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2000LT Starter Relay, Suspension & Questions

Greetings.. I've been out riding and not posting here for a while!! My 2000LT now has 78K miles on it and I'm going in deep for some needed maintenance and upgrades.

Starter Relay; I've read how the relay can seize/weld contacts together due to low battery or over-cranking or over-heating. With that said.. I'm very aware of what can happen and use caution when hitting the starter button. I rarely use reverse because of the starter being used in the process. Q; Should I replace the starter or relay now?

Suspension; I'm looking to upgrade some suspension parts. Front seems to bottom out on sharp bumps, rear is sagging some. Everything still works but not looking to put huge $$ money into it. Suggestions?

Fuel Pump; I'm going into the tank for the fuel filter. Should I replace the fuel pump assembly? Q; Who's had a fuel pump issue and when?

ABSII Wig-Wag; Sending the ABS Pump off to Module Masters for a rebuild. Unit has been reset multiple times and still fails with a piston fault code. Keeping the old girl alive.

FWIW; This is not my first time under the plastic.. Already done, "Clutch, Main seal, Trans seals, Weep hole, Slave cylinder, In-Tank fuel lines, Tank disconnects, throttle cables, Spiegler brake lines, injector o-rings, crank breather manifold, and more stuff that I want to forget!

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Re: 2000LT Starter Relay, Suspension & Questions

Hi , I usually go by..If it ain't broke...Don't fix it ... I have heard of too many self inflicted problems by people fixing thing that wore working fine before they monkeyed with them..
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Greetings.. I've been out riding and not posting here for a while!! My 2000LT now has 78K miles on it and I'm going in deep for some needed maintenance and upgrades.

Starter Relay; I've read how the relay can seize/weld contacts together due to low battery or over-cranking or over-heating. With that said.. I'm very aware of what can happen and use caution when hitting the starter button. I rarely use reverse because of the starter being used in the process. Q; Should I replace the starter or relay now?

Suspension; I'm looking to upgrade some suspension parts. Front seems to bottom out on sharp bumps, rear is sagging some. Everything still works but not looking to put huge $$ money into it. Suggestions?

Fuel Pump; I'm going into the tank for the fuel filter. Should I replace the fuel pump assembly? Q; Who's had a fuel pump issue and when?

ABSII Wig-Wag; Sending the ABS Pump off to Module Masters for a rebuild. Unit has been reset multiple times and still fails with a piston fault code. Keeping the old girl alive.

FWIW; This is not my first time under the plastic.. Already done, "Clutch, Main seal, Trans seals, Weep hole, Slave cylinder, In-Tank fuel lines, Tank disconnects, throttle cables, Spiegler brake lines, injector o-rings, crank breather manifold, and more stuff that I want to forget!
Welcome back Mark. Glad it has been running well for you since the clutch job. The starter relay is a toss up as long as you know about the issue and are careful and maintain your battery. It is a pricey upgrade but IMO, it was worth it for me to eliminate one of the possible issues I could have while OTR.

A good time to look at the starter would have been when you had the trans off to clean and inspect brushes bearings etc. I missed out on that opportunity also so will wait till I have the trans off again for another maintenance I have planned. There aren't too many issues I have read about with the starters themselves so that is another choice on how far do you want to go with clutch and seals already done.

Call up Ted Porter at Beamershop to get the lowdown on LT suspension. I am using the TFX and they are good. Ohlins need to be rebuilt too often and needs more parts more often per many on the forum. Wilber makes good shocks and are well reported also. They all are pricey too

Fuel pumps also are not often reported as an issue as much as the lines inside. I recently just for the heck of it replaced my 20 year old pump with a new Quantum and am using the EME nylon flexible lines over the rubber in tank ones and new ethanol tolerant external lines to hopefully eliminate the ethanol deterioration component for the foreseeable future. There was one recent issue where the FP died on someone out in Arizona ( may have actually been Winslow) and he had to have Quantum drop ship one to him to get him back on the road home. Again, your choice as to what you want to replace when it hasn't broken yet.
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Re: 2000LT Starter Relay, Suspension & Questions

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Welcome back Mark. Glad it has been running well for you since the clutch job. The starter relay is a toss up as long as you know about the issue and are careful and maintain your battery. It is a pricey upgrade but IMO, it was worth it for me to eliminate one of the possible issues I could have while OTR.

A good time to look at the starter would have been when you had the trans off to clean and inspect brushes bearings etc. I missed out on that opportunity also so will wait till I have the trans off again for another maintenance I have planned. There aren't too many issues I have read about with the starters themselves so that is another choice on how far do you want to go with clutch and seals already done.

Call up Ted Porter at Beamershop to get the lowdown on LT suspension. I am using the TFX and they are good. Ohlins need to be rebuilt too often and needs more parts more often per many on the forum. Wilber makes good shocks and are well reported also. They all are pricey too

Fuel pumps also are not often reported as an issue as much as the lines inside. I recently just for the heck of it replaced my 20 year old pump with a new Quantum and am using the EME nylon flexible lines over the rubber in tank ones and new ethanol tolerant external lines to hopefully eliminate the ethanol deterioration component for the foreseeable future. There was one recent issue where the FP died on someone out in Arizona ( may have actually been Winslow) and he had to have Quantum drop ship one to him to get him back on the road home. Again, your choice as to what you want to replace when it hasn't broken yet.
I agree with Gordon. Fuel pumps have not been a high failure part other than due to corrosion when stored in E10. If your pump looks clean on the outside, I would leave it alone.

I have Wilburs from Ted Porter and have been happy with them once I got past the purchase price.

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