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While at the STC, I would like to impose on some of you more mechanically inclined types to show me how to do some simple mechnical work like changing the oil and brake fluids.

Should I purchase the oil and filter here and mail to the Ironhorse or is there a dealer close by that I could make my purchase there?

Also, I would like some help installing run n lites and a set PIAA lights. Even if I can watch someone install a set on their bike, that would be a big help to me. From what I've read the run n lites are not that hard to install but the PIAA lights might be a big PITA. I'm just fearful of cutting the wrong wire and shorting out the whole bike! Since space on the bike is limited, I can always mail a package ahead. If time permits, great! If not I can simply mail it back.

I will gladly buy dinner and drinks for whoever can offer their assistance. Please feel free to tell me if I'm asking for a lot.

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While at the STC, I would like to impose on some of you more mechanically inclined types to show me how to do some simple mechanical work like changing the oil and brake fluids.
Changing the oil is not a problem. Changing brake fluids is NOT a simple task, and I don't think anyone there will be prepared to do that. I could be wrong. I can change all of the fluids on my Ninja in less than an hour...but the LT's braking system is a whole other ballgame.

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Should I purchase the oil and filter here and mail to the Ironhorse or is there a dealer close by that I could make my purchase there?
I would either mail it, or just pack it and bring it with you. There not a dealer too awful close. IIRC, about 90 miles away.

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Also, I would like some help installing run n lites and a set PIAA lights. Even if I can watch someone install a set on their bike, that would be a big help to me. From what I've read the run n lites are not that hard to install but the PIAA lights might be a big PITA. I'm just fearful of cutting the wrong wire and shorting out the whole bike! Since space on the bike is limited, I can always mail a package ahead. If time permits, great! If not I can simply mail it back.
I will show you how to install...if not just do it for you while we're there. I won't have my LT there, but my Ninja also has halogens up front and I can show you how I have them wired in.

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I will gladly buy dinner and drinks for whoever can offer their assistance. Please feel free to tell me if I'm asking for a lot.
I've done more for less. But if you really want my help, you'd best learn how to promise one of them there Brownie Sundaes from the Iron Horse! Oh...and No, you're not asking too much. That's why we do this thang! By the time Thursday or Friday morning rolls around...I'll be about ready to turn a few wrenches instead of riding. Sounds like a good time...believe it or not.
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Like Joe it wont take much to persuade us to help, I also will be glad to help, if nothing more than to cheer. I have learned much of the maintenence of the LT also I agree with Joe, the brakes are quite a job and I have had the dealer do it so far.Lights are simple and should not take too long to install.
You should be able to mail all the parts and pieces. Also dont forget to ask for crush washers, you get three with filter but are for different applications one will fit the lt oil plug and there is another for the rear drive, that you will need to request.

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Also dont forget to ask for crush washers, you get three with filter but are for different applications one will fit the lt oil plug and there is another for the rear drive, that you will need to request.
Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to the Bob's Flea Market in MD next weekend and will be sure to pick up a filter, syn. oil and crush washers.

For the PIAA lights, I got the 1100x light kit for the LT and an autoswitch from Cyclegadgets. Is there anything else you'll think I'll need for the install?

Joe, I will buy three brownie sundaes if we can install these puppies.

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Actually...whenever I buy my BMW oil filter, I just ask for the "oil changing kit". It's just over $2 IIRC, and it comes with everything you need.

I'll try to remember to bring my soldering iron...but if you have one, bring it. Oh, and if you don't have a relay (check the PIAA box)...you're going to need one. RadioShack sells them for just over $6 (p/n 275-226). AutoZone has them for $4. Just a 12V / 30amp, 4 connector relay.

Three Brownie Sundaes? Oh you're talking dirty to me now! And Lynn Keen owes me one too. Oh...this is gonna be a great event!!!
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Three Brownie Sundaes? Oh you're talking dirty to me now! And Lynn Keen owes me one too. Oh...this is gonna be a great event!!!
WOW Joe, hope your riding pants are made of spandex!! Sounds like your gona eat a bunch of Brownie Sundays.

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I see from the STC Roster that you'll be arriving on Thursday and so we should be able to take care of your service needs on Fri morning. Bob Menton and I have agreed to be available to assist with things like fluid changes and other basic maintenance items. We will be available to provide you with all the tools necessary and guide you through engine, trans and rear drive fluid changes. Just be sure you have the necessary crush washers, engine oil and filter and gear oil available. As someone already indicated a brake fluid flush is not a simple task on bikes equipped with fully integrated ABS and is beyond the scope of this event.

As far as doing some basic wiring and installing a few lighting accessories it sounds like we should have lots of help. Since I'm taking my RV I have lots of room and plan to pack a few basic electrical goodies. Things like; crimp on connectors, wire, heat shrink tubing, heat gun, solder and soldering iron, wire stripper, VOM and anything else that's related and lurking in my tool chest. So, together we should be able to assist you with most of your needs. Just let us know if you have any other questions.

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SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll pick up the oil change kit with extra crush washers this weekend and mail it to the Ironhorse. I'll also get some gear oil.

Thanks to everyone again in advance!

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