Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: New Member with Concerns
Once one gets over the learning curve the LT rewards your acceptance of parking lot speed and stopping quirks with superior handling at above 20MPH, which you will spend 99% of your time doing.
The final drive failure rate dropped off greatly around the 2005 model year, but there is no guarantee that any one will not fail.
One thing to think of is that replacing the entire final drive on an LT is easier than replacing the belt on the Harley! I have done both, and really hated the belt replacement on the Harley. The final drive is certainly more expensive though, but the failure rate on the later years is probably in the 1% range, not something one should worry about, just be aware it could happen. Of course, there is probably a similar chance of SOMETHING happening to the Harley or GW, just not one single item.
To me, the clutch slave cylinder failure is more of an issue than the final drive. Probably a greater failure rate, far more work to replace, especially if the clutch is contaminated when the slave fails. A great likelyhood if the slave drain hole has not been drilled.
Would I still buy an LT? You betcha! The rewards FAR outweigh the problems.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.