I was reading in other threads about some of the things you can do to increase your mileage and the overall bike performance, so I've decided to tackle the spark plugs, air filter, stick coils, valves. I know there's plenty of information on <i>how</i> to do all of this... my questions are more specifically, are there good quality Canadian Tire parts/tools that will help me accomplish this with my '08 V?
For feeler gauges, I see these
Spark Plugs, if I'm sticking with NGK, I see these
- lots of options..not sure which I should be looking at (doesn't help they don't give actual part numbers).
I've got a socket set, so I'm assuming I'll be okay there, same with the Allen keys for the fairing (windscreen has wingnuts on it from previous owner).
For a 3/8" torque wrench, I know you can get really spendy on these items... are either of these
any good? (not even considering the $24 option)
For the valve check... is there anything I can really pick up ahead of time shim-wise? Or do I just need to check things out to see how good/bad they are, then purchase as required? Feeler gauges above should be sufficient I would think, and I'll pick up some quality emery paper to sand them down should they need it. I already have a micrometer I trust.
For the Air filter I'm a little more lost. Is there a CT cleaner/oil that would work well? I don't plan to be in a hurry, so it can air dry..
Not planning on doing anything with the coils unless they look like they're damaged, in which case, I'll come check the forum and post if necessary.
Thanks for your help folks - Part of the reason I'm loving my Versys is this community.
I'm hoping this will fix some stuff, but if you have suggestions on anything else I should look at doing (vacuum mod perhaps?) while I have everything off, I'm game for trying it! Just ... need to know what I should be picking up.
If it's helpful information, I have an 08 Versys with ~27555km on it, and have been getting steadily dropping mileage this season (started at 38mpg, then dropped to 35mpg, last fill-up I had ~28mpg) so I'm trying to find a remedy while doing some probably overdue maintenance.
I don't believe there's anything non-stock in terms of sprockets/brakes/etc.
Thanks again everybody