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Forum: GS Boxers 03-16-2011, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3,096
Views: 1,003,706
Posted By Phloodpants
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Forum: Equipment 03-26-2010, 09:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,528
Posted By Phloodpants
No Windex!! Windex contains very fine...

No Windex!!

Windex contains very fine pumice, which is why it squeaks when you clean windows. It will scratch your visor.

+1 on the Plexus.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2010, 02:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 766
Posted By Phloodpants
It shouldn't hurt the paint, which isn't really...

It shouldn't hurt the paint, which isn't really paint, it's powder-coat. But it will eat rubber and give you brain damage.

Get a toilet brush with a symmetrically round shaft. Cut off the handle,...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 02-15-2010, 08:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,011
Posted By Phloodpants
That graph gives me a nerd-gasm! More please.

That graph gives me a nerd-gasm!

More please.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-14-2010, 10:09 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,032
Posted By Phloodpants
That's really clever! And possibly more accurate...

That's really clever! And possibly more accurate than an expensive torque wrench.

But for these pivot bearing, I like the el-cheapo rod type torque wrench. I think you need to use the mechanic's...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-10-2010, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,067
Posted By Phloodpants
Ummm... it ain't paint! It's powder-coat. Of...

Ummm... it ain't paint! It's powder-coat. Of course it's hard to strip. :evil
Forum: GS Boxers 09-24-2009, 08:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,619
Posted By Phloodpants
Well, I don't think the U-Joints are any...

Well, I don't think the U-Joints are any different either. They only need to allow for the angle without bumping anything.

The thing about U-Joints is that the greater the angle you put them at,...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-23-2009, 12:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,619
Posted By Phloodpants
Sure! The angle on the U-Joints increases with...

Sure! The angle on the U-Joints increases with taller shocks, putting more strain on them. If you have a slight imbalance somewhere, it will be more pronounced as the U-Joints wobble back and forth...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-23-2009, 07:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,619
Posted By Phloodpants
The driveshafts are the same length. Think about...

The driveshafts are the same length. Think about it. The u-joints pivot at the exact same fulcrum as the paralever joints. The splines do not move in and out as the suspension goes up and down. So...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-20-2009, 06:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,647
Posted By Phloodpants
I've come to believe that if your bearing fails...

I've come to believe that if your bearing fails at any point, it needs to be re-shimmed, or at least checked. The collected wisdom seems to be that if you have a properly shimmed FD, it will last the...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-02-2009, 10:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,039
Posted By Phloodpants
Shift down and accelerate quickly! Better for the...

Shift down and accelerate quickly! Better for the motor too, let it spin, not lug.

If your intention is to zip ahead of inattentive, bad drivers, I think it's better to make swift, decisive...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-02-2009, 10:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,146
Posted By Phloodpants
Is it possible the clutch lever is hitting the...

Is it possible the clutch lever is hitting the handguards? I thought they might have fixed that issue though...

You could have been slipping the clutch, and the heat would make it get less and...
Forum: The Garage 08-01-2009, 10:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 964
Posted By Phloodpants
Yep, that's it! Your hypothesis is sound. I...

Yep, that's it!

Your hypothesis is sound. I couldn't imagine what the cap was for, but the heat transmission theory fits with the material it seems to be made of. It's surprisingly brittle, made...
Forum: The Garage 08-01-2009, 06:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 964
Posted By Phloodpants
Sorry, I didn't take pictures, but I suppose I...

Sorry, I didn't take pictures, but I suppose I could if it would help.

No fluid came out at all. The piston is shaped just like a cup with straight sides, and the brake fluid pushes from the...
Forum: The Garage 08-01-2009, 04:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 964
Posted By Phloodpants
Question Gah! Hole in my brake piston, does it matter?

I was flushing the brakes today on my R1150GS. I was using a channel-lock pliers (taped up jaws so as not to scratch) to squeeze the pistons all the way in.

Well, I applied a bit too much force in...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-16-2009, 03:16 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 31,981
Posted By Phloodpants
I know a lot of people have had great experiences...

I know a lot of people have had great experiences with these tires, but...

I didn't like the Conti Trail attacks, especially coming from a set of EXP's. I wanted better mileage, but of course, you...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-08-2009, 07:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 673
Posted By Phloodpants
Have you changed the blinker fluid?

Have you changed the blinker fluid?
Forum: GS Boxers 06-25-2009, 03:48 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 15,203
Posted By Phloodpants
I'm resurrecting this thread to ask a related...

I'm resurrecting this thread to ask a related question...

I did this mod last year and it's time to change the filter.

To keep from getting fuel all over the place when I disconnect the hoses,...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-23-2009, 08:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,269
Posted By Phloodpants
Transmission output seal most likely. The boot...

Transmission output seal most likely. The boot should be dry. There is no oil in the swingarm unless something is leaking.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-20-2009, 11:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,972
Posted By Phloodpants
But yeah, I think it's leaning too much. if you...

But yeah, I think it's leaning too much. if you parked it like that in soft gravel, it would fall over, which is as good a measure as anything.

