Having had a traumatic dental surgery yesterday, last thing I wanted was to work on the LT this week, more so after the battery died on our ride just hours before the surgery.
Two buddies came by for some accessory install and assistance (forgot to take pics of the new Triumph), so I had my tools out, didn't look like rain.. I figured if not now, when? Got some old clothes on, and got to it. Wow, was it humid today.
I was not looking forward to this, and had no intention of attempting to get the bike on the center stand for the job. Here's how it went:
Assumed the plastic liner in the drain pain, would not leak. Don't assume anything! Good thing I used the pan.
Thankfully, we spent the extra bucks for a good torque wrench, or sure as heck I would have over tightened a couple of bolts.
Felt well prepared with funnels, more so for the FD. Again, assume nothing. They didn't fit. Made do with plastic tubing and patience as the oil ran into the housing.
No matter how hard you try, oil is going to get on the ground somewhere.
I read a couple posts with guys having to use screwdrivers.......to remove the oil filters. Started to get squeamish when I got to the filter. Even more so putting the new one in, and finding the wrench did not want to come off.
Trying not to blow out my sutures, I made it though the two fluid changes, not prepared to say quite how long that all took.
Take a look at the FD drain plug pics, LMK if that is not normal. No chunks however.
I wrote to BMW NA about my stalling and the temp sensor bulletin/Motronic replacement that had been offered, six years ago, and asked why it was not done when the previous owners brought the bike in for servicing by the dealers. Won't go into the conversation with BMW, but the local dealer e-mailed today and said bring it in for testing.
Waiting for the new battery to arrive, hope to have it tested next week, if possible.
Damn glad I got the Paul Sayegh service dvd's. I would have not tackled any work on this bike without them. Thank you Paul!!
Be more than happy to pay the dealer $45 to do the oil changes next time. For more than a few reasons, it was worth learning how to do it, but time could be better spent having it done once or twice a year.
Sure would have been a hell of a lot easier with a garage.
Hope to get at least 60k on the bike (15k to go). Bike can then go in for a major service, valves, plugs, fluids etc.
The other pic is there to scare the crap out of anyone that needs to go for dental surgery! Twice with this guy was enough for one lifetime. Have to wonder if he didn't choose the wrong profession.
Hope to be up and running next week. Have a happy and safe July 4th