RTFM – Documentation

I’ve now got a copy of the service manual, of the exploded diagrams and parts lists and the Clymer manual covering this model year. Should guide me along, and at least tell me where I went wrong.

No we’re just waiting on the warm weather.


  1. Matti says:

    Yes – the manuals are a huge help in avoiding errors. Issues like, which way does that thrust washer go on … LOL!

    Good investment – worth every cent – as long as one RTFMs ;-)

  2. Mugwug says:

    Yep… let’s see just how clever I am. Am starting to get into the more complicated dismantling (which is still easier than re-assembling), and want to make sure I don’t have to order any replacement parts specifically due to my own screw ups.

    Have now spent about $400 on bits and bobs for the bike, and as always it’s the shipping that’s killing me. Here’s the breakdown so far;

    Clymer Manual (used) – $40
    Fuel line (5.5mm inside dia) – $35
    Shift lever – $35
    Rear brake light lens and flasher relay – $40
    Front brake switch – $20
    Replacement NOS key – $15
    New 18×3 front tire and 18×3.5 rear tire, and tubes – $160
    Spark plugs – $8
    New Battery – $85 (plus some sort of disposal fee)

    There will be more things ordered, but all the identified issues have NOW been addressed. Unless we trip across some other major issues I am hopeful that the spending can taper off.

    The good news is that there is an awful lot of stuff that is in great shape on this bike. Items that I don’t need to replace and are in great condition.

  3. Madeye says:

    My guess would be that you should budget for replacing virtually all of the ‘rubber bits’ before you’re done (fork seals, handlebar rubbers, HT leads, breather tubes, carb boots, &c.) as well as friction wear items like swingarm bushings.

    And until you get a good look at the brake shoes and drums, I’d also leave a reserve for replacement shoes. (At least you don’t have to worry about brake lines and cylinders ;-)

    None of those things are expensive, but …. ‘the shipping’ll kill ya’ … LOL!

  4. Madeye says:

    Just thinking about other rubber bits that perish over time. One area that often tends to get overlooked is the rear drive cush rubbers.

    Once you’ve got that rear wheel off, you may want to see what kind of shape those rubbers are in … save yourself some aggro later ;-)

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