This was the scene in my garage Friday evening. Tore my VTX 1800 down so I could replace the clutch springs. The factory springs are weak and will allow the clutch to slip. I got some aftermarket springs to replace the factory ones and started taking it apart. Stopped when I got this far and realized how deep I was into the bike.

So, in the next week, I need to get these clutch springs in and put that back together. Then re-install the exhaust, mount the rear seat, mount and wire rear turn signals, and re-install both wheels. They were off to get new tires and are leaned up against the wall of my garage.

Once all of that is done, I’ll get to begin teardown again, this time for the radiator. Mine is cracked and leaking coolant on the floor. Parts will be here Wednesday and I hope to have it all back together and be riding by Friday.

I wasn’t going to do all of this work myself, but after calling around to a few shops and getting the run-around (3-4 week wait time, backordered parts, payment up front) I decided it was time to break out the tool set. I’m quite glad I did. It’s been extremely rewarding to know that I’m doing the work myself and I’ll have it done long before a shop could even look at my bike.

Here’s what it looks like when it’s not in pieces.