94 1500- using oil - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
» Insurance
» Sponsors
Go Back   Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums > Motorcycle Models > Vulcan 1500

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-03-2008, 09:54 PM   #1
Junior Member
2tonbuick's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Wyoming MN
Posts: 16
Default 94 1500- using oil

Hello, I'm new here, but hope to become a familiar sight. I've had my Vulcan for the summer now, and have noticed I go through a lot of oil. The only thing I have done, I removed the stock baffles so I could hear the damn thing, I do see little puffs of smoke but it's usually when I first start her up when the choke is on. Do I see a re-build in the near future? I ran it from Duluth MN to home on the freeway, about 2 hours, with a couple stops and I used probably a quart. I run 20w50 Sportline Motorcycle oil
1994 Vulcan 88 A
Still Stock
1992 Buick Roadmaster
Mild Custom
Patriot Guard Rider
2tonbuick is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 02-02-2009, 12:57 AM   #2
bts727's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: High Ridge, MO
Posts: 31
Default Oil Usage

I purchased a 1996 1500A with 3,600mi in 2001 it also had excessive oil use, puffing on start, and had intermitant lifter noise from front cylinder.
Altough light oil usage is common on 1500A (88) engines there is a commom problem that can be fixed to correct more excessive problem.
What I found was rocker cover gasket internally blown out at pressure port. This was feeding mainline oil pressure into rocker box. The dainback hole in head is not large enough to cover the oil volume and pressure buildup. This causes oil to push past valve seals. It also can lower oil pressure to lifters on affected cylinder. The pressure will also cause gasket to blow externally, which is how I found my problem. After gasket replacement my problems disapered until rear cylinder did the same thing at about 20,000mi. I have talked to several other owners that had same problem and found this to fix it. I now have near 70,000mi and my oil usage is about 1 quart every 2,000mi mostly due to wear caused by high speed long distance rides.
The gasket change is a job that requires time and patients but can be done without engine removal (6 to 10 hrs labor). I suggest bonding gasket firmly to cover for installation to prevent repeat of problem and ease of installation.
bts727 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:24 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Forum Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Honda Africa Twin Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Victory Charger Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum Ninja H2 Forum
BMW Scrambler Forum Ducati Scrambler Forum Kawasaki Ninja 250SL Forum