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    Have heard of holes in the oil cooler. Saw a...

    Have heard of holes in the oil cooler. Saw a dent in mine and made a guard. One foot square (enough for two) $18 stainless steel hardware cloth. Cardboard template, band saw, grind to trim.
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    No, they just replaced the front boot, cleaned,...

    No, they just replaced the front boot, cleaned, greased and sealed up everything nicely.

    As per Don's good practice note, I use a thick tacky grease to help seal boot to metal. Bel-Ray...
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    Tom, Check and properly seal the front...

    Tom,

    Check and properly seal the front boot between swing arm and transmission also. That was the source of my '09 RT water in the swing arm. Was replaced by dealer under warranty. ...
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    frozen locks on 2012 RT

    Winter in the mid Atlantic state of Virginia, it's frequently above freezing during the day and below freezing in the early morning when I have to go to work.
    Bike sits outside at work, then sits...
  5. '09 RT was good to me

    Bill,

    My '09 RT was very reliable in it's 73k mile life with me. Only had 2 issues and both were repaired by dealer under warranty with no cost to me.

    1. Water in swing arm. Leaky front...
  6. Thread: Donn

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    Welcome DONN! What do you mean :scratch ...

    Welcome DONN!

    What do you mean :scratch

    With that nice big fairing on that nice touring LT, there must be a few nice days to ride thru the winter there? Have a heated jacket liner or vest? ...
  7. Thread: 42%

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    left turner

    I was taken down by a "left turner" this past August. Totaled the bike, but I walked.

    Did not have any time to hit the horn or swerve, just full front brake. Puckered up and T-boned her right...
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    local and long distance tool kits

    After reading all this good info and carrying around a full (heavy) kit all the time, I think I'm going to work on putting together a lite local kit to always have and an extra pouch of the extra...
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    What works for my '09 RT as both front and rear...

    What works for my '09 RT as both front and rear Ohlins are currently out for rebuild and old pogo sticks are in. (got to call the shop Tuesday)

    Don't have a lift. Put bike on center stand on...
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    I thought I was the only forgetful one to ride...

    I thought I was the only forgetful one to ride off with the saddle bag latch up. :banghead

    Push the lock to open the latch, not open the lid and not close the latch. Latch works loose, lid...
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    I think the "bent" side stand was from the...

    I think the "bent" side stand was from the factory. I too took a torch to mine to straighten it out. Worked ok, but used the center stand most.
  12. Ditto here with the thick, hard to mount (and...

    Ditto here with the thick, hard to mount (and dismount) by hand GT's.
    I do not ride 2-up heavy much, so went back to standard load rating tires.
    When we are 2-up heavy (only ~twice / year) I...
  13. Thread: Trailering my RT

    by ken e
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    read the owners manual...

    ....this is what it shows for the '09 RT.

    I use the double loop extensions on top of the handle bar mount, then standard tiedowns at all four corners.
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    Your millage may vary... For me it's the road...

    Your millage may vary... For me it's the road surface and weather.

    Tried a set of Z8's last year and they were great in the dry, but lousy in the wet at end of life. (very thin in the center...
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    Rick, Glad you like the bike, thousands of...

    Rick, Glad you like the bike, thousands of others do also as well as myself. With ergonomic changes of pegs, seat, wind screen, fits me like an Aerostitch glove and I'd buy another one tomorrow. ...
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    A good battery should hold a "starting" charge...

    A good battery should hold a "starting" charge for 6 + months. It will be fine...

    Just put a cover over it for dust and check for critter nests or stash under the seat and in the air box...
  17. Thread: Windshield Care

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    bugs are back...

    Dad and brother used Pledge. I used Pledge, then Plexus after a magazine review, then the price went thru the roof. Now I use Honda spray and www.calsci.com home made stuff. :thumb

    Calsci for...
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    Only had the K75 up to an indicated 125 once,...

    Only had the K75 up to an indicated 125 once, which was probably 120 actual.

    The BT-45 was my tire of choice.
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    .... I get sick when I get a ticket also... ...

    .... I get sick when I get a ticket also... :hungover

    Seriously, Congrats on the RT choice! I enjoy mine immensely and would special order another tomorrow if something happened to it.
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    Randy, I purchased the factory CD before the...

    Randy,
    I purchased the factory CD before the first 6K service. Then waited for the Haynes when it came available for my '09 RT several years later.
    The factory CD is good and I have printed...
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    was thinking of ordering chome, but didn't

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    roadstar, If youÔÇÖre asking about the...

    roadstar,

    If youÔÇÖre asking about the "spring preload adjuster", it is a sealed hydraulic oil circuit. A small piston (the knob) pushing oil against a big piston (shock spring). Position...
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    Friendly parts guy at my local dealer said their...

    Friendly parts guy at my local dealer said their policy is to only stock parts that they sell 4 or more per year.

    Had to special order a set of front wheel bearings and seals
  24. txmx, Dont forget about the front tire. All...

    txmx,
    Dont forget about the front tire. All the load transferes up front when brakeing. If you go B, I would change the set.

    Have you tried contacting Michelin customer service?

    I...
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    Lawrence, Check your owners manual. For the...

    Lawrence,

    Check your owners manual. For the '09 RT...
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