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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2007, 10:42 am Thread Starter
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Haynes or Clymer?

Which manual is better for a noob starting to wrench? I just inherited a project bike (1992 Suzuki Intruder 1400... it was free).

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2007, 12:42 pm
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I bought Haynes for years, then they went green and started using recycled paper. The print was so bad you couldn't read it easily and in the workshop it was a magnet for dirt and grime. The wiring diagrams were so poor on the last car manual I bought I had to specially request via email a hi res pdf so I could actually use the diagram.

Then I bought the KRS Clymer and that's superb, more like the oem GM workshop manuals I used to use. I've used it to do some pretty extensive bike work so it's not something I just bought to read. Perhaps Haynes have come up a bit and I'm being unfair, the USA Haynes is different to what we get in UK or the KRS Clymer isn't representative of others.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2007, 6:15 pm
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If you can afford it, buy both. It's nice to have more than one reference for tricky jobs.

If you want only one, I prefer Clymer for what it's worth.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2007, 6:28 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys.
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