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Old 02-15-2008, 11:21 AM   #1
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So - the bike has been sitting during winter -

Allright...

question for you guys..

The bike has been sitting through the winter season... say about 3 months...
and i am getting it out now...

whats the usual maintenance you guys would do ....

Change oil + filter
and what else?

Second question...
If my rear brakes are making a squeaky sound... even though i had new brake pads installed like 2 months ago and really good condition rotors... what does that mean?

Any help/advise would be appreciated...

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Old 02-15-2008, 11:23 AM   #2
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Allright...

question for you guys..

The bike has been sitting through the winter season... say about 3 months...
and i am getting it out now...

whats the usual maintenance you guys would do ....

Change oil + filter
and what else?

Second question...
If my rear brakes are making a squeaky sound... even though i had new brake pads installed like 2 months ago and really good condition rotors... what does that mean?
Any help/advise would be appreciated...

Regards
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Could be brake dust try cleaning your rotor with some cleaner
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:31 AM   #5
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sitting in winter season?


Where do you live?

Fargo?
lol, yeah man i maybe just need to clean of some dust, ride around a bit get your fluids moving again, oil , what kind of bike you got? carb or fuel injected?
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Change oil + filter
and what else?
Change oil and filter, if you didn't drain the carbs, drain and remove them and clean them. If you have a fuel injected bike and didn't use sta-bil or something, you'll want to drain the fuel tank of whatever was in it, remove your fuel line, and clean them all with fresh fuel. Hope that your injectors didn't get clogged...

Drain your coolant and put in fresh coolant.

Drain your brake reservoirs and bleed with fresh brake fluid.

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If my rear brakes are making a squeaky sound... even though i had new brake pads installed like 2 months ago and really good condition rotors... what does that mean?
As mentioned, likely doesn't mean anything. Use some brake cleaner and spray that on a rag, then wipe down the rotors. If they are really dirty, use some 400 grit sand paper to clean the surface.

The squeaking could be from your bearings also. If they're sealed bearings you may want to remove them from the wheel and see if they've got slack in them. If they're open roller bearings, you may try packing them after you inspect them.
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Thanks for the input guys (who actually had some to give)....

i will work on cleaning the rotors and making sure my oil levels are good for front and rear brakes...

I am not very familiar with the inside of the bikes... and dont know how to change oil and stuff...

are there some sort of documentations out there that teach you how to ...

Change Oil and filter
Clean carbs
Replace coolant...

or can someone help me / guide me on how to do these?

FYI - I ride a gsxr 600 - 2004.


once again - thanks for all your help and advice.
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Thanks for the input guys (who actually had some to give)....

i will work on cleaning the rotors and making sure my oil levels are good for front and rear brakes...

I am not very familiar with the inside of the bikes... and dont know how to change oil and stuff...

are there some sort of documentations out there that teach you how to ...

Change Oil and filter
Clean carbs
Replace coolant...

or can someone help me / guide me on how to do these?

FYI - I ride a gsxr 600 - 2004.


once again - thanks for all your help and advice.
what part of town you on? changing the Oil is easy buy your Oil and Filter if your on the NW side of town or want to come over my way i can show you I have the tools and some stands just like changing the oil on your car remove the right side fairing you will see the oil filter the plug is under the bike
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:19 PM   #9
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I live near westheimer and dunvale...

but i appreciate your offer bro - thanks for helping out a newbie..

If i dont find anyone else close by to give me a hand and kinda go over these things with me... i will probably come over to your side of town...

Thanks again man..
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You're not just "checking" the level of fluid in your brake reservoir, you need to remove it and flush it. If it looks nice and clear, not cloudy or dark, then it's probably fine as long as it's full- but if it's cloudy or dark (or both), it needs to be flushed.

Did you use Sta-Bil in your fuel tank? If not, you may be looking at bad fuel and potentially varnish, which could affect your fuel injection.

I forgot to mention too, check your battery. If you aren't using a battery tender, you'll want to put it on a trickle charger for a few hours (with the vent open).

I think you would be better served taking your bike to Motorcycles Unlimited for the "once over". Given your lack of mechanical expertise, that is likely your best bet.

Another resource close to you is Metric Motorcycles in the Heights at 610 and Shepard (www.metricmotorcycles.com).
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Nearly all fluids oxidize after that long, change it all as if you just added 5k miles. All of the good properties in your oil/brake fluid/coolant have degraded by now.

Get quick bleed valves for your calipers and it will make brake jobs a cinch. I live off of 45 or I would be glad to help you do the work for the cost of a few beers.
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:54 PM   #12
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it starts up fine and all...
i took it out for a spin last weekend...

and it runs like a champ....

i just wanted to make sure there is nothing i need to do after this long of a break...

i will check all brake fluids tomorrow....

how do i check the coolant?
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DRAIN / REFILL
Make sure you use coolant designed for motorcyles, as regular automotive antifreeze will eat your water pump seals.

Good luck. Post up any questions..
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dang. 04 gsxr been sittin for 3 months, and yall are actin like he needs to tear the bike down and rebuild the whole thing, lol.

certainly wont hurt to do most of those things, i would say they are all that neccesary. i would recommend going the scheduled maintenance recommendations in the service manual.

btw, i live near westheimer and the tollway, i might be closer, feel free to PM me, i can give you a hand with anything you want to do. (in exchange for a few shiner's)

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but i appreciate your offer bro - thanks for helping out a newbie..

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Thanks again man..
changing the oil is easy its so easy even she can do it
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