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post #1 of 13 Old Jun 22nd, 2017, 1:19 am Thread Starter
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I have 153K miles on my 99 K1200LT and I am getting ready for my 5500 mile road trip in a week. I purchased a complete set of spark plug wires for $69.00 from Euro Motor electronics ([EnDuraLast - BMW K1200 Ignition Cables ; 12 12 1 464 934, 12 12 1 464 935, 12 12 1 464 936, 12 12 2 305 044). Has anyone used these before? I also switched my lights from HIDs to 5th Generation LED low beams. I went with the heat dissipation belt versus the cooling fan. Let me know if anyone has used these as well. If anyone is heading to the Rally in Salt Lake City, Utah, please let me know. I would love to meet folks from the forum. I have replace all of the radiator hoses, spark plugs, brake lines, brake fluids, brake pads, tires, fuel filter, fuel lines, and oil along with new tires, new radio that works with the handle bar controls and modified sting ray buttons(replaced original buttons with lighted LED buttons to control radio functions) along with a new paint job. I also did a valve check as well and I am looking forward to hitting the road. By the way, I replaced the clutch, slave cylinder, and replaced all seals in the tranny along with some of the bearings and I rebuilt the final drive 40K miles ago and the drain bolt looks very clean. Please let me know if I missed something.
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Sounds like a fun ride. I was planning on going to the SLC MOA rally, but had to cancel due to my wife's health issues. One thing missing on your list is maintenance on the shifter - I'd take it apart and lube it well, and also be sure to use Lock Tite, as I had the shifter on my '07 fall apart in Indianapolis several years ago. Also, be sure your vent line on the fuel tank isn't pinched from when you reinstalled the tupperware, and maybe perform a canisterectomy on the bike if it hasn't been done already. I left mine on the bike, but disconnected the line from the gas tank to the canister and re-routed it to the ground, and then plugged the return line with a bolt.

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Check out my thread....New LT owner. In it I discuss my preparation for my 48 state motorcycle tour....9300 miles. The Airhawk seat cushion is great for long-distance riding. It's hard to imagine doing it without that now.
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Dave, I pray that all is well with your wife and that her body heals and it is restored to good health. I just finished lubing the shifter and the canister was removed when I purchased the bike. I just blew out the fuel vapor lines because a dirt dobler(as we call it down south) decided that it would be a great place for a nest. DeusExMaima, I will also look at the seat cushion. I have found some floor boards and I will see if I can modify them before my trip.
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How do you propose to modify the boards,?? I cut mine to make them flip up, but they cant go up high enough to stop snapping off the eyelets on the side plate when it goes down.

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I have 153K miles on my 99 K1200LT and I am getting ready for my 5500 mile road trip in a week. I purchased a complete set of spark plug wires for $69.00 from Euro Motor electronics ([EnDuraLast - BMW K1200 Ignition Cables ; 12 12 1 464 934, 12 12 1 464 935, 12 12 1 464 936, 12 12 2 305 044). Has anyone used these before? I also switched my lights from HIDs to 5th Generation LED low beams. I went with the heat dissipation belt versus the cooling fan. Let me know if anyone has used these as well. If anyone is heading to the Rally in Salt Lake City, Utah, please let me know. I would love to meet folks from the forum. I have replace all of the radiator hoses, spark plugs, brake lines, brake fluids, brake pads, tires, fuel filter, fuel lines, and oil along with new tires, new radio that works with the handle bar controls and modified sting ray buttons(replaced original buttons with lighted LED buttons to control radio functions) along with a new paint job. I also did a valve check as well and I am looking forward to hitting the road. By the way, I replaced the clutch, slave cylinder, and replaced all seals in the tranny along with some of the bearings and I rebuilt the final drive 40K miles ago and the drain bolt looks very clean. Please let me know if I missed something.
Darryl, I am using both a low beam LED with heat belt and also the EME spark plug wires and love them both. I have a 4800 lumen high beam but it will require some modifications to the mounting to get it to stay in but I have high hopes for that one as the HID slow start on the one I have is really not usable in a hurry. I also have the EME flexible fuel lines installed and also like those.

Good luck on your trip. Sounds like you have done about the same thing to your LT as I have done to mine.

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Dave, I pray that all is well with your wife and that her body heals and it is restored to good health. I just finished lubing the shifter and the canister was removed when I purchased the bike. I just blew out the fuel vapor lines because a dirt dobler(as we call it down south) decided that it would be a great place for a nest. DeusExMaima, I will also look at the seat cushion. I have found some floor boards and I will see if I can modify them before my trip.
Thanks! Just returned from Kaiser and all is looking better from her CT - 4 more chemo treatments and then a reassessment of next steps... I'd also recommend taking a siphon tube, tire repair kit and tool kit on your journey, just in case!

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I went with the heat dissipation belt versus the cooling fan. Let me know if anyone has used these as well.
What is this "heat dissipation belt" you speak of?
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What is this "heat dissipation belt" you speak of?
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In case I missed it, you should do the throttle cable update. The 99 to 04 LTS had a very stiff hard to operate throttle. BMW upgraded it in 2005 so that it operates more like a normal bike period it is a must-have.
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In case I missed it, you should do the throttle cable update. The 99 to 04 LTS had a very stiff hard to operate throttle. BMW upgraded it in 2005 so that it operates more like a normal bike period it is a must-have.
My 2007 is still twice as stiff as my Voyager XII. It would be unrideable without cruise control.

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Voyager... try riding a 99 to 04 without the upgraded throttle cables. Insanely stiff
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Pictures of both the cooling fan and belt type LED.
LOL!
I was picturing a new fangled cooling system for the motor, .... not for the headlights
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