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After 3 weeks having my LT down (waiting on parts mostly) putting in a new front transmission seal, new pivot bearings, fixing reverse, new fuel filter, K&N air filter, fixing a crankcase gasket leak, checking valve clearances, installing a voltmeter, converting the turnsignals to ON all the time (but flash when turned on), new battery and installing a wire to terminal 21 on the ABS connector.
Everthing works! :dance:
Including the ABS. :) Grounding terminal 21 does the trick, rolled 5 feet and all ABS lights go off. Thank you BMWLT! YOU saved me hundreds and hundreds of dollars. No one should have to go the dealer to reset the ABS anymore. I'm sure now my ABS lights were flashing due to a dead battery by the previous owner's neglect.
65 projects now getting everything fixed. Now what I'm I going to do?
 

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Coooooooool..........................
 

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'65 projects now getting everything fixed. Now what I'm I going to do?'

You're in Texas! RIDE!!
 

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grifscoots said:
Hey! I was gonna say that. I may, note: I said may, have to wash my bike sometime. Man, is it ever filthy.
That brings up a good point! I've had my LT for 3 months now and I've managed to keep it pretty clean just riding on sunny days and wiping it down with Plexus. Early this week we had a warm front move through which melted all the snow and I just had to get some time on the bike. I think you know what I mean, but now its covered with road spray and salt and I don't want to just wipe it down. It gets up to around 35-40 degrees most January days here in Indy and I was thinking of hitting the self serve car wash...what do you guys think? Share some of your hard earned experience with us "newbies" and tell us what you think is the best method for washing an LT – the right way!
 

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studio4design said:
...Share some of your hard earned experience with us "newbies" and tell us what you think is the best method for washing an LT – the right way!
I usually wash mine by riding through the rain... :D
 

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You can't go wrong with P-21S Total Car Wash. A German car care product. Concentrated. Neutral PH. I use it to clean the brakes/wheels as well. Pricey at $20 per 1000ML. Porsche Club recommended for many years for alloy wheels.

$.25 self spray car wash, unless you stand way back, to much force.

Barnett
 

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Maybe amsoil makes something. They seem to cover everything else.

Sorry Tim, I could not resist!
 

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Charles great job on the fix.
I hope she enjoys the 2 up riding!
Get out and enjoy the Texas weather.
 

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I dont remember where I read about it, but warning against using high pressure wash, causing to wash wheel bearings grease out of sealed bearings. No telling what else would be affected.
 

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I dont remember where I read about it, but warning against using high pressure wash, causing to wash wheel bearings grease out of sealed bearings. No telling what else would be affected.
Thanks, I did a Google search on wheel bearings and high pressure washing and found many references that warned against doing that, most seem to think that water and soap at those pressures cause grease to "dry out" or to be less effective. Here's a copy of one of the better articles I found, thanks again for steering me away from that one!




"Keeping Used Motorcycle Parts As Good As New by: Granny's Mettle

Even with regular maintenance and upkeep, our motorcycles tend to get used and subjected to different elements in the environment. To keep used motorcycle parts as good as the day when we first bought them, regular washing and rinsing will do the trick.

But you should take note how you do your washing. You might scratch parts of your motorcycle.

Top Rule: Avoid scratches.

Scratches are the biggest enemy of any bike's finish. The secret of keeping your used motorcycle parts as good as new is to avoid scratches in your motorcycle. Dirt and grime when rubbed in while washing or drying, act as sandpaper and will definitely dull the brilliance of your bike's paint.

To avoid scratching your bike, first, you need to remember that anything that comes in contact with your motorcycle's finish should be made of soft material. Take care that no harsh or rough surfaces will be able to connect with any part of your motorcycle. Zippers are the worst offenders.

Use only clean, freshly washed cotton cloths or towels to dry your bike after washing. When you need to put on any application to make your bike shine, again use the clean cotton cloths and towels. Rinse thoroughly the sponges or wash mitts, as well as the bucket, before and after washing your bike to remove any dirt or grime.

One of the best advice I got from a used motorcycle parts site was to separate my bike's areas into normal and rough areas when washing. I usually consider the painted surfaces as normal areas, while the tires, engine, and inner fenders are the rough areas. I use different wash mitts and sponges for each area to keep dirt and grime away from the sensitive areas. This way, scratching would be avoided.

Use also a gentle stream of water when rinsing, rather than high water pressure that comes from the hose. The high pressure of water will cause dirt to grind further into the paint, causing scratches along with other worse problems. And remember to use generous amounts of water when rinsing. Dirt that causes scratch will easily float away with enough water used.

When washing your bike…

Use lots of water, but without the high pressure. Totally avoid using pressure washers. Instead let the water flow freely by detaching the nozzle from the hose.

Along with the generous amount of water, use detergents designed specifically for motorcycle washing. Ordinary detergent tends to remove the wax that we want to try to keep. Simply mix the detergent according to the directions and go for it. Just make sure you rinse each section soon after applying the detergent so that no soap film will develop. It is difficult to get rid of the soap film when it dries up.

After washing, rinse, rinse, and rinse some more. Rinse everywhere. Every nook and cranny should be rinsed of soap.

Lastly, wash your motorcycle without bright sunlight. Soap suds can easily dry from the heat. Ideal time of the day would be in the late afternoon or early morning when the sun is not so strong."
 

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Don't do it.

studio4design said:
That brings up a good point! I've had my LT for 3 months now and I've managed to keep it pretty clean just riding on sunny days and wiping it down with Plexus. Early this week we had a warm front move through which melted all the snow and I just had to get some time on the bike. I think you know what I mean, but now its covered with road spray and salt and I don't want to just wipe it down. It gets up to around 35-40 degrees most January days here in Indy and I was thinking of hitting the self serve car wash...what do you guys think? Share some of your hard earned experience with us "newbies" and tell us what you think is the best method for washing an LT – the right way!
Don't Do it. I just washed mine yesterday. Took a bucket filled it with hot soapy water washed her. I then emptied the bucket and filled with fresh clean water, rinsed the bike that. Took three or four buckets but I never had to get the hose out. I then toweled her off.

I have heard that the high pressure spray can/will reek havoc on the bikes.
 
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