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Doing your own maintenance

I have a 2010 Vulcan 900 Custom and would love to learn how to do all my own maintenance any suggested videos a gal can watch to learn this stuff?
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Just go on YouTube. There are a bunch of videos that Ive found. Plenty of info for oil changes and such..... Good luck!


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Highly recommend buying a manual, Clymer is a popular choise, but Haynes or a factory manual will help. The factory manual will most likely assume you already have a general idea of what your doing, were the other 2 are for more basic kowledge with more detail into the how to area. The factory version will tell you what to do, were the othes may tell you to seek the service department.
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I agree with Rick, at least to a point. If you have only limited mechanical expertise, then the aftermarket manuals will probably take you as far as you would want to know. If your mechanical abilities and powers of comprehension are a bit further advanced, you won't be happy with anything less than the factory book.
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If you do get a manual, I know it sounds weird but, study your manual before you decide to do any work to your bike. Some manuals, including the Kawasaki Service manual for my V2K will have you jumping back and forth between sections. For example if you need to change your battery (this is not advice because I don't know how to access it in your 900) you would go to the electronic sections and you will find the directions. It will say something similar to "Remove your seat as outlined in section 2.3" then "remove side panel as outlined in 4.2". then it will start to give you directions starting at your battery box.

They can be annoying at first but after you learn the set up of the book and the basic steps of the normally removed parts it will get A LOT EASIER to use.

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I agree with Rick, at least to a point. If you have only limited mechanical expertise, then the aftermarket manuals will probably take you as far as you would want to know. If your mechanical abilities and powers of comprehension are a bit further advanced, you won't be happy with anything less than the factory book.
+1 on that. you slipped this in as I was typing mine. That is good advise. It don't hurt to push your level of comfort a bit but if you want to make a mechanic mad, take half of a bike, a box full of parts, and say "Fix This". Boy are you going to pay for it. .

And I am one of those people that want the factory manual. Nothing I hate worse than following the steps and then running in to, "if you still don't find a problem, contact a professional". AHHH I HATE THAT.

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Thanks guys this helps a lot.
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I realize this thread is a month old, but thought I would chime in.

1) Buy a lift. 60 bucks from Harbor Freight (if you use coupon). This is the best thing you can do.

2) Never ever hesitate to ask advice/help. I think at one point, it seemed like half the threads in the V2K section were my "how do I..." questions.

3) Don't ever be embarrassed asking for help. The only embarrassment should be if you screw something up cause you didn't ask....

If I can post about the following... well, read the entire think and you will understand.

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3) Don't ever be embarrassed asking for help. The only embarrassment should be if you screw something up cause you didn't ask....
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I realize this thread is a month old, but thought I would chime in.

1) Buy a lift. 60 bucks from Harbor Freight (if you use coupon). This is the best thing you can do.

2) Never ever hesitate to ask advice/help. I think at one point, it seemed like half the threads in the V2K section were my "how do I..." questions.

3) Don't ever be embarrassed asking for help. The only embarrassment should be if you screw something up cause you didn't ask....

If I can post about the following... well, read the entire think and you will understand.

https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=23883


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Totally agree. We've all been noobs at one point. Along with some digging, and hands on, you'll start giving tips of your own. Don't get frustrated the first few times, you can always ask for advice. When you get done by yourself, the next best feeling to riding, is your accomplishment and acquired knowledge. :-)
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