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Well i have a Yamaha SR125. I don't think its been looked after perfectly... Anyway, i'm planning on giving it a nice old clean soon, clean the chain e.t.c...


Is there anything easy i can try? Like air filters, cleaning carb or whatever :) Just looking for some ideas :)


I'm kinda mechanically minded so i should be fine but i wanna start off with some small easy jobs :) I plan for this bike to be my commuter for the foreseeable future (around two years or something).

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oil and filter, plug, air filter should all be simple enough tasks with a decent set of tools and a haynes manual... bike will be better for it too.. you could always fire some carb cleaner down the airway whilst the airfilter is off too..

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what tools will i need? My dad has a massive range of all the standard tools... But he doesnt have anything "bike specific", for example i read in another thread about someone wanting a plug remover tool.

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Don't think there is much on yours that requires specialised tools matey. I believe you are referring to Pete and his spark plug tool? Bit of a special that lol.


I'd do what Frankie says, get the basics done and you'd be surprised how much difference it actually makes.

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Don't think there is much on yours that requires specialised tools matey. I believe you are referring to Pete and his spark plug tool? Bit of a special that lol.


I'd do what Frankie says, get the basics done and you'd be surprised how much difference it actually makes.

:stupid:


Gave my bike a service and clean today, runs much smoother now!


the only specific tool id recommend is an oil filter removal tool... :mrgreen:

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Yeah if it was in the thread about the spark plug remover tool don't worry about it, it's not common to run into the problem I'm having! It's just that on my bike the engine has been tipped forward a few degrees meaning it makes it tricky for me to get the spark plugs out. On most other bikes the sparks are straight forward enough to get at (and would be on mine if the bike came with the tool kit!), and on the SR you'll have no problem with a standard spark plug remover tool (your dad may have one lying about...I found two the other day that I didn't know I had!). That said I normally don't bother with a spark plug remover tool, I just use a socket set.


I think you'll need:


- For oil and filter change --> A decent set of spanners (well, you'll only need one, but having a decent set is good for future projects) or a wrench and socket to get oil plug out (again, buy a decent socket set - you'll forever be using it in future!). An oil filter removal tool (basically a massive socket that goes onto the wrench that you just bought ;) ), or oil filter remover strap (loop of rubber that grips the oil filter). An oil funnel (has a filter at the top. Available at Tesco, Halfords, etc). A big (about 4ltr) tray to catch the oil...make sure it fits under your bike!


- For air filter change --> a screwdriver


- For spark plug change --> That socket set again! You might need an extension bar (a long piece of metal that means the socket can go deep into the spark plug hole by about 5 or 6cm) but that'll probably come in the set that you just got :D


That's all there is to it. You can realistically get all that done in one day, even on your first go. Take it steady, keep referring to the manual if need be and have fun. If you're feeling a bit more ambitious then consider cleaning the carb(s), but get the other things done first and see how you go :thumb:

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just watch when doin spark plugs, myy first tiem i snapped mine in the engine, oh the good ol times! lmao :D


Josh

 

That musta been a pain.


Hand tight, then 1/2 to 2/3 of a turn I was told. Well that's what I done anyway.

i think it was more to do with how long they'd been in there..... rusted solid...

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Hi,

Newbie here, yamah SR125 was my first bike! I had the original twin drum brake model - by far the best mod I did was to drop a tooth off the rear sprocket, helped for high(?) speed cruising.

Also if the mileage is over 10,000 or so do a valve clearance check/adjustment - it's easy as pie as they have lock-nut adjusters and I remember it made a huge difference to my bike's performance.

Nate

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