Get Your Motorcycle Service Manual

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The most important tool in your garage might not be in your garage. The official factory authorized year and model specific service manual will prove invaluable if you plan on doing your own maintenace. In my case this is Harley-Davidson part number 99481-07 for 2007 Dyna Models. The parts catalog and electronic diagnostic manual are sold separately. This manual is far easier to read than I anticipated. It is actually very easy reading. At this time I have completed the first chapter which outlines the routine maintenance and have been reading the second chapter on the chasis bit by bit. Last night I read how to disassemble the front wheel. When I say bit by bit, I mean five to ten minutes of reading at most. The service manual includes all important specifications and torque values. Torque values? Yes, that’s the proper amount of force to tighten a bolt or screw using a special tool called a torque wrench. There was at least one maintenance procedure in the manual that did not have a helpful diagram and I had no idea what they were describing. It was the procedure to check the front end for proper tightness/looseness at the steering head. After I saw the procedure performed on the Fix My HOG DVD (see previous post) I completely understand it. This manual combined with the Fix My HOG DVD can have even a tooltarded individual such as myself changing their own fluids, brake pads and making adjustments where needed. Get the proper service manual for your motorcycle no matter what!

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