Stealership Rant and a good Day's Work
Put several hours in wrenching on the bike today, and all turned out well in the end. Still, I feel the need to rant.
A good friend of mine and I used Fergy's excellent instructions and performed the spline lube procedure. We did this more as an administrative check, since I didn't expect to find any issues with the splines. When I purchased the bike from the stealership at about 2,700 miles back in September (I have about 7k on it now) I, after having read up on the bike on the Yahoo group, told the stealership to make sure that the splines were lubed. The salesguy, in almost bobble-headded fashion, *assured* me that the mechanics had *assured* him that they had checked the splines, and that they were good to go.
Fast forward to today. We pulled the rear wheel off (for whatever reason, my shock mount wouldn't clear the right muffler to allow the wheel to drop far enough to pop the axle. Had to remove the right muffler), checked the rear brakes (no issues there), looked at the splines. They were BONE DRY. There was RUST forming in them, they were so dry. I was NOT amused.
Fortunately, I had purchased a tube of Moly 60, and packed it into and around the splines. Also pulled the drive shaft aft, disengaging it forward of the U-joint, and moly'd the heck out of that. After re-engaging it, we doused the u-joint with spray lithium grease.
I had purchased a new o-ring because I thought that I had a leak in the final drive housing, causing the bike to throw final-drive oil all over the inside of the rear wheel. Upon closer inspection today, however, I noted that the O-ring that seals the final oil fill plug (the large plug on the hub) must've dried out at some point and stuck to the housing, tearing when the PO (or whoever) took it off of there. The local Kawasaki dealer didn't have one in stock (of course), so we went to Autozone where we found one of the correct circumference that was a tad thicker. Seems to be holding.
Also swapped out the front brake pads. The were a pain to get off the calipers, and we managed to shoot brake fluid everywhere while compressing the piston (live and learn). Still, all went well.
I wouldv'e had a much more difficult time doing this without my bud, so I'm glad that he (a mechanic) was there to show me how to do much of it and help out. Thanks also to Fergie for the awesome spline lube instructions!
I'll be writing a nasty-gram to the Stealership, however. I don't appreciate being, in effect, lied to. Just goes to show, however, that we all need to check those splines, no matter what shape we've been told they're in. You don't know until you've laid eyes on them.
K.J. "Fire Ant" Lord
'03 VN750 "Serenity"
Rear Turn Signal Relocation
Front Brake Replacement
Spline lube, per Fergy's excellent instructions (that he has posted around here somewhere)
Kevlar Clutch Plates
Metzeler ME880 Tires
Stebel Nautilus Air Horn
Saddlemen Explorer Seat
Kuryakyn Wide Levers Installed