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Hi All,

After a long search and SO negotiating, I finally purchased my new (to me) 2005 KLT!!! I was lucky to have it 2 hours away, so my first ride last night was somewhat significant.

I absolutely love it. The heated seats and grips were a life saver.

I read so much about the ills of these fine machines, that I must admit I'm a little apprehensive.

I've got almost 40K on the bike and I'm thinking I need to consider a slave cylinder replacement some time soon (and of course the recommended ventilation).

Besides fluids and this slave cylinder, is there anything else urgent? I know fluids, pads, tires, etc, but I never would have considered replacing my slave cylinder on any vehicle preventatively.

Any advice would be appreciated as I'm planning on keeping her "forever".

Thanks,

Joe
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post #2 of 17 Old Dec 13th, 2006, 1:40 pm
 
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Congrats on the purchase...and welcome to the asylum!

I don't know that I'd make a decision to replace the slave cylinder until you get her opened up. But if it'll bring you peace of mind...go for it.

Are the mirrors tethered? That's a must-do. What about lighting? If it's not installed already, think about installing an HID kit or aux lighting.

You see? We'll be finding all kinds of ways to spend the money you saved buying a previously-owned model.
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Thanks Joe,

I forgot about the mirrors, are they easy to intentionally remove to see?

On the slave cylinder, I figure, if I spend the hours to disassemble to inspect, might as well replace it.

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I forgot about the mirrors, are they easy to intentionally remove to see?
Yes, they're very easy to remove. TOO easy...that's part of the problem.

To remove the left mirror:
  • Stand on the left side of the bike, facing mirror.
  • Hold the front side of the mirror with your left hand.
  • With your right hand open, slap the mirror forward while catching it with the left hand.
  • Repeat the process for the right mirror, but using the opposite hands (obviously).
You might want to put down a blanket or towel the first time you try this. If the mirror falls, it'll land on the blanket.
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To reinstall I would just click one ball in at a time, starting with the lowest one, then the front one, then the back one. It'll make more sense once you've done it a time or two.

There are a lot of options with tethers from black zip ties, to fishing string, to plastic-coated cables, and so on.
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What Joe said about the mirrow, don't pound it back on. Once you have the ball clicked in hold your palm against it and use the mirrow for leverage to snap the forward one on then to the top ball. After you do it a couple of times it becomes easy and you won't end up cracking the plastic that holds the little clips that balls snap in to. Also welcome aboard!

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Don't you want to remove the mirror from the front towards the back? As if it hit something while the bike was moving forward? Hate to see someone break the front clips just taking the mirrors off to add tethers.

And yeah, as long as you're in there put in a new slave. Then forget about it for the next 40-50K miles.

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Don't you want to remove the mirror from the front towards the back? As if it hit something while the bike was moving forward? Hate to see someone break the front clips just taking the mirrors off to add tethers.
That's not the way they taught me at the shop. I removed them from the back to the front probably 50-100 times that way, without harming a thing. But if you're saying that you do it in the opposite direction, that tells me it must not make that big of a difference.
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Don't you want to remove the mirror from the front towards the back? As if it hit something while the bike was moving forward? Hate to see someone break the front clips just taking the mirrors off to add tethers.

And yeah, as long as you're in there put in a new slave. Then forget about it for the next 40-50K miles.
Yep, Ken. That's the way I wuz taught - front to back. Course I wuz taught this after I broke my front ball stud U-clip thangie. On both mirrors!!
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Hi All,

After a long search and SO negotiating, I finally purchased my new (to me) 2005 KLT!!! I was lucky to have it 2 hours away, so my first ride last night was somewhat significant.

I absolutely love it. The heated seats and grips were a life saver.

I read so much about the ills of these fine machines, that I must admit I'm a little apprehensive.

I've got almost 40K on the bike and I'm thinking I need to consider a slave cylinder replacement some time soon (and of course the recommended ventilation).

Besides fluids and this slave cylinder, is there anything else urgent? I know fluids, pads, tires, etc, but I never would have considered replacing my slave cylinder on any vehicle preventatively.

Any advice would be appreciated as I'm planning on keeping her "forever".

Thanks,

Joe
Welcome. I'm up I77 in Mount Airy. Drop a line if you;re ever up this way.

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That's not the way they taught me at the shop. I removed them from the back to the front probably 50-100 times that way, without harming a thing. But if you're saying that you do it in the opposite direction, that tells me it must not make that big of a difference.
I was never "taught" but I go front to back for removal because only one pin releases initially and the back inboard side of the mirror seems to make a better hinge point than the pointed front inboard side. Then the mirror rocks smoothly off the rear 2 pins. JMTCW

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I was never "taught" but I go front to back for removal because only one pin releases initially and the back inboard side of the mirror seems to make a better hinge point than the pointed front inboard side. Then the mirror rocks smoothly off the rear 2 pins. JMTCW
Yes, this method does make more sense to me. I guess I never gave it much thought. Just a quick slap, and all three pins seemed to release at once. Plus...it looks really cool when you do it fast!
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Hey Joe, great looking ride. Welcome to the family. Just remember, no front brake on low speed turns and keep it in 1st gear whenever you use the side stand.

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I don't remove mine either way. My mirrors have been in a box for three years.

When I'm working on someone else's bike, I usually go front to back. But I'm sure it can be done the other way, with a properly calibrated hand.

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Yep, Ken. That's the way I wuz taught - front to back. Course I wuz taught this after I broke my front ball stud U-clip thangie. On both mirrors!!
I like to pull the rear clips off with pressure, not with a slap to release the front. Since the front brakes, I like to roll the mirror unit up, since the lower part of the front clip would then take the sliding motion first as the clip slides over the ball. Mine are both broken in the front. I just put a 2 inch strip of racers tape along the bottom edge mirror to body panal joint, out of site, just to keep them from fluttering. The picture shows my wire and cement repair. The cement cracked after a few removals. The small strip of tape seem to keep them from popping off the two good rear balls. Yes, they are greased and spaced properly.
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What Joe said about the mirrow, don't pound it back on. Once you have the ball clicked in hold your palm against it and use the mirrow for leverage to snap the forward one on then to the top ball. After you do it a couple of times it becomes easy and you won't end up cracking the plastic that holds the little clips that balls snap in to. Also welcome aboard!
I've put a small dap of waterproof lube on the spring part; they come off and on nice and smooth.
Anyone have a problem doing this? I've had none but only have 9 K. BTW My knitted cloth tethers have been deployed countless times!

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Hi Joe-
Nice ride and dont sweat it. Listen to the advice from this board and enjoy your LT.
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I've put a small dap of waterproof lube on the spring part; they come off and on nice and smooth.
Anyone have a problem doing this? I've had none but only have 9 K. BTW My knitted cloth tethers have been deployed countless times!
I put white lithium grease on mine. They do go on and off without a fuss and I have never had them pop off either.

Oh yea, and congrats Joe, NC Joe, on the new ride. Just to get back to the original thread.

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