Originally Posted by DarrellinCeres
So I'm looking at buying this bike. Price is $1200
I already know I will have to do the clutch. He claims it just started slipping. It's my understanding that there is no real way to know what the failure is until you take it apart.
So Clutch / Slave Cylinder / O-Ring and seals?
I have been browsing some of the posts about this job trying to get a feel for what the job will take. I have worked on Kawasaki's in the past. I have also restored a few cars, rebuilt a few motors, used to work on BMW cars so I'm a fairly qualified mechanic. Looks like the biggest thing is supporting the bike to disassemble it since the center stand has to come off.
ABS light flashing. From what I have read this may be a result of the battery being dead/low
Needs a rear tire.
I haven't taken a good look at it yet. Just saw it and talked to the guy yesterday. It belongs to the father of a guy I work with. It has been sitting for a little while. Someone he knew got hurt in a bike accident and it spooked him out of riding.
I am going back next week to test drive and do a through inspection. I've read about checking the brake lines for age? What other things should I check out before purchasing this bike.
Thanks for all of you input and expert advice in advance. It looks like a nice bike overall and from what I have read those that own them love them. As a bonus it is like the two wheel version of my truck. Same year, same color.
if it is a running 99 for $1200, I would pay the man and then worry about what is wrong with it seeing you have the mechanical skills to fix it. Just plan on doing everything you mentioned. Clutch, replace slave, replace seals and o-ring and seals, brake lines if they are OEM.
Has the Final Drive ever been repaired/rebuilt or replaced? If not, plan on doing a crown bearing at least on it and a proper re-shim or send it off to Saddleman and get it done right.
A 99 may need additional things like the rubber bushings replaced between the throttle body and the block manifold stubs from age and cracks allowing Vacuum leaks and also it may need a new breather tube as they also crack with age and leak oil all over the top of the motor. The fuel lines inside the tank should be inspected if no record of them being replaced or simply replaced with a proper submersible line or the replacement nylon lines available at Euro Motoelectric. If the shocks are original, you could spend close to 2G
on just those replacements or upgrades but I would wait on that to see how bad they are and just refill the preload adjuster first.
The ABS system may or may not be working and you can deal with it if you choose as the 99 will still always stop, just without the ABS feature assuming you don't have the original lines still on the bike.
Now the money question. You are going to spend $1200 to get it and then several thousand on it in parts, tires etc to get all that done but if you do, you will have a nice Touring/Sport bike that has few equals.
It is a lot of work to do that list and it probably all needs to be done. I personally would consider that a good barn find and get it to restore already knowing what it takes and having already done all that at least once on mine and others. It is a big job but people still seem to find the value in an LT to go through it and hopefully have something somewhat unique and reliable when completed. They can be temperamental and are real pigs at low speed but I am one of those that see value in the LT even with its shortcomings and flaws as it is a true joy to ride.
Good luck should you undertake this project and if you need a Viton O-ring for the clutch, I will gladly send you one. There are many postings from others who have done this clutch so take a good look at how they supported the bike if you don't have a lift with a wheel clamp and strap hooks. She is very heavy and you don't want her falling over especially if you are under it.