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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-29-2005, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Maintaining your bike

Just wanted to know how many of you guy and gals perform your own maintenance? Just simple things oil filters ect.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-29-2005, 06:55 PM
 
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Hi tjar66
I don't call it performing my on maintenance.I call it a labor of love.
Unless of course she strands me out on the road.......Then i'm ready to sale her.
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If you have a good manual, good tools, and can follow directions, you can do most everything the mechanic can do. Plus, you can take your time. The shop mechanic has to finish the job in a certain amount of time. If I have a problem that isn't explained well in the manual, I'll ask the shop foreman. He likes to shoot the breeze with gearheads.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-29-2005, 07:18 PM
 
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I would if I didn't get suckered into a maintenance plan.
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If you have a good manual, good tools, and can follow directions, you can do most everything the mechanic can do. Plus, you can take your time. The shop mechanic has to finish the job in a certain amount of time. If I have a problem that isn't explained well in the manual, I'll ask the shop foreman. He likes to shoot the breeze with gearheads.

I agree. It is much better to understand every little thing with your bike.
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Fresh gas!!! Very important right Gasman. Always make sure your tank is full before heading out....
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Fresh gas is a plus!!!!

But I do about 95% of all my maintance myself....

And as R1 said... I love working on my bike!!! It's fun and entertaining to me.... it's nothing like working on a car.... you need to have your car running to get to work to pay for things such as a bike... but the bike, you can take your time and do it right.... it's just a different aspect of wrenching... I love doing it and miss it sometimes.... maybe I should get a HD so I can wrench more!




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But I do about 95% of all my maintance myself....

Since when? Maybe the pocketbike
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Since when? Maybe the pocketbike
What you talkin.... the only that I've had done is warrenty stuff, crash crap, and my forks recently... everything else I DO!!!




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im not the biggest wrench head in the world..i can do the basics, but anything in depth, i take it to the dealer just to be safe. I learn alot by tinkering around on my own, but im not quite good enough to take the thing apart and put it back together again quite yet.
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What you talkin.... the only that I've had done is warrenty stuff, crash crap, and my forks recently... everything else I DO!!!

Did you jet your bike or did the shop do it? Did you put the timing advancer on it or did the shop do it?
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While you were specific about the simple stuff, I go the extra mile, at least for now. Everything done on my bike is done by me, though I haven't had to pull the engine yet. I'm lucky enough to have an expert source of information for my model close at hand
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While you were specific about the simple stuff, I go the extra mile, at least for now. Everything done on my bike is done by me, though I haven't had to pull the engine yet. I'm lucky enough to have an expert source of information for my model close at hand

What is you source?
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Did you jet your bike or did the shop do it? Did you put the timing advancer on it or did the shop do it?
Actually never put the advancer on... jetting was done years ago by a buddy of mine... WOW... you got me... but as I said 95% of it is done by me!!

That makes my jet kit and forks!!! You can't do your own crash repair when under a insurance claim thru State Farm. And I've had my bike in twice for warrenty work.... again, can't do warrenty work yourself... DUH!!

WOW, that's alot So back off buddy and go fix a GSXR!




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Actually never put the advancer on... jetting was done years ago by a buddy of mine... WOW... you got me... but as I said 95% of it is done by me!!

That makes my jet kit and forks!!! You can't do your own crash repair when under a insurance claim thru State Farm. And I've had my bike in twice for warrenty work.... again, can't do warrenty work yourself... DUH!!

WOW, that's alot So back off buddy and go fix a GSXR!

By the way you can do you own repairs though State Farm...IE Gap crash.

Please tell everyone about the chain you put on and how after word you had to call the insureance company?

My GSXR's are well maintained.

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I bet you 2 can go back and forth all day.
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I bet you 2 can go back and forth all day.

Yeah we can, losts of history....
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Yeah we can, losts of history....
He's right on that one... and that's why I'm done explaining...

The best point is, that he is bringing up alot of OLD history and thru the years of riding you start to get more comfortable with your bike and how to maintain it! It's a snow ball effect... the more you know, the faster you learn more... next thing you know, you're doing all or most of all your maintance...

Twisty has alot of bikes and is getting better and better at doing his own maintance... the more maintance you do on more bikes the better and more comfortable you get!

When I had my old EX500 the only thing I did was my cosmetics, oil changes and washing it.... then again I never did much else... heck I never even pulled my rims off! Didn't have any stands!

Then I got my 9R I started doing a little more and getting more interested in it... I had somebody do my jet kit because I wasn't comfortable with it... that worked out ok for me. I started doing more... I had somebody do my chain (x-WOS member) that insured me he could do it.... then he messed it up and it came off on my on h/w at like 75mph... OUCH!!!

Then i decided to start doing more stuff myself and more and more and more... but every once and a while, you'll find you don't want to touch certain things... ie, me and my forks this year. I took them off and put them back on... but had a shop do the tear down and new parts on them...

As I said its a snow ball effect.. just start small and you'll get more and more involved as you go...




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