The Official RT Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Hondo, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    I've got some oil leaks in the engine and trans so I'm doing everything at once since I don't know the history of this bike; spline lube, rear main seals, new clutch components, seals in the trans, and the slave cylinder.
  2. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    I end up doing things like that too. Well as long as I'm here I should attend to this little problem. It never stops. :lol3
    Post plenty of pics. I just got an RT. I'm familiar with doing a lot of the work on a GS but I'd like to see where the RT differs.

    Looks like a pretty fun weekend. :thumb
  3. Grumpy

    Grumpy Grumpy

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    I will and I'm sure she will - will report back in a week or two after some ride's and post some pics :1drink
  4. spanky

    spanky Well, maybe...

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    ......at least I'm here now. I've read through all the posts and enjoyed the tech, mod, and general stuff thus far.

    Here's my '02 RT in a somewhat dated photo:
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    I replaced the original front fender with one from a KRS. Same color, same mounting holes. I just find that it looks better than the chunk of plastic it came with. Aside from that it has a Migsel gadget mount for my XM radio (photo forthcoming), clear turn signal lenses, a Centech fuse panel under the seat (photo forthcoming), and a Cee Bailey's Euro shield in #2 tint. I usually run a CB dark tinted #4 style screen for short haul rides as it allows more air flow on hot days.

    More later on the mods not depicted.
  5. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    Makes perfect sense. :thumb

    Bon chance. Thats a big project, I envy your resolve.
  6. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    I got a late start today due to the cold and not feeling well. But I did make progress. The air box is out of the way, the exhaust is off, and so is the shock and the starter.

    Todays pile of parts.

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    Was having trouble rotating the subframe up. Upon closer inspection, the allen head bolts had to come out and the hex nuts needed to be loosened. Then it would rotate. This is at the front of the subframe, just above and behind the front control arm. (Or whatever BMW's fancy name is for it.:lol3

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    Here's why the clutch is slipping. Nasty in there.

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    These are at the front of the airbox, one on each side, and were not readily visible. They are secured by black screws and blend in with the stuff around it.
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    This is the back of the airbox and it secures from the inside to the bracket that holds the top of the rear shock.
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    The starter and the shock removal is pretty straight forward. Here is todays progress.

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  7. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    All fluids changed, brake flush today. Just waiting for an air filter and the feeler gauges for the valves to show up. New tires going on also, I'm considering the Pilot 3's. Hope to have her ready to go next weekend. :D


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  8. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    My splines are good!!!:happay:clap

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    But I'm quite surprised that the motorcycle would move at all. Lots of oil contamination.

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    What a mess! I've got quite a bit of cleaning to do. I thought this was going to be a weekend project, but that's not looking likely. Got to send Max some more money, forget a part or two and found some other stuff to do. Hopefully next weekend it will go back together.
  9. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Mine is back on the road today. :D Ended up getting the Pilot 2's and I'm happy with them. Much better than the cupped front Bridgestone and squared off rear Shinko the bike had on it!
    I'm pleased with how easy the RT is to work on, this bike's a keeper.:wink:
  10. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    I'm hoping mine will be done some time this week. Had to order some more parts. Because of a mix-up at the dealer, they didn't get here until Friday. I should be able to get back to work on it tomorrow.

    I've been wanting to try the PR3's, but no one has the size I need. Keep us informed of how the PR2's work over the long haul, I might go for them this time. The PR1's I have now have nearly 10,000 miles on them, but they are badly cupped.
  11. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    :lurk

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  12. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    I tried to buy some PR3's today....no joy. :cry
  13. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    The trans is back in today. I only took a handful of pictures today, still have to upload them. Changed the rear main seals. (why are there two?) Basically you drill a small hole in the seal, thread a sheet metal screw into it and pull it out with a slide hammer. Then slide the new seals onto a well oiled soda can, cut the end off the can and slide it over the end of the crank.

    I hope the clutch guts are lined up okay. Supposed to be offfset 120 degrees by the white marks. I could get maybe 90, 90, and 180. :fingerscrossed.
  14. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    It's starting to look like a motorcycle again. Your going to have to take my word for it though. I just wanted to get stuff done, so no pictures today. Slave cylinder in and bled, air box back in. What a PITA, everything has to be routed just so. Starter back in, drive shaft in, swing arm and shock in.

    Also ordered a set of Michelin Pilot Road 2's. Competition Accesories didn't expect the 3's until the end of the month. Also got Dyna Beads on the way.
  15. leeinmemphis

    leeinmemphis Long timer

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    for the past month or so(since the bad weather has broke) I've been commuting to work on it. I've managed to put about 5k miles on it since around Thanksgiving. Now that the weather is getting good I imagine the miles will really start piling on. I turned over 25k today and for some odd reason it tickled me just a little. If I keep commuting on it this summer then I imagine it will have somewhere around 35k by the time it cools off this fall/winter.

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  16. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    So all the oil was from the rear main seal then?
  17. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    I was quite surprised to find that the rear main seal was dry. The oil was leaking past the rear input shaft seal, working it's way through the hollow input shaft and leaking out onto the friction disc. I've read that if the slave cylinder fails, brake fluid can damage the seal and cause the leak. But the fluid level in the master cylinder never changed.
  18. fyrfytr

    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    It's done!

    Well, mostly. :D I still have to adjust valves, sync the throttle bodies and change the oil. I also have to replace the front tire. But I finished up to the point where I could test ride and check my work. Rode and ran very well. I'm happy with the results.

    Here's what was done:

    Siebenrock oil resistant clutch disc
    diaphragm spring
    pressure plate
    clutch cover
    spline lube
    both input shaft seals
    output shaft seals
    Slave cylinder
    rear main seals
    LS cam chain tensioner upgrade
    new rear tire Michelin Pilot Road 2

    I will probably finish up the other few things sometime this week. I want to get out and ride tomorrow, it's been a while since this project began.
  19. TorontoDragon

    TorontoDragon Just starting

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    Wooo hooooo! I just traded in my 950 Yamaha and bought a 2010 1200RT. It's still in the crate, but the dealership will have it together for me in a week. I can't wait to see what this bike can do
  20. bingbong

    bingbong Been here awhile

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    prepare to be dazzled :eek1

    After a week you'll wonder how you managed to ride any other bike. I still like a small bike for local riding when the weather is good but getting back on the rt is like getting into bed after a long day. :lol3

    Congratulations :freaky