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Thread: How I got my Clymer manual for less online, including a link.

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    climinthewall Guest

    Default Easy way to find the best price on a manual

    I was online searching for a Clymer manual for my 82 GS today. I found plenty, including on Ebay and Amazon. New were all close to $30 and up, and used where going for over $20. I'm always looking to find the absolute best deal out there, so I try a lot of different ways to search before making a purchase online. I ended up buying a used in good condition latest edition manual for less than $15 total after shipping.
    So I thought I'd pass it on here.

    1. Find the ISBN # of the manual you are wanting. (I just Googled the manual and found a store selling it new. If you want the latest edition with latest revisions do a little research to be sure you are looking at the right manual as the ISBN will be different).

    2. Copy the ISBN #.

    3. Go to http://www.gettextbooks.com Paste the # in the search box at top. Wait as this site searches hundreds to thousands of stores/sites and provides you with links based on your search query.

    This of course will work with anything assigned an ISBN #. You can also just Google the ISBN # and search from there.
    Last edited by climinthewall; 10-19-2014 at 05:31 AM.

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    That is cool.
    Thanks!

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    Clymer manuals suck. Get an OEM manual. Since you apparently already bought the Clymer, get the OEM manual and use the Clymer's as backup. Free download here...http://members.dslextreme.com/users/bikecliff/

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    Thanks for the link Nessism. It will help. The reason I want a paper manual is so I don't have to get dirty fingers all over my laptop. But I'm sure I will be using both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by climinthewall View Post
    Thanks for the link Nessism. It will help. The reason I want a paper manual is so I don't have to get dirty fingers all over my laptop. But I'm sure I will be using both.
    Print off the pages you will be needing.

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    I got a used hard copy of my FSM, still in the binder, off eBay for $17 shipped. Just saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntb View Post
    I got a used hard copy of my FSM, still in the binder, off eBay for $17 shipped. Just saying
    huntb, That's a sweet deal. I watched eBay for awhile and didn't find the deal I really wanted, but that is one of the better places for finding the right deals usually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessism View Post
    Clymer manuals suck. Get an OEM manual. Since you apparently already bought the Clymer, get the OEM manual and use the Clymer's as backup. Free download here...http://members.dslextreme.com/users/bikecliff/
    Wow you are right on about the Clymer manuals. Been going through mine and it isn't the best for sure. Supposed to be for the do it yourselfer, well it sure leaves a lot of guess work.

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    Half.com is a good place to go for used books.

    I was looking at a Clymer manual for an '85 Honda Nighthawk yesterday and thought there were some good illustrations and good pointers in there. I didn't spend a lot of time going over it though. I was thinking the Clymer manual would be a good suppliment to the FSM - maybe it's not the best but often between two manuals (Haynes and Chilton?) you find some extra helpful details. I was going to buy the Clymer book for our bikes.

    I took the liberty of printing the entire FSM yesterday at work when the place was pretty well cleared out at 6pm We got new printers and they are pretty fast!

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    It's not only Clymer manuals that suck - Haynes do too. Used to be the Haynes manuals would give the total stripdown and refurbishment procedures for nearly everything on the vehicle, way back when. The pinnacle of that is one of the Haynes Mini (as in Austin Mini) manuals, about early 70s, where the reader is shown how and why and wherefore about absolutely everything on the car, including how to make various special tools and damn near how to smelt iron too and mine copper.
    Nowadays, and for the past decade at least, a lot of Haynes so-called manuals will simply tell you to go see your dealer, as they assume you don't have or don't want the diagnostic or special tools needed.
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