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Old 08-11-2010, 05:53 PM   #1
heloflyer
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Default 96 Vulcan 1500 Classic Rod Bearing Search

Hello All,

My wife's Vulcan spun a Rod Bearing. Her bike is a 1996 Vulcan 1500 Classic. I bought a crank off of ebay, from a 92 Vulcan. According to the parts books, they list this crank as the same for both years. Well for some reason, my crank has a longer shaft on the clutch basket side than the one I purchased. I took the bad crank to a machine shop, he said he could fix it, if I could find the bearings. The crank jounal is measuring 54.50mm. I am looking for two sizes under standard, or .50mm repair bearings. So far, Kawasaki and one local bike shop have been of no use.

Does anyone have a line on where I might be able to find undersized rod bearings for this bike?

Thanks
Dale
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:53 PM   #2
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Kawasaki does not make undersized bearings for their crankshafts, and I doubt that anybody else does, either.
If you are looking for a .5mm undersize bearing, that crankshaft is shot.
When the engines are assembled, there are variances in manufacturing tolerances that are accounted for in different bearings, and the crank and bearings will be marked as a set.
You only way is to obtain a crankshaft WITH matching bearings, or pursue other options.

Post back with any questions.
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:45 AM   #3
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Thanks sfair for the response. I was able to find a crank shop that can grind down, chrome weld back up then turn back to standard size. I'll post back how that goes when I get it back.
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Old 08-13-2010, 10:53 AM   #4
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The rod(s) big end is OK?
Also, be sure and repair the problem that caused the bearing to spin in the
first place.
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