After joining the V Star 1300 forums that I’ve mentioned earlier, I came up with the following “basic” modifications that it looks like everyone gets around to doing to their V Star 1300 eventually. I’ve also included the benefits I hope to realize from them. Note that this list was created after I already modded the bike by adding passenger floorboards, hard leather saddlebags, and the windshield.
Here’s the list:
- Tilt back the stock windshield to match the rake of the forks and install “lowers” – more visually appealing and greatly reduces rider wind buffeting – see my Lowers and Windshield article
- Install Jack’s O2 mod – a device placed inline with the O2 sensor on the muffler to help reduce low range “surge”
- Drill holes in the air box – provides more air to the engine, resulting in better mid range performance and better MPG’s – see my Airbox Mods article
- Replace stock handlebars (I’m only 5’8″) bringing the handlebars back about 4 inches and a bit closer together so I don’t have to lean into the bike as much and lock my elbows
- Mod the exhaust by drilling out the baffle – reduces back pressure to the engine increasing performance
- Install a fuel processor (Cobra Fi2000 or Power Commander) to better regulate the fuel injection – better regulates flow of air to the engine to prevent backfiring and improve performance and improve MPG’s
- Modify the throttle cam to allow for less jerky starts, in the fashion of the Throttle Tamer commercial grip
- Install a lowering kit to lower the bike by 1” (better for my short legs, and lowers the center of gravity of the bike for better handling)
In the few months since I’ve had it, I’ve managed to take care of items 1, 2, 3, and 5. Well, partially 5 – I didn’t drill out the whole baffle but just drilled holes in it. And I have the handlebars on order for number 4. Number 6 is a bit expensive so I’ll have to put it off for awhile, and 7 is waiting until I get my new handlebars as it involves removing the grips anyway. And number 8 is time intensive and I haven’t gotten around to it…
HOWEVER, I’ve also managed to add quite a few things to the bike that weren’t on my original list. Most of these will be documented (eventually) in my V Star Mods section on the menu above, as are many that I’ve already completed.
Here are additions to the list that I have already completed:
- Installed an auxiliary fuse box to allow addon accessories to have their own fuses. Also included the installation of a grounding block and a 12 volt “cigarette lighter” type adapter – see my Electrical mod article
- Replaced the stock rider and passenger seats with aftermarket Mustang seats. These are more comfortable for the rider and especially the passenger due to increased padding and wider bases
- Installed halogen running lights
- Installed an aftermarket passenger backrest with luggage rack
- Installed a Stebel Mini Nautilus air horn (a WHOLE lot louder than the stock horn) – see my Stebel Horn Install article
- Modded neck of gas filler tube to allow more fuel to be put in the tank
- Installed a handlebar mounted switch for my garage door opener – see my Garage Door Opener article
- I’m currently replacing side reflectors with LED lighted versions for better visibility. This will probably also include the addition of a Knight Riderz LED light and additional rear lighting mods as well, such as Dynamic-Clusters or a Turn Signal Conversion Kit. I also bought some decorative purple LED engine accent lights, but I’m not sure if I’ll be using them or not.
So stay tuned for all my future fun…