Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
#1. Repair Manual for your bike model and year.
#2. Good set of tools including deep sockets, Torx bits and screwdrivers, set of hex bits, in/lb and ft/lb torque wrenches. In U.S. Harbor Freight probably will be where you can get everything the cheapest
#3. Center stand or a good bike jack. This is where to spend a little more money for better quality. A good wheel dock can be used in pace of a centre stand.
#4. Padded moving blankets 3 or 4.. Don't laugh they have saved my paint from dropped wrenches and screwdrivers. Use one for the fuel tank and another for the front fender when taking off the front outer fairing. You can tuck them into places to protect all paint and chrome parts.
#5. Folding tables. As i dis assemble the bike to do mods I lay out the parts/pieces I take off onto the padded blankets on folding tables. It takes up some space but keeps everything organized. I also use ziplock bags to hold all hardware and tape those to the pieces as they come off or partial re-assemble by putting hardware back in holes.
#6. Follow the directions that come with your mod parts, be patient and do read the instructions before you start.
#7. When you take your outer fairing off, the first thing you should do is take really clear close up pictures of where all your wiring harnesses are routed. Label all connexions, the plugs are shaped but it makes life so much easier when 1 goes into 1, 2 goes into 2 etc.
#8. When you take off your inner fairing group all the wiring together and do the ziplock thing with your gauges and hardware and trim pieces.
#9. Good Luck, it is fun when you get into it.
I am by no means a mechanic but the manual is mandatory along with threads that you can find here. So many members with video how too's that you can't go wrong.
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