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  1. #1
    Puddle Runner
    My Bike(s)
    2004 Wide Glide
    Houston, TX

    Clymer vs. Haynes repair manuals

    Good day all,
    Does anyone have any information as to which repair manual is best for a 2002 Yamaha V Star 1100? Clymer or Haynes?


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  3. #2
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    In my experience, Clymer is a better format in general. The books feel higher in quality, and they provide electrical schematics. I'd always opt for Clymer over Haynes. That being said, I've owned Haynes manuals for a number of vehicles and find them quite useful as well.
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  4. #3
    Ditch Magnet
    My Bike(s)
    2006 Vulcan 1600 Classic and 1980 kz750(project)
    OC Oregon
    I was just wondering that myself. I did a search of past threads and went with the Clymer. If you want to spent the extra money the shop manual got the best reviews then the Clymer and then the Haynes.

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  6. #4
    In The Zone
    My Bike(s)
    2008 ZZR600
    Under a rock in Texas
    I always go for the factory service manual on anything I own. It may cost a little more, but I think they are way better. Of the 2 you posted about, Clymer is better than Haynes.

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  7. #5
    My Bike(s)
    2008 B-King and 2000 Busa
    Western New York
    I have found the Haynes manuals to be a disappointment in most cases. They go too far in depth in some things that are not very important or needed. Then on an item of great importance where pictures would be of help there are no pictures. And the information is so vague you have to guess at what they were trying to say.


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