Old 2nd April 2020, 10:34 PM #1
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Home service advice please

Lads idle hands as they say, I had planned to drop the bike to the mechanic that has done all work on the bike since I bought to get it ready for summer (after years of riding bikes in all weather , becoming a fair weather biker ) I am mechanical competent- worked in engineering / construction all my working life, but the last bike I done any bit of work on was a 125 virago 20 years ago , I was looking at doing a full service, brakes,plugs,chain an d sprocket etc on the Gsr, it’s been parked up ( full dry garage) the last year and a bit and was well over due a service when parked up . I have axel stand and most hand tools available and can buy a full service kit on line - is there anything to worry about, thing you shouldn’t do at home ? Brakes obviously are something I am concerned about ?

Tyres I can do on return to normality

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Go for it, no bother to you. Tons of stuff online to guide you and youtube can be helpful too, or ask here if you get stuck. Any of the Jap stuff is typically a piece of piss to work on.
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Re: Home service advice please

Get a workshop manual and a torque wrench. Pay attention to torque and loctite settings.

Servicing is all easy, but with brakes you would want to pay attention to the condition of the lines, calipers pots and seals while you're doing the pads.

The chain and sprockets could be the hardest, needing a bit of skill to use a chain breaker and riveter, but very doable.
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Re: Home service advice please

go for it. I serviced my bandit this week. Plugs, oil, filter, brakes and fork oil.
Working on older Jap bikes is usually very simple.
Here is a link to service manual to your nike. Every thing you need is in it:
http://d4ch0l.webd.pl/artur/SuzukiGS...Manual2006.pdf
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Re: Home service advice please

Originally Posted by carrigGSR
is there anything to worry about, thing you shouldn’t do at home ?
You can do pretty much anything once you have the right equipment
available. Checking valve clearances is usually easy when you just
need to confirm clearances are within spec. If adjustment is needed,
you may need to order shims . On some bikes, it may be necessary
to remove the cams to get access to the shims. This should be within
the scope of the home mechanic, but could be a bit scary if you haven't
done it before.

Brakes obviously are something I am concerned about ?
Brakes are relatively simple. Brakes, steering, suspension are all
safety-critical, so take your time and make sure everything is right.
Check for sticky caliper pistons, particularly if you have Tokico calipers.


Tyres I can do on return to normality
It is not that difficult to change tyres at home. You will need to
dispose of the old tyres properly.

Use a torque wrench if you have one. If you don't have a torque
wrench, use a luggage scale and your engineering skills.
Remember 1kg at standard gravity = 9.8N.

Take particular care with the oil drain plug. This seems to be
the most common fuck-up with home servicing. Spec is 23Nm
which is plenty tight enough for a steel plug in an alloy sump.

How much mileage is on your chain? My Bandit goes through
three front sprockets for every chain and rear sprocket. I get
12,000-16,000km from each JT front sprocket and a bit further
from OEM (Sunstar) sprockets. Even after wearing out three
sprockets, the chain was still well inside the wear limit when
it went in the bin.
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Re: Home service advice please

Cheers lads - have a few days left of work for home but will definitely take a crack at it, break from the kids bouncing off the walls
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Re: Home service advice please

Originally Posted by Doomdom
go for it. I serviced my bandit this week. Plugs, oil, filter, brakes and fork oil.
Working on older Jap bikes is usually very simple.
Here is a link to service manual to your nike. Every thing you need is in it:
http://d4ch0l.webd.pl/artur/SuzukiGS...Manual2006.pdf
Doomdom, cheers for manual
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