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post #1 of 15 Old Jul 10th, 2015, 12:03 pm Thread Starter
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what to Look for when Buying a LT

hey peep's - going out to look at a few LT's this week end
what should i be looking for besides rear bearings and failed ABS units whining trans - leaking/ rotten rubber boots

I have a r 12 C independence and this full body unit is a bit frightening as i can't see any of the leaks and stuff going on

also I would consider it a fairly high miler at 90 K miles

any help would be great as I am going tonight at 7:00 pm pst

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Re: what to Look for when Buying a LT

Check the rear brake rotor, all radio speakers, and take it for a ride before checking for any leaks.

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Re: what to Look for when Buying a LT

what am i looking for on the rear rotor excessive wear or thickness ???
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I purchased my '00 last year sight-unseen because it had all the maintenance records.

For me the speakers were a non-issue because we have the Sena headsets.

For the rear rotor, you're looking to see if it's loose. Look up "cow bell" on the forum.
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thanks will do that
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hey peep's - going out to look at a few LT's this week end
what should i be looking for besides rear bearings and failed ABS units whining trans - leaking/ rotten rubber boots

I have a r 12 C independence and this full body unit is a bit frightening as i can't see any of the leaks and stuff going on

also I would consider it a fairly high miler at 90 K miles

any help would be great as I am going tonight at 7:00 pm pst

The main thing to consider, in my opinion, is how mechanically inclined you are. There is an inverse relationship between mechanical ability and a thick wallet with these bikes. If you can handle repairs and use the advise from this list you will do fine. The big fat beasts grow on you the more you ride them.

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Re: what to Look for when Buying a LT

In addition to what others have already listed, I would add the following:

- does the clutch slip?
- have the brake lines been replaced (Speigler lines would be a plus)?
- how are the shocks & springs (original, new, spring only replacement)?
- ABS ok?
- topcase latch unbroken and/or does it have the "fix it before it breaks/fix it after it breaks" kit installed?
- condition of the tires and does it have the correct "reinforced" tire mounted on the rear?
- any farkle options included (aftermarket seat, driving lights, BMR package tray, etc.)?
- battery condition?
- extra fob and keys?

Hope this helps in your successful search!
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The main thing to consider, in my opinion, is how mechanically inclined you are. There is an inverse relationship between mechanical ability and a thick wallet with these bikes. If you can handle repairs and use the advise from this list you will do fine. The big fat beasts grow on you the more you ride them.

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Re: what to Look for when Buying a LT

I am a certifies AST tech now semi retired - looking for the LT to do one more cross country trip
I pretty much do all my own maintance repairs -
Just don't want to buy a money pit / which these can be -
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Well that was a big waste of time - went out - all the issues that all of you advised were present
Busted trunk - sloppy rear disc - no FM radio operation - wrong rear tire as well as worn out
On top of it no tags - would let me try it out so can't confirm trans / clutch/ brakes/ motor
Battery seemed week - couldn't verify cruise operation
I even brought my own "repairman plate" which is full insurance for me

Said if i brought cash then i could check it out

The kicker after an hr - seller didn't have ownership papers - seems it was a tenant that owed him back rent

So i'm still on the hunt anyone with recommendations or sellers in the Pac N/W Seattle/ portland / Cali


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Where do you live? Maybe someone on the forum could help narrow down a bike or two for you to consider before you waste your time with another bike? Just a thought.

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Where do you live? Maybe someone on the forum could help narrow down a bike or two for you to consider before you waste your time with another bike? Just a thought.
Larry is right. Where are you? Kinsey has really nice '07 for sale. He is in Santa Fe, Texas.

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I am actually in Vancouver Canada - but willing to look at anything in the Washington-Oregon - northern California
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Re: what to Look for when Buying a LT

I would try to get one that has not been used for towing a trailer. Look on this site's for sale area, the people that are selling that belong to this board know their bikes and probably keep better care of them. I had mine for sale and it's a beauty and loaded but after riding it again (not ridden much in last year because of "the new bike") I have decided to keep it for longer trips. Keep looking you will find something.

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Re: what to Look for when Buying a LT

I just went through this over the last month.
I had a 2002 and traded it for a C-14A in 2009.
The 1999 - 2004 are OK but for a few more $$$ you can get a fully loaded 2005 - 2009.
The average price which I was finding is 7250.00 for a 2005-2006 with under 40K miles. There are still two in ATL. One is a nice 05 blue for 6250.00.
I bought a completely farkled out 2005 with 39K miles for 6K. It was in Conn. We flew up and the dealer picked us up at the airport and we made a road trip out of the 1000 mile way home.
I used Skymiles, hotel points and food gift cards which made almost no money needed for the trip.
Don't worry if the owner says it has been dropped. ALL LTs are going to be dropped by someone.

I don't think I would worry about a tow package. The chances that the trailer was on the bike everywhere it went is doubtful.
The FD failure is hit or miss. Take the chance. It is worth the risk.
I think if you find one with a lot of extras, it means the PO liked the bike and probably kept it maintained.
NAV, CB, passenger floorboards, after market seats, driving lights, etc... are a huge bonus once you price them on eBay.

Good luck and post up pix when you get it.

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