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What the!!!

Ok have you ever had one of those days when working on the V nothing goes right??!! Man last night my patience was tested and did it fail. So I'm reaching out for some help to someone with more skill than me (shouldn't be hard to find) Ok my family bought me a rear lift stand from Harbor Freight for my b-day.Was all excited to try it out. Got set, lifted the V all was cool. Lubed the chain, Cleaned the rim. Was stoked! Went to let the bike down and took a quick look around and what do I see, a hugh freaking gough on the right side swing arm!!! ARRRGH!! What the! The rubber coating on the part of the lift that cradels the swing arm had torn off and just trashed the swing arm!! What the H..l did I do wrong?? Ok so after I got done throwing a bug eyed fit. I decided to adjust my rear shock up. Got the custom tool that Kawasaki was so nice to provide in the custom tool kit. Hooked it up and started adjusting. Got two clicks up a WAM!! the custom tool slips of and BAM! another nice scratch on my side cover!! [email protected]#$%^&*()_+ What the!! Ok so I put the tools up. Put the V up went in took a shower and went to bed. Hoping to wake up and it would all be a bad dream. So what the heck have I done wrong? Any suggestions would be of great use. I'm not a knuckle head. Have worked on many a bikes in my time. Have I missed somthing? Your help and comments are appreciated.
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Take your time ,go through the steps in your mind before you perform them. While you are performing the steps in your mind, imagine what could go wrong.Things like slips, drops,parts falling into black holes.

Might not help, but I have found that haste makes waste.

One time I was adjusting the carbs on my C-10 and I had the tank on a small table beside the bike with the gas line running to the carbs. The table was a little too small for the tank to fully sit on, but I thought it would do for the short time I would be using it.

Wrong! I happened to jar the table while walking by, and the tank which was completely full of fuel, fell off and landed upside down on the concrete floor. The tank was ruined , all because I was in too much of a hurry to make a solid place to set the tank.Took a few hundred bucks to correct that mistake.

Sometimes , things just go wrong no matter how carefully you plan. Thats part of working on things I guess. Even the most experienced can have a bad day occasionally .

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hey august.........any pic's of the whizzer motor bike ????...would like to see and here about that old classic whizzer.....
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Maybe this will help. I sent a 12 thousand dollar check from my insurance company to my mortgage company (endorsed as I was told to do) called them 3 weeks later..they gave me the wrong address in which to send the endorsed 12 k check...now it cant be found....while my newer house has holes in the roof from recent hail damage!! Point is...don't sweat the small stuff man. In the bigger picture...health and family matter. v's are repairable!

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Buy lot's of this stuff. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Hope it's the last of the nicks and scratches for you but if you're working on your own bike it's going to happen.
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Hey cuff where can you get that touch up paint?
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That's just automotive touch up paint... Rustoleum's # 7271830 Metallic Silver paint is said to be a perfect match for the swingarm, silver frame, etc. You might want to sand down the gouges first and smooth it out. You can also spray some in a cup, or right on a paint brush if you prefer.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...t=silver+paint
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Last night, I changed the oil on the V and rounded off the corners on the filter. Ended up sticking a screwdriver in and spinning it off. Twice in my life, I bet 5000, ok, 500 oil changes. There are just bad days with bikes. The cheesy shock tool that comes in the cheesy tool kit is, well, cheesy. Get a real one. Then use marine adhesive and glue some carpet scrap to the wheel lift cup. I guarantee that none of this will happen to you again. It was just a bad day with a bike.
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Thanks dudes for the advice! and encouragement. Keep the shiny side up!
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Better yet, get a set of spools and a proper stand to engage them. Harbor Freight has an adequate one for fifty bucks.

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Condolences, but seriously, what Kawa provide to adjust the rear suspension tension is just a bizarre excuse of a tool. It doesn't have any slot to hook it into the rotating collar. It's sure to slip and do some damage. Anyone using something simple that's more appropriate or have modded the one provided?

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I use spools, or bobbins depending on your terminology. Below is a good link for stands and spools. They even make one a combination spool and slider.

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Better yet, get a set of spools and a proper stand to engage them. Harbor Freight has an adequate one for fifty bucks.

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Also remember this: It's not really yours until you put your first scratch on it!



Note: First scratch can be a ding, gouge, tear in a seat, brake fluid on paint disaster, bent levers, or any other minor blemish that you would divorce your wife or beat your kids over if they were the cause, but simply accept as a fact of life when you do it to yourself.

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That's my motto, "If it doesn't have a scratch on it, then it isn't mine"

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Well hell I sure do own the thing now! Also noticed a ding I put in the rear shock spring with that ever so special shock adjustment tool that came with the V. Yeah TTPETE going back to Harbor Freight today and exchanging the stand I got for the one that uses the spools. Hope thay don't try to grind me about taking it back cause I'll be tempted to use their rear for a front tire stand. I'm bringing a picture of the scratch on the swing arm for show and tell. Will see if that helps my case.
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While I was hoisting my V up to lube the chain one of the welds for the spool bolts broke loose. I was not too happy about that; and of course it was just 2 months out of warranty!
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I tried the rustoleum. Close but no cigar. I found a generic silver metallic to be closer. The good news is, chicks dig scars...

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That's just automotive touch up paint... Rustoleum's # 7271830 Metallic Silver paint is said to be a perfect match for the swingarm, silver frame, etc. You might want to sand down the gouges first and smooth it out. You can also spray some in a cup, or right on a paint brush if you prefer.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...t=silver+paint
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If it a small scratch, stickers might be good enough.
Then, it might not.

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