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What repair manuals does everybody use? I've misplaced my Yamaha Repair Manual for my 2007A. I was about to order a new, but always like the Haynes Manuals, then my son says use a computer screen with down loaded manuals and easy access to instructional video and I can make print larger and brighter for my aging eyes.


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What repair manuals does everybody use? I've misplaced my Yamaha Repair Manual for my 2007A. I was about to order a new, but always like the Haynes Manuals, then my son says use a computer screen with down loaded manuals and easy access to instructional video and I can make print larger and brighter for my aging eyes.
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Yamaha has never released a digital manual to the public. Dealers may have one, but it is not for sale. The Internet classified ads may offer them, but even when they picture the paper manual, what you get is often just an illegal pirated CD. Most of those CD copies have pages scanned as images, meaning that you can not Search for a word in the volume, even when you are looking right at that word. Not sure if Haynes or the other commercial manuals sell digital copies, but if you buy the book used online, make sure the seller is selling you the real book, not a pirated CD. If you accept piracy, that's your choice, of course. I found the real Yamaha paper manual for my FJR on-line, so there are real Yamaha manuals for sale at times, but I'm just saying "buyer beware."

Most modern printers today are also image scanners. You can scan only the pages you need for a repair from the paper manual, and put them on an old laptop for shop use. A USB flash drive makes it easy to transfer such files to the laptop. That practice will keep your shop manual clean forever. If you ever part with the FJR, that pristine shop manual should be worth what you paid for it, and maybe more, to the new owner. After a while, your laptop will accumulate a collection of these maintenance files that you use most often. It is also easy to cross-reference to other jobs, so when the manual says "remove X panel," the next file you see can be that process (instead of flipping all around in the book).

GIMP image software makes it easy to capture scanner images, and it is FREE. They have Gimp tutorials there to get you going. HTH.

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Or you can go the OEM route which I did:


https://www.yamahapubs.com/


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What repair manuals does everybody use? I've misplaced my Yamaha Repair Manual for my 2007A. I was about to order a new, but always like the Haynes Manuals, then my son says use a computer screen with down loaded manuals and easy access to instructional video and I can make print larger and brighter for my aging eyes.



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The problem with PDF manuals is that the whole thing generally is scanned at 300 dpi. That is adequate for all except electrical diagrams. At 300 dpi, you probably will not be able to read all the wiring color codes.


That is normally not a problem withe the Series I and II bikes, but it can be a problem with the Series III. Series III FJRs are a little more complicated electrically.
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The problem with PDF manuals is that the whole thing generally is scanned at 300 dpi. That is adequate for all except electrical diagrams. At 300 dpi, you probably will not be able to read all the wiring color codes.
The problem with “PDF manuals” is that they are bootleg if scans. Real factory PDF manuals are “typeset” to PDF so they render at whatever resolution your display or printer. Real PDF can be searched for text phrases. Tables of Contents not only list page numbers but are linked and jump directly.

If I was running a motor vehicle manufacturer I would provide PDF service manuals for free download because 1) I have to pay to have the manuals written anyway for my dealer service. 2) The better maintained used vehicles will have higher resale value which will allow me to charge more for new vehicles.

In 1993 I was very impressed with then-up-and-coming Infiniti. My new Infiniti G20 came with a printed service manual in a shelf box in a compartment made for it in the trunk. If for some reason I needed non-dealer assistance the mechanic had no excuse not to know the procedures because they were in the manual in the trunk.

It was a trade-size paperback, but so what?

When I had trouble with rear wheel alignment and was told camber was not adjustable I consulted the manual. Manual also said not adjustable. But the coil-over rear shock assembly shown in the manual strongly resembled VW Golf MacPherson strut front suspension right down to what appeared to be a a clamp wrapping around the bottom of the strut and bolting to a cast axle hub with two bolts about 2” apart. Those two bolts are exactly how one adjusts camber on VW. Realized I only needed 1/32” of slop, 1/64” each hole, to get 1° of adjustment. Loosened the bolts and the camber dropped into proper place. I was prepared to use a rat tail file to remove stamping flash for more clearance but didn’t have to.
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I sure would like to find a manual for my 2012.


Any help appreciated...

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