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961 MANUALS

Postby richard-7 » Tue May 26, 2015 5:17 am

My dad and I have started creating some workshop manuals that accompany the NORTON Workshop Manual to help make it easier to work on the 961 Commando. It's going to take time to get to every subject matter but in time it will get there. They are in sections and some work together and some, like the Head Torque, will be in addition to the NORTON Manual for specs and patterns.

They don't cost anything and you can share them with anyone you know, but if you feel they have saved you some cash and frustration and you would like to make a donation to my paypal account that would be fantastic. This will help me justify the time it takes to create them and give them away.

If you would like me to email you a PDF copy, just PM me your email address until I can find a place to host them for free download.

What I have so far;

Fuel Tank Removal - Norton 961 (Get to battery and main fuse)
Removing Primary Side Cover - Norton 961 (Lots of reasons to get in here)
Removing Clutch Basket - Norton 961 (if you need to get to starter or check ring gear or replace clutch plates)
Cylinder Head Torque - Norton 961 (Recommended at 1,000 miles - prevent a blown head gasket)
Split Balance Gear Spring - Norton 961 (If your clutch or engine sounds noisy it's likely this)
Transmission Vent - Norton 961 (If you are blowing starter gaskets its probably this)
OIL CHANGE Transmission and Engine - Norton 961 (there is actually a lot to this)
Bulb Change - Norton 961
Cluster removal and re-install - Norton 961 (Latest update 24hr to 12hr clock)
Ignition Coil Replacement - Norton 961
Throttle Control - Norton 961 (there IS a trick to starting these bikes)
Oil in the Airbox - Norton 961 (A good read for those who may not know about this yet)
Starter Solenoid - Norton 961 (At some point in time you will need this)



I'll keep adding to this list as more are complete. I was going to wait until they were all finished but bike season is here and the last thing we need is being off the road for something we can fix ourselves. If you have anything to add or change, post it here and just general comments post them here too. Don't be shy if you feel something is missing. This is to help everyone and your feedback is the only way they will improve.

PS - This manual is more for people who have a general understanding of mechanics. If you don't have a good understanding of mechanics and are not generally inclined to take things apart just to see how they work, then proceed with caution and/or take your bike, the Norton Workshop Manual and my manuals to someone who does.
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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby TonyA » Tue May 26, 2015 6:25 am

Count me in !

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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby terrys » Tue May 26, 2015 7:51 am

Hi,

Please email me the pdf, my head is weeping oil from the front of the gasket at about 1200 miles, the head torque section is of interest to me. I have searched the owner's manual and the factory shop manual and have not seen any mention about periodic head torqueing, am I missing something?

regards and thanks,
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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby richard-7 » Tue May 26, 2015 8:47 am

terrys wrote:Hi,

Please email me the pdf, my head is weeping oil from the front of the gasket at about 1200 miles, the head torque section is of interest to me. I have searched the owner's manual and the factory shop manual and have not seen any mention about periodic head torqueing, am I missing something?

regards and thanks,
Terry Seaver
SE USA 12 of 50

terryseaver@yahoo.com



Check your email. CDN Distributor said at first service for cyl head torque. Which makes sense really. Bolts stretch and gaskets compress. :mrgreen:
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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby BPHORSEGUY » Tue May 26, 2015 4:55 pm

Richard please send me the cylinder head torque pdf.
Thanks, Bob

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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby Precisionbob » Wed May 27, 2015 6:53 am

Here's my email for the pdf's. Thanks!!
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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby BPHORSEGUY » Wed May 27, 2015 4:16 pm

Richard, Thank-you for the pdfs, very good photos! You are a great asset to this forum! :mrgreen:

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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby roofus » Wed May 27, 2015 4:42 pm

Hi Richard! Could you please send me the pdf's?

I tried to PM you but I couldn't seem to make it work.

Thanks for all your work on this project.

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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby richard-7 » Thu May 28, 2015 7:18 am

[quote="roofus"]Hi Richard! Could you please send me the pdf's?

I tried to PM you but I couldn't seem to make it work.

Thanks for all your work on this project.

Don aka roofus




sent!
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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby richard-7 » Thu May 28, 2015 7:19 am

BPHORSEGUY wrote:Richard, Thank-you for the pdfs, very good photos! You are a great asset to this forum! :mrgreen:



Thank you!
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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby dimitri » Thu May 28, 2015 7:19 am

Hi Richard,

If it is not to much trouble. I am interested in the head torque (head gasket sweating like others) and everything to get to the clutch. Mine is very noisy (must admit i got used to it). But now it does not disengage smoothly anymore either.

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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby richard-7 » Thu May 28, 2015 8:18 am

dimitri wrote:Hi Richard,

If it is not to much trouble. I am interested in the head torque (head gasket sweating like others) and everything to get to the clutch. Mine is very noisy (must admit i got used to it). But now it does not disengage smoothly anymore either.

dimitripaeleman@telenet.be

Kind regards,

Dimitri



Do you have another email address? a few bounced back because your email has a max attachment limit.
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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby BritTwit » Thu May 28, 2015 8:25 am

dimitri wrote:Hi Richard,

If it is not to much trouble. I am interested in the head torque (head gasket sweating like others) and everything to get to the clutch. Mine is very noisy (must admit i got used to it). But now it does not disengage smoothly anymore either.

dimitripaeleman@telenet.be

Kind regards,

Dimitri


Dimitri,

Do you have the stock exhaust in place?
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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby dimitri » Thu May 28, 2015 2:37 pm

Hi Richard,

I got 4 of them and they are really great! Thanks for the effort.
I don't know if you tried to send more parts, but this email should be fine:

xxx


@BritTwit: no, i went trough several exhaust systems. Complete open exhaust now. The clutch rattles and with hot engine it is difficult to drive away smoothly. Cars behind me must think i can't drive :-)
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Re: 961 MANUALS

Postby richard-7 » Fri May 29, 2015 4:48 am

Glad they are helpful, thank you for all the replies, comments, and donations. If you posted your email on public forum, just go back and edit it out if I've sent them to you. No need for extra spam in your mail box.

Here's some pics I took last night. Two fantastic products that go well together. A Norton and a Union Garage Robinson Jacket.
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