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post #1 of 11 Old May 22nd, 2009, 8:13 pm Thread Starter
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Slipping Clutch

My clutch is slipping in the higher gears when I roll on a lot of gas anso when I try a high speed take off in first gear ( Read right turn on red, very scary). If I leave slow ang go through the gears no problem. 03 with 27,000..
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post #2 of 11 Old May 22nd, 2009, 8:16 pm Thread Starter
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My clutch is slipping in the higher gears when I roll on a lot of gas also when I try a high speed take off in first gear ( Read right turn on red, very scary). If I leave slow ang go through the gears no problem. 03 with 27,000..
Suggestions?

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post #3 of 11 Old May 22nd, 2009, 10:07 pm
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Re: Slipping Clutch

Well, hate to say it but you are gonna have to replace the clutch. It is a pretty tough job on the LT, but many have done it themselves with a shop manual...some special tools and guidance/advice from others on this site. Sorry....

You should do a search on "clutch slipping" and you'll get PLENTY of info.

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My clutch is slipping in the higher gears when I roll on a lot of gas also when I try a high speed take off in first gear ( Read right turn on red, very scary). If I leave slow ang go through the gears no problem. 03 with 27,000..
Suggestions?
Buy a shop manual.
Eat some Wheaties.
Study the shop manual.
Eat more Wheaties.
Buy some specialized tools per the shop manual and this site.
Eat more Wheaties.
Tear into your LT to replace the clutch and whichever seal is leaking that allowed the clutch to become contaminated.

Alternatively, take your LT and a credit card with at least $2,000 left under your credit limit to your local dealer and say "fix it."

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Buy a shop manual.
Eat some Wheaties.
Study the shop manual.
Eat more Wheaties.
Buy some specialized tools per the shop manual and this site.
Eat more Wheaties.
Tear into your LT to replace the clutch and whichever seal is leaking that allowed the clutch to become contaminated.

Alternatively, take your LT and a credit card with at least $2,000 left under your credit limit to your local dealer and say "fix it."
Nowhere in your post did I read any mention of drinking beer. Is that not also part of the repair process?
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Re: Slipping Clutch

In addition to the shop manual and basic metric tools, I suggest a 24" breaker bar, 24" jack stands, and an engine hoist to lift the rear of the bike.

Attached are photos of the modified 30mm socket you have heard about. I had to cut of about 1/2" of the big 12mm allen wrench also.

Take pictures as you go, pay attention to details, and be patient. Stop when you are tired. Beer helps.

Fear not the LT.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes, 'cause I don't don't know if $2,000 will get it done.

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Nowhere in your post did I read any mention of drinking beer. Is that not also part of the repair process?
I don't drink ... then again I have never yet had to tear that deeply into my LT either!

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Re: Slipping Clutch

Thanks for the help. This is beyond my ability so bite the bullet and take it to the dealer for me. Question? Are the dealers drilling the weep hole on bikes out of warranty? Also there was some mention a while back about a ceramic clutch, is one available?

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Thanks for the help. This is beyond my ability so bite the bullet and take it to the dealer for me. Question? Are the dealers drilling the weep hole on bikes out of warranty? Also there was some mention a while back about a ceramic clutch, is one available?
You ask your dealer for drilling the hole when replacing the plates. Here's the procedure, gleaned from this site...
Have never seen a ceramic on the LT...Yet.
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Thanks for the help. This is beyond my ability so bite the bullet and take it to the dealer for me. Question? Are the dealers drilling the weep hole on bikes out of warranty? Also there was some mention a while back about a ceramic clutch, is one available?
If you are taking it to BMW of Southeast Mich. in Canton, the last time I talked them they said they were drilling the weep hole on any bike that they had to go that deep on (ie. slave cyc., clutch) Ask them I'm pretty sure they will do it for you, good bunch of guys in the backroom.

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My clutch is slipping in the higher gears when I roll on a lot of gas also when I try a high speed take off in first gear ( Read right turn on red, very scary). If I leave slow ang go through the gears no problem. 03 with 27,000..
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Am feeling your pain !! But I got 60,000 miles on the first clutch.

Just paid my dealer to do this job TWICE. First time they installed a used clutch kit I got from one of the vendors on this site (yes, it met specs and was dry) only to find that it slipped. Apart it all came again.

Lesson # 1 - don't ever use a used part that far into your bike.
Lesson # 2 - while it's apart make sure you replace anything else that could need replacing in the subsequent 24 - 36 months.

If you have the ability and time to do it yourself, by all means go at it -- but it takes a professional BMW dealer mechanic about 12 full hours on the tools from start to finish, so it may take you slightly longer.

Fix it and ride it. No point lamenting money spent maintaining the thing. It is what it is. If I keep repeating this enough times the financial sting will fade
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