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Old 23rd November 2019
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Reading the manual is much easier than reading a computer screen. I have a digital manual as well as the fsm. Pretty much has all the same stuff. I never use it. My fsm and parts manual are right here for easy access.
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Reading the manual is much easier than reading a computer screen. I have a digital manual as well as the fsm. Pretty much has all the same stuff. I never use it. My fsm and parts manual are right here for easy access.
My fsm has never had to wait for the battery to charge so I could read it. Another thing I like to do in my fsm, is to write in any changes, mods or upgrades to my bike, along with when they were done and who did them - sort of like a history book or log (no, not a diary). I figure if I ever sell it, pass it on, give it away or whatever, the next owner would like to know how it spent its life with its past master and if there were any health issues.
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I got a used "Panhead" service manual, almost 40 years ago. It has notes in the margin and on the "Notes" page. It also came with some parts print outs and instruction sheets for replacement aftermarket parts. I understood why these were in there when I had the opportunity to use it, over a decade ago.
Fast forward to now, when I use a service manual, I also research UTube for a video on my planned repair. Most of the mechanics of old are gone now, or memories have faded and the internet and forums like this, are our new teachers. It's not easy finding someone in your neighborhood who can help solve a problem or instruct you on some of the pitfalls you'll run into.
I prefer service manuals in paperback/book over a computer screen any day, but that doesn't mean I'm against using a computer to assist me in my repairs or maintenance.
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I got a used "Panhead" service manual, almost 40 years ago. It has notes in the margin and on the "Notes" page. It also came with some parts print outs and instruction sheets for replacement aftermarket parts. I understood why these were in there when I had the opportunity to use it, over a decade ago.
Fast forward to now, when I use a service manual, I also research UTube for a video on my planned repair. Most of the mechanics of old are gone now, or memories have faded and the internet and forums like this, are our new teachers. It's not easy finding someone in your neighborhood who can help solve a problem or instruct you on some of the pitfalls you'll run into.
I prefer service manuals in paperback/book over a computer screen any day, but that doesn't mean I'm against using a computer to assist me in my repairs or maintenance.
Yes! The YouTube videos have shown me countless times on how to do a job that otherwise, I would have hired out or not done at all. By doing these, I've been able to bond even more with my bike (and cars and trucks). Most recently, I replaced my grenade plate and upgraded my clutch cable throw-out bearing. I usually watch several different videos on one subject and combine the best parts into my Word Document notes. In my fsm, I will make a reference to the name and location of the document.
I have literally been able to do at least 50 different jobs on my vehicles and saved a fortune in labor by finding and watching these videos. I am very thankful to the people who go to the time and effort to film these.
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I have the second FSM now. The better half scored the manual for the '05 on eBay last year, that was my early Christmas present. Now she scored one for the '02, it's my late birthday present.
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first thing I have bought for me 07. The FSM and Electrical Diagnostic manual.
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The FSM is pricey but priceless. Using it and YouTube has already saved me a ton of money in just 2.5 years of ownership, and that was just on a bunch of small jobs. Plus the satisfaction of doing the work myself and getting to know the bike better; can't beat that!
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