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RE: [T TBS R] 12K Check-Up

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  • KEITH REGELIN
    I ve been using the orange Dexcool from Prestone every 5 years on my 98 TBS. I hope that s the right stuff? Keith To:
    Message 1 of 12 , Aug 21, 2013
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      I've been using the orange Dexcool from Prestone every 5 years on my '98 TBS. I hope that's the right stuff? Keith

      To: triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com
      From: tbsbiker2@...
      Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:01:59 +0000
      Subject: Re: [T TBS R] 12K Check-Up


























      Make sure you use the proper aluminum safe (silica free) coolant!



      --- In triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com, "nicholas.thibault" <nicholas.thibault@...> wrote:

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      > Bruce,

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      > Thanks for the information. I already have a Haynes manual, and have done some maintenance with it. Whomever owned it before me never changed the coolant which caused it to rust the coolant fan, or so the dealer tells me, which tainted the previous coolant. The coolant reservoir it now discolored and difficult to tell the coolant level, which is why I flushes the coolant and cleaned the reservoir. I will ikely replace it in the near future as it is still difficult to tell the level. Any recommendations on a good solvent to use to completely flush/clean my entire coolant system?

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      > Nick

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      > --- In triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com, B JOba <bjoba@> wrote:

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      > > Nick,

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      > > IMHO, $900 for 12K service sounds like a typical dealer rip-off. If your bike came with an owners' manual, see what the book says about service points, and ask for an individual quote for each item (labor and material).�

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      > > Your chain may look old, but if it's been properly cleaned, lubricated, and adjusted, it should have several thousand miles of life left in it. A good O-ring chain should last 20K+ miles if it's taken care of. Get yourself a Grunge Brush and WD-40. Give the chain a good soaking with WD-40 and scrub it well with the Grunge Brush. Any dealer who sells off-road bikes will likely have a Grunge Brush in stock. If the chain is too far gone, always replace the front and rear sprockets with the chain. I highly recommend replacing your chain with a good O-ring or X-ring endless chain that is riveted on rather than using a master link.

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      > > Think of service as preventative maintenance. The more you learn to do yourself, the more money stays in your pocket and you'll bond with your machine. I'd highly recommend purchasing a Triumph, Haynes, or Clymer manual to help with step-by-step maintenance.�

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      > > Best of luck with your new machine.

      > > Bruce

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      > > ________________________________

      > > From: nicholas.thibault <nicholas.thibault@>

      > > To: triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com

      > > Sent: Monday, August 19, 2013 2:21 AM

      > > Subject: [T TBS R] 12K Check-Up

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      > > So, swung by my local triumph shop today. Everyone there was very helpful and answered my seemingly endless questions about the TBS, I am still new to it. They also mentioned that since my bike is over 12,000 miles it is due for it 12K service which costs around $900.00.

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      > > My questions is three fold for the group.

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      > > 1. Is it worth it to get this service if everything is performing well on the bike?

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      > > 2. I have personally already:

      > > replaced the air filter with a K&N (that was an experience)

      > > sea foamed the fuel tank

      > > adjusted the chain for tightness

      > > changed the oil and added a K&N filter

      > > drained and changed the coolant (still need to do a full cleaning on the system though)

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      > > Aside from the above, what else will they do during the 12K service?

      > >

      > > 3. My chain is looking a bit old and has likely not been replaced since the bike rolled off the line. How difficult is it to replace the chain and where would you gentlemen recommend I go about finding one?

      > >

      > > Thanks guys,

      > > Nick

      > >

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      > >

      > >

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    • Peter T
      I believe that is safe for aluminum engines.
      Message 2 of 12 , Aug 23, 2013
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        I believe that is safe for aluminum engines.

        --- In triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com, KEITH REGELIN <emeraldman1973@...> wrote:
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        > I've been using the orange Dexcool from Prestone every 5 years on my '98 TBS. I hope that's the right stuff? Keith
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        > To: triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com
        > From: tbsbiker2@...
        > Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:01:59 +0000
        > Subject: Re: [T TBS R] 12K Check-Up
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        > --- In triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com, "nicholas.thibault" <nicholas.thibault@> wrote:
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        > > Thanks for the information. I already have a Haynes manual, and have done some maintenance with it. Whomever owned it before me never changed the coolant which caused it to rust the coolant fan, or so the dealer tells me, which tainted the previous coolant. The coolant reservoir it now discolored and difficult to tell the coolant level, which is why I flushes the coolant and cleaned the reservoir. I will ikely replace it in the near future as it is still difficult to tell the level. Any recommendations on a good solvent to use to completely flush/clean my entire coolant system?
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        > > --- In triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com, B JOba <bjoba@> wrote:
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        > > > Nick,
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        > > > IMHO, $900 for 12K service sounds like a typical dealer rip-off. If your bike came with an owners' manual, see what the book says about service points, and ask for an individual quote for each item (labor and material).Â
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        > > > Your chain may look old, but if it's been properly cleaned, lubricated, and adjusted, it should have several thousand miles of life left in it. A good O-ring chain should last 20K+ miles if it's taken care of. Get yourself a Grunge Brush and WD-40. Give the chain a good soaking with WD-40 and scrub it well with the Grunge Brush. Any dealer who sells off-road bikes will likely have a Grunge Brush in stock. If the chain is too far gone, always replace the front and rear sprockets with the chain. I highly recommend replacing your chain with a good O-ring or X-ring endless chain that is riveted on rather than using a master link.
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        > > > Think of service as preventative maintenance. The more you learn to do yourself, the more money stays in your pocket and you'll bond with your machine. I'd highly recommend purchasing a Triumph, Haynes, or Clymer manual to help with step-by-step maintenance.Â
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        > > > Best of luck with your new machine.
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        > > > Bruce
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        > > > ________________________________
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        > > > From: nicholas.thibault <nicholas.thibault@>
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        > > > To: triumphthunderbirdsportriders@yahoogroups.com
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        > > > Sent: Monday, August 19, 2013 2:21 AM
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        > > > Subject: [T TBS R] 12K Check-Up
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        > > > So, swung by my local triumph shop today. Everyone there was very helpful and answered my seemingly endless questions about the TBS, I am still new to it. They also mentioned that since my bike is over 12,000 miles it is due for it 12K service which costs around $900.00.
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        > > > My questions is three fold for the group.
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        > > > 1. Is it worth it to get this service if everything is performing well on the bike?
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        > > > 2. I have personally already:
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        > > > replaced the air filter with a K&N (that was an experience)
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        > > > sea foamed the fuel tank
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        > > > adjusted the chain for tightness
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        > > > changed the oil and added a K&N filter
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        > > > drained and changed the coolant (still need to do a full cleaning on the system though)
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        > > > Aside from the above, what else will they do during the 12K service?
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        > > > 3. My chain is looking a bit old and has likely not been replaced since the bike rolled off the line. How difficult is it to replace the chain and where would you gentlemen recommend I go about finding one?
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        > > > Thanks guys,
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