A hockey puck works, but might be too thick. A piece...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-20-2009, 11:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,972
Posted By Phloodpants
Your dog seems to think it's OK! But I'm not sure...

Your dog seems to think it's OK! But I'm not sure I'd trust the opinion of a dog on this one. Impending earthquakes, yes, but side stand lean, no.

Ask a cat.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-19-2009, 11:47 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,028
Posted By Phloodpants
So the play was your pivot bearings. And your FD...

So the play was your pivot bearings. And your FD big bearing shows no wear or metal bits in your oil.

You have a leaky seal at 90K. No surprise there.

I'd say you've got one of the good ones!...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 06-18-2009, 10:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,989
Posted By Phloodpants
I've had a 60C for years, lots of rain, no...

I've had a 60C for years, lots of rain, no issues.

Garmin is good about replacements.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-17-2009, 10:47 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,028
Posted By Phloodpants
Did your rear pivot locknut slip perhaps? It...

Did your rear pivot locknut slip perhaps? It might have backed out and caused the play. At some point you're going to have to take the pin out completely, clean the threads and tension the bearings...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-17-2009, 02:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 853
Posted By Phloodpants
You're probably good for another 400 miles or...

You're probably good for another 400 miles or so...

But really, these things can last 30K or 200K, depending on how they're driven. I inspected my clutch recently through the starter hole at 70K....
Forum: GS Boxers 06-09-2009, 07:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,218
Posted By Phloodpants
Don't bother! Just remove the cannister...

Don't bother! Just remove the cannister (http://www.ibmwr.org/r-tech/oilheads/cannister_horn.shtml#Canisterectomy) and you won't need those lines.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-29-2009, 09:57 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 11,523
Posted By Phloodpants
I'll dissent from the majority here. I have them...

I'll dissent from the majority here. I have them and hate them! Can't wait for them to wear out so I can put EXP's on.

They're squirrely on gravel for one thing. I figured... "How much worse could...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-27-2009, 12:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,035
Posted By Phloodpants
Agreed... why? Statistically, these bikes...

Agreed... why?

Statistically, these bikes are not stolen often.

Best insurance is tall shocks and an Adventure center stand!

And besides... what do you do when you hear a car alarm in the...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-27-2009, 09:32 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,284
Posted By Phloodpants
Yeah, grease it! When I replaced mine, I noticed...

Yeah, grease it! When I replaced mine, I noticed that the new one had very little lube on the bearings, which are rather exposed.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-26-2009, 02:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,284
Posted By Phloodpants
Oh, but did you order the little paper gasket?

Oh, but did you order the little paper gasket?
Forum: GS Boxers 05-26-2009, 02:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,284
Posted By Phloodpants
Yeah, it's overkill! That brown fluid isn't...

Yeah, it's overkill! That brown fluid isn't likely to have made it up to your master cylinder, and even if it did, I don't see how it would damage it. You're going to be flushing it all anyway.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-26-2009, 09:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,284
Posted By Phloodpants
Nope, the shock needs to come out so you can...

Nope, the shock needs to come out so you can work. But taking the shock out is easy!

BMW's service manual says to remove the swingarm, but if you have a set off ball-end hex wrenches, you can...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-26-2009, 07:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,284
Posted By Phloodpants
I can add a third failure mode to that list... ...

I can add a third failure mode to that list...

3) The bearing burns up and starts squealing.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-19-2009, 03:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,983
Posted By Phloodpants
Interesting. Thanks!

Interesting. Thanks!
Forum: GS Boxers 05-19-2009, 07:59 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,983
Posted By Phloodpants
I thought the basic issue was that they are using...

I thought the basic issue was that they are using a ball bearing where there should be a tapered roller. The tolerance to get the preload right is very small and difficult to measure on a fast-paced...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-18-2009, 11:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,983
Posted By Phloodpants
I'm still not clear on this. Is there a newer...

I'm still not clear on this. Is there a newer final drive design that uses a roller bearing for the "big bearing"??

Yes, the outer, smaller bearing must be larger now to accommodate the hole...
Forum: Face plant 05-18-2009, 09:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,424
Posted By Phloodpants
In a full-lock U-Turn, keep your RPMs up and...

In a full-lock U-Turn, keep your RPMs up and feather the clutch to keep the bike upright. An engine running slowly and barely above idle speed is too unpredictable to use with any nuance.

Anton...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-12-2009, 11:46 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,983
Posted By Phloodpants
Sure, but the "big bearing" is still ball...

Sure, but the "big bearing" is still ball bearing, no? Seems to me that's the one that should be roller bearing.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-12-2009, 08:57 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,983
Posted By Phloodpants
They're using roller bearings now? Since when?

They're using roller bearings now? Since when?
Forum: GS Boxers 05-11-2009, 01:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,983
Posted By Phloodpants
I wouldn't call that reason to tear the whole...

I wouldn't call that reason to tear the whole thing apart. The reason these drives fail has very little to do with oil, and lots to do with how well they're put together at the factory.
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