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Forum: GS Boxers 07-21-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 917
Posted By lkchris
Every tire change. How hard is that?

Every tire change.

How hard is that?
Forum: GS Boxers 07-20-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,297
Posted By lkchris
Bike came from the factory with wheels balanced,...

Bike came from the factory with wheels balanced, didn't it?

Decades of hype from aftermarket ticky tacky marketers has "proven" manufacturers are "cheapskates," right?

If the factory thought...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-20-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Posted By lkchris
The same tool is used to both install and remove...

The same tool is used to both install and remove Oetiker clamps, and it's really easy to use, but it appears a major stumbling block to so many to purchase one. These clamps are far superior to...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-07-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 493
Posted By lkchris
Well, you could own a Porsche, a Mercedes, a BMW...

Well, you could own a Porsche, a Mercedes, a BMW car, a VW/Audi, or any other BMW bike going back 30 or more years and most of them would retain the main halogen bulb the same way with a similar clip...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-02-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,154
Posted By lkchris
Great source for TORX tools ...

Great source for TORX tools
http://wihatools.com/indexes/indxtorx.htm
Forum: GS Boxers 07-01-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,154
Posted By lkchris
M6 and M8 describe the diameter of the threaded...

M6 and M8 describe the diameter of the threaded shaft and do NOT indicate the wrench size.
Forum: Road warriors 06-05-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,491
Posted By lkchris
Although 10K miles past the commonly suggested...

Although 10K miles past the commonly suggested spline lube interval.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-04-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,478
Posted By lkchris
Well, if there's an airbag, this period will...

Well, if there's an airbag, this period will serve to eliminate stored charge in the capacitor.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-29-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,701
Posted By lkchris
BMWs have had skinny grips forever. ... making...

BMWs have had skinny grips forever. ... making "poor design" comments laughable.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,747
Posted By lkchris
Since not watercooled and no water jackets, new...

Since not watercooled and no water jackets, new motor oil will make the engine run quieter than it was just before you changed it. Less likely to hear this with watercooled motor, I'd think.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,747
Posted By lkchris
BMW boxer twin valve cover gaskets have been...

BMW boxer twin valve cover gaskets have been designed to be reusable for years and years, even Airheads. Just remember, no adhesive or other goop.
Forum: Equipment 05-19-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By lkchris
What is your Bluetooth receiver? BMW...

What is your Bluetooth receiver? BMW communicator or ??
Forum: GS Boxers 05-19-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,155
Posted By lkchris
Using rear brake only is mistake

Using rear brake only is mistake
Forum: GS Boxers 04-27-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,650
Posted By lkchris
Camhead plugs are smaller than Hexhead plugs and...

Camhead plugs are smaller than Hexhead plugs and the official change interval is 12k miles versus 24k. Easy to assume quicker wear on smaller plug, as there's less to start with.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-16-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 304
Posted By lkchris
Be sure to put all removed parts in a basket.

Be sure to put all removed parts in a basket.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-16-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By lkchris
There's a big "nice" factor about new tires. ...

There's a big "nice" factor about new tires.

New rubber isn't as hard as old rubber and new tires always feel better.

Even half worn, a tire doesn't perform as well as a new one.

There...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 547
Posted By lkchris
Don't the latest ones have heavier flywheels,...

Don't the latest ones have heavier flywheels, too?

I know this was "announced" in conjunction with the GSW but that doesn't mean it isn't now also on the basic GS. It's on the new RTs, and it's...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-26-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,312
Posted By lkchris
Ain't psychology grand? Lots of posts "is...

Ain't psychology grand?

Lots of posts "is this part necessary?"

Lots of posts "is this procedure necessary?"

You wonder why BMW even bothers, as clearly its customer know more than they...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-23-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 760
Posted By lkchris
I'd call a couple other dealers. I've had it...

I'd call a couple other dealers. I've had it retrofitted twice to R1200RTs and memory is hazy but think it was more like $600. Can't imagine anything different about a GS. It's just software and a...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-17-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,703
Posted By lkchris
Just in case you want original equipment quality...

Just in case you want original equipment quality ...

http://beemershop.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=BS&Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=MAHLE
Forum: GS Boxers 03-10-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 864
Posted By lkchris
Parts for German vehicles, both cars and...

Parts for German vehicles, both cars and motorcycles, are not available at "local parts stores."

It will save you "a lot of time and trouble" if you simply obtain them from BMW sources or from...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-04-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,469
Posted By lkchris
Treat the disease and not just the symptom. ...

Treat the disease and not just the symptom.

Don't overtighten the filter when installing.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-04-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,782
Posted By lkchris
So people like you that don't understand...

So people like you that don't understand engineering are protected by those that do.

Did you know that the failure of the modified P-51 Mustang that augered in at the Reno Air Races a couple...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-26-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,710
Posted By lkchris
Yes, and he also meant "its pampered garage" and...

Yes, and he also meant "its pampered garage" and not "it's pampered garage" because "it's" means it is.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-25-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,643
Posted By lkchris
No, most BMW people do not feel the same way. ...

No, most BMW people do not feel the same way.

Resale value is for sure going to be of little consequence but I'd still rather have a dealer-serviced bike than a shadetree-serviced bike.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-13-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,160
Posted By lkchris
IMHO online forums are great but are 2nd place to...

IMHO online forums are great but are 2nd place to your local BMW club.

Most BMW clubs have at least one guy that's really an expert on most and maybe even exactly your BMW. Might even be an...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-10-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,834
Posted By lkchris
Despite lots of wishful thinking, fact is gear...

Despite lots of wishful thinking, fact is gear oils are NOT generic. SAF XO is a unique formulation and there is no equivalent from another supplier unless that supplier specifically states so.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-01-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,940
Posted By lkchris
From the BMW UK website: Also, it...

From the BMW UK website:



Also, it would be a good idea to not get so excited about "BMW oil" sold at BMW dealers.

USA is the only country in the world (well, maybe Canada, don't know)...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-29-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 951
Posted By lkchris
Remember that on the liquid cooled GS the motor...

Remember that on the liquid cooled GS the motor oil is in the clutch, too.

Use the specified oil.
Forum: Airheads 01-18-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,773
Posted By lkchris
It's an R65LS. There was no GL. IMHO it's a...

It's an R65LS. There was no GL.

IMHO it's a potential money pit but clean ones for sure are above average cool.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-22-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,758
Posted By lkchris
Indeed they do and they have a special tool for...

Indeed they do and they have a special tool for this application.

Bit of a misunderstanding of cultures here ... the LAST thing considered when Germans design a vehicle is DIY maintenance by folks...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-20-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 825
Posted By lkchris
And ... You don't glue them on.

And ... You don't glue them on.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-27-2013, 08:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,254
Posted By lkchris
Well, Countryside is the replacement and IIRC one...

Well, Countryside is the replacement and IIRC one of the Abts came along with the deal. Countryside is owned by California Angels pitcher CJ Wilson.

I wasn't particularly impressed by the...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-26-2013, 11:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,507
Posted By lkchris
Because every drain plug on every BMW bike...

Because every drain plug on every BMW bike forever has been 8 mm inhex (Allen). When there's a fill/drain pair, the drain is usually external hex. Not the case for big hole in the middle final...
Forum: Equipment 11-14-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,142
Posted By lkchris
I think it goes like this ... more range =...

I think it goes like this ...

more range = less accuracy
less range = more accuracy

Multiple torque wrenchs in your toolbox is likely.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-02-2013, 11:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,425
Posted By lkchris
It's only a bolt if you put a nut on it. These...

It's only a bolt if you put a nut on it. These are screws.

More importantly consider whether the hole into which you propose to insert the new screws is tapered in the same manner . I assume...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-02-2013, 10:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,531
Posted By lkchris
Of course all the responses above about batteries...

Of course all the responses above about batteries and battery chargers are irrelevant because yours is fine and that wasn't the question. If yours will "crank for a long time" the problem isn't the...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-29-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 654
Posted By lkchris
BMW dealer can get you an owners manual.

BMW dealer can get you an owners manual.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-19-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,073
Posted By lkchris
A gasoline engine needs a richer mixture starting...

A gasoline engine needs a richer mixture starting cold because a lot of the fuel portion of the fuel/air mixture will "stick" to cold metal parts in the intake tract and not make it to the combustion...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-19-2013, 05:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By lkchris
Aren't the new wheels wider to accommodate larger...

Aren't the new wheels wider to accommodate larger tires?
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