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    Most common/important Preventative maintenance?

    As far as maintaining my bikes i never cheap out or delay. But this is my first buell, the 04 xb12s. Maintaining these bikes are night and day from im use to. So aside from changing the fluids or replacing wheel bearings, what are some of the more important routine/preventative maintenance to stay on top of?

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    Proper clutch adjustment and primary chain adjustment. Make sure to lube clutch and brake cable. Flush and replace the brake fluid once a year.
    Aside from engine and primary oil.... ....thatís it.

    Nothing over the top.

    Now considering that most Buells on the road are between 16 to 10 years old there are some NON routine things that may need attention. That all depends on the life the bike has led.

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    Because of age, UV degradation etc, I would replace the drive belt between 40-50K.

    I replaced the OE clutch cable (I had been lubing) at the same time and was astounded at how much easier it was to pull! Don't forget to lube the little end in the clutch lever where they always break! IMO they always break right there because they stick in that hole and start to twist with every pull.

    With age and even super low mileage I'd put in a fuel pump before I started going places far away. They live a hard life. PM Lunatic.

    Motor mounts can degrade, steering neck bearings can corrode, fork oil and seals, and I can't believe I'm the first one to say "check your grounds", LOL.

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    All very good above info ^^^^^ ,they nailed it !!

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    discuss the header bolts. I know there is no 100% solid fix to keep them from snapping, but whats the best way to help extend the life?

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    If your header studs snap while removing them, use a drill guide:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Harley-Buel...-/140910484607

    And when you replace them use anti-sieze for Christssake!

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    TeXB12s = Teabag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregoXB View Post
    TeXB12s = Teabag?
    I like your enthusiasm and vague reference with a bit of a "1st base & vanilla humor". Its corky, like a PG rated movie. ���� texb12s=teabag..wait till i tell the boys over at the racketball court about that knee slapper..good stuff and good times. ...So back to the header studs snapping..what im battling with and leaning to try and correct or maintain is the overall stress and beating that the bike and age does to itself..like the signature shakey engine the weight, the torque and the effects it has on the engine mounts, the dogbones, the front and rear isolators. When do they typically (just based on average riding/commuting) start to fail? I have a lot to prove to the ppl in my local riding community after i bought a buell. Im going to assume everyone in this buell forum understands what i mean in my last statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeXB12s View Post
    I have a lot to prove to the ppl in my local riding community after i bought a buell. Im going to assume everyone in this buell forum understands what i mean in my last statement.
    Nope
    You lost me on this one.

    I don’t believe anyone should ride ANY bike to prove ANYTHING. That’s just me.

    Anyway, back to your original inquiry. There’s really nothing you can do to prevent normal wear and tear items from expiring due to use. Well, aside from wrap your bike in cellophane and store it in a temperature controlled environment.

    Best advice I can give you; go to www.buellmods.com and download a service manual. Follow the procedures in the manual for any maintenance issues that come up and enjoy your bike.

    Oh, the ONLY torque spec you shouldn’t follow is the one for the drain plug. A LOT of novice and experienced Buell owners have stripped out the oil drain plug by torquing the dam thing. 1/4 to a 1/2 turn past hand tight is all it needs.

    Good luck with the bike
    Ride safe

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    BTW Cooter, what's wrong with Armour all and what do you suggest instead to make the black plastic look new and shiny?

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