Honda Shadow A.C.E. v. Yamaha V-Star 1100 Middleweight Import Cruiser Shootout

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You want a big cruiser but you don’t need a large 1500 cc behemoth that weighs close to half-a-ton fully loaded. You want something you can cruise down the boulevard on but you want to be able to handle a corner or two. You want classic styling but you insist on reliability as well. If these are your guidelines, then Honda and Yamaha might have what you’re looking for in the guise of the Honda Shadow American Classic Edition and Yamaha V-Star 1100. Shadow ACE 1100 The ACE and V-Star have a few things in common: Both sport requisite V-twin powerplants (75° for the V-Star and 45° for the ACE) and both possess typical Japanese refinement. Aside from these similarities, the two rides are very different machines. While both machines are shaft driven, the ACE uses the shaft housing as the swingarm. Although this arrangement is effective, it’s a bit lacking style-wise. However, the whitewall tires and the classic fenders and tank help to create a traditional design that turns heads when you’re out and about. The V-Star uses a different approach, utilizing a pivoting sub-frame design with a hidden mono-shock that keeps the lines fluid and consistent with the rest of the bike. Although this beast isn’t equipped with whitewall tires, it still cuts a graceful, glittering profile. The only flaw we noticed was the small headlight that

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COMMANDER 1,000 LBS. CAPACITY MOTORCYCLE LIFT INSTALLATION AND OPERATION MANUAL

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Your lift comes packaged as a single unit. A fork-lift, floor-jack or other heavy-lifting equipment may be necessary to separate the components. Exercise caution when disassembling the packaged lift, as shifting may have occurred during shipping. 2] Carefully unpack the lift. Check for any obvious shipping damage. (Remember to report any shipping damage to the carrier and make a notation on the delivery receipt.) 3] Carefully turn the table upright into operating position before removing shipping cable restraint from scissor mechanism. 4] Connect foot-operated air valve to 100 psi maximum air supply. The lift may be damaged and/or personal injury may result if the pressure exceeds the maximum 100 psi rating. 5] Stand clear of lift table, and depress the “UP” side of the foot valve to raise the table. 6] To lower table, lift locking bar from safety latch and lower to next position, or to the floor. 7] Place drop-out cover over drop out opening. 8] Insert ramp mounting pins into holes at either end of table to mount ramp. NOTE: If cycle vise is being installed, ramp must be mounted opposite the cycle vise. OPERATION and MAINTENANCE 1] Loads must be centered on table at all times. Table is rated for a maximum load of 1,000lbs. 2] Loads must be firmly positioned and secured on table at all times. 3] All moving parts have been lubricated at the factory and should be re-lubricated every six (6) months to prevent problems. Grease points are located at each end of frame pivot shaft and at top ends of inside frame assembly. 4] Lightly oil cylinder rod when it becomes dry. 5] Squirt some oil through bleed hole in plate end of cylinder to lubricate piston and its seal every six (6) months. 6] Pivot shaft set screws should be checked frequently to be sure they are tight. These are located at the top end of the inside frame assembly.

Air Shock Installation Instructions

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Air HoseInstallation. Choose the most convenient loca- tiononyour motorcycle for the air fill valve. Drilla 5/16″hole and install the air fill valve as shown in Figure 3orsecure air fill valve to frame tube. 2. Keep hose ends clean during installation because dirt can cause air leaks. 3. Install hose connector, tube clamp and two O-rings onto one end of the air hose (See Figures4&5) Apply rubber lubricant (soap solution, not oil) to the O-rings to ease installation on the air hose& into the shock absorber inlet. Plastic connector should just bottom on fitting. Do not overtighten! The function of the nut is to hold everything together in place, the O- rings do the sealing. Fin- gertightenonly (10 in/lb maximum). 4. After routing the air hose, trim the length to fit air fill valve. Install hose connector, tube clamp, and twoO-rings onto end of hose (See figures 4&5). Lubricate as above and assemble to air fill valve. Use the same procedure formating hose. Important —leaveasmall amount of slack in hose near shock absorber to allow for the slight move- mentofthe shock. Caution! Do not install hose near ex- haustsystem, battery or any other sharp edges or seat movement. Keep hoses clear of moving parts such as wheels or suspension components. Do not allow hoses to have excess slack and sag below the motorcycle. The hoses could catch on road surfaces or debris and could be damaged while the motorcycle is in motion. 5. If necessary the air hose can be secured along the motorcycle’swiringharness with tie-wraps. 6. Testing: Inflate system to 50 psi. Apply soapy water solution to all connections and check for air leaks. If there are any leaks, disconnect the suspected fitting and check for dirt or damage to the air line or the O-rings. Remove any dirt or foreign matter, re-lubricate the O-rings and reinstall. If unable to locate the leak, remove rubber boot from shocks and submerge pressurized components under water (in- cludingT-Valve) and check for leaks. If you cannot solve the air leak problem, please contact our technical staff for assistance

