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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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New '06 owner from DFW

Howdy. I just picked up my first RC51, a 2006 with 37,000 miles, and I joined the forum to learn all I can about maintenance, repair, and conservative upgrades to performance, comfort, handling, and longevity. First off, I'm planning to perform the following maintenance.

1. Battery
2. Brake pads
3. Brake/clutch fluid, reservoirs
4. Brake/clutch master cylinder rebuilds
5. Oil and filter
6. Air filters
7. Chain
8. Spark plugs
9. Valve adjustment
10. Tires
11. GP shift conversion
12. New windscreen
13. Fairing repairs
14. Hardware/clamp repairs to Sato slip-ons
15. Rebuild/recover seats

I believe this to be a fairly comprehensive list, but I would appreciate any input on the nuances of these jobs, good sources and brands of parts, and any snags I might encounter while performing the work.

Thank you!
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im in dfw, but dont have a rc anymore. use the vfr shifter for the reverse shift, the front valves were a pain for me, but the rears are cake, removing the pair shit will make it easier, and be sure not to torque the valve cover bolts too much, they snap easily!

as far as taking the tank off, i wish i would have gotten the quick disco for the fuel line, and the quick disco pin for the rear tank mount is easy enough to make out of hardware store parts.

everything else is pretty straight forward
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Thanks for the response! First up is front brake pads, as mine are worn to bare metal. Slapping some Galfer sintered OEM replacement pads in for simplicity. Maybe next go round, I'll do the upgrade to bigger rotors and radial mount calipers.

By chance, do you have a part number or photo I could reference when looking for the VFR shifter? I'd like to make that change very soon - before I overrev the engine.
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Brake pads, brake fluid, and battery replaced. Went with a Batteries Plus Bulbs special for the battery, replacing a 2012 Yuasa the store deemed "a dead soldier."

Used Galfer sintered pads and Volkswagen brake fluid, using the "blot the reservoir dry and refill" method.
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Honda OEM Reverse shift lever (GP Pattern)
24701-MAT-000 SHIFT, GEAR PEDAL
24781-KR3-770 RUBBER, SHIFT PEDAL

theyre pretty cheap. rc51.org is a good site for info put together by our very own LDH
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