1200GSW Fixed Fork Tube Issues & Recall Threadfest

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by chef_of_the_future, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. xzatx

    xzatx Been here awhile

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    i got mine on new years eve 2016. december 31 2015. dont know, u have to call them and check your vin
  2. Ravedigger

    Ravedigger Been here awhile

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    I've got the cast wheels as well and it looks like my fork tubes failed before the wheels did. My cast wheels have a few spots where they're not perfectly round, but my tubes started leaking first.

    I've taken a few big hits, but I think in my case, it was more of a gradual failure that caused the tubes to separate. I regularly ride two up with full panniers and I had about 55k miles on my GS when the problem first occurred.
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  3. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    So sorry. Not trying to be snarky. Just trying to be humorous. As you know, you have helped immensely at numerous times via private message. You know you are my yoda! And unfortunately, my humor isn't always funny but no malice is ever intended.

    It may be a later design issue. But it is not an isolated issue. I've seen three separate threads with different inmates (other than mine) that detailed the same problem. And I've spoken with a different guy at a ralley who had the same issue in fixing it for a friend's bike. I'm not a worrier. I just think it is worth beefing that joint up if you do regular pounding off road. I look forward to the solution.
  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    It is all good. :thumb

    I'm not really saying it is isolated, I hope it is, but more a limited run issue. Hopefully they changed the assembly process and it caused this, otherwise there are several hundred thousand bikes out there is danger. Not just the GS and GSA, but RT, RS and R models as well. :deal
  5. Davidjohnson

    Davidjohnson Been here awhile

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    What is the recall for, preventing the tubes from getting loose?
  6. taz_va

    taz_va Long timer

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    Wow, damn, that rim.. he might have been only going 40kms, but how fast was the hedge hog moving?? lol.

    As to the forks and all that jazz, I just realized mine don't look like the photos being posted. Mine has some bolts in the top of the shoulder area, but it's OEM, it wasn't an add-on. I don't have a pic handy, but I'm wondering if anyone else has forks like mine? I'll post a pic later.
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  7. xzatx

    xzatx Been here awhile

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    mine also has a bolt on top. MY16. ill post a photo later.
    i anyhow sent these pictures and the recall sheet to my dealer, they said my bike is OKAY for that fix. so they will only do the rework on the slave cylinder recall.
  8. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    I checked my 2016 GSA with about 10,200 miles on it- the forks look good.

    I also called my dealer and they looked up my bike and said that there were no active campaigns for it.
  9. xzatx

    xzatx Been here awhile

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    I have 2016 GSA, when i called them they said NO ACTIVE CAMPAIGN, i told him, can you check CLUTCH SLAVE CYLINDER, he was like, ooh that one?... hhhmm.. yes it is, bring it in.

    so i would seriously verify, or simply check your clutch fluid level.
  10. Ravedigger

    Ravedigger Been here awhile

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    I believe the bolts you're talking about are just for use during installation of the fork tubes. You open those bolts to allow air out when you put the upper tubes into the lower tubes.
  11. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    Already been changed, as was the water pump.
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  12. xzatx

    xzatx Been here awhile

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    probably! i'm no expert :D I sent the photos from this forum to my dealer and they said it does not apply to my bike. so im in the clear.
    i also have no gaps. it's well seated.
    ill add photos later today
  13. xzatx

    xzatx Been here awhile

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    you are ahead of your game then!.
    my weep hole had some dots of fluids dried out, i wiped it, i rode the bike like 400 miles, offroad onroad and nothing weeped.
    im keeping a good eye on it and i will have them look at it when i drop off my bike for the clutch slave.
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  14. Trixie

    Trixie Adventurer in my own mind

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    sorry guys,

    I was copy/pasting from the repair dvd. I thought a paste would post the image, not reference from an IP.

    I'll try to clean up this weekend when I return from my travels.
  15. Gompie

    Gompie Been here awhile

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    I went over a 3" surface change at 80mph, no warnings signs. I did put a minor dent in the front rim (GS casted wheel), and the tire stared to leak. It hurted my wrists. Can't imagine what kind of shock that bike must have seen



  16. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    Reminds me of BMWs long running problem on the F650GS lower fork slider. They casting breaking off where the front axel attached. Plenty of cases where riders report the front wheel going out for no apparent reason , loosing control and crashing. Never a recall or acknowledgment of a problem.
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  17. JimVonBaden

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    2015, 8500 miles, small ding from a hard hit on a rock.

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    Totally tight.
  18. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    2015, 8500 miles, small ding from a hard hit on a rock.

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    Totally tight.
  19. Davidjohnson

    Davidjohnson Been here awhile

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    Are you saying something is damaged, but the fork crimp is still tight? What got the ding, the wheel?
  20. wired2008

    wired2008 n00b

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    I am very pleased with the time that BMW took to responded at my email. The first one to find out where in the world was I writing from and 24hs latter someone from the local BMW office asking for the reseller name who did the first inspection.
    This does not mean that the guarantee will cover anything , but I am glad BMW will take the time to see if there is a material or design problem that must be solved.
    I will let the forum know what was the investigation result and how it was addressed.

    Thanks for all the responses and opinions in this thread .
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