I just bought an '05 LT last week, it was sort of a spontaneous purchase so quite frankly I'm somewhat paranoid learning about all of the clutch, slave cylinder, etc... issues with this model, especially this yr seems to be greatly affected.
I never realized a clutch job cost as much as it does and it seems as if the majority of people who have taken on this great task on this forum regretted doing so......yikes!
Answer: it is a lot of work to replace the clutch but the guys on this forum are proof that it can be done. Its not hard its just time consuming. Remember too that it has to fail before it needs to be replaced. I don't worry about mine. I just ride it with that stupid "I'm riding my LT" grin on my face. If it fails I'll fix it.
So I have a few questions if yall don't mind
- My clutch seems to engage awfully high, is this normal or should I be concerned (not getting any slipping as of yet)?
Answer: no adjustment on clutch as it's hydraulic. You can adjust the engagement by using the dial on the clutch handle.
- I got the gist of the 'preventative care' suggestions by making time to get that weep hole mod completed asap, can someone just clarify for me is it the actual slave cylinder that fails or the seal, if known?
Answer: the seal fails on the slave cylinder and the escaping DOT 4 telegraphs down the clutch push rod and fouls the clutch plate. Drill the weep hole and you should see the leak before it fouls the clutch. Not a huge job to replace the slave. When you drill the weep hole you will be as far into the tear down as you will need to be to replace the slave cylinder.
- Should the clutch need replacing, what brand are the majority of you going with?
Answer: there is only one brand, BMW that is known at this time. There may be another brand but not sure they really have a product.
Of all the threads I pulled up just one thread made mention of a specific brand, most of you staying with OEM?
- Any other suggestions/opinions/modifications/improvements or must have items would be greatly appreciated!!!!
Relax and enjoy the big girl in all her glory! Keep the REVs up and she will dance for you. I have never in my life run a machine close to its upper rev limits. Until I got introduced to Mr. REV limiter one day while riding the twisties. Felt like it was missing, looked at the tach and the revs were over 8,000. Most exhilarating to say the least!
Lastly, the guy I purchased this bike from had a brand new Cee Bailey's windscreen on order which he included with the sale (nice!) but I regret putting it on now cuz it's still too low IMHO. The w/s that was on there was 17" long, not knowing what the standard w/s is I assumed the 20" he had ordered would be a great improvement, well, at 6' it's not really. The top of the screen is at my line of sight which is annoying to me, what are you 6'ers using out there?
Answer: I NEVER look through the shield. Adjust it so it cuts the wind away from you and look over the top. No kidding! You will learn to love the adjustable wind screen. One of the best features of the bike
Also if anyone out there happens to prefer the 20" and has a new or like new 22+" w/s is interested in trading let me know!
Thanks in advance!