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What the manual doesnt tell you.

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I have a 2005 LT that just turned 10k miles. Question is. Should I be doing anything in the way of general maintainance or preventive maintainance. Lubricating parts like the hydraulic center stand, moving parts or other?
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Regularly do the 12/6 and 3/9 o'clock shake on the rear wheel, making sure there is no play whatsoever.

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Grease and oil is the cheapest maintenance you can do on any vehicle.
Go around and look things over; I usually incorporate it with a general cleaning session. If something looks like it needs attention..........jump on it.........There is no set schedule for when anything is going to break or work it's way loose...........sometimes you can find a lot of things that just need the turn of a wrench now, but could turn into a major PI *$$ later;

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I have a 2005 LT that just turned 10k miles. Question is. Should I be doing anything in the way of general maintainance or preventive maintainance. Lubricating parts like the hydraulic center stand, moving parts or other?
Shift linkage!!! Grease and make sure all is tight. I would pull the linkage , disassemble it all , grease everything, then reinstall. Check it every 12k

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10K???...............Riding it

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Shift linkage!!! Grease and make sure all is tight. I would pull the linkage , disassemble it all , grease everything, then reinstall. Check it every 12k
And be sure to get the shift linkage in back, to the tranny.

Anybody mention lubing the side stand? Amazing how slick those thangs work after some attention.



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I pull the center stand (not the ECH unit) and clean all pivots and re-lube at every 12K. This helps reduce stress on the actuator. I periodically check the free movement of the stand when she is on the side stand. If it binds even a tiny bit I pull, clean and re-lube the pivots.

Ditto on the shift linkage and any thing else I wish to have move freely.

I also check all the points on visible wiring harnesses when I have her apart for regular maintenance. I look for chaffing and any worn spots.

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Oh, and while you're in there: pull any electrical fittings apart and put a dab of dielectric grease on them.



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Oh, and while you're in there: pull any electrical fittings apart and put a dab of dielectric grease on them.
Good idea Grif...........I forgot to do that..............Jim
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Thanks all. I will start doing some lubing and riding. Acually I bout the bike used with 6 k miles last spring and did get a few miles on it this summer. I live in Va. Beach and choose my riding times and places carefully. When I drove the bike off the lot in Atanta and jumped on I-285 in 5pm traffic it was easier and safer than driving in Va. Beach to work 6 miles away at 45mph.
People in this town are either 100 years old driving a Town Car or 17 years old talking on cell phones. They act like tail gating is something you are supposed to do. Anyway thats my excuse for lack of miles this summer.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
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And be sure to get the shift linkage in back, to the tranny.

Anybody mention lubing the side stand? Amazing how slick those thangs work after some attention.
I lube my side stand with marine grease that I use on my outboard. And after a 300 or more mile ride in the rain on the hwy. I can tell the first time I use the side stand its ready for more lube.

That same grease last all year on my 50mph pontoon.

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