MX And Enduro steering dampers Owners Manual

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setting The steering damper has three external setting possibilites, ie, setting of the damper valve, high- speed valve and sweep valve, which regulate the damping area (fig.2). Low speed valve Öhlins steering damper is delivered with the low speed valve set in a basic position that gives maximum basic damping. For enduro and motocross it is suitable to set the low speed in position 4-8, depending on the track and the rider. Turn clockwise to increase damping and counter clockwise to reduce it (fig.3). High speed valve The high-speed valve (fig.4) is set between 11/4 to 2 turns from the bottom position, suitable for enduro, motocross and off-road. WARNING! For all riding purposes the high-speed valve must be loosened at least 1 turn from the bottom. Otherwise the damping forces will become too high, making the ride hazardous. 5 3 High speed adjustment Steering damper body Link arm Sweep adjustment 4 Low speed adjustment Sweep adjustment Damping sweep controls Damping sweep controls (fig.8) are located on each side off the damper body. Damping is in position 2, (12 o´clock), when delivered from Öhlins. This setting is fitted for enduro, motocross and off-road riding

Air Shammy Model G220/ G220X/ G220XP Owners and Operations Manual

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NOTE: This step is now performed at Air Shammy. 1. Slip clamp over rubber adapter on blower body. 2. Slip Adapter into the rubber adapter till it bottoms out. 3. Tighten clamp to secure Adapter to blower body. Figure 2 Slip hose over blower adapter Press fit end of hose over the adapter. Fit should be very snug. Figure 3 Slip hose over nozzle. Fit should be snug. On G220XP models, this is where the extension tube can be used. Slide hose over extension tube and slide nozzle into other end of tube. Air Shammy is manufactured by Carelli, LLC. Carelli, LLC warrants this product to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from date of purchase. If a product proves to be defective in material or workmanship during the warranty period, Carelli, LLC will, at its sole option repair or replace the product. Warranty is voided if product is used for commercial purposes. Carelli, LLC’s liability is limited to the cost of repair or replacement of the product and shall not be liable for damage to other property caused by defects in the product or any other damages whether incidental, consequential or otherwise.

How to Replacing Rear Main Seal 1

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The next day I woke up early and drank lots of coffee before going out to the garage. I knew I had two distinct problems confronting me. First, I would have to purchase an impact tool in order to loosen the six bolts holding the clutch together. Also, I would have to purchase at least three 8mm by 50mm bolts and nuts in order to prevent the clutch from exploding when the six bolts were unscrewed. For the third time in two days, I went to Sears and asked the salesman, (who I now I knew as Art,) where I could find an impact tool. He did not know what it was I was looking for, but he asked another employee and soon I had the tool as well as a 6mm Allen socket. Unfortunately, the Allen socket only came in 3/8″ drive, and the impact tool only came in 1/2″ drive. Thinking quickly, I purchased a 1/2″ to 3/8″ adapter, as well as a 3lb. dead- blow hammer. On the way home, I stopped at a Chief Auto Parts to buy the bolts I would need. The closest size they had were 8mm by 40mm, which was nearly 10mm too short. I was unsure whether the clutch cover bolts were coarse thread or fine thread, so I bought three of each, along with corresponding nuts. Finally, around 11 o’clock in the morning, I was back at the garage ready to work. I prepared the impact tool and placed the adapter and the Allen socket on it. I began to hammer on the end of the tool, trying to loosen each of the six bolts. None of them seemed to move, even though it seemed the impact tool was turning. Finally, I put the Allen socket on the breaker bar and found that all of the bolts had actually come loose. The tension from the clutch spring made it nearly impossible to see, however. I removed three of the bolts in a triangular pattern. Into these empty holes I threaded the fine- thread 40mm bolts with nuts attached and tightened them evenly. I was now able to remove the remaining Allen bolts. By slowly turning and loosening the nuts evenly on the 40mm bolts, I relieved the pressure from the clutch spring until the cover plate was free. I removed the cover plate, the clutch, the pressure plate, and finally the clutch spring. I had already marked each of the elements with Whiteout to insure that they would fit together the same way on installation. Apparently, this is essential as the flywheel could be rendered out-of-balance if the clutch components are not installed correctly. The flywheel itself was now exposed. I could see the five bolts that attached it to the crankshaft. I now used a tool I had fabricated. Although the manual describes two possible tools that can be fabricated, I found a piece of metal that resembled the tool and decided to use it. Unfortunately it was not strong enough and broke. I turned and looked at my workbench, and noticed a bracket which I had previously fabricated for mounting a mirror on my Vespa. The piece of steel was extremely strong and was already pre-drilled with correct-sized holes. It fit perfectly, so I placed it over the exposed bolt which protruded from the case, and placed the other end on one of the 40mm bolts, which I then bolted into the flywheel itself. I used the breaker bar again and removed the five bolts. The flywheel came loose after inserting two more 40mm bolts and tugging on them evenly

