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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-20-2009, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Adjust clutch engagement?

I just bought my first Vulcan 500 and I love it! Only problem is the clutch is stiff and engages almost to the end. I didn't get the owners manual (bought private) as she couldn't find it. Is there any way to adjust this? I have smaller hands and find this a bit difficult at times.

Also, where can I get a 2005 Vulcan 500 LTD manual?

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This is what I found. Kind of exspensive though. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1995-...4506.m20.l1116
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This is what the manual for a 09 500 says. Check that the lever has 2-3 mm 0.08-0.12 inches of play. if not loose the locknut and turn the adjuster until you have 2-3 mm of play. then tighten locknut. If you can't do it that way use the mounting nuts at the bottom of the cable. Hope that helps. And welcome to the forum. Don't forget to post some pics.
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Thanks Red Rider! I'm going to try that. I don't want to pay for the book, so hopefully the lady that sold me the bike will find it and mail it to me

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Your welcome! Hopefully a minor adjustment and you'll be good to go.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2009, 08:02 PM
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I bought an owners manual on a 1991 Vulcan EN500 and it was around 25.00
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I just bought my first Vulcan 500 and I love it! Only problem is the clutch is stiff and engages almost to the end. I didn't get the owners manual (bought private) as she couldn't find it. Is there any way to adjust this? I have smaller hands and find this a bit difficult at times.

Also, where can I get a 2005 Vulcan 500 LTD manual?

Thanks,
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You should also look at lubricating the cable. If the former owner couldn't find the manual it is possible forgot to lube the cable. If the clutch is really stiff compared to another 500 then it probably would be worth replacing the cable. I got an OEM manual for my Vulcan 2000 from this guy (manualwizard1970@yahoo.com) for $35.00 shipped to my door. He doesn't list your manual but I would send him an e-mail to see if he can get it.

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171. 2000-2009 Vulcan VN 1500 Classic Fi Part # 99924-1260-05 (no changes for 2009)

172. 2001-2004 Vulcan 1500 Drifter VN1500 Part #99924-1268-04

173. 2001-2008 ZRX1200/R/S Part # 99924-1266-07

174. 2001-2009 KX85/KX100 Part # 99924-1265-08 (no changes for 2009)

175. 2001-2006 Vulcan 800 Drifter Part # 99924-1270-05

176. 2002-2005 ZZ-R1200 Part # 99924-1279-04

177. 2002-2006 ZX-12R Part # 99924-1278-06

178. 2004-2007 Vulcan 2000/VN2000/Limited/Classic/LT Part # 99924-1320-05

179. 2003-2008 Jet Ski 800 SX-R (1 passenger) Part # 99924-1314-05

180. 2003-2009 Vulcan VN 1600 Classic Part # 99924-1309-04 (no changes for 2009)

181. 2004-2005 KX250F Part # 99924-1324-03

182. 2004-2009 Vulcan VN 1600 Mean Streak Part # 99924-1321-03 (no changes for 2009)

183. 2005-2006 ZX6R Part # 99924-1345-03

184. 2005-2009 Vulcan VN 1600 Nomad/Classic Tourer Part # 99924-1343-02 (no changes for 2009)

185. 2006-2008 KX250F Part # 99924-1354-03

186. 2006-2008 KX450F Part # 99924-1355-02

187. 2006-2009 Vulcan 900 Classic LT VN900 Part # 99924-1366-02 (no changes for 2009)

188. 2006-2007 ZX-10R Part # 99924-1365-03

189. 2006-2007 ZX-14 / ZZR-1400 Part # 99924-1362-01

190. 2006-2008 Ninja 650R / ER-6f / ABS Part # 99924-1361-01

191. 2007-2008 Jet Ski Ultra 250X (supercharged 1498cc, 3 passenger) Part # 99924-1377-01

192. 2007-2008 Jet Ski Ultra LX Part (1498cc) Part # 99924-1376-01

193. XX 2007 ZX-6R Part # 99924-1382-01

194. 2007-2008 ZX-6R Part # 99924-1382-02

195. 2007-2009 Versys KLE650A Part # 99924-1369-02 (no changes for 2009)

196. 2007-2009 Z1000/ABS Part # 99924-1380-01 (no changes for 2009)

197. 2008-2009 Concours 14/Concours 14 ABS/1400GTR Part # 99924-1379-01 (no changes for 2009)

198. 2008-2009 KLR650 Part # 99924-1384-02 (no changes for 2009)

199. 2008-2009 KLX450R Part #99924-1385-01 (no changes for 2009)

200. 2008-2009 Vulcan 2000/VN2000/Classic/LT Part # 99924-1387-01 (no changes for 2009)

201. 2007-2009 Vulcan 900 Custom/VN900 Part # 99924-1373-02 (no changes for 2009)

202. 2008-2009 ZX-10R Part # 99924-1388-01 (no changes for 2009)

203. 2008-2009 ZX-14/ZZR1400/ABS Part # 99924-1389-01 (no changes for 2009)

204. 2008-2009 Ninja 250 Part # 99924-1391-02 (no changes for 2009)

205. 2002-2009 KLX110 Part # 99924-1283-07 (no changes for 2009)

206. 1984 KLR600, 1987-2007 KLR 500/650 Part # 99924-1050-01, 99924-1080-63

207. 2008-2009 KLX140 Part #99924-1390-01 (no changes for 2009)
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I bought a manual from my local dealer for $14. If you don't have a local dealer I can give you the part number and the web page of the dealer I ordered it from.
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I bought a manual from my local dealer for $14. If you don't have a local dealer I can give you the part number and the web page of the dealer I ordered it from.
Are you talking about an owners manual or service manual? Usually the service manuals that the mechanic/shop uses are a lot more expensive. I think mine directly from Kawasaki was supposed to be $75.00 plus shipping so I thought $35.00 was pretty reasonable. $14.00 would be even better...
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I was talking about the owners manual being $14. The service manual is 60-65 dollars I think. Personally I bought the Haynes for 25ish and it is sufficient.
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