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Mini Tech Day in the Seattle Area?

Hey, Brian, and anyone else in the immediate vicinity....

I got my HID kit. I am starting a list of other stuff I should do to my "new" bike:

Oil change (+tranny and final drive?)
Shift linkage lube/tighten
Brake pedal lowering
Speedo mod (jumpers)
Learn to R&I tupperware

Anything else? Like urgent stuff that can't wait for a full-scale tech day?

So, would anyone be interested in an afternoon get-together? I would be happy to spring for pizza/Thai take out/whatever + beverages of your choice in exchange for some education and assistance.

Maybe the weekend of Feb 10/11? (My schedule is a little funny because I am helping my mother move the second half of Feb.)

We could do it at my house (Bellevue), but I would be embarrassed by the state of my garage and my lack of necessary tools and stuff.

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Sounds like fun. I've got plans on the evening of the 10th, but could probably come by on Sunday.

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We should add mirror tethers to the list.
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Is the brake/clutch fluid change possible for mere mortals to do (on a 2000)?
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Smile Brake & Clutch Fluid Change

No sweat on these items for our vintage LT's! We can do this easy at the Tech Session. I will try to make the session.

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I will TRY my best to make it. Things are getting a little busy for me. I am leaving in the morning for a couple days of kicking back in the mountains of NM. Then I am going to Cozumel on the 17th.

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I will TRY my best to make it. Things are getting a little busy for me. I am leaving in the morning for a couple days of kicking back in the mountains of NM. Then I am going to Cozumel on the 17th.
For a minute there, I thought you were talking about work busy.

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For a minute there, I thought you were talking about work busy.
Been busy there too. We used to have 10-12 days to fully functional test a 737 prior to its first flight. Now we do it in five. They have plans for us to try it in four days within the next month. Unfortenately with a booming business comes new hires that need to be trained. Newbies make mistakes, I end up having to train newbies and fix the mistakes.

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yea but...

that eip makes up for it though!
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I'm interested!

I would like to join you guys. I've some experience w/the HID's and the fluid changes (except the brakes). I'd even be willing to host it here in Fall City; 2 1/2 garage and a good assortment of tools.
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that eip makes up for it though!
eip=farklebucks.
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Another local rider interested

If on Sunday would like to stop by to watch and learn! Relatively new to the LT and have little personal experience with maintaining or farkelizing. Have no present needs to take my bike apart (translated; no cash available at the moment to buy something to add on) but will be adding things in the near future. And would like the opportunity to meet a few of the local riders.
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Sunday might be doable... If I don't have to work. I'm "on-call" this weekend. Saturday we already have a comittment.

It would be great to meet up with the far-north group.

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I could also make Sunday at least part of the day. I will remember to bring the farkles I promised to a certain few if they make it.

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I might be able to make it on sunday after a class that I have. So where is it going to be?

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If SeaMarshall is willing to host it at his place in Fall City, I can probably do Sunday this weekend.

Y'all will have to tell me what to bring in the way of parts 'n' fluids 'n' stuff.

Brian, what hours would be best for you?


Here's my current to-do list:

HID install
Learn to R&I tupperware
Mirror tethers
Oil change (+tranny and final drive?)
All fluid change (coolant is low)
Shift linkage lube/tighten
Brake pedal lowering
Speedo mod (jumpers)
Install heated passenger seat

I also have a Kuryakyn GL1800 rack... I want some second opinions on installing it on the LT.

SeaMarshall thinks that this is more like a whole weekend's worth, so we can tackle things based on urgency and my need for assistance.

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Hey guys - I am willing to help Victor (Juggler) out by hosting the tech daze here in rural Fall City. If anyone is interested in coming over, here are directions:

I-90 exit 22 - Preston/Fall City. This is between Issaquah and North Bend. Get off of the exit and come down 4 miles towards Fall City; right onto Lake Alice Road; up 9/10's mile and turn right at the Heathercrest sign; 2nd driveway on left; come all the way to the end of the drive.

I believe that I would have the tools to do the HID's. Juggler, make sure that you have some quality 2 side tape to hold the ballast on. It may come in your lite kit. I have a good supply of zip ties, but most are white. A lot of people prefer black ties.

I can supply bottled water and maybe some snacks. If you all want to bring anything that would be appreciated.

I would recommend we start by 9 a.m. or so to see if we can help Juggler get a lot of his wish list out of the way.

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Tim I'll be there after the class I have that day. Should be around 2. Hope you guys don't have all the things done.

By the way I have in Preston so I should be able to find your place. ()}}}}

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Thanks for having us over Tim. I should be there sometime late morning depending on weather. Hopefully no ice.... If any of you Oregon guys need a stopover point shoot me a pm.

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I might be able drop by for a little while. I already have other activities I have committed to on Sunday afternoon and evening.

