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A Clean Question

I have begun my gearbox repair/replace project on my 2009 LT. I have removed all the fairings, panniers, top box, fuel tank and seats.

What looked like a pretty clean bike with all the aforementioned parts installed, is very very dirty under the covers.

My question, dumb as it may be, is; can I/should I powerwash all the exposed stuff. I understand not to focus high pressure water on electrical connections and fragile parts. Am I OK getting all the electrical connections wet if I let everything dry thoroughly and hit the connections with WD while wet.

It will be much more enjoyable to work on a clean bike.

Any wisdom to share?
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Do not use a pressure washer. Cleaning solution and a garden hose with be your best bet. You really did not need to remove the panniers to do this job but its good if you want to clean it up really good. Dave Selvig (saddlemman) does this to his bikes every other year. He even removes the wiring harnesses, me I just keep the tupperware on it. Maybe he will comment on what he uses.
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The best stuff I use is spray it down with Spray nine or Awesome which is inexpensive, and you can get it at the dollar store. Wash it in the shade. Spray the Awesome or the spray nine it on let it sit for a couple minutes hose it off, that heat water with dawn and a good wash mit and scrub. I use a siphon blaster that works on air, no pressure washer. Being washing bikes for the last 40 some years like that never had problem. when you done i use blower to dry it and then I have a large fan I blow on it until it is completely dry. You are right it is dirty. Here is a 2001 that I'am working on in my spare time.A Clean Question-mvc-021s.jpg
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The best stuff I use is spray it down with Spray nine or Awesome which is inexpensive, and you can get it at the dollar store. Wash it in the shade. Spray the Awesome or the spray nine it on let it sit for a couple minutes hose it off, that heat water with dawn and a good wash mit and scrub. I use a siphon blaster that works on air, no pressure washer. Being washing bikes for the last 40 some years like that never had problem. when you done i use blower to dry it and then I have a large fan I blow on it until it is completely dry. You are right it is dirty. Here is a 2001 that I'am working on in my spare time.Attachment 155649
WOW, that's what I'm looking for. I want to get all the nooks & crannies clean. The way it is now is giving me anxiety. Thank you!

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TJ If that's giving you anxiety just wait until you start taking the rest apart. All I can say is take your time and take a lot of close up pictures and notes. When I started to take the one I have I decided to drop the whole drive train. I'am glad I did it makes it a hole lot easier to work on, the big plus it now I can really clean the motor and that part of the chassis. I know changing the tranny in the frame can be done, but to me just working on it standing up is worth it. My lifts raises up four feet and for me I still took it out. And took about a extra half hour to drop ever thing together.
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What he says is true, when removing the transmission you are just two bolts and four wires away from removing the entire drive train. In fact I pull each of the front motor mount bolts, one at a time of course, and replace them with the same length 1/4 inch bolts. This gives me room to shift the assembly side to side a bit to get the transmission to clear the frame.

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What he says is true, when removing the transmission you are just two bolts and four wires away from removing the entire drive train. In fact I pull each of the front motor mount bolts, one at a time of course, and replace them with the same length 1/4 inch bolts. This gives me room to shift the assembly side to side a bit to get the transmission to clear the frame.
I definitely plan on removing the the entire drivetrain to get to the gearbox. I plan on replacing the clutch disk, and maybe the entire clutch, as well as the main seal while I'm that far in. I'm not worried about any of that. The anxiety comes from all the dirt.

I've watched Kirk Johnson's clutch and transmission videos several times. I will be following along with my laptop next to me as I'm doing the actual procedures. I have the Clymer and BMW Shop Manuals as well.

John's tip about pulling the motor mount bolts and replacing them with 1/4" bolts to allow some play is a great idea and is not mentioned in Kirk's outstanding videos.

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I have begun my gearbox repair/replace project on my 2009 LT. I have removed all the fairings, panniers, top box, fuel tank and seats.

What looked like a pretty clean bike with all the aforementioned parts installed, is very very dirty under the covers.

My question, dumb as it may be, is; can I/should I powerwash all the exposed stuff. I understand not to focus high pressure water on electrical connections and fragile parts. Am I OK getting all the electrical connections wet if I let everything dry thoroughly and hit the connections with WD while wet.

It will be much more enjoyable to work on a clean bike.

Any wisdom to share?
Never use a pressure washer on a car or motorcycle. They can drive detergent and water through oil seals, electrical connectors and other places where you do not want water or detergent. Garden hose has all of the pressure you want.

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