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Old 08-22-2006, 10:42 AM   #1
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Order the proper paper factory manual directly from Suzuki. Those "repair manuals on CDs" are random pirate scans, and who knows if they are actually complete.



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Old 08-22-2006, 10:43 AM   #2
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Haynes has one, I can't speak for this manual, but the ones I have for various bikes and cars are excellent

http://www.haynes.co.uk/webapp/wcs/s...category=10004
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Old 08-22-2006, 11:28 AM   #3
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the two factory shop manuals I own, 88 vmax and 04 speed triple, have been great. the triumph has a color wiring diagram! The real deal shop manual will always be beter than the haynes or chilton, (I have one for my civic, it covers about 15 diferent cars and while it is serviceable you really need to pay attention and read the directions several times.) illustrations are clearer directions are more concise and it is even printed on high quality paper.
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:06 PM   #4
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Do you have a computer on your workbench? Do you want to expose your laptop to greasy fingerprints and exhaust/petroleum fumes?



If the answer to either or both questions is no, buy a hard-copy manual.
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:19 PM   #5
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Don't you have a dedicated workshop laptop? If not, pick up a cheap one on eBay. Or, if you have a phobia about fingerprints, etc. put it in a drycleaning bag and voila - no mess.



I bought the BMW 1100RS manual on CD and have found it to be very adequate. Even if I don't end up doing the work myself, I get an idea of how complicated it is and therefore how much it should cost. I use the online fiche for parts costs to figure out that end of the equation. Seems to help my decision about the work. (That being said, I have had the bike for 3 years and have only had 2 items done by the dealer - throttle cable and altenator replacement, both of which I chose to have them do becasue I was just too lazy or too busy.)
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:19 PM   #6
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The factory manual for my RS125 seems great!
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:58 PM   #7
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I bought a factory manual for every car or bike I've ever owned, and always thought it was the best investment I could make. True, the Chilton's, etc. manuals are fine for finding out where the spark plugs are located, but when it comes down to really getting into your vehicle, then the factory manuals can't be beat.



Another problem with the Chiltons/Haynes manuals is that they try to save money by combining several years and models in the same book. Great to a point, but when you need real data, they're just frustratingly useless. For example, my new R1 came delivered to me with a loose steering nut. Looked in the Yamaha manual and found the correct torque to be 80 lbs. ft. Try finding that in your Chilton's!
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Old 08-22-2006, 02:01 PM   #8
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I have been working on bikes since the late 60's and always found the factory manual to be superior to the Chilton or Haynes equivalent. You spent what for the bike? You are trying to save a few bucks for less accurate info? Buy the real thing... Just an opinion...
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:13 PM   #9
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I found a VStrom factory manual posted to a Strom forum for nothing. It appears to be complete, but I'd recommend printing out a copy to stuff into a binder for your workshop and keep the electronic version to reprint badly soiled pages (like the ones for throttle body balancing). Also bought a Ducati factory manual on a CD for $10 and got loads of extras. Scan for viruses. Happy wrenching.
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:55 PM   #10
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I was able to find an online factory manual for my SV1000 online for free. A freind of mine bought one of those ebay cd manuals for his R1. Both as far as I can tell are complete factory manuals. I printed mine out and stuck it in a 3 ring binder.
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