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Picking up a 2002 Touring Deluxe this Friday (6/21/19.) belonged to a friends dad who passed last year. Looking forward to having another bike. Haven’t owned one in almost 20 years. Depending on this group to keep me up and running.
 

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Welcome. There are a few here riding the pre-Freedom motors. What they call the 'Hammer' engine.

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Heh, first off man he isn't getting a Hammer engine bike.. he's getting a 2002 TC deluxe.. Freedom 92". :)

Those were awesome bikes.. had a buddy that had a couple of 'em (one got wrecked). Tons of room, lots of storage but like anything that hasn't been sold for over a decade (I think the last model year that had a TC was 2005?) getting bike specific parts can be a pain. There are a lot of aftermarket things you can do and your 92" motor is essentially the same as the 100" and 106" motors that came after, so generic stuff will still work ok.

Depending on the condition of the bike you may want to check on a few things. First off, anything that is 17 years old, ANYTHING, is going to have to have rubber/plastic bits looked at for dry rot/cracking etc. If the guy you're buying it from was a vic fan it's possible things like that have already been attended to.. but it's always good to ask/check. Second thing, if you're a vic newb you need to locate a shop or somebody that can help with repairs etc. There are a few really good places around the country that can help.. but for the older bikes you probably want to get to know Rylan Voss in Iowa. https://www.thevicshop.com/ He's pretty much the authority on the older model Vics nowadays. On his site he has several videos on basic stuff for the bike that you will absolutely want to look at.

You also have to post some pics of the old girl. Bike-porn is practically mandatory around here. ;)
 

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Welcome from Tulsa, OK
 

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Thanks for the correction kaitiff. I was thinking (obviously) all Vic engines prior to 2003 were Hammer engines. When did they switch to Freedom engines and did they do it across the board on all models or just some of them?
 

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Well, I got it! Great looking 2002 deluxe touring cruiser. Hasn’t been started in a couple years so I’ve got some maintenance to do before I ride. Also, have you ever done something SO STUPID that all you can do is laugh? Well, had the bike on the trailer. Had a 250 mile drive to get it home. I figure somewhere between mile 150 and 200, the seat blew off and is now laying beside the road. I was NOT a happy biker when I noticed it. So - not only maintenance costs, but now a new seat too. Argh!!!!
 

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All Vics sold after 2001 had Freedom motors.. 2002 was also the first year of the TC (I think). 03 was the last year for the V92C models.. I think they went to 06 with the TC.. maybe it was 05?
 

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Ok, so here’s where we are: I’ve got the bike and, since it had not been started in well over a year, I wanted the Polaris dealer to give it the once over. Got it scheduled for the end of the week. And, since I knew the gas was old, I decided to get my hands dirty, remove the tank and empty it out. Well, could not get the fuel line off so I tried to pry it off with a flat blade screw stick. The hose started tearing so I thought, well, must have been dry rotted, so I’ll just buy a small length to put back on. It was THEN that I noticed the fuel line! I had been prying the hose on the fuel rail. ARGH! Boogered it up pretty bad so finished taking the tank off and emptying the gas. Got the bike to the service ctr and confessed my sin. Svc mgr laughed and said he’d check it out. Sure ‘nuff - fuel rail ruined. BUT.....(wait for it).....there was a recall on, you guessed it, the fuel rail. Praise the Lord! Well, no harm, no foul. Just had to wait for it to be ordered. But, I’ve had my bike now for a week and a half and still haven’t ridden it. Won’t be fixed til probably next week some time. I’m like a kid at Christmas who knows what he’s getting but can’t play with it until Christmas Day - and it’s still a week away. Well, that’s my story. I’ll give a ride review as soon as I get to ride.
 

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Congrats, and I'm a little envious. When my buddy wrecked his 02 TC he found a replacement before he could walk w/out crutches.. so he 'enlisted' me to go and pick it up with him. I always felt bad that I got to ride it before he did.. but it was a blast to ride it the 2 hrs back to his house! I didn't even mind that it was early spring and I don't think it ever got much above freezing the whole time. My first vic was an 02 V92C, not a TC, but they are very similar except for the longer wheel base on the TC. I still think a bike based on the TC frame/geometry with a 106" in it would sell really well, it's just such a capable platform. I'd be willing to bet there's more room on a TC for 2 'big' ppl than there is on an XC or Vision, and I do own an XC myself. Here's hoping you get a lot of miles and smiles out of the old girl.
 

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Hey Rev, welcome to the forum and the ride ...you'll have plenty of ideas around here...and I second the motorcycle porn ...8)

Ride Safe,

Rob
 
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