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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-25-2006, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Was e-mailing with a member about the time that was quoted by a shop to do the rear spline (3hrs).
Well, I called the shop who did mine and the mech was not there but the young Kid who I talk to said that sounded about right,I told it didn't take that long to do mine with tires and he said I got a really good deal then as you have to take the whole back half of the bike apart to get at the front.I said you don't and we are talking the rear spline as you can pull back the boot to get at the fronts. No, it the front that go out the rears are not usually a problem. go figure.
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Not unusual, most bike/car/truck dealers are about clueless. A good one is an exception, not the norm.

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I have asked two different shops specifically to check the rear splines only to find out when I picked it up that they hadn't done it saying it's ok and doesn't need it yet. One of the times, tires were replaced and it still wasn't done. What do you have to do?! I have an '03 with 16,600 miles on it. I will be doing it myself hopefully this weekend. Got all the info from the Verses so hopefully all goes well!
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Verses? In this case, if you want to do it with pics, look at Fergy's spline lube procedure:
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Sorry, that's what I meant. He did a fantastic job with those pics.
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i think dealer mechanics deal too much with computer these days in cars.... and as far as motorcycles go, i dunno what they are learning, but it isnt much. I am to scared to go them anymore.... i'd rather do all my own work. that way if anyone screws up, its me. What is really scary is that all i use is my clymers man. and this web site, and for my jeep all i use is my haynes. that is all the training that i have besides a decent understanding of an engine.....maybe i should see just as a joke if a kawa dealer would hire me as a mechanic...

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When I bought my 02, the first thing I did was take it to a dealer in conroe to have new tires put on and have them check my splines. They didn't have any idea what I was talking about (splines lubed) and even though I tried to explain it (I didn't know that much then either) they changed the final drive oil and didn't check the splines.

They also pulled the exhaust off the bike to remove the rear wheel! I certainly didn't know any better then, but after I did my spline lube job, I emailed the manager at that conroe shop. He looked at my spline lube writeup and emailed me back thanking me for doing the writeup and being understanding with him! He said they would be using it. He and none of the techs there had any idea about that being a regular maintenance item for the 750. My local shop told me they had never heard of it being a problem from Kawasaki. They know now.

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Damn, Fergy, they should have put you on the payroll for that or at least cut you a deal on parts.
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Ha! No such luck on the freebies.

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I have used a Haynes or Chiltons manual for car repairs for years. I used the Kaw and Clymers for the bike. Other than watching my Dad who also has no formal mechanical training work on cars, that's about the only training I've had. I really think it all boils down to having the courage to try and tear something apart with the intent to fix it and put it back together. The fearful or less confident will never know the joy of fixing or solving a difficult maintenance problem.
I really think that with all the collective knowlege here on this site, someone could start their own business repairing 750s and be darn good at it.

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