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Basic Motorcycle Maintenance/ Repair Manual

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1. Types of Motorcycles and Components a. Identify off-road, street bikes, three and four wheel cycles. b. Identify motorcycle components. 2. Demonstrate Safe Working Habits in the Shop. a. Demonstrate, list, and discuss personal safety habits. b. Demonstrate, list, and discuss shop safety. 3. Correct use of Tools (common and measuring) and Equipment a. Perform work on cycles using proper hand tools. b. Perform work on cycles using shop equipment correctly. 4. Specifications in a Shop Manual a. Locate engine tune-up specification. b. Locate engine lubrication and cooling capacities. 5. Identify and Describe Different Types of Fasteners a. Threaded and non-threaded. b. Nuts, bolts, and washers. c. Metric and English. d. Strength and Grade. e. Thread inserts. 6. Identification and Description of Engine Fundamentals a. Basic two cycle engine. b. Basic four cycle engine. c. Displacement and compression ratios. d. Horsepower and torque. 7. Disassembly, Service, and Reassembly of the Components of the Clutch and Final Drive Assembly a. Remove, measure and replace clutch components. b. Clean, lubricate, and measure chain. c. Clean and measure sprockets. d. Adjust and align rear wheel. e. Discuss shaft drive. 8. Service of Brakes, Tires, and Wheel Assemblies a. Service and adjust drum brake. b. Service disc brake caliper. c. True a wheel by adjusting spokes. d. Replace or repair a tire. 9. Attitudes and Work Habits a. Identify and develop positive attitudes toward tasks and fellow employees appropriate for the workplace, including giving and accepting criticism and praise. b. Identify and develop productive work habits, including attending to detail, completing tasks, maintaining the work setting and recording data. c. Identify and develop collaborative/teamwork skills, including solving problems in groups, building consensus, and responding to supervision

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8950 and 8960 Series High Performance Tire Changer Operation Manual

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GENERAL CAUTIONS A. DURING THE USE AND MAINTENANCE OF THE MACHINE IT IS MANDATORY TO COMPLY WITH ALL LAWS AND REGULATIONS FOR ACCIDENT PREVEN- TION. B. THE ELECTRICAL POWER SOURCE MUST HAVE A GROUND CABLE AND THE GROUND CABLE OF THE MACHINE MUST BE CONNECTED TO THE GROUND CABLE OF THE POWER SOURCE. C. BEFORE ANY MAINTENANCE OR REPAIRS ARE ACCOMPLISHED THE MACHINE MUST BE DISCONNECTED FROM THE AIR AND ELECTRICAL SUPPLY. D. NEVER WEAR TIES, CHAINS OR OTHER LOOSE ARTICLES WHEN USING, MAINTAINING OR REPAIRING THE MACHINE. LONG HAIR IS ALSO DANGEROUS AND SHOULD BE KEPT UNDER A HAT. THE USER MUST WEAR PROPER SAFETY ATTIRE – GLOVES, SAFETY SHOES AND GLASSES. 2.0 INSTALLATION Your new JBC 8950 or 8960 Series Tire Changer requires a simple installation procedure requiring only a few moments. Follow these instructions carefully to insure proper and safe operation. The Tire Changer is delivered mounted to a wooden skid. Remove tire changer from its mounts carefully, taking care to avoid any back strain. Place Changer where proper operation will be unobstructed to all sides. Install the machine in a covered and dry place. 2.0.1 Models with SRA attached (8955IN, 8965IN) Once placed in the desired location the tire changer must be bolted to the floor using only the rear two mounting holes. Mounting anchors are provided with those machines with a Safety Restraint Arm. Tire Changer must be anchored to concrete floor if equipped with a “Safety Restraint Arm” BUILDING ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION MUST BE MADE BY A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN. Check that the electrical specifications of the power source are the same of the machine. The machine uses 110v, 60 hz, single phase 20 amp source. Electric specifications are clearly marked on a label at the rear of the machine. FAILURE TO PROVIDE PROPER ELECTRICAL SUPPLY AND GROUNDING WILL CREATE A SHOCK HAZARD TO THE OPERATOR

