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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-28-2008, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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tune up time

well now that i seem to have the bike up and running im going to give it a good overhaul.... im planning on doing a tune up..... (fluids,plugs, maybe wires, new breaks) sometine in the near future.... now what im trying to find out is there any suggestions/recomendations for what i should use?? and also if there any tips that i should use while doing it?? i mean ive done them for cars and the principals are the same but since this will be the first for the bike and im not going to ay $500 for some tech to do it....

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Well, these aren't 1950's autos, so the whole concept of a "tune up" is a bit oiutdated.
If you been reading on this forum for awhile, you should already know that you should have:

A MF battery
Iridium spark plugs
and a can of Seafoam

This constitutes a "tune up" for this bike, and as you bike is not that old, should be all you need.

I'm with the "If it ain't broke , don't fix it" crowd, so if you got the bike "up and running" you should be out riding and not working on it.

Unless there is something wrong with the brakes, there is no need to replace anything. Rear brakes will last a good 30,000 miles and the fronts do have wear indicators.

Oil, filter and the all important spline lube is all you really need to be doing on any regular basis.


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If you look through the Verses, it has all the suggested parts, fluids, and amounts of stuff to do what you want.

The exception is a coolant change; the the posts written in the Verses suggest repeatedly to use Dex-cool, and that seems to have been found out to be junk. So if you change the coolant, use something, (anything) else that's safe for aluminum.
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yeah i wasnt sure arbout the wires but id like to change out the plugs and fluids regardless... the brakes are getting low so im changing themout.... but iwasnt sure about anythig else..

im going to go look in the verses but i was wondering if thre is a specific plug that i should get.... i just got the mf battery and im looking to get a good set of irridium plugs but is there a specific brand that i should look for or stay away from??

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.... i just got the mf battery and im looking to get a good set of irridium plugs but is there a specific brand that i should look for or stay away from??
NGK seems to be the plug of choice. I know I've had good luck with them in general. I replaced my '02 Envoy's plugs with them at 96k mi and it made a world of difference. Same for the wife's car. No opportunity on the bike yet, but lots of folks here have mentioned them.

If you do a search you should be able to turn up the part number.

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As I found out, the spark plugs take an 18mm deep socket, and they need a thin wall. One of the members here suggested the Sears Easy Read socket, and it worked great. Of course, I bought the whole set, but the wife never really looks at the Sears bill anyway.
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Oh, if you go to Auto Zone, take the old plug number with you. The computer there doesn't have the right number for the 750. Or at least the guy that helped me couldn't look it up right. Took home what he gave me, and it was short a few letters and numbers.
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Took all of 20 seconds using the search feature..........
I know of an AutoZone you could go to work for.
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I know of an AutoZone you could go to work for.
No Way!! He knows too much!!

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