From my own experiences over the last two months I thought I would throw out a couple of hints/reminders for the guys just starting to work on their own bikes. I would love to have had this list to refer to when I first got mine.
1. Get yourself a fender cover or beach towel or something
and cover your tank and/or your fenders before you start to work. If you don't, you will wish you had at some point.
2. Maybe it's just me but 10 times out of 12 that I have been in my carb
I have forgotten to put back the diaphram spring and had to take it back apart. Don't forget the diaphram spring.
3. Invest in a set of Long, Metric, Ball Head, Hex
sockets. The long ones will keep you from breaking screws since they flex some. And the ball heads let you get to the screws at odd angles. $10 will get a set at Harbor Freight.
4. The sparks plugs use an 18mm spark plug socket. Sears has them for $4-$5. An 11/16 Deep socket will work.
Ok, anyone else have any to add?