Originally Posted by dtnicks
----------- For example, is it worth removing the clutch slave cylinder and drilling that hole *before* the seal fails?
YES, if you are willing to do the work to get to it. Many dealers won't do it, but the more "outside the book" knowledgeable ones will.
Should I put some hi-temp caulking or heat-shrink tubing on the clutch banjo fitting that may be prone to rusting?
That is not a really common problem, but anything that will prevent rust would do, there are spray products on the market that would work, or just lightly coat it with a heavy grease.
Doesn't sound like there's anything to do about rear drive failure except keep a good relationship with the dealer in case you need a favor re: warranty coverage.
Pretty much correct. There is no preventive maintenance that helps. See if the dealer will make you a decent deal on an extened service contract.[quote]
My wife is, sadly, not as enthusiastic about motorcycling as I am...I will probably hear about every dollar spent on maintenance instead of the college fund, etc. So I'm hoping to minimize those dollars through preventive maintenance and as much of my own wrench-turning as I can handle.
With a service manual, reasonable mechanical aptitude, and the HUGE amount of help available here, you can do as much as you want to. Check into local "service parties" held around the country, where you can learn a LOT just by watching.