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    Default F3S issue: passenger floorboard loose

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryTheBadger View Post
    Your original question was if we had experienced any other F3 issues. After two weeks of ownership, one of the passenger footrests refused to stay up, it kept slowly working it's way to the full-down position.
    They were fully tightened. I recall reading other posts with this issue. It looks like only rubber friction is used to keep them up...how to you add more friction? For now, I took them off.
    I added another washer to increase friction and mine stays up now! Simple fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerDoc View Post
    If you ordered very early the F3 came with a 4 yr (2 plus 2 Best)......Mine has that What I love about BRP warranties is no mileage limit. I put 31000 on my RT the first year so if they had mileage conditions like cars I would be out of luck quickly. I also put 5000 miles on my F3 in the first 6 weeks so not letting up..
    I know it's been a while since this post, but do you recall getting any documentation with that free extended warranty? I could use it now, and my dealer doesn't have any record of it! I still have the ad promoting it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny pop View Post
    I know it's been a while since this post, but do you recall getting any documentation with that free extended warranty? I could use it now, and my dealer doesn't have any record of it! I still have the ad promoting it though.
    If the warranty was given...it had to be registered through BRP. They send you a drivers license sized card that states you have the warranty until date XXX.

    If you don't have the card...it did not get registered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akspyderman View Post
    If the warranty was given...it had to be registered through BRP. They send you a drivers license sized card that states you have the warranty until date XXX.

    If you don't have the card...it did not get registered.
    I guess I made the mistake of ASSUMING that I was getting the Pre-Season Sales Event 4 year Extended Warranty when I paid for my F3 on 12/2014!
    Since I didn't take delivery until April, according to my salesman, I am not entitled to the Extended Warranty.. What a surprise to me today!!! I had no idea that my warranty was long expired.
    I'm going to call BRP tomorrow for what it's worth and plead my case. No big repair issues yet, just wanting to get my front sprocket replaced because of the rust issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jneg2 View Post
    I guess I made the mistake of ASSUMING that I was getting the Pre-Season Sales Event 4 year Extended Warranty when I paid for my F3 on 12/2014!
    Since I didn't take delivery until April, according to my salesman, I am not entitled to the Extended Warranty.. What a surprise to me today!!! I had no idea that my warranty was long expired.
    I'm going to call BRP tomorrow for what it's worth and plead my case. No big repair issues yet, just wanting to get my front sprocket replaced because of the rust issues.
    I bought mine on 4/30/14 and got an extended warranty. Which now expired a couple weeks ago. Happy to say that I did not have to use it at all.

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    I have 7000 miles on mine now, had a little belt vibration in the beginning had it adjusted with 1st oil change no more problems F3L. Had a friend buy a new indian last year, he has been a wing rider for 40 yrs. He said the bike was beautiful and smooth on back roads, but at 75 hyw speeds its loud and squirly couldn't hear the radio traded it for a new wing after 3 months

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    Default No issues

    I have an F3T and have absolutely no issues with over 4K miles on it. I will say I get some feedback in the footpegs between 62 and 65 miles per hour but would not call it a vibration at all. Love the ride and feel. My wife has an RT-L and I think she would say the same thing. We have a good friend who is an Indian rider and loves them. So all up to you, what is most comfortable and stable for you.

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    Bought a new 2017 have 185 miles on it a good machine for one person no good for two it is rated for 435 lbs we are under that it bottoms out on any little tar strip the dealer wants to sell me a $900 shock to solve the problem we road a 400 Yamaha scooter that handle us on it better going back to dealer again only had the spider a couple weeks .I ask about trading it for another model he said he would give me $5500 less than I paid for it I am not happy with it .I wish I would have taken it for a ride before I bought it it is the f3s model
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    Red face

    Bought a new 2017 have 185 miles on it a good machine for one person no good for two it is rated for 435 lbs we are under that it bottoms out on any little tar strip the dealer wants to sell me a $900 shock to solve the problem we road a 400 Yamaha scooter that handle us on it better going back to dealer again only had the spider a couple weeks .I ask about trading it for another model he said he would give me $5500 less than I paid for it I am not happy with it .I wish I would have taken it for a ride before I bought it f3s model

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rondaa View Post
    Bought a new 2017 have 185 miles on it a good machine for one person no good for two it is rated for 435 lbs we are under that it bottoms out on any little tar strip the dealer wants to sell me a $900 shock to solve the problem we road a 400 Yamaha scooter that handle us on it better going back to dealer again only had the spider a couple weeks .I ask about trading it for another model he said he would give me $5500 less than I paid for it I am not happy with it .I wish I would have taken it for a ride before I bought it f3s model
    BRP does have a more affordable '2 Up' shock for the F3-S which will help with the bottoming. It won't stop it entirely but it is much better than the poor stock one (which they shouldn't really be putting on newly produced models).