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JMJ-1500 Motorcycle/ ATV Jack OWNER'S MANUAL

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1. Secure hydraulic ram (20) to the lift base (4) with two screws (21 & 21A). 2. Insert foot pedal assembly (19) into hole over pump piston and secure it with screw (19A) and flat washer (19B). 3. Raise lifting frame (17) to the proper height and align holes in the hydraulic ram (20) with the holes in the middle of the lifting frame. Secure ram to lifting frame with clevis pin (18) and R-pin (22) provided. 4. Place the spring (18A) in position between the clevis pin (18) and screw (18B). Operation 1. Before each use, visually inspect jack for abnormal conditions such as cracked welds, leaks, and damaged, loose or missing parts. 2. To raise the jack, center it directly below object to be lifted. Pump the foot pedal (19) slowly, making sure saddle takes up weight firmly and centrally. Check positioning under slight load to confirm load is centered on jack and load will not shift or slip. 3. Continue to raise jack slowly by pumping foot pedal to reach desired height. 4. Once desired height has been reached, raise safety arms (8) or built-in jack stands, to engage in raised tabs on lift base (4). SLOWLY press pump release foot pedal (23) to allow load to lower and rest on safety arms. 5. Secure load to jack with hold down straps (not included). Fasten hold down straps to steel loops on front and rear of frame. 6. To transport jack under load, lower jack with foot pedal (23) SLOWLY to the lowest position and always use the tow handle (1). Use EXTREME CAUTION when transporting jack under load! 7. To lower jack, raise load slightly with foot pedal (19) and disengage safety arms (8) from lift base (4). Press pump release foot pedal (23) until jack has been completely lowered. Unfasten hold down straps and remove jack from vehicle. Maintenance Adding/Changing Hydraulic Oil: Maintain oil at full level. For best performance and long life, replace hydraulic fluid once a year. 1. With saddle (10) lowered completely, remove oil plug located in hydraulic ram (20). 2. Drain fluid into appropriate container. Always dispose of oil in accordance with local regulations. 3. Use only good quality hydraulic jack oil. Fill until oil is level with inner cylinder as seen from the opening of the filler hole. Reinstall oil plug. Lubricate the jack as indicated on a regular basis with 30W oil. 1. Saddle and linkage on foot pedals and all moving and pivoting parts. 2. Front and rear lifting arms. Always store jack in the fully lowered position. Inspect jack annually for defective parts, missing safety labels or decals. If jack is found to be damaged or defective in any way, or operates abnormally, it shall be removed from service until repaired

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MRC-11X Motorcycle Radio Communicator OWNER'S MANUAL

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Press either the UP or DOWN keys once momentarily to enter volume setting mode. Press the UP key or DOWN key again to increase or decrease volume level from 1 to 6 as shown on the volume icon of the LCD display. Press the PWR/SET key momentarily to set or it will automatically set in 15 seconds. A beep will sound to confirm this setting. Receiving an Incoming Call (Standby Mode) In standby mode (not programming or selecting functions), the unit automatically will receive incoming calls from any other unit on the same channel and CTCSS code whenever you are not talking/transmitting. When you receive a signal, the ( ) icon appears on the display. Transmitting a Signal Using the PTT Key Check the channel activity by pressing and holding the SCAN button. You will hear static if the channel is unoccupied. Do not TRANSMIT if someone is talking on the channel. Press and hold the PTT button to TRANSMIT. The ( ) icon is displayed. The TX LED indicator will light up in red. Hold the unit in a vertical position with the MICROPHONE 1 to 2 inches from the mouth. While holding the PTT button, speak into the unit using a normal tone of voice. Release the PTT button when you have finished transmitting. The automatic end-of-message “Roger” tone will sound and you can then listen for another party’s response. NOTE: In order for other people to receive your transmission, they must also be on the same channel you are currently using. Refer to the Changing Channels section for more information. After you hold down the TALK key continuously for about 80 seconds, the unit will automatically stop your transmission to save power. If necessary to continue transmitting, wait a few seconds before proceeding. Calling Another Party with the CALL Key Use the CALL key to alert another party you wish to communicate with them. Both units must be set to the same channel and CTCSS code. Momentarily press and release the CALL key to call the other party with a 3-second calling alert tone. Wait for the party’s response or proceed to “Talking to Another Party using the PTT Key”. See pg. 17 for instructions on how to select one of 6 different call tones for individual paging when using your unit with a group. You can also use the CALL Tones to signal the beginning or the end of a transmission. Dual Channels Receiver and Transmit (Dual Watch Mode) Dual channels reception: If the dual channels setting is OFF, the ( ) icon appears on the display and you only have the basic single channel reception. If th

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