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post #1 of 5 Old Mar 14th, 2014, 8:46 pm Thread Starter
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Should this Bolt be Loose?

I have a 2000 LT. I had new shocks installed by a dealer and when I recently took off the tupperware for maintenance and I noticed that the right side rear bolt that attaches the seat frame to the aluminum frame was loose (see photos).
The bolt and nut were tight together but the bolt and nut rotated as one unit easily by hand. I suspect the dealer cross threaded this bolt and forced the nut
Is my suspicion correct, or should this bolt normally rotate for some reason?
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Re: Should this Bolt be Loose?

It should be tight.

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post #3 of 5 Old Mar 15th, 2014, 10:42 am
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Re: Should this Bolt be Loose?

Upper left hand corner of last picture, is that the computer and has it been replaced? That bike is really clean underneath
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Re: Should this Bolt be Loose?

yes it is, Its got rhine west sticker on it so I would assume the cpu has been re-chipped, has it also got aftermarket exhaust?

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Re: Should this Bolt be Loose?

Thanks Mike for the reassurance that the bolt should be tight. My brother and I went over the entire frame of the LT and found other loose bolts - I guess the dealer forgot to torque them to specs.
It's a good thing BMW overbuilds the bike, the loose bolts didn't cause any noticeable problems when riding, imagine if you had that problem with some other brand bikes.
Lesson learned - as much as I would like to trust a dealer that I pay a premium price for work done - next time I'll check all the possible items that could have been neglected.

Mexicoboy and Linton: concerning the CPU/ Rhine West chip. Yes a Rhine West chip was installed by me and the stock exhaust was kept. At the same time I installed iridium spark plugs, removed the air temperature sensor, and replaced the "wet" K&N air filter with the original BMW (Mann) paper element. The combination gives me smoother accelaration and the bike keeps on pulling without any hesitation whatsoever, I guess some would say a "better linear performance". I keep up with my brothers' K1600GT (except when he sometimes cracks his throttle - I don't think that many vehicles could keep up with him - but I try, and the LT keeps pouring on the speed). Oh did I mention, a clean bike always seems to go faster.

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