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post #1 of 6 Old 05-10-2009, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Inspect which bolts and nuts, what tools?

Wee 600mi inspection (I have the manual coming in the mail), which nuts need to be checked?
What size hex bit drivers and sockets are needed to maintain? (ex 6mm engine mounts, 12mm rear axle...)
Other must have tools? (ex torque wrench)

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Mercenary; Some good places to start that may not be mentioned in the 600 check are: Steering head bearing preload. ALL hose clamps. Check the air filter to see that it has not displaced it's gasket and is allowing dirt in. (it must be installed with the air filter as one unit rather than before the filter) Unscrew the rear axel nut and put some noseez on it and retorque to about 66 ftlb instead of the recommended 70ish. (there tends to be some gauling here) If you have a Canadian bike the nut is hairpinned anyway. While your there check to see if the alignment marks match on each side of the rear axel. It's nice to have your rear tire going the same place as your front!:rolleyes: By now you can check your free plays, clutch brakes and throttle. That's probably enough to keep you busy for a while, but if you have not done a pre purchase check you can do that now too. Honest Bob...

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I found that the 4 bolts holding the handlebar were loose. That could have been nasty. Once that happened I checked all the stuff the dealer puts on when the bike is uncrated and assembled.

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Wee 600mi inspection (I have the manual coming in the mail), which nuts need to be checked?
The service manual has all that information in great detail. Don't guess or trust random replies.

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What size hex bit drivers and sockets are needed to maintain? (ex 6mm engine mounts, 12mm rear axle...)
Other must have tools? (ex torque wrench)
A decent mechanic's tool set from Sears will do fine, plus a good metric hex key set, a torque wrench, a 19mm hex socket, and the goofy swingarm locknut tool.
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I found that the 4 bolts holding the handlebar were loose. That could have been nasty. Once that happened I checked all the stuff the dealer puts on when the bike is uncrated and assembled.
When I picked up the bike, the service guy double checked all the "assembly" fasteners in front of me. Said it was his a$$ if there were any issues.

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Mercenary; Some good places to start that may not be mentioned in the 600 check are: Steering head bearing preload. ALL hose clamps. Check the air filter to see that it has not displaced it's gasket and is allowing dirt in. (it must be installed with the air filter as one unit rather than before the filter) Unscrew the rear axel nut and put some noseez on it and retorque to about 66 ftlb instead of the recommended 70ish. (there tends to be some gauling here) If you have a Canadian bike the nut is hairpinned anyway. While your there check to see if the alignment marks match on each side of the rear axel. It's nice to have your rear tire going the same place as your front! By now you can check your free plays, clutch brakes and throttle. That's probably enough to keep you busy for a while, but if you have not done a pre purchase check you can do that now too. Honest Bob...
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The only pre purchase check I did was to look for any damage or paint or plastic scratches.

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The service manual has all that information in great detail. Don't guess or trust random replies.

A decent mechanic's tool set from Sears will do fine, plus a good metric hex key set, a torque wrench, a 19mm hex socket, and the goofy swingarm locknut tool.
That's why I orderend the manual, but it was on back order and with a long (great) ride this past weekend, I'm ready for my 600 mile checkup.

I've got lots (fiancee would say tons) of tools, rebuilt a '65 Mustang and '67 Camaro back in highschool. Was just looking for what the minimum set was for the Wee. I think another thread was started that has people building a tool kit for long trips, so I should be able to get my details there.

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That's why I orderend the manual, but it was on back order and with a long (great) ride this past weekend, I'm ready for my 600 mile checkup.
Were I you, I'd just put a wrench on all the visible and accessible nuts and bolts for now, and make sure they don't move. That'll get you by until you can do it right.

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I've got lots (fiancee would say tons) of tools, rebuilt a '65 Mustang and '67 Camaro back in highschool. Was just looking for what the minimum set was for the Wee.
You'll need metric tools, which you probably didn't use on those cars.

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I think another thread was started that has people building a tool kit for long trips, so I should be able to get my details there.
Yes, a mobile kit is a different use case with different solutions. I replaced a bunch of the stock ones too.

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