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Along with a lift, tools, and a center jack to keep bike in repair and on the road. Bought the bike new but had to become a mechanic to keep it running. It's been a challenge to say the least. HD 2007 1200 Custom.
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Very cool, Lowe175! Like all machines, they require maintenance and there's nothing more satisfying than DIY and saving $$. Plus there's strategy in what kind of tools will go in your travel bag, etc. Have fun, and keep it upright between the pipes!
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I've only had my bike since May. I bought the service manual, some tools and a decent jack. I had the dealership do the 1k service, but plan to do the 5K myself. Seems with all the info available these days I might as well learn to work on my own bike.
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I think once you start wrenching your own ride and finish a job, you will be satisfied and appreciate your ride even more. Over time, you will just "know" if something is wrong because it "feels" different or sounds different and this would be because you are intimately aware of your machine. It is a dang good feeling when you're riding and know your ride is in top form as you enjoy your freedom with the wind in your face. Best of luck to you!
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I think once you start wrenching your own ride and finish a job, you will be satisfied and appreciate your ride even more. Over time, you will just "know" if something is wrong because it "feels" different or sounds different and this would be because you are intimately aware of your machine. It is a dang good feeling when you're riding and know your ride is in top form as you enjoy your freedom with the wind in your face. Best of luck to you!
+1! Be sure to get the Factory Service Manual (aka "Blue Bible") and the owner's manual. Then look for u-tube video's - not all are good but most of them are. The fact that you are already on this forum is a great first start!
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Thanks guys, much appreciated! Yes, I do have the blue service manual. I'd like to eventually make some changes/do a build with this bike. I figure starting with maintaining it is a good beginning. Also, this will make my bike more of a hobby I can enjoy all year.
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Thanks guys, much appreciated! Yes, I do have the blue service manual. I'd like to eventually make some changes/do a build with this bike. I figure starting with maintaining it is a good beginning. Also, this will make my bike more of a hobby I can enjoy all year.
TOOLS!!!!! You gotta have good tools. There are many stationary jacks out there and I find my scissor-jack works great. Every time you need a good Torx or Allen head bit, bite the bullet and get a set. 99% of the stuff is SAE or "standard" but you will run into a metric devil when you least expect it. You will also need a good 1/2" drive torque wrench for the big stuff and a good 1/4" drive torque wrench for the small stuff.
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Thanks Boomerguy.
Yes, I do have a good quality jack and a nice set of wrenches and bits, plus two sizes of torque wrenches. Pretty well set for the 5k service i plan to do. Now I just need to ride 2,000 more miles
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Yes, I do have a good quality jack and a nice set of wrenches and bits, plus two sizes of torque wrenches. Pretty well set for the 5k service i plan to do. Now I just need to ride 2,000 more miles
When I bought mine, it had been sitting in a garage for a few years. The first thing I did was to replace all the fluids and the dry-rotted tires (expert help for this). Then I started researching this forum which is a lifesaver! Good people here. I've learned a lot from them but I feel like I've only touched the tip of the iceberg.
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