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Well, the clutch has started slipping. Don't think I can do my repair myself. Anybody know of a good mechanic in the U.P. of Michigan? This is my First BMW. I have had many different bikes in the past, and have always done the work myself. But after reading all the threads about clutch replacement on the LT, it seems like too big of a job for me to do. If I can't find a mechanic, then I will probably sell her. Love the bike, but the maintenance is going to kill me on this baby.
 

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Just a question, is the clutch slipping all the time? Does it seem to grip better after you ride it a bit? The reason I ask, is that a few years ago, on probably my first ride of the year, the clutch was slipping, then it was low on fluid. The slave cylinder was leaking and the fluid was running down the rod and contaminating the clutch plate. The fluid would dry off when I rode it, and the clutch would work better. This was all well and good until the fluid ran low and the slave cylinder would not have the travel needed.
At the time, of course, I didn't have the money to get it fixed, so I did it with the help of a write up here on the forum, the manual, and a good friend, who is more gifted than I. During the repair I drilled in the weep holes and reassembled. After finishing, I sprayed Brakleen into the clutch case weep hole several times, rode the bike and have put another 20,000 Michigan miles on the machine.
I do assume that one day, I will have to pay someone to change the clutch, my ADD makes it hard for me to finish projects, and I don't know if that friend will ever want to work with me again. But the other side of the coin is that this is a $25,000 plus machine to replace, so it should be possible to borrow a couple of grand from the Credit Union to keep it going for several more years.
Enough of my foolishness, hope you get what you want, and I hope your able to enjoy the results.
 

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First thing check your clutch fluid. If its low quit riding and change the slave cylinder. While you are in there may as well drill the weep hole. After you get it back together drill a hole in the bell housing close to where they mate up. I drilled 2holes, one about 3/4 of the way up and one on the bottom. With the bike on the center stand and running attack it with brake kleen.(saturate) After that do not ride right away as it will slip because the brake kleen has not dried. Overnight if clutch fluid was the problem the clutch will not slip. It worked for me.
 

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Thank you for all the advice. I will have to search for the thread for replacing the slave cylinder. Looks like my fluid is low in the res. So I do not have to replace the clutch, just drill the holes and spray with brake clean?
 

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You will probably have to replace the slave cylinder, its not the end of the world. I did it and survived, there was a very good tutorial that I downloaded and printed up, if you can't find it, I may have it in a folder in the garage. Would gladly send it to you. Us lowper's aren't all bad.
 
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