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Will's (that's me) How To Video Thread

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bcware, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. bcware

    bcware Well-read Top Contributor

    I intend to film most of the maintenance I do as I go along now that I have a better camera.

    Don't worry, the older low quality videos will get replaced over time.


    These videos shouldn't replace the repair manual. I'm pretty thorough, but I can't possibly cover every detail and every model variation. You should be reading the manual and using the video as a supplement. I also make mistakes sometimes (I'm not a professional) and my techniques can often be improved upon. I add annotations to the videos after I finish filming to help correct my mistakes. If I make any glaring errors or you think something could be better please feel free to comment here publicly so that everyone else will know about this too and benefit from the new information.

    The repair manuals can be found here.

    Before you send me a private message:

    Just because I filmed the job doesn't mean I have time to walk every person through every step of every job. People with high post counts on the forums here tend to get bombarded with PMs asking for personal motorcycle maintenance tutoring. Please read the manual first, then do a search of the forums, then consider making a new thread if the information isn't already available, and THEN consider PMing me if the matter really is specific to me.
  2. bcware

    bcware Well-read Top Contributor

    My videos:

    NEW Carburetors in HD

    NEW Oil Change

    fork rebuild

    chain tension and alignment

    rear drum brake adjustment

    basic clip master link info

    general wheel bearing information

    carburetors part 1

    carburetors part 2

    ignition timing

    Other videos:

    ignition timing by user mcrowell75
    xschris likes this.
  3. Sesty

    Sesty H.E. Pennypacker

    :popcorn: cant wait for the 3D versions to come out.
  4. bcware

    bcware Well-read Top Contributor

    Three more have been added :eek:
  5. Greasey Fingers

    Greasey Fingers XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Great idea bc, ill be referring to your drum brake adjustment when I convert to rear drum. Good job :thumbsup:
  6. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    Good stuff:thumbsup: This will help a lot of newbies to the bike out.
  7. willem

    willem XS400 Guru Top Contributor

  8. bcware

    bcware Well-read Top Contributor

  9. :thumbsup:dude thanks a shit ton this literally makes it black and white for me great write up
  10. great videos! i just subscribed to your channel!
  11. Vroom4

    Vroom4 XS400 Addict

  12. Robsteeler66

    Robsteeler66 XS400 Addict

    Those are great! I was just complaining the other day that all of the stuff on youtube that I'm interested in is done with shaking cameras, low light and people who never heard of editing. Thanks for some good vids!
  13. Requiem

    Requiem XS400 Addict

    These are some great and very useful video's. Thank you for taking the time to do these
  14. Jdrobins

    Jdrobins XS400 Member

    These will be really helpful for me. Thank you! First time doing a lot of this stuff so it will make my life a lot easier!
  15. Jayschmay

    Jayschmay XS400 New Member

    Just wanted to say thanks for the all the videos! They've been a huge help while trying to rebuild my dad's old xs
  16. Jakele

    Jakele XS400 Member

    First thanks Will, secondly do you have a Paypal, your videos have been really helpful. I would love to send you money for a pint.
  17. I would suggest this video thread get linked to on the tech page (or stickied in the garage). Have been a great supplement to the manual to help visualize. Continued thanks to this great site and Will for these videos!
    spectra likes this.
  18. LeftysRodShop

    LeftysRodShop XS400 New Member

    Thanks so much for the videos. I think it helps a lot of people out, and I know it makes me realize I’m no the only person who tinkers on these old things.

    I had a question on the timing video- you would switch the test light to the other wire on the points for the right cylinder correct?

    Thanks again


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