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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Honda Reference Materials

David sent this link to Spooky Tom's web site.
Here we see an image of a 12 cylinder '79 Honda CBX that he has posted. Not something you see every day!
The site also has wiring diagrams and brochures of Hondas from the past. Also, lots of pictures of bikes for reference to the paint schemes.
The problem is that it is all very confusing in it's layout and intention. Some of the pages are downloadable, some are not. It says that the image scans are poor to discourage people from stealing them but is unclear on how to get good ones. And it asks for contributions of good scans to expand the collection but, again, it's unclear how to go about it and why you should do it.

This is another example of where the internet is at its best and at its worst. Tom has obviously spent a good amount of time putting this info together and sharing it. For that he deserves credit. On the other hand this is not 1998. The site needs to be tweeked to provide better organization and a clear purpose. High marks for effort, mediorcre marks for execution.

One big criticism. Tom states,
I HAVE FOUND THE BAR STYLE TORQUE WRENCH TO BE MORE THAN ADEQUATE WHEN TIGHTENING THE FASTENERS AND IT COST A LOT LESS THAN THE ADJUSTABLE STYLE WRENCH.
I have to disagree with this. A bar type torque wrench is about as truthful as a 5 year old trying to explain cookie breath before dinner. A click style torque wrench is pretty cheap when you watch for a sale and is dead on for getting head, case, and transmission bolts exactly even.
Pro-Quality 1/4" 20-200 Inch-Pound Automatic Torque Wrench with Case