Re: I hope I didn't make a huge mistake....
Replacing all of the fluids is rather easy if you are used to turning a wrench, But, it is very time consuming since we wind up having to take almost all of the tupperware off.
I recently dropped my LT of my lift onto my HD. the HD is fine but my LT had damage to the windshield razing and lower mechanism. to get at that I had to take off the mirrors, adjustable side wings, black plastic crash bar protectors, silver tupperware behind the protectors, flap under the front of the seat, front turn signals, windshield brackets, cover under the windshield, both front upper side panels, and nose cone.
You will NEED a rechargeable screw drive with an adjustable clutch to set the torq, bits for the driver, a good flash light, speed bleeders for front and rear different sizes, tubing to go over the speed bleeder nipples, container to catch old fluid you push through, a set of torx bits for ratchets from an auto parts store, an oil filter wrench to fit the LT's filter, funnel with a long neck, a couple of crush washers.
As you take the tupperware off note that there are two different length fasteners, make notes as to where the short ones go. when taking the tupperware off inspect each metal clip that holds a nut onto the tupperware, its easy to have one fall off.
when you go to reinstall everything you will find that by design nothing fits perfectly. everything has some tension on it to get it to fit correctly. most evident when two panels overlap and get bolted to the frame.
when you GENTLY squeeze the levers for the front brake and clutch, a small spurt is expelled from the reservoir you can try putting a quarter of half dollar over the small hole in the reservoir or just cup it with your hand. Brake and clutch fluid the exact same type EAT paint!!
Here is how i made endless hours of frustration for myself--for some reason I assumed the clutch lever would feel exactly the same as the brake lever---NOT!!!
when re-installing the upper right front panel you will find a plug just hanging there, it goes to an extra accessory jack that can be added.
you will greatly improve the low beams by installing a HID bulb and ballast. Much brighter bulbs are available for the high beam, axillary light helps a lot also.
If you start wiggling around on short trips of an hour or so, aftermarket seats solve that problem.
You will have to get used to the LT, it easily runs to red line at 7K, especially in twisties, you can run many of them in 2nd gear at 4-5K through corners with little or no braking. The LT does not run that well at low RPMS like HDs do. shifting above 3K makes it nice and smooth.
One day my wife said that if I wanted her to keep riding with me, HELL YES!!, we needed something more comfortable than my 86FXRS. Begrudgingly, I set off to plunk down a 1K deposit on a new HD dresser. around a year later the dealer would notify you if something similar was due to be shipped to him. The sales person started arguing with me about what the purchase price would be, of course at that time way over suggested retail. I countered we'd simply take whatever percentage over retail they were getting now and apply that. He started arguing and lecturing me about MSRP and Retail price.
I left, telling him I’d be back when there is a foot of snow on the ground here in July--he ended my Harley Fever. My wife loved the LT compared to a full dresser, me too!!
shortly after getting the LT Marietta had to live in constant pain, taking increasing amounts of pain meds to dull the pain. I wound up taking care of her driving her to every appointment, sitting in on every Dr's appointment. Harrassing Dr's office staff, insurance, co, pharmacies, nurses in hospitals, administration at testing facilities. We became very, very close, she became my best friend. I held her as she died in a hospital room. Those last three years were constant HIGH stress, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
One morning as we we getting ready to drive to her dialysis, she loving looked at me ans said "I don't know what I'd do with out you?" My immediate comment was "I don;t know what I'd do with out you darling?!" We hugged each other for a while and then left.
My Bests wishes for you and your wife.
"He was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena, and the style of a poison toad." H. S. Thompson