I would like to meet up with everyone. There are a few folks I haven't had the opportunity to meet face to face yet.


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So, what should I bring in the way of fluids and stuff?
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Fluid needs

Victor - if the others plan on coming too, I would think we all could wrench on the bike. Bring your engine oil change stuff (I have the filter wrench); if you want to do the rear drive I personally would recommend going to the BMW synthetic, that is less than a quart. If we have time to tackle the tranny fluids, pick up enough synthetic for that too.

I don't know what specific grease you would need for the linkage lube - maybe just some wheel bearing grease - again I don't know. However if that would work, I have some.

For some of the guys coming over, I have the correct size socket for the tranny but if anyone has a favorite to use, please bring it along with you.

Should be fun.
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One quart of gear oil will do both the tranny and rear drive. BMW synthetic is good, as is Red Line, or Amsoil.

For the shifter linkage, I found a small package of grease designed for brake caliper pins at a local auto parts store. It looks like a fast-food ketchup packet, and was around a dollar. But any reasonably sticky grease should work.

If your nearing a full 12K service, you'd also need to pull the gas tank to change the air and gas filters. But that adds a couple of hours, so if you just want to do fluid changes then we can change the filters next time.

I'm planning on heading up as well. Not sure how early I'll leave in the morning, but I'm sure you guys can start tearing things down without me.

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Meese,

Please tell me you're not riding all the way from SoCal to help work on some guy's K12 for a couple hours on a Sunday.



I got 4Q of BMW motor oil (non synth), 2Q of gear oil, and the oil change kit. I also picked up 3 quarts of Spectro coolant. The guy at the dealership said there really wasn't anything special about the BMW coolant, and any *motorcycle* coolant was fine.

I found that interesting because the Mercedes pundits say that the ONE thing on which you should stick to the M-B brand for is coolant due to the aluminum radiator or something like that.
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I just got the word I have to work the whole weekend. I guess I need to retire to get a weekend off. Good luck and have fun on the tech session. I'll have to meet, greet and wrench on another occasion.


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Please tell me you're not riding all the way from SoCal to help work on some guy's K12 for a couple hours on a Sunday.
I've ridden further for less. Ask me about the 850-mile ride for HDDC pizza. Or the 1,500-mile round-trip for BBQ. Actually, I'm just trying to live up to that little honor they gave me at the last CCR.

I'll only be coming up from Hillsboro, OR this time, so not too bad of a trip.

However, I could use a place to stay on Sunday night. Anyone got a spare guest room?

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Ken, you know I always have the light on. I must go to work on Sunday night, but you know the layout by now. Just stay away from the GT!

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Hey, guys, I have to work most of the weekend, but I might try to stop over some time on Sunday, too.

When it comes to mechanical stuff, I don't know my a** from a hole in the ground, so I'd be about as useless as a radar detector in Seattle rush hour traffic, but I'd at least love to put faces with names of those of you I haven't yet met in person!

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I have room for you Ken

If you don't mind spending the nite on a comfortable pull out bed. I'm up/out early Monday in order to ride down to Olympia.

You'd be welcome to sleep in or get up early and ride along with me it you're headed south again.

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Sounds like the majority of guys are coming by a little later. If you want to come out around 10, that may be better. It's totally up to you.
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Sounds like we need to schedule a follow-up get-together in the Renton/Bellevue area some time in the near future.

I'll be at the Fall City fall-in at 10-ish. See you there.
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Just stay away from the GT!
Dang, there goes that plan. Seriously Brian, thanks for the open invite, but I figured you're still working crazy hours. So another time.

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That'd be great, Tim. I'm heading over to Union, WA to visit the Gerbing's shop, so that would work out great. See you on Sunday.

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I must offer apologies to you guys holding the Tech Session today. I really did plan to hop on the Bike (rain or shine) and cruise up there just to meet some of you. However, getting home around midnight, and possibly having some company drop by today, has made a lazybones out of this old guy! Maybe the next one!

Meanwhile, take a few minutes and check out the new thread posted in the "Chit Chat" forum by our buddy Bruce Yates to see what kept us up late last night! It wasn't the presentation, dinner, and visiting with good friends, but rather, the drive home that was the tiring part. Rained the whole way! If you see the attached picture I'm sure you will agree that the endeavor last night was one that could not be skipped! Bruce Yates was the photographer and this is one of the pics he attached to the msg he posted in "Chit Chat", so do read that thread also!

Hope everything goes (or went, depending on when you read this!) well with the session. I really don't have any guilt over not being there since I know you had the knowledge of several of our senior (in knowledge on the LT, not years!) members planning on assisting. With Brian, Ken, and possibly Ernie there to "Supervise", the last thing you needed was another "Supervisor"!

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With Brian, Ken, and possibly Ernie there to "Supervise", the last thing you needed was another "Supervisor"!

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I too stayed out a little late and had to stay home, but not because I was tired. I have to work this evening (the product of be on-call). The Coni thread was a good read. Kudos to you and Marilyn.

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The tech session went really well. Except 2 extra screws when we were finished. We all had our ideas as to where they go but decided that it will remain a mystery until the next session. Not to bad considering 6 of us were putting the bike back together at the same time. We had quite a few people show up including Bruce with the good news about Coni. We missed you John and Ernie. I gave the radar box to Ken. I also gave him my icelink for Denny also. Great looking quilt John and Marilyn!!!! A big Thanks to Tim for hosting us.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to help educate me and work on my "new" bike. And especially, thanks, Tim, for hosting the get-together.

The HID is stupid bright. Like totally obnoxiously bright.

By the way, I found another derelict screw... it looks like the wider one we were looking for for behind the mirror. It was under the gas cap door.

See you all on the road.

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Well......the day went pretty danged good!! With Tim and Juggler along with SanJuan2 and Ken from SoCal, with the rest of the boys doing all the "dirty-work" I got to take the "Supervisor" chair.

The HID kit was a real surprise!! All the wiring, along with the trigger and (hell...I forget what the aluminum box is called) stayed right up front in the headlight area. I couldn't believe how miniaturized things were!! We double taped everything to sit on top the headlight....drilled two holes for wiring and basta.....finito!! All done! The scariest part was reading the "Problem/Solution" list that came with the set-up.

They got all the oils changed w/o too much hastle too. Until Tim overfilled the final drive, and they had to get the excess out with papertowels.........

Speaking of Tim........It was good seeing him, down there on his side.....twisting a wrench or two and spreading his knowledge of things learned here, and in his garage. Did I mention the "smoked" cheddar?? mmmm mmmmm good!! And then there were the Lil Smokies bubbling away in the BBQ sauce that I almost ate with a screwdriver until Tim pointed out the 2thpicks!! And the 4 different kinds of cheesecracker snacks and ICE COLD WATER and SODAS!! Talk about a smorgasbord buffet!! Only the smoked salmon was missing!

Somebody will have to get Bruce to tell his story here on the board, of his "underwater K12" and the sharks!!

Bubba.....you done good. Keep it up and we might make a half decent mechanic out of you yet..........

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Got there late

Even thought I got there late it was still fun and was good to see old and new faces. It was nice meeting everyone and I hope we do some riding together.

Ken you mentioned a tire tool and as usual in one ear and out the other. What the heck was that name?

Victor, I hope I have that right, that HID is a great thing to have out front. I sure like mine. I'm sure you will too.

Have fun everyone and ride safe,
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The tech session went really well. Except 2 extra screws when we were finished. We all had our ideas as to where they go but decided that it will remain a mystery until the next session. Not to bad considering 6 of us were putting the bike back together at the same time. We had quite a few people show up including Bruce with the good news about Coni. We missed you John and Ernie. I gave the radar box to Ken. I also gave him my icelink for Denny also. Great looking quilt John and Marilyn!!!! A big Thanks to Tim for hosting us.
I had good intentions as well, but an unexpected friend from Fairbanks, AK came by and spent the weekend. I missed the session. Glad it went well for Juggler. Looking forward to a future one.

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Great Tech Daze!

Hello to all who showed, and to those in spirit. We had a great turnout; good company and good eats. I think we all agreed before buttoning up Victor's bike that we'd have a few screws left over, or not enough. Victor, you'll have to tear it down again and find the ones we left out

It was nice to meet all of you guys and to learn that Pat (Patterson) likes to hang out at gay bars - - - (luv ya man)

Brian, I will take you up on that offer sometime soon to show me how to adjust the valves. We all admired that GT as you revved it up when leaving. And you will also be amazed when Ken and I washed his bike down after everyone left. It looked like a new bike!

Ken and I enjoyed a few brews, leftover Costco pot pie for dinner, and talking about politics and life in general. I was up and out for work as he was still sacked out. My wife fed him a good breakfast and sent him on his way.

Anyways, thank guys for coming over, it was a lot of fun.
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I enjoyed stopping by, too. It was nice putting faces with names of some of you I hadn't met before, eating a few teeny weenies, and watching those of you who knew what you were doing do stuff. My primary contribution (besides some healthy snacks from Krispy K) was NOT touching any of the tools, for doing so would surely have had catastrophic results.

Hopefully, we'll be able to do some rides this summer (there's some great seafood near a little place on the coast called Bruceport!).

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I made it back to Portland around 5 pm after 300 miles of mostly back roads. Then I had to go to work for a few hours to pay for the $500 in new riding gear that I picked up along the way.

It was good to see old friends and put names to some new faces. At least the bike ran after we were done with it.

Tim, thanks again for the hospitality, and give Elaine my compliments on a great breakfast. We should do this again soon, or maybe just go for a ride.

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