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post #1 of 15 Old Feb 2nd, 2008, 6:01 pm Thread Starter
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Hello,
I've been lurking around this site for about 2 months now. Great information can be sought after here from alot of talented people. I have bought a new to me 2003 LT (got what seams to me a good deal). The bike has 17,500 miles on it and came with no owners manual. I only had a chance to put about 100 miles on it before I stored it for the winter (great ride). I would like to have it serviced before the spring. I researched the service records on it and it only has had the 600 mile check up, 2 recall services completed,rear tire 2 times and front tire once (front & rear recently), new brakes and battery. The oil has been changed 4 times. It seams like no other fluids were changed. I have received quotes from 2 dealers and 1 BMW mechanic that operates out of his garage. I was quoted $1,100.00 $1,097.00 and $1,027.00 to change out all fluids, spark plugs, fuel filter, air filter and throttle cable (seems tough to twist). Does this seem reasonable? Is there anything else I should be concerned with? I would like to learn to do some of this work myself. Maybe get in on a tech session local.
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That quote seems resonable from what I hear on this board. I would see if you can hook up with some people around you and get a tech session and save you a boat load of money. See if it is possible to drill your weep holes so you don't have to worry about that. You will need a modified 30mm socket to do this. There are a few pictures around here if you want to make your own, also a great right up on how the weep hole procedure is done.

Have fun with the bike when you are able to get it out.

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That quote seems resonable from what I hear on this board. I would see if you can hook up with some people around you and get a tech session and save you a boat load of money. See if it is possible to drill your weep holes so you don't have to worry about that. You will need a modified 30mm socket to do this. There are a few pictures around here if you want to make your own, also a great right up on how the weep hole procedure is done.

Have fun with the bike when you are able to get it out.
Thanks for the info. I would like to drill the weep hole when I get the chance
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When you said new brakes, did you also mean flushing the brake fluid with those new brakes? All circuits should be flushed every 4 years regardless of mileage. On your '03 you have servo assisted and linked abs brakes. They can build up condensation in the lines. BMW use to say every 2 years but recently updated it to 4 years. That would have been last year for you if it was never done...
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One of the first accessories I bought was a service manual.
It explains the simplest to the most complicated procedures.

It's not cheap, but the payback period is one service interval!

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Bob,

Thanks for the update on the brake fluid change. My 2006 manual says annually, which I thought was too often. At 2 years my fluid still looks like new, but was thinking about changing it. Where did you learn it has been increased to 4 years? How about the clutch fluid? My manual says every 2 years and it still looks new.
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Martin at BMW of Denver mentioned it to me a a couple of months ago... Not sure about the clutch fluid
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When you said new brakes, did you also mean flushing the brake fluid with those new brakes? All circuits should be flushed every 4 years regardless of mileage. On your '03 you have servo assisted and linked abs brakes. They can build up condensation in the lines. BMW use to say every 2 years but recently updated it to 4 years. That would have been last year for you if it was never done...
I do not believe the fluid was changed when the brakes were done. I have also been looking into the service manual and cd.
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It's usually good to have "local" friends... even on the LT family.. ask around and you'll find some who can help

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Changing gearbox oil may be a bit challenging. Engine oils is fairly easy. rear drive oil is very easy to change. I've done all these, but would not suggest to someone with no mechanical experience.
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Thanks for the information. The first time around I am going to have a dealer do the changing of all fluids and throttle cable. While they have it apart I'll have them do a look around and check for any possible work needed. I am going to purchase a manual on the bike. I enjoy learning and working on my vehicles to a certain point.
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Manual and Video

I just went thru similar issues re manuals, etc. cause I got a 2001 LT in October 2007 (after 23 years on a Yahama Venture). I found two excellent sources of technical information. First are the Paul Sayegh video tapes. Cover all the basics, oil changes, tupperware removal, brakes, etc. They are excellent. Paul has a website you can get them from. Second is a factory manual, which from the Dealer is $$ but you can get them from eBay (CD, not paper copy) for about $3 - $6. Probably illegal copy though. Also, I highly recommend the CLYMER book on the BMW LT. I just picked one up, based on info I got from this site, and it is really excellent. Will list for about $50 but you can usually get it discounted for about $30 or so. Finally look at the Hall of Wisdon on this site for technical information. And the articles (Oil Changing 101 for example) on this site. Best of luck.

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Thesed will give you the confidance to work on the bike yourself. Worth every $
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Bob,

Thanks for the update on the brake fluid change. My 2006 manual says annually, which I thought was too often. At 2 years my fluid still looks like new, but was thinking about changing it. Where did you learn it has been increased to 4 years? How about the clutch fluid? My manual says every 2 years and it still looks new.
I wouldn't want to leave it 4 years. As you may know, brake fluid is hygroscopic and you could find that out when you need your brakes the most. The water boils under pressure, makes steam, no brakes.

If the brake system is tested after the crash, there will appear to be no fault with it.

Just pussin' through.
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