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Old 10-04-2014, 07:13 PM   #1
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Ouch - FD in San Diego

Smacked something today that, at a minimum, screwed the outer seal on the final drive.
I'm concerned the case may now be out of round and that is why the seal has failed.
I know oil is like blood, a little looks like alot, but I'm concerned about ride-ability as I suspect there is little oil left in the pumpkin.
Bearings good for now. No play at 3&9 or 6&12.
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Wisdom appreciated.
Travelling from Banff, Canada south until I run out of time, money or both.

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Old 10-04-2014, 07:24 PM   #2
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SEARCH is your friend.

SEARCH "final drive seal" in the GS BOXER forum and you'll get 18 threads with help replacing the seal.

Here's a good one with step by step instructions and PHOTOS!
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=335870
See Post #3 for link to pics.

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Old 10-04-2014, 07:36 PM   #3
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Checking round?

Is there a way I can check the "round" of the case at the seal on the road side?
Worried the case has been whacked hard enough to pop the seal.
I guess what I'm saying is that I am very concerned this is a larger issue than just a failed seal.
Can a new seal fit and last in a slightly out-of-round hole? Not a rhetorical question.
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:49 PM   #4
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Rtv sealer

Clean good with break cleaner and use some Silicon RTV on the housing side. An you will be good to go. Let the sealer dry over nigtht.
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:45 PM   #5
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I highly doubt you made the housing out of round, though it is possible.

Best is to remove the old seal, file off the bent in area, and replace the seal.
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:29 AM   #6
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The SD BMW Club meets tomorrow at, Giovanni's Restaurant 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd SD, 0800-0945ish tomorrow (Sunday's). Show up and say hi.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:50 AM   #7
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Clean good with break cleaner and use some Silicon RTV on the housing side. An you will be good to go. Let the sealer dry over nigtht.
I would drain it the and try the above suggestion. Refill in the morning and you might get lucky. At the very least do the 'fix' while on the side stand so there's less of a chance of oil trying to weep out while the sealer dries. If you can find a marine store 3m 5200 would be the silicone of choice for this. It has great adhesion and gets harder than gasket sealer without turning solid like epoxy. It has great resistance to oil also...
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:33 PM   #8
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If it was out of round t would be doing a lot more Than weeping that much oil. Mine went bad on a trip last year and I had to keep going. Rough roads although not a lot of miles maybe 800 or so. No problems. Just keep an eye on it and watch for it it starts to get usually hot. The guy with the silicone idea might have a good temp fix there. There's a BMW shop in Calgary and one in Kelowna if you need to get over there.
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Old 10-05-2014, 03:14 PM   #9
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There's a BMW shop in Calgary and one in Kelowna if you need to get over there.
I thought I read that he was headed south and already in San Diego.

All he needs to do is replace the seal, 99.9% chance that he'll be good to go.
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Old 10-06-2014, 11:48 AM   #10
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For clarity, I am in San Diego.
Bike just left my hotel on a truck bound for San Diego BMW.
Service Manager Brent was very nice on the phone and has given me an undertaking to assess and fix the bike as soon as possible.
In the light of day with a normal hear rate, the case is scarred, but I don't think it has been deformed. Bearings feel good (smooth wheel spin, no play at 3&9 OR 6&12).
My hope, cause that's all I got right now, is that it is just a blown seal.
Details to follow as they become available.
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:07 PM   #11
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I have had very good service experiences at SD BMW. I would not hesitate to mention that the boys on Advrider steered you to them and are very interested in the outcome. You know, as if lots of people are paying attention to your issue and SD BMW's service.

Good luck,
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:11 PM   #12
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For clarity, I am in San Diego.
Bike just left my hotel on a truck bound for San Diego BMW.
Service Manager Brent was very nice on the phone and has given me an undertaking to assess and fix the bike as soon as possible.
In the light of day with a normal hear rate, the case is scarred, but I don't think it has been deformed. Bearings feel good (smooth wheel spin, no play at 3&9 OR 6&12).
My hope, cause that's all I got right now, is that it is just a blown seal.
Details to follow as they become available.
Not to disparage anyone, but I would be surprised if the dealer just swapped out the seal. The dent in the edge will make that hard without filing that edge down, and dealers really frown on that kind of repair, no matter how practical and safe it is.

Good luck, and I hope I am wrong!
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Old 10-06-2014, 10:13 PM   #13
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I see what you mean Jim.
Sometimes the simple fix is the best fix.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:36 PM   #14
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All good

Excellent experience at San Diego BMW.
Seal replaced.
Some "tidy up" of the dent/scar/deep scratch.
All good.
Many thanks for the help and suggestions.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:42 PM   #15
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