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Old 05-06-2009, 10:10 AM   #1
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Default Vulcan 500 seat removal

When I tried to start my Vulcan after the winter, the battery voltage was down, and I got a 'no start'. I put a charger on it, but the voltage dropped, which to me means, I need to put water in the battery, or get a new one.
Of course, I need the seat up to get at the battery, etc. The seat key would not release the seat, so I freed up and pulled on the cable, but still the seat won't release.
I pulled on the cable only. Does the outer cable shield need to be pushed against, is it a double action that is necessary?
Any suggestions? I know I will have to replace the cable, keylock, etc., but is there anything else I can do?
Can I dig out the battery overflow plastic tube, and fill the battery from there?
Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:16 AM   #2
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did you remove the screw at the back of the seat?
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:32 AM   #3
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Default Screw at the seat back?

I didn't have to remove any screws before when I removed the seat, just turn the key. Unfortunately, I was too strong in turning the key when it would not open, and bent the key at the shank. Now I have removed the key lock to expose the cable, and can pull on the cable directly.
So, the seat front fits into a moveable clamp, and the clamp won't release. At least that's what I think is happning.
Question, if there were a screw at the back of the seat that needed to be removed, how would I access the tool kit (which is under the seat) to get a screwdriver?
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:37 AM   #4
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what year do you have? My 07 had a screw at the back of the seat. The tool kit was in a side mounted compartment.
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It;s a 1995, Vulcan 500.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:42 AM   #6
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Did you try looking in the MoM to see how it comes off?
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MoM? Motorcycle Owners Manual?
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Yep, sorry
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I'll take another look tonight. As it is, I pulled on that cable pretty hard, and even used a pry bar for leverage, but still couldn't budge it. I wondered if there is a trick to it, like pull the inner cable and hold the outer sheath, or is I can get underneath and unscrew something. I used to be handy with tools, but have pushed a keyboard for too long to keep my skills. Guess I will have to relearn!
Thanks for your efforts.
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hopefully someone will get you pointed in the right direction if you don't figure it out. Good luck
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