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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-29-2016, 07:47 PM
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v2k parts becoming scarce?

I have had a lot of issues with my bike this season, starting to notice parts are becoming scarce, it actually took two weeks to get throttle cables, and stock body parts are near impossible to find as I found out when my power commander died recently and I entertained the thought of getting a stock air intake and exhaust to keep life simple. What are your goto source for V2k parts and accessories?
 
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I've had luck using eBay, FB VN2000 group members, and this forum. Some parts seem to fit from other bikes, the M109 shares same sized fork seals, the HD 133 tooth Panther Belt is a straight swap, and some VN900 parts are interchangeable. Other parts can be modified to fit at well, some take little modifications to get on right.

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You did a heck of a job on that bike friend, and thanks for the info.
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The pistons and seals on the calipers are also the same as the M109

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I have a couple of Kawasaki bikes from the 1990s that I bought new and keep in new condition. I save searches on eBay and buy parts when I find them. You can often find new old stock for discontinued parts by looking world wide for the parts. I have had very good luck buying from sellers in the UK and Germany for new old stock, especially the UK. You have to be active in checking search results because new old stock parts can disappear quickly.

I have purchased a huge number of used parts for those two bikes on eBay. Never had a problem. I buy mechanical, electrical, structural. I buy wiring harnesses so I can harvest the connectors for my bike. But I ask essential questions about the part prior to purchasing and ask for additional pictures if needed to get a complete view of the part. Sometimes, you have to just buy the part and assume it may be in a condition you don't find acceptable, but if you are willing to do some work on it, it will be a valuable part. For example, I have bought alternators to rebuild, and radiators. One I had rebuilt by a specialist in motorcycle radiators, just last year. I have also purchased used Junction Boxes for my ZX9R and I have removed the PCBs and tested the components on the boards, removed and soldered in new parts where necessary, so I have some spares sitting around.

You will find crossover for brakes, most likely. If you can find the OEM part number, try putting that brake part number into a system on the web for the part, such as Bike Bandit or Babbitt's Motorsports (dba KawasakiPartsOnline, as I recall), and see where it says it fits. You might be surprised that the part is used on something newer and you can still purchase that part under the other bike model number. And I am talking about Kawasaki bikes. You don't have to look to another manufacturer. You also may find crossover for the internal hydraulic parts and some electrical parts.
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Good to hear, im keeping this bike a bit longer although I rode the milwaukee 8 street glide and indian dark horse and they constantly stay on my mind
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VANCE AND HINES POWERSHOTS EXHAUST
COBRA FI2000 TRIPOT EFI
THUNDER TORNADO AIR INTAKE
K&N AIR FILTER
TSUKAYU STRONGS LEATHER HARD BAGS
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Good to hear, im keeping this bike a bit longer although I rode the milwaukee 8 street glide and indian dark horse and they constantly stay on my mind


That new HD engine is on my mind hard!


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That HD engine reminds me a lot of the VN1700 engine...







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I just bought a V2K that had been laid down to canibalize it for parts. I also want to keep my V2K on the road for a long time without dealing with the dwindling support for a discontinued bike. I'd hate to have to park it because I can't get parts for it.

My V2K is getting a lot of miles on it, and I've been looking at what could make a good replacement. About the only bike that I think rivals it mechanically is the Victory, but I don't like the styling nearly as much as the V2K.

I got all excited about the Milwaukee Eight too - until I read that it has a twin-cam crank in it. I'll buy a Harley when they put side-by-side rods on a one-piece crank. Till then, I'll ride my V2K - for many years to come, I hope.
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I just bought a V2K that had been laid down to canibalize it for parts. I also want to keep my V2K on the road for a long time without dealing with the dwindling support for a discontinued bike. I'd hate to have to park it because I can't get parts for it.

My V2K is getting a lot of miles on it, and I've been looking at what could make a good replacement. About the only bike that I think rivals it mechanically is the Victory, but I don't like the styling nearly as much as the V2K.

I got all excited about the Milwaukee Eight too - until I read that it has a twin-cam crank in it. I'll buy a Harley when they put side-by-side rods on a one-piece crank. Till then, I'll ride my V2K - for many years to come, I hope.
I know nothing about cranks and the v2k engine is in my opinion slightly more powerful than the Milwaukee 8 but honestly not enough to struggle to find parts for this bike, there are about 8 hd dealerships that i can name off close to southfield, mi, and maybe 1 metric dealer that works on Kawasakis as long as there were not made before 2005, bike been down all summer for small issues, and one big issue, finding parts

2005 KAWASAKI VULCAN 2000 A2
VANCE AND HINES POWERSHOTS EXHAUST
COBRA FI2000 TRIPOT EFI
THUNDER TORNADO AIR INTAKE
K&N AIR FILTER
TSUKAYU STRONGS LEATHER HARD BAGS

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