2015 R1200GS LC tank panel fit up problem!

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Sycklemotor, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. Sycklemotor

    Sycklemotor Been here awhile

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    Has anyone had trouble with fit up of the center tank panel on a liquid cooled GS? I have a perfect alignment with the side panel on the left , and a terrible fit up on the right. I am suspecting the gas tank is the issue. The panels are in good condition and I have tried everything but cannot get a good fit on the right side.
    I am thinking the tank is deformed. Any thoughts?
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  2. texas_aggie

    texas_aggie Been here awhile

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    When I swapped my plastics I ran into the same issue. It has been noted by others but I'm not aware of a fix.
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  3. ShaftEd

    ShaftEd Long timer

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    My 2014 GSW is even worse. Ever since I took off the center tank panel years ago for the first time to replace my air filter, it has never fit flush and has gotten worse over the years. I'm not sure if the tank is growing or deforming a bit, or what. I've tried everything to synch up the fitting of the panel with no results. At this point I've given up and am just living with it.
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  4. Somun

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    I have the same issue with my 2015, same side not fitting tightly (same color too).

    I've taken all the panels off, and tried leaving the bolts a little loose as I reinstalled to try to get the alignment, but no luck.
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  5. ErikMotoMan

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    Guess I'll take mine apart just to see how badly I can screw it up...
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  6. Jim-Mer

    Jim-Mer Slowing Down

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    My ridding buddy's 2015 is worse than that. Dealer told him it is a problem with tanks swelling due to ethanol content in US fuels, and BMW is aware of it but no commitment to change anything.

    Anyone else have information about this?

    My 2015 has a gap on the right side slightly less than the pic from the OP.

    Jim
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  7. Sycklemotor

    Sycklemotor Been here awhile

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    I will be talking to my dealer tomorrow to see if they will look at it. I'll let you guys know what I find out. Seems to me to be pretty clear they need to address the