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Newbie tech hints... Anyone want to add to them? 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
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?
 
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Re:Newbie tech hints... Anyone want to add to them? 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
5.) When you remove your windshield, do not just lean it up against something and assume it will remain upright. Wrap it up in something, it will fall over.

6.) Do not use one of those flimsy aluminum turkey basting pans to drain your oil in. When you pick them up to empty it, it will collapse!

7.) If you are not sure about something, post a note and ask for help, you will get an answer that will help you save time and $$$
 
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Re:Newbie tech hints... Anyone want to add to them? 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
Lots of home garages have a side area where you are forced to store your bike. Don't hang stuff on that wall. It WILL fall or get dropped sooner or later. Doh!

An upside down fuzzy bath rug is a really quick cover for your tank, seat and fender. It keeps the cats and dust off.

Research how to change the oil before you start. It isn't like your other bikes. There are two places to fill and a procedure involved.

Sticky tires transform the bike.

There is a transmission recall out there that lots of people have overlooked and it's free and will get you a lot of free labor if, for example, you want to install high compression pistons. (Which are GREAT).

Installing the light bar is frustrating.
 
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Last Edit: 2008/05/26 16:12 By JHouse.
 
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Re:Newbie tech hints... Anyone want to add to them? 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
1. It's not "normal" regardless of what the dealer says.

2. Anything else the dealer says probably isn't true either.
 
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Re:Newbie tech hints... Anyone want to add to them 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
1. This bike vibrates. Check the nuts and bolts every so often or something will fall off at the most inconvenient time.

2. Check your tire pressure.

3. Check your tire pressure.
 
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Re:Newbie tech hints... Anyone want to add to them 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
And if you don't know,ASK. No dumb questions here.
 
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Re:Newbie tech hints... Anyone want to add to them 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
Replace the oil drain bolts with 14MM X 1.5 bolts. You can get magnetic ones at Advance Auto for $1.99. It'll save you tons of time and the need for special tools when it comes time to drain the oil from the front plug (The 17mm bolt was a dog to get out thanks to no clearance for a standard socket or box wrench.
 
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Re:Newbie tech hints... Anyone want to add to them? 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
A.) Keep your work area clean and organized.
B.) Label stuff.
C.) Get the right tools that you need for the job.
D.) Slow down.
E.) Save the beer for AFTER the job is finished.
F.) Loc-tite.
G.) Tap and die set.
H.) Leave painting to the pros.
I.) Service manual.


That's a good start...

-Warstar
 
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Re:Newbie tech hints... Anyone want to add to them? 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
always by hand check the direction the ratchet is working BEFORE putting it onto a nut or bolt. used upside down, folks have stripped the threads on sump plugs trying to undo them by using the ratchet round the wrong way.

if it´s small or delicate, it´ll get lost or broken. keep a spare handy.

if it can fly off at a higher velocity than a .357, it will. keep a spare handy.

5 mins more checking with the manual twice before starting a job saves 2 hours later.

don´t bodge it unless it´s an emergency roadside repair. do it right first time, and you´ll only do it once.

buy a dremmell

torx bits and a small hammer can be a godsend for getting mullered allen head screws out.

on the subject of hammers, 3 is a good number to have. 1 ball pein with the handle cut down by 30% (less possibility of going overboard and damaging stuff) 1 plastic head hammer, and 1 4oz carpenters pin hammer. they´re the only types of hammer i´ve owned for bikes (i aint owned a harley though )and i havn´t needed any others.
 
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Re:Newbie tech hints... Anyone want to add to them 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
Check all the lights before you leave
Check clutch, brake handle and pedal that they move freely... before you start.

heres an updated pic of modified vista cruise
 
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