider replacing the stock radio antenna
with a replacement auto one. You may also get better reception in the
bargain. Go to AutoZone (or similar) and get a 31" black spiral
replacement antenna for a vehicle. It will cost about $12.99. See
installation instructions on the AVA Forum here.
Poor radio reception may be due to a grounded
The photo at right is the antenna mount and cable connector. Remove the
connector A and check that the lower "washer" on the connector is
connected to the cables middle conductor and the upper "washer" is
connected to the cables shield. It gets grounded from the mounting
bracket when the connector is installed... the ground source is from
the bracket grounded to the frame. With an ohm meter make sure there is
no continuity between the two washers.
If they check out OK there is a possibility the antenna being grounded
can be explained if the connector at the antenna base was twisted and
installed "upside down". Again, the washer connected to the cables
shield should be facing up and contact the mounting bracker when
If you follow the Kawasaki manual you have
to remove the rear trunk, the chrome trim, the saddlebags, the
saddlebag mounts and the muffler just to be able to get the rear axle
out. Instead, just remove the saddlebags (3 bolts each) and rear shocks
(2 nuts each), prop the rear wheel up and pull the axle out above the
saddlebag mount. The right shock comes off easily, just remove the nuts
and slide it sideways, the left side chrome trim needs to be loosened
enough to pull it sideways to get the shock to clear the stud. Have the
bike high enough to drop the wheel out the bottom, most lifts have a
hinged rear section for doing this. -- Garry
To remove the bottom tray from the trunk you need
to remove four plastic locking pins. To remove them, push the center in
about 1/4 inch which will release the locking mechanism. Then just lift
under the top cap with your finger nails and they will come right out.
To install, push the center pin out the top about 1/4" and insert into
the hole. Then just push the center pin in flush with the top. --