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service manual

Postby crackercap » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:57 pm



Being new to Honda, I find myself needing a service manual for my 07' Gold Wing. What is a good service manual and where do you get one outside of a Honda dealer or is that the best place? I see them on ebay but question thier content level...



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Re: service manual

Postby radionut » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:13 am

A few years ago I purchased a cd version of a manual for my '04 from E bay, and was somewhat surprised that it was a scanned copy of the OEM Honda manual. After perusing it page by page I found a few pages that were not good enough scans to be of use, but overall it is useful. The only drawback that I found to this manual is you cannot have multiple pages open at the same time like a printed copy. I wound up printing all the pages of the wiring diagram and gluing them into one big sheet so I could follow specific traces.
I believe Clymer or Haynes also make manuals, but am not sure how good they are.

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Re: service manual

Postby themainviking » Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:14 am

Service manuals may be obtained from Helm Inc. They publish and sell service manuals for pretty much everything, and your bike is no exception. The Paper Manual may be purchased through this link.

http://www.helminc.com/helm/product2.as ... itemtype=B

Or DVD through this one. The paper manual is $10 more than the DVD. Well worth the money I think.

http://www.helminc.com/helm/product2.as ... itemtype=N
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Re: service manual

Postby wjnfirearms » Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:04 am

I did the same thing, bought an online pdf copy of an original Honda shop manual. In my case, however, the quality of the scanning was excellent and the manual is complete and readable. No regrets. Now, if I could just remember where I found it online.

I have issues with Haynes. I've used them for auto repairs and found them to be more incomplete than the others, and I don't mean factory shop either, and have found inaccuracies. I have a couple and won't buy them any more.

I'd always rather pay more for a factory shop manual than any other. If you have intentions of doing significant work on your bike(s), then factory is the way to go. For routine maintenance and the occasional hiccup, a Clymers will do just fine.
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Re: service manual

Postby trike lady » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:51 pm

I prefer the Honda OEM service manual and Clymer manuals.
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Re: service manual

Postby crackercap » Wed May 29, 2013 8:32 pm

I recently bought a Clymer manual and it appears pretty thorough..It's just when you buy a manual that covers a 10 year period, it could not be totally complete for all models.Thank you for reply




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