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Old 02-11-2010, 02:22 PM   #1666
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FYI Dakar-ites....

I have several items from my Dakar for sale on the FM here.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:22 PM   #1667
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I trimmed my 3-holer to knock out the buffeting. It worked.







You need to take some patience and perhaps a dose of ingenuity along...the tolerances are a little, eh, loose
The dremel got broken out with a nice little metal cutting bit at lower speeds and it worked perfect for notching out the shield, it now lightly touches now at full left lock, nice and cheap too:
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:52 AM   #1668
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One of the things on my list is that the headlight mounting points are 1mm thick plastic, and on my bike all three are cracked. With any jolting at all, one or more of the retaining nuts will pop out of the cockpit panel, and the headlight bounces around until I press it back into place.

Anyone else had (or solved) this problem?

My temporary solution was to replace the ruined plastic retaining grommet/bushing/nut-thingy with a bit of fuel line that slips over the end of the adjusting screw. This held things fairly snug, and would not pop out of the panel. However, it's wonky, and does loosen up over time.



Sorry if this is already covered elsewhere. I looked for the "My Headlight Mounts Are a Cheap POS And Are Laughable For A Bike Intended For Off-Road Use FAQ", but I couldn't find it.

I'm trying to engineer something more durable, but I also only have a week to get the bike back together, and don't a great set of tools for making brackets etc.

I checked the microfiche, and replacing the cockpit panel and plastic retaining grommets would not be too much money, but then I end up with the same flimsy stock setup. I'd like to engineer something more durable, and keep my CBOA membership at the same time.

I can send more pictures if people can't follow what I'm going on about...
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:21 PM   #1669
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Bluhduh

Update: if you go looking for the part above, it *might* not show up on the microfiche. I checked 'F650GS Dakar 03-06' online at maxbmw, and the fiche didn't show the right part. That fiche listed the wrong part, with a picture of the right part:

Notice the wrong model year range is listed.

Not to be stopped by something as simple as looking in the first logical place, I tried looking in the *second* logical place; the fiche for 'F650GS 03-07' (non-Dakar). Here's what if found:


Still called a 'Rubber Bushing', but a different p/n, and the correct model year range. I went to my LBS, they had three in stock. They are black plastic, not white, but seems like the right part.

In summary:
Rubber Bushing 63121369833 (up to 05/2004) - wrong
Rubber Busining 63127687707 (05.2004 and above) - right

I'll be releasing a short documentary, titled "My Friends at The Parts Counter: How BMW Passes Design Costs Down To The Consumer" at a later date (TBD). Taking donations to the film making fund now, though.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:54 PM   #1670
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Eh? SHBs and Fork Brace

Dropped new SHB's into my '01 Dakar yesterday - it was time!



But found this when putting it all back together...



It looks like an old crack, so I'm not too worried but I'll get it welded this week. I DID look up the cost of a new part... sheesh...
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:02 PM   #1671
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Well, no excuses to upgrade to the YZ forks, eh.
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:07 PM   #1672
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Well, no excuses to upgrade to the YZ forks, eh.
The seed has been planted...
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:59 PM   #1673
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My 03 Dakar front brake rotor is definitely warped. Who has found an affordable replacement rotor?
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:15 PM   #1674
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My 03 Dakar front brake rotor is definitely warped. Who has found an affordable replacement rotor?
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The Galfer floating wave rotor was the cheapest one I found. It's lighter than stock...less unsprung weight. It's alot cheaper than stock. It looks better than stock. And it feels better. Might run cooler. A no-brainer if you're askin' me.
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:11 AM   #1675
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The Galfer floating wave rotor was the cheapest one I found. It's lighter than stock...less unsprung weight. It's alot cheaper than stock. It looks better than stock. And it feels better. Might run cooler. A no-brainer if you're askin' me.
Thanks so much. I googled and searched until I was tired and couldn't find that deal. Great price on a seriously nice looking rotor. Ordering tomorrow. I appreciate that.
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:04 AM   #1676
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Dropped new SHB's into my '01 Dakar yesterday - it was time!



But found this when putting it all back together...



It looks like an old crack, so I'm not too worried but I'll get it welded this week. I DID look up the cost of a new part... sheesh...
Happy trails sells a replacement also...
I have a oem off my 07 dakar if you are interested
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:27 AM   #1677
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My 03 Dakar front brake rotor is definitely warped. Who has found an affordable replacement rotor?
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Did you hit it on something or is it just pulsating when you apply the brakes? If it's just started pulsating you may be able to save it and get it back to 100% again.

Read this: The "Warped" Brake Disc and Other Myths of the Braking System by Carroll Smith for some great info and help get rid of the warped rotor myth. A ton of other great brake info under their whitepaper section too.
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:16 AM   #1678
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Did you hit it on something or is it just pulsating when you apply the brakes? If it's just started pulsating you may be able to save it and get it back to 100% again.

Read this: The "Warped" Brake Disc and Other Myths of the Braking System by Carroll Smith for some great info and help get rid of the warped rotor myth. A ton of other great brake info under their whitepaper section too.
That is highly recommended reading. I learned some things there for certain. I will try the bedding in procedure as I have just installed new pads about 100 miles ago.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:55 AM   #1679
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Rainy day project

I've been working on trimming the fat on my WP/Dakar for a while so decided to see about solving a couple of problems I had with my new nose.

1. Fender stuck out too much and too close to tire causing some slap on hard landings.

2. Still too much weight/complexity/slop up front for me.

3. Fairing/headlight is mounted too low.

So I took off the front inner fender keeping the rear mounted to the lower tree. Removed about 2.5 lbs of no longer needed bracks clamps etc. Moved the light assembly up about 1" So unintentional result is looks more like a rallly bike.

Of course needed a new rattle can paint job....

Threw a new DID chain and reaar 49 sprocket with the stock 16 up front and ready to call round 1. of my upgrade done. Next will be Protapers and a lightweight rear fender/rack.

Still fugly but feels much better.





I've also tried this Zefal cheapo folding mirror and so far it is just o.k. Barely passable but I've broken so many mirrors I'm used to riding without.
Should be more crashable.



Here is the bike with the old longer fender for reference. Again, not for cosmetics but ridability.

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Old 02-14-2010, 04:36 PM   #1680
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Laugh Cracked Fork Brace

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Happy trails sells a replacement also...
I have a oem off my 07 dakar if you are interested
Thanks dakarchef.

I have seen the HT and it looks like a possiblity, as is your offer of an OEM. But I think I'm good to go - a ChainGang member has offered me an OEM one from an '02 - an offer I have accepted. Thanks rrenold6

Love this thread!
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