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Is it normal to see a bit of rust under the hood?

If that is all there is, there is definitely nothing to worry about. It is just a very mild surface rust and is also on none structural components. The top one looks like an engine mount which will be ...
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Motorcycle Speed Wobble - How do I figure out the problem?

Motorcycle Speed Wobble Troubleshooting Troubleshooting speed wobbles can entail looking at quite a bit. Here are some bullet points on components you need to check on your bike for integrity and ...
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2003 Suzuki Katana GSX600F - No Start Issue

I believe your clutch safety switch has been damaged You have a switch underneath your clutch lever. It forces you to pull the clutch in to start the bike. There is a small phillips head #2 screw ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

I've had great success in the past selecting a 12 sided socket that almost just say fits over the head of these types of bolts. Hammer it on so it's fully covering the head and sitting squarely then ...
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No power to my 1988 LS650 Suzuki with new charged battery

This shouldn't be too crazy. You will probably need a multimeter to test things. (If you watch the specials carefully, there is at least one tool outlet that gives these away as special coupon deals ...
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2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4x4 flashing

Your 4x4 system uses air/vacuum power to engage the 4x4 system. The flashing 4x4 light indicates a leak has been detected in the system. Depending on the severity of the leak, the 4x4 system might ...
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Ohlins Rear Motorcycle Shock - How do I setup, care for and tune it?

Overview In terms of rebuilding the shock, there are similarities between models but there are unique differences between them that make it impossible to review all of the nuance. I'll only give a ...
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Motorcycle stood for over 12 months, turn over by hand first?

If you have stored a vehicle for an extended period of time and did not prepare it for storage properly by draining the fuel it seems you should consider doing the following things. Drain all gas ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

I would use my mig welder to weld a steel rod onto the head. You could weld a T shape on the end of the rod for something to hold. After removing each one, just cut the bolt off the end and repeat. ...
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Motorcycle pulls the steering heavily to the side when turning

Some bikes "fall into turns" more than others. While some of this behavior might be expected, you seem to be experiencing this in a significant fashion. If the issue occurs equally in both left and ...
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Is it okay to run aviation fuel (100 low-lead) in a dirt bike?

You can run that fuel. I've run a 100 hours of aviation fuel through plus another 200 hours of race fuel that tends to destroy FI fuel pumps in various years of RM. I have a friend that is currently ...
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Suzuki 2004 sv650s wiring

You have 4 things to check to start figuring your issue out. Check your TPS Pull codes Check fuses Check hot wire of the fuel pump with a multimeter Pulling Suzuki Fuel System Codes or Entering ...
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Car door dented

Everybody will have a different answer to this question, depending on the money-value of the vehicle the sentimental-value of the vehicle how much longer are you planning to keep it when the time ...
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Are valve shims re-usable?

Yes, shims are reusable. Since they are between two pieces of metal and suffer no fatigue or wear, as long as they look good and measure out good (are concentric), there should be no issue using them. ...
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What is this sticky surface underneath the trunk carpet?

The grey section in the photo is sound deadening material. It is used to stop the metal panels vibrating. It was glues onto the panel when the car was made. It is also possible to buy self adhesive ...
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I scraped my car against my moms and i need to remove the white scratches

You can use this method to pull certain types of dents. Here is one method to resolve the dent issue. Dent Pulling glue these plastic ding tabs to the center of the dent. You can find them by ...
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Weak front brake on dirt bike

It's almost a bit normal Your brake pads aren't lined up on the wear grooves of your disc. What is very common on dirtbikes is to get a few grooves, not necessarily deep, cut into the discs/rotors....
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Suzuku Katana does not start after an accident

Two Possibilities Off the top of my head I would look at the following: The clutch start switch - a broken wire or switch will prevent you from starting the bike. It disables the starter relay by ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

My buddy recommends using Irwin Easy Outs. these to remove from inside the hex And these to remove from the outside Impact drivers are always recommended. If that doesn't do it, vise grips could,...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

Cut a small slot in one edge of the periphery (muffler abrasive whizzer tool), and hammer a chisel in that slot to move the socket head capscrew in the loosening (CCW) direction. You needed to ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

Heat is the key to loosen the bolts off - I use a butane torch, if you have access to oxy torch, they can be carefully used too. Keep it local to the bolt as it can affect the rotor magnets which may ...
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Why aren't rotary/Wankel engines used more in motorcycles?

I don't think this question needs to be limited to motorcycles; in fact, when you consider the plight of the Wankel with respect to cars, it answers the question for other applications as well. I ...
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Is it possible to retrofit an ABS?

Yes, just get all the parts from an APV that has ABS. You will likely need: all 4 wheel hubs because the sensor is built in the wiring the ABS controller You may need to swap your ECU for one that ...
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What is this switch called and what is its function?

That is the manual choke selector. When the engine is cold you pull it down in the direction of the arrow, this restricts the airflow to the engine to make the mixture rich to make it easier to start. ...
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Suzuki GSXR600 (K7) - Burned regulator/rectifier

Not Necessarily an Issue There is not a guarantee that there is a problem with your charging system if the rectifier on your 1999 Suzuki GSXR keeps burning out. Splashing through water is very ...
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Why should I back off all valve lash adjusters until valves are closed when changing a head gasket?

You want to back off the valves so you don't damage the head when you pull the head bolts. If you have tension on the valves, you run the risk of warping the head. Likewise, when you put the head on, ...
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Why should I back off all valve lash adjusters until valves are closed when changing a head gasket?

They want you to back of the lash so you don't ruin your rocker arms The system in which this head depresses the valves is the reverse of many heads. The cams (the shaft at the top of the photo) is ...
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Why does the bike idle lower after balancing carburetors?

Background Multi-cylinder vehicles with multiple carbs To port this question over to applicability with cars. This is the same issue that has plagued older Ferrari and Jaguar mechanics over the years....
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Suzuki Swift running cold - replaced thermostat and the issue persists

The heater core may be plugged, if fluid is full and there aren't any leaks. Check this when the engine is hot, if one hose is cold or warm and the other is hot the heater core is plugged. The temp ...
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Car door dented

It is not compulsory to repair the door as long as there are no sharp edges which may cause injury to a pedestrian. The main reason most people want to repair or replace the door is for cosmetic ...
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