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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie w/ 09 Bonneville with issues...HELP!!

1st, I have been a member for awhile but today I finally took the plunge and bought the Bonneville I wanted. It's an 09 with 8600 miles. It seems to be mechanically great, but the previous owner had hit a deer and did some of the worst repair work that you could ever imagine. Please refer to the pic links. But basically the headlight and brackets for it need replaced, the keyed ignition switch has been replaced entirely with 3 pepboys switches, so God only knows how much fun that may be to get back correctly?? The tank is rough, but to top it all off, the guy flipped the handlebars down and the mirror bracket has put dent marks in the tank!!! The front fender needs replaced. The cam covers are leaking a small amount of oil, I'm hoping I can just tighten the covers a little and stop that?

I really feel like I saved the bike a slow, painful death. I think it was kept outside and just not taken care of very well. It amazes me how much damage a person can do in just 3 short years and 8600 miles!!

My intentions are to put it back to pretty much stock(ish). I plan on doing all of my own work on the bike. I have played with cars forever and I like to think I can fix most things that may come up. I also have an 95 Honda 750 Nighthawk and and 08 Victory Hammer, so I'm not new to bikes, but I am new to Triumphs so I will humbly take any advice I can get from the knowledgeable folks on this site!!

I am not going to worry too much about keeping it 100% OEM. Do T100 and SE tanks bolt into the same spot? I assume that 09 and up tanks will work? My original thought is being it's a black bike that I could change the fender and tank to most any other color and it would match fine with the side covers!!

If anyone has ANY Of the parts I need let me know?

I think I got a decent deal on the bike, it has a clean, clear title and NOT a salvage title. If you guys could tell me what you think it's worth in it's current state I would really appreciate it!! Then i'll reveal how much I actually paid for it!!

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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 08:00 PM
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damn

those are some ugly mirrors
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post #3 of 45 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 08:10 PM
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Taped on toggle switches? LMAO... you are a better man than I, I would have run!

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post #4 of 45 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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damn

those are some ugly mirrors
Very true, i'm considering exchanging them with the ones from my Victory Hammer. They actually sorta match my luggage rack.



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Taped on toggle switches? LMAO... you are a better man than I, I would have run!
Beautiful piece of craftsmanship huh? It does scare me some, but I feel like I got a good enough price to justify the horrible work done on the bike.


Yet another question. What years are compatible with others on the body parts, headlight assembly and electrical parts? Or where can I find a cross reference chart showing what works with what?

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I completed my 1st fix. Handle bars had been flipped around and pointed down, so I just put everything back to stock position. So that meant that the grips had to be swapped to opposite sides of where they were. Removed mirrors completely for now as I won't be driving it much and even if I do the other ones were useless anyway.

Also removed the electrical switches which were taped to the handle bars, so I can start to figure out what is what. One of the switches only purpose is for the tail light. One seems to be the headlight, but it obviously has another purpose as the bike won't start without it. And then the last one seems to be just for starting of the bike, but I'm not entirely sure yet. All of the wires from all of the switches go into the headlight, but I haven't looked inside to see what that looks like yet.


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damn

those are some ugly mirrors
I'll say. You could get killed by those if you ever go over.

Whomever said all good things in moderation certainly never rode a bad ass Bonneville
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I took the headlight assembly apart to see where the 3 switches (6 wires) went. Turns out this may not be as scary as I had feared. All 6 wires have spades on them and are just slipped into a factory connector. After looking at pics of a new ignition switch/key assembly it appears that the male connector mates with my female connector. If so, it wo:uld appear i could just plug in the new key assembly and be done, so my work could be done quickly on that part of the repair!! Of course my luck isn't usually that good!!

Does anyone know what year key assemblies are compatible? I'd like to get that ordered asap, so any help would be very appreciated.

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Don't try too tighten up the screws to the cam cover to stop the oil leak, the threads are very weak and you'll strip them. You'll need to replace the gasket, it's not a big job. Good luck.

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Don't try too tighten up the screws to the cam cover to stop the oil leak, the threads are very weak and you'll strip them. You'll need to replace the gasket, it's not a big job. Good luck.
I appreciate the advise. But what i should of said was that i plan to torque them to spec and if that doesnt work, Ill just get some new gaskets then.
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My 1st thought on the tank was to just find a black used one, but I'm wondering how much to repair the dents and paint my old one. I do have a buddy I could ask!!
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