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Forum: Airheads 11-20-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By bmwrench
The centerstand spring anchors appear to be in...

The centerstand spring anchors appear to be in the stock location. I'd start with standard BMW springs.
Forum: Airheads 11-20-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 705
Posted By bmwrench
Luftmeister sold an "S" fairing with GS1000...

Luftmeister sold an "S" fairing with GS1000 spoilers on it. I'll bet Matt still has the mold. If you catch him on the right day he might talk to you. He now runs South Bay Triumph.
Forum: Airheads 11-20-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 8,501
Posted By bmwrench
Could we stop calling triple clamps...

Could we stop calling triple clamps "trees"?
Forum: Airheads 11-17-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,578
Posted By bmwrench
The square rubbers and the round ones fit the...

The square rubbers and the round ones fit the same metal footrest.
Forum: Airheads 11-16-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,578
Posted By bmwrench
Nice looking stuff. How about doing some...

Nice looking stuff. How about doing some footrests that accept BMW footrest rubbers?
Forum: Airheads 11-16-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 523
Posted By bmwrench
The right cylinder being the rear most, the curve...

The right cylinder being the rear most, the curve of the header pipe is shorter and thus colors sooner. People have been noticing this since these bikes were new.
Forum: Airheads 11-14-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,235
Posted By bmwrench
Clean it with your favorite solvent, than soap...

Clean it with your favorite solvent, than soap and water. When dry, bead blast it. Wash it again, then paint it if you wish. Sand the ribs if you want it to look like new.
Forum: Airheads 11-11-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 14,961
Posted By bmwrench
Find a '79 starter cover-the type with the built...

Find a '79 starter cover-the type with the built in scoop. Then you can run the hose out the top of the motor. If you have really good ring sealing, you can run the tube down one of the cradle...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-09-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By bmwrench
Actually, the buttons for the GS based bikes that...

Actually, the buttons for the GS based bikes that use K-style switches are available as a replacement part. They come in a set of two for a frightening $6.66. P/N 61 31 9 062 462.
Forum: Airheads 11-09-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By bmwrench
The threaded holes in the upper half of a BMW...

The threaded holes in the upper half of a BMW handlebar clamp are deliberately undersized to keep the standard stud from backing out when you remove the nuts at the other end. Run an 8 X 1.25 tap...
Forum: Airheads 11-04-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 423
Posted By bmwrench
Before there were heated jacket liners and such,...

Before there were heated jacket liners and such, I wore a Gerbings Suit on an R100/7 with stock alternator. Drew more than 100 watts! I never had any trouble with it.
Forum: Airheads 11-03-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,182
Posted By bmwrench
I'm sorry to be so late in posting this, and hope...

I'm sorry to be so late in posting this, and hope that Chris will see it. So he wanted to copy BoxerCafe's starter cover. They copied it from a European company. In fact, everything they do is a...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-29-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By bmwrench
To follow up, VT will register almost anything...

To follow up, VT will register almost anything with a legit bill of sale and serial number. If it's more than 15 years old, they won't issue a title. Should you wish to register in another state...
Forum: Airheads 10-29-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,015
Posted By bmwrench
I think the one in the picture is from a single...

I think the one in the picture is from a single (R26-R27). In their case, it made it easier to remove the covers. The ones for modern twins are just silly.
Forum: Airheads 10-24-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 492
Posted By bmwrench
As Big Bamboo's picture shows, they are...

As Big Bamboo's picture shows, they are different. The top ring for an iron-bore cylinder is chrome-plated steel. Chrome will rapidly destroy Nikasil, which distributes itself on the piston,...
Forum: Airheads 10-23-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By bmwrench
Most BMWs don't need a steering damper. If...

Most BMWs don't need a steering damper. If they're wobbling, there's a problem that needs correcting.

However, I installed the OEM damper for a co-worker years ago at his insistence, and he...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-19-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,862
Posted By bmwrench
At my father's Triumph shop, we restored Triumph...

At my father's Triumph shop, we restored Triumph tank badges with a brush. I thought it was a bit of a bodge until I saw the picture above!
Forum: Old's Cool 10-18-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,729
Posted By bmwrench
rockers, what is it like to pull a Uni-Go? Can...

rockers, what is it like to pull a Uni-Go? Can you really corner hard and get away with it?
Forum: Old's Cool 10-16-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 15,934
Views: 9,417,502
Posted By bmwrench
She's cute, but I want her jacket-in my size.

She's cute, but I want her jacket-in my size.
Forum: Airheads 10-13-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,143
Posted By bmwrench
Nope. Yours are the larger diameter needles,...

Nope. Yours are the larger diameter needles, which have a Viton tip. Part number 13 11 1 335 318.
Forum: Airheads 10-13-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By bmwrench
This is a sign that your flasher relay is fading....

This is a sign that your flasher relay is fading. You can sometimes get the light to go out by removing the relay cover and blowing the dust out of it.
Forum: Airheads 10-13-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,143
Posted By bmwrench
This needle should be used on early CV carbs...

This needle should be used on early CV carbs only. Later carbs used a larger diameter needle which is already Viton tipped. I get $10.54 for the AMAL needle, so what you paid is very fair. I've...
Forum: Airheads 10-03-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 447
Posted By bmwrench
The 12 and 13mm cylinders were mostly used on...

The 12 and 13mm cylinders were mostly used on single disc bikes (with the exception of early monolever bikes). 14mm and larger were used on dual disc. 20mm is very different and is used with 4-piston...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-29-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 15,934
Views: 9,417,502
Posted By bmwrench
Swarfie, would you post some more pics of your...

Swarfie, would you post some more pics of your outfit? I'm intrigued by the fairing.
Forum: Airheads 09-29-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 14,961
Posted By bmwrench
Anorak, would you mind changing your avatar? ...

Anorak, would you mind changing your avatar? Smokey was one of my heroes.
Forum: Airheads 09-29-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 921
Posted By bmwrench
Paypal isn't instant, at least for me. It takes...

Paypal isn't instant, at least for me. It takes several days for the funds to reach my bank and costs me 3%. I do accept Paypal just to speed things along, and it's cheaper than handling credit...
Forum: Airheads 09-29-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By bmwrench
The 4.25 will fit. I used to run them on my...

The 4.25 will fit. I used to run them on my R100/7. The trouble with K81s are that they are now made all over the world. The ones I use on my Trident rarely last more than 3000 miles. The other...
Forum: Airheads 09-28-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 462
Posted By bmwrench
I don't know how many Odysseys I've installed,...

I don't know how many Odysseys I've installed, but there have been many. None of them have required higher voltage than standard, and none of them have given any trouble.
Forum: Airheads 09-28-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Posted By bmwrench
What is an R65 doing with a countersink screw...

What is an R65 doing with a countersink screw cover?
Forum: Airheads 09-28-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,388
Posted By bmwrench
Reg Pridmore used to put two springs in there. I...

Reg Pridmore used to put two springs in there. I can't imagine what the lever effort must have been!
Forum: Airheads 09-26-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,023
Posted By bmwrench
Check the sliprings on the new rotor for runout. ...

Check the sliprings on the new rotor for runout. I was involved with their 400 watt alternator. Three rotors with outlandish runout later, we gave up and went back to stock.
Forum: Airheads 09-24-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By bmwrench
Since BMW chose to put paint dots on them, why...

Since BMW chose to put paint dots on them, why not use them?
Forum: Old's Cool 09-22-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By bmwrench
As long as you have a thread or two showing above...

As long as you have a thread or two showing above the end of the nuts, they won't go anywhere.

I wouldn't use HD springs in a street bike. The OEM ones are more than adequate.
Forum: Airheads 09-22-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By bmwrench
The marks on the flywheel, pressure plate and...

The marks on the flywheel, pressure plate and pressure ring are supposed to be arranged as closely as possible at 120 degrees from each other. This is usually impossible; get as close as you can,...
Forum: Airheads 09-22-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By bmwrench
Tightening the axle should have no effect on the...

Tightening the axle should have no effect on the RDU clearance. The right thrust sleeve of the wheel is stopped by the axle sleeve of the RDU. I suspect you need to look at your wheel bearings and...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-21-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,147
Posted By bmwrench
what car, your saddlebags are Krauser Starlets. ...

what car, your saddlebags are Krauser Starlets. They're actually pretty good bags.
Forum: Airheads 09-19-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,861
Posted By bmwrench
No, oil passes through the hole continuously. I...

No, oil passes through the hole continuously. I think there's some confusion how the oiling in these motors works. Oil is pumped around the from cam bearing, then up to the front main. This is...
Forum: Airheads 09-19-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,861
Posted By bmwrench
Unfortunately, loss of the pin does affect oil...

Unfortunately, loss of the pin does affect oil pressure; it creates a large internal leak, so less oil reaches the rest of the motor. I had to attend to one of these last week. The rod bearings...
Forum: Airheads 09-17-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,798
Posted By bmwrench
You'll have to ask PJ about that. San...

You'll have to ask PJ about that.

San Jose BMW used to make a brace that used those two unused holes, but I'd be uncomfortable doing that. I've seen a brace similar to the one I made that...
Forum: Airheads 09-16-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 915
Posted By bmwrench
If worse comes to worst, you can drill the head...

If worse comes to worst, you can drill the head off of the bolt. I'd put the other bolt back in while drilling. You will need a sharp bit, perhaps several of them. Once the head is off, you will be...
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