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Post  westy on Wed Apr 04 2012, 12:49

Hi everyone,

Just about to pick my cat up from the vet after the MOT (needed new downpipes, battery & plugs) and I was wondering about servicing myself and saving a few quid in the process.

Have given the Haynes manual a good going over and the basic service seems to be nothing i can't do myself... apart from the carb balance as I don't have any vacuum gauges (yet) and was wondering if its worth skipping a (shop) service and doing everything myself (except the balance), then checking the intake vacuum in a few weeks when i buy set of gauges or a carbtune.

Or would you just pay for the service and get the balance done now and have done with it?
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Post  SteveCat on Wed Apr 04 2012, 12:58

If you feel confidant to do it yourself, then go for it. At least you know what's been worked on!

You can keep the parts receipts and put the mileage on them when they are fitted for your service records.
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Post  Mapman on Wed Apr 04 2012, 13:15

The cat is a great bike to work on and very rewarding too. I bought myself a used Haynes manual fro a few quid of eBay and have done almost everything myself so far.

Bought some carb guages a few weeks ago and so that's one of the next jobs I've still got to do myself. Makes no difference whether you do them at the time you carry out the other service elements or not.

As Steve says it's a good idea to take a note of mileages on receipts and keep them in a folder or something. Build up your own service history.

Just take your time and enjoy it. Thumb
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Post  westy on Wed Apr 04 2012, 15:23

Thanks guys, didn't think about the service history angle when doing it yourself.

Certainly will be doing it myself now as the garage bill was a bit higher than expected and i'm broke now!
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Post  stretchie_ on Wed Apr 04 2012, 15:26

Yeah, get on it mate, you'll enjoy it and learn about the bike on the way too
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