Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: The Hills of NJ
New to me 2017 FLTRU
So I just upgraded from a 2008 FLTR Anniversary to a beautiful 2017 FLTRU. I got a great deal on it from an off-brand dealer. The older fella that bought it just couldn't handle the big bike and traded it in on a 3 wheeler. His loss, my gain.
The bike had a little over 5K on it when I got it, and i've probably put on close to 800 or so before some family stuff took some weekends and now the cold weather is here. I've been doing some online research and I hear horror stories about oil sumping and tranny fluid transfer into the primary. Unfortunately all the old threads I'm finding are all from know it alls when the M8 came out, and I can't seem to find a good description of what is actually going on and how to find out if I have an issue.
Here's what I can tell:
Oil sumping, the bike will bog down like crazy, smoke start pouring out. At the first hint that you are having a problem, shut it down or you risk permanent damage. Doesn't seem to be a reliable way to tell if you are going to get it before you get it. I see guys talking about a draining from the crank position sensor and if you have more than x ounces, you have a problem. But damn if I can't find a post or a pic of where the damn crank position sensor is.
Tranny fluid transfer doesn't seem like as big an issue. I guess this is just check the tranny and primary fluid levels. If you have transfer, there is a vent kit to install that is supposed to stop it. Or a thicker clutch pushrod sometimes fixes it.
How prevalent are these really? Some of the threads look likes its only CVO bikes that are ridden hard. One guy's thread, he regularly cruised in 4th gear at 80. Really? That's a torture test, not regular cruising, no wonder he blew it up.
I'll post pics when I get to my other computer.