    Part code is 219400739 - see this thread for details. Edit - thread link would help: http://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/s...3-two-up-shock

    I can appreciate you aren't happy having to spend money on a brand new bike - could try and get the dealer / BRP to change it as a goodwill gesture?
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    Default Only the Spring is different....

    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyboymorton View Post
    BRP does have a more affordable '2 Up' shock for the F3-S which will help with the bottoming. It won't stop it entirely but it is much better than the poor stock one (which they shouldn't really be putting on newly produced models).

    Part code is 219400739 - see this thread for details. Edit - thread link would help: http://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/s...3-two-up-shock

    I can appreciate you aren't happy having to spend money on a brand new bike - could try and get the dealer / BRP to change it as a goodwill gesture?

    After I bought my F3-S, I did the switch to the heavier duty rear suspension setup. After purchasing the shock/spring "kit", I found that only the spring is different. The shocks have the same part number stamped on them. Going this route (switching only the spring) will save significant $$ (2/3?), but you will need to have, find or buy a special tool to swap the springs.

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    Suspension complaints are not unique to the Spyder.
    Visit any bike forum in almost any price range and you'll find the same complaints. Not everyone complains but it seems a lot do-no matter what the brand.
    Seats, windshield , and suspension are the most common gripes.
    I think many have different expectations. That's why the aftermarket is strong.
    Manufacturers cannot make one that is perfect for all who buy/ride it.
    Not very many other brand owners are as quick to want to get rid of their ride, because of something they don't like, as are Spyder riders. Have often wondered why that is? Maybe lack of experience?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveInMn View Post
    After I bought my F3-S, I did the switch to the heavier duty rear suspension setup. After purchasing the shock/spring "kit", I found that only the spring is different. The shocks have the same part number stamped on them. Going this route (switching only the spring) will save significant $$ (2/3?), but you will need to have, find or buy a special tool to swap the springs.

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    I thought the shock was different as well on the '2 Up' as it looked thicker, but I couldn't be sure. You don't need any specialist tools though as it comes as a pre-built shock and spring, just 2x13mm bolts top and bottom to change it and the kit has new nuts and bolts with it.

    I thought the new shock was excellent value and if you will do 'occassional 2 up' riding it's fine. If you'll ride 2 up a lot then a better shock or F3-T with the air shock would be better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyboymorton View Post
    I thought the shock was different as well on the '2 Up' as it looked thicker, but I couldn't be sure. You don't need any specialist tools though as it comes as a pre-built shock and spring, just 2x13mm bolts top and bottom to change it and the kit has new nuts and bolts with it.

    I thought the new shock was excellent value and if you will do 'occassional 2 up' riding it's fine. If you'll ride 2 up a lot then a better shock or F3-T with the air shock would be better.
    Both shocks have the same part #s stamped on them....at least mine did. As far as I can tell, they are the same.

    You'll need the special tool (shock-spring compressor) if you only buy the spring and intend to use your OEM shock. You'll need it to remove the OEM spring from the OEM shock and mount the new spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveInMn View Post
    Both shocks have the same part #s stamped on them....at least mine did. As far as I can tell, they are the same.

    You'll need the special tool (shock-spring compressor) if you only buy the spring and intend to use your OEM shock. You'll need it to remove the OEM spring from the OEM shock and mount the new spring.

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    Ah ok get you now, yeah if you wanted to re-use priginal shock you would need spring compressors. Most who have fitted this (me included) just swapped it as a whole unit. Might as well have a news shock as well as new spring seeing as they come as a package.

    Anyhow - a good upgrade for not much $$ if rondaa wants to try it rather than lose $5000 on his new F3-S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyboymorton View Post
    BRP does have a more affordable '2 Up' shock for the F3-S which will help with the bottoming. It won't stop it entirely but it is much better than the poor stock one (which they shouldn't really be putting on newly produced models).

    Part code is 219400739 - see this thread for details. Edit - thread link would help: http://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/s...3-two-up-shock

    I can appreciate you aren't happy having to spend money on a brand new bike - could try and get the dealer / BRP to change it as a goodwill gesture?
    I just ordered one from Bike Bandit for $178.00 FYI.

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    Why not buy one of each? I also ride a Road King and went on a beautiful ride yesterday.
    2017 F3 Limited. Garmin 590, LED fog Kit with white and amber rings, Fender LED kit, Spyder cuff drink holder. RR belt damper, Baja Ron Swaybar with Heim links. Spyderpops bumpskid, Rear brake/turn/run/strobe LED kit W Top case. Cat delete pipe. BRP touring windshield. FOBO TPM. Tech Grip phone holder. Black Dymond Grippers. Missing belt guard. SENA 30K. Ultimate Tall boy seat with drivers backrest, LaMonster gas cap, Brite Ryder LED's, Elka Shocks, TricLED Wide view mirrors

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    So fare for me the only issue seems to be vibration in the mirrors. My left mirror had the base plate replaced and that helped but it still vibrates. after I got back from spyderfest, I noticed both mirrors had the front cover come completely loose. Good thing I did not loose one or both.
    2017 F3 Limited. Garmin 590, LED fog Kit with white and amber rings, Fender LED kit, Spyder cuff drink holder. RR belt damper, Baja Ron Swaybar with Heim links. Spyderpops bumpskid, Rear brake/turn/run/strobe LED kit W Top case. Cat delete pipe. BRP touring windshield. FOBO TPM. Tech Grip phone holder. Black Dymond Grippers. Missing belt guard. SENA 30K. Ultimate Tall boy seat with drivers backrest, LaMonster gas cap, Brite Ryder LED's, Elka Shocks, TricLED Wide view mirrors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sccar View Post
    i am am still on the fence

    Indian scout or F3 (I know big price difference)
    I think you must ask yourself on the fence for what:

    Spending so much more money on a Spyder than on a Scout

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    Two-wheel versus three-wheel

    I can't help you with the $$$ side but I can tell you my experience 2 versus 3.

    I just bought a F3L. I will get it on Friday. When I test rode a Spyder last week, I realized that I had lost interest in riding because I was not as confident as before. Roads are so bad, we go thru so many construction zones. I was afraid of riding new roads, fear of not knowing what I would find. Earlier this year, my son told me he bought a small Honda. It made me realize that my relationship with 2-wheeler had changed.

    I am very happy to have made the switch from 2 to 3 and I may even regret not having done so earlier. I've been looking at Spyders since they came out, which was about the time I crashed my bike. I bought three more bikes after that, the last one in 2015. The last one may have been a mistake. I think now I should have bought the Spyder at that time. It would have saved me a lot of money. Going from 2 to 3 is a process, one that can involve conflicts of a very personal nature.

    Good luck.

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    I have owned my F3T for 1 year, 3 weeks. I must say that it has been a very good bike (knock on wood). Logged in just shy of 11k miles and had no issue, except for a small oil leak that occured when I first got it. Found out it was an o-ring around the dip stick. It was replaced under warranty on the first service. It only came with the 2 year warranty (my 2014 RT came with the 4 year), but if I decide to keep it (and I probably will), I can see myself getting the extended warranty just to cover my butt. I see that as a small price to pay for piece of mind. Since the bike was paid in full when I brought it home, maintenance and warranty are the only expenses. But don't get me started on the cost of maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deer Slayer View Post
    I think vibration is no worse than all the spyders before. Good ole floppy notch belt. I think all could use an idler pulley. Always test ride. Just me I could not stand the forward controls due to my back fusions and damage.

    Just wish they would consider a drive shaft like the F6B .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacklightning View Post
    I have owned my F3T for 1 year, 3 weeks. I must say that it has been a very good bike (knock on wood). Logged in just shy of 11k miles and had no issue, except for a small oil leak that occured when I first got it. Found out it was an o-ring around the dip stick. It was replaced under warranty on the first service. It only came with the 2 year warranty (my 2014 RT came with the 4 year), but if I decide to keep it (and I probably will), I can see myself getting the extended warranty just to cover my butt. I see that as a small price to pay for piece of mind. Since the bike was paid in full when I brought it home, maintenance and warranty are the only expenses. But don't get me started on the cost of maintenance.
    If you don't like the cost of maintenance. You might want to consider getting an electronic service manual and a couple of simple and inexpensive tools to do your own maintenance. For me, it is both satisfying work and gets me in sync with what is going on with my trike. I have two trikes and do the maintenance on both of them unless special tools are required for a particular task such as the BUDS system or a laser alignment. In that case, I will let the dealer do that task but do all of the other ones that do not require special tools.

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