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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-29-2007, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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With a few days of rain in the forecast, I decided to take my 2006 VN 750 to the dealer for its 9,000-mile maintenance (8,575 on the odometer).

The main thing I wanted them to do was lubricate the swing arm pivot, although I had them double-check the splines while they were in there. I had lubed them at around 3,000 miles (they seemed to be OK but were barely lubed); another dealer had lubed them a second time at around 6,000 miles. So this was overkill, of course, but strangely comforting considering the history of the VN 750!

I was especially pleased that the mechanic took the initiative, using the Honda Moly 60 I had provided, to lube the front end of the drive shaft/U-joint (front spline). I had only sprayed it with white lithium before.

Not being highly mechanical, this gives me peace of mind. Knowing I can do the oil changes myself, I don't see anything significant over the horizon other than swapping out the stock tires after a few thousand more miles.


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what would the dealer charge be for 9000 mile checkup?
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Better lubing the splines too much instead of not enough!!
Do you re-check that all bolts removed for any maintenance work are still at proper torques after a few rides?


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Do you re-check that all bolts removed for any maintenance work are still at proper torques after a few rides?
No, but that's a great idea, Hyper! Thx!

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Charlie, check your air filters, too. That's one of those "inexpensive but critical" things on motorcycles - kinda like oil changes.

Congrats on so many miles! I'm spending too much time in the garage to ride these days - grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
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...check your air filters, too. That's one of those "inexpensive but critical" things on motorcycles - kinda like oil changes.
That's a great idea too, Cindy!!! I've changed my oil/filter, but not the air filter. (It MAY have been done with my 9,000-mile maintenance, but I'm not sure.)

I think the part # for the air filter element is 11013-1122. (I'm assuming that I don't have to worry about the inside/outside case and the case bracket.)

Are there "favorite" air filters, just as there are favorite oil filters and brands of oil? (I think I will post this elsewhere as a separate thread.)

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The Air filters do not need replaceing, You can clean them and reoil them.
It is in the manual.

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yes, how much did they charge you?

I don't think the swing arm pivot needs to be lubed on this bike at 9000 miles as it is a sealed unit. To lube it you'd have to take it apart right?

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I don't think the swing arm pivot needs to be lubed on this bike at 9000 miles as it is a sealed unit. To lube it you'd have to take it apart right?
They charged me $200 for the 9,000 mile maintenance -- including the oil change and lubing the swing arm pivot & splines.

My owner's manual indicates that the swing arm pivot should be lubricated after 9,000 miles (and again at 18,000 miles). Yes, you have to take it apart to lube it. Some folk said let it slide; others said do it since the manufacturer suggests it. I decided to err on the safe side.

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Hi, Charlie - I'm with the "foam filter" crew. Washed 'em with warm water and some Dawn, let 'em dry, and then put 'em in a Ziploc bag and worked the oil into them. Then squished all the excess oil out on paper towels. Voila! Good to go! Hyper's right, though, the foam ones tend to crumble over time - but, trust me, you'll know when it's time to replace them rather than just clean them.
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