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I've almost given up street riding and will strictly track moving forward. I'm looking to learn as much as possible on doing things on my own and would appreciate anyone that I just watch/help and learn to:

1. Change tires
2. Recommend me a good tool set to have in my garage to do my own work
3. Change oil
4. Bleed clutch and brakes
5. Adjust clutch

Anything else folks recommend me to learn?

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I've almost given up street riding and will strictly track moving forward. I'm looking to learn as much as possible on doing things on my own and would appreciate anyone that I just watch/help and learn to:

1. Change tires
2. Recommend me a good tool set to have in my garage to do my own work
3. Change oil
4. Bleed clutch and brakes
5. Adjust clutch

Anything else folks recommend me to learn?

Thanks
1 cant help
2 buy as you need cause every time you work on the bike you will find a new tool to get to make the job easier
3 oil change demos can be viewed on youtube its one bolt
4 you dont bleed a clutch that id done when you change the oil brakes see youtube better yet see said video in your last post asking about bleeding brakes
5 get the manual for your bike tells you how to do everything

Most important if your doing track those guys there will show you everything just by talking with them and observing them. and I am sure wink has a texh day coming up soon

go time traveler style and go back in time, fuck his grandma, then shoot forward in time and then fuck his mom. Then return back to present state and call him a the product of two incest whores and hes your son and show video of you plowing the both members of his family. .
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I've almost given up street riding and will strictly track moving forward. I'm looking to learn as much as possible on doing things on my own and would appreciate anyone that I just watch/help and learn to:

1. Change tires
2. Recommend me a good tool set to have in my garage to do my own work
3. Change oil
4. Bleed clutch and brakes
5. Adjust clutch

Anything else folks recommend me to learn?

Thanks
1. Learn how to remove and install your wheels, pay someone to change the tires at the track. It's usually free with purchase of a tire.
2. The sears craftsman 205 piece mechanic toolset is a good start. From there you can buy specific tools needed for jobs.
3. Watch a YouTube video. It's easy. If you can't figure this out you shouldn't be doing anything else.
4. Do this with the help of someone that knows what they are doing! Don't want to lose your brakes going into turn 1 at Road America doing 150+ (thanks mopar...dick)
5. Adjust the clutch lever or a slipper clutch?

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As far as tools go, get 2 good torque wrenches to torque all the various nuts and bolts. And know what to torque ALL fasteners to.

The only thing stupider than stripping the drain plug(16.5 lb/ft) is seeing a guy come off the track missing one front caliper bolt on each front brake caliper.
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For the clutch I believe he's refering to a hydrolic clutch, in which case the procedure is the same as brakes. Not much adjustment required unless you want to move the position of the lever or adjust the slip amount (which I'm not sure is possible on an OEM clutch).

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1) youre gonna need a tire machine to change tires from the rims or at the minimum a set of spoons also youll need a set of bike stands to support the bike sans wheels

2) like drama said the craftsman sets 205pc+, this is just a start though, youll be buying more as you go

3) pretty easy and straight forward drain oil, remove old filter, replace drainplug, install new filter, refill with oil (highly simplified)

4) this part gets tricky and MUST be done right, improperly bled brakes lead to a crash, improperly done clutch and either the bike isnt going anywhere or your clutch is gonna be short lived.

5)specific procedure for adjusting the clutch will be in the bikes service manual, as you have a hydraulic clutch this "might" be an automatic process since wear would be taken up by the slave cylinder just like how calipers take up brake pad wear.

if you can bring the bike by I can help you with 1,3,4,5
just an afterthought:traditionally wink on here has organized a tech day around aprilish as a sort of track season kickoff, this is a great time to come out meet people and learn a lot about working on the bike. no idea if hes going to do it this year

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Buying a good basic Craftsman tool set and a Service manual for your bike are certainly the first 2 bits of advice anyone would give you. Good reference information is also important. You Tube, as suggested can be very helpful and if you search for books on motorcycle mechanics or repair you'll find several. You can even take a course at home.
For all newbies I recommend checking out this sight: http://www.dansmc.com/mc_repaircourse.htm
There's a tremendous amount of good basic info that starts with how to select basic tools and what you will need up to many advanced repair projects. The site does include some Christian messages but, if that doesn't interest you don't let it put you off. Just skip over that and use the excellent info on motorcycle repair and service. Everyone I've ever suggested it to uses it often for reference. I even use it and I've been working on bikes for over 40 years!
And remember...You can't consider yourself even a lousy amateur mechanic until you've skinned your knuckles and drawn blood!.......Good luck!

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Ask a buddy to help you bleed brakes, the grab the lever as soon as he opens it, splashing brake fluid all over him, right Jason? lol!!! Good times.
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Buying a good basic Craftsman tool set and a Service manual for your bike are certainly the first 2 bits of advice anyone would give you.
First tool on the list should be a torque wrench.

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Ask a buddy to help you bleed brakes, the grab the lever as soon as he opens it, splashing brake fluid all over him, right Jason? lol!!! Good times.
this is why I bleed my own brakes, ALONE

that was funny thinkin about it now, just cracked the bleeder loose, going to put the tube on it and theres dave mashing the lever. I think I got some brake fluid in my mouth in the process, shit tastes horrible

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this is why I bleed my own brakes, ALONE

that was funny thinkin about it now, just cracked the bleeder loose, going to put the tube on it and theres dave mashing the lever. I think I got some brake fluid in my mouth in the process, shit tastes horrible
Good times. Timing has to be just right for that prank to work.
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this thread brings up an interesting question and its been mentioned a couple of times.....

Brian, you doing a Tech day this year?

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First tool on the list should be a torque wrench.
I disagree but everyone has there prferences. I have 2 of them I have never used and never will.
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I disagree but everyone has there prferences. I have 2 of them I have never used and never will.
the torque wrench is the least used item in my socket drawer

the 3/8" ratchet set in metric and standard with a 6" extension is by far the most used of all the tools I've got, behind that its the ball end allen wrenches

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I disagree but everyone has there prferences. I have 2 of them I have never used and never will.
I'll use them for the wheels, but that's about it. a cheap one from HF will do you fine.

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I'll use them for the wheels, but that's about it. a cheap one from HF will do you fine.
a cheap HF torque wrench is worse than not having one at all. been down that road before.
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Ken keeps his rainbow hammers next to his assless chaps

Just visit Ken at CP...he'll show you everything you need to know for free....

Yes Craftsman set of tools is fine...some tools are worth purchasing in Snapon....like torque wrenches. Get one for up to 25lbs and another for up 75 or 100lbs.

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And when racing at Daytona, it's important to have a crack pit crew team. Right CP?

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Because after your shit is mechanically screwed you sell it and by something else.
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And when racing at Daytona, it's important to have a crack pit crew team. Right CP?

Where is his other shoe ? Why does Ken look like hes in 7th grade ? I think they're missing a frame and such .
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this thread brings up an interesting question and its been mentioned a couple of times.....

Brian, you doing a Tech day this year?

Yep, April sounds good to me. Can;t wait to get back outside working on things. I sure wish I had a heated garage.

Anyhow, YES!

If we have interest, I'd be happy to host another Tech Day this year.

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LMFAO better question is look how LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG his neck is looks like a giraffe

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