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I have over 7,500 miles on my 900 custom and I am hoping to service it myself. My question has anyone here already done that and what does it require. Of course the oil/filter change which I plan on switching over to synthetic and checking the usual, clutch, drive belt, brake pads, etc but what about the valves, spark plugs, and more difficult stuff? Any feedback would be very greatly appreciated.

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Over 16k on my 1600 Classic... do all of my own work.
Invest in the service manual and a good set of tools... there's nothing about maintaining a vehicle that is rocket science.
 

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7.5K Maintenance

On my 900LT, there are several safety checks that needs to be done. I had my dealership do it for me since I have the pre-paid maintenance up until 30K. As far as the things that needs to be addressed...you should pay close attention to:

  • Fuel System (check for leaks, idle speed, and hose condition)
  • Cooling System - (radiator hose condition, check for leaks, etc.)
  • Air Suction System - check for damage
  • Clutch - check for play/lever condition
  • Wheels and Tire wear
  • Brake Fluid - always inspect this...
  • Drivetrain - check belt condition and deflection
  • Check Brake Pads, cables, etc...
  • Suspension - check fork condition and check for leaks. Inspect the uni-track tie rod and rocker arm operation.
  • Steering - check for play
  • Electrical - check all lights, etc.
  • Change Oil and Oil Filter
  • Spark Plug - check condition. If still good, do not replace.
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That is it...mostly safety checks on your bike. If I did not have a pre-paid maint...service on my bike, I would definitely do all of the above myself. As far as valve adjustment is concerned, I think it is not supposed to be done until 15K.

Good Luck on your endeavor.
 

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where do you get a service manual for a 900 and how much?
 

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where do you get a service manual for a 900 and how much?
You can order one from the dealer for about $80.
You can also get a pdf version on eBay for about $20, but it is of questionable legality :wink:

I have the 900 Classic version in pdf, but it's about 14 meg... not really emailable.
 

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You can order one from the dealer for about $80.
You can also get a pdf version on eBay for about $20, but it is of questionable legality :wink:

I have the 900 Classic version in pdf, but it's about 14 meg... not really emailable.
The PDF versions also tend to be the "all metric" manuals with no US conversions for torque, length, etc. and from the 2 that I have purchased - the pictures are horrible. You're better off looking at craigslist or ebay and trying to find a hard-copy.
 
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