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Old 04-12-2015, 04:12 PM   #1
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05 BMW F650GS Air Filter Replacement

Anyone else have experience with the air intake system on the F650GS? Swapped out the air filter and went to reattach the bracket piece to unite the snorkel with the filter system and the crummy non-machine screws seem too short to bridge the gap. With less than a 1/4 inch of the screw coming out to attach the top and bottom part of the bracket, it simply isn't catching. I can get the top but not the bottom. If I do the bottom, then the top will not get close enough for the screw to make contact.

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1. Do I have the wrong screws?

2. Am I missing something?

Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Very concerned about stripping the plastic end of the receiver.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:31 PM   #2
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Here are the screws.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:32 PM   #3
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Bracket attachment point.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:40 PM   #4
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I only have one screw to mine I believe. One of the POs lost the other I guess. Must have shaken out though, as the stock air filter was still in place.

I did still have to press the collar portion over the joint rather firmly to fit. It compresses the rubber to seal around the filter.
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Old 04-12-2015, 06:18 PM   #5
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The screws are the right length. You have to get everything lined up just right especially the snorkel. The flanges have a taper to them.
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Old 04-13-2015, 04:13 AM   #6
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I filed/cut a slight taper in the groove on the outer piece on mine to allow it to engage the tab a bit easier. Some silicone spray lobe to make it slide easier helps too.
The screw setup is dumb... they strip out easily. You really need to be sure the bands are fully together before you put the screws in if you try to pull the two halves together with the screws you will strip the holes.
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Old 04-13-2015, 06:53 AM   #7
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The filing method makes good sense. Going to try it this week. Much appreciated for all the feedback.
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:26 PM   #8
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Help - Still Foiled

Been busy with other projects and left this where it lay. Tried filing and sanding and using C-clamps to no avail in making the flange join at top and bottom. Before I get the local mechanic involved or drop the $100 in parts to replace the battery tray, snorkel and flange, I'm going to try using a slightly longer non-OEM screw. Going to Ace Hardware in the am. If this doesn't work, I'm giving up.

Any final thoughts or suggestions are welcome. I'm open to anything. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:49 AM   #9
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Purchased a longer screw from Ace Hardware and this solved the problem and brought the bottom of the flange to unite the snorkel and filter set up. Problem solved.
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