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I purchased a 2003 k1200lt on ebay over the winter with only 7000 miles on it and warranty just out by six months and low and behold the clutch is slipping. I am able to do the fix but need some tech help and short cuts?
any info would be greatly appreciated? thanx Mark Appleton WI
 

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madejasmile said:
will do. should I purchase one of those bike lifts?
thanx again Mark
A lift is only a convenience, not a necessity in any stretch of the imagination. I for one would not spend the money for a lift unless I planned to do MAJOR work on a motorcycle several times a year.

I have done just about everything to an LT, including tranny/clutch removal and full engine removal, no lift needed. In fact, in my opinion for some of the major work the lift would be IN THE WAY! I feel a lift is a convenience for oil changes, tire work etc, to get the bike up at a "sitting" level, but not a real help in major component removal.

See pictures in this post: http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=154497&postcount=26
 

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madejasmile said:
will do. should I purchase one of those bike lifts?
thanx again Mark
I agree with David... and you must remember... a lift seems huge when you have to store it. Unless you have a very large shop/garage it's going to be in the way after the motorcycle repair is done. There is no doubt that a lift would be nice while you are doing the repair, but in my case, the inconvenience of having to find a place to keep it would be a bigger hassle than sitting on the floor for a couple of evenings while I do a repair.
 

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madejasmile said:
I purchased a 2003 k1200lt on ebay over the winter with only 7000 miles on it and warranty just out by six months and low and behold the clutch is slipping. I am able to do the fix but need some tech help and short cuts?
any info would be greatly appreciated? thanx Mark Appleton WI
Did you talk to a dealer or two about getting BMW to OK a warranty fix? Partial coverage or some cost sharing could save you some big money. Even though the bike is over the time you can certainly argue that clutch, engine seals, clutch slave cylinder, etc. should be good for more than 7K unless there was some sort of manufacturing defect. And these bikes have had a history of leaks contaminating the clutch.

BMW OK'd a radio replacement for me after the warranty expired, but I had been working with the service guys building a history of malfunctioning.
 

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Although I certainly agree that a lift is not a necessity, because of my bad knees and back I cannot imagine doing a clutch repair without one. David is the man! I saw the pictures he took and my first thought was, "Man, my back and knees would be killing me!" The pictures were amazing!

Now...would I purchase one just to do this job? For me, it simply would depend on how expensive one was and the amount of funds available. My lift comes in AWFULLY handy at times and having used one, I consider it a MAJOR help in performing labor!

You could look at it as a wise expense, because by doing the job yourself, you are going to save enough $$$ to buy a lift...at least that might be a great excuse to explain to your wife why you "need" one. :dance:
 

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Wrong site??

chizel said:
will purchase BMW clutch from fedex today..i got trouble with my clutch too, need to bring it to the shop nearby and do some repair..

Hi,
I didn't see a BMW motorcycle clutch on that site. Looked like a car site to me.
Just my .02's
Vern :bmw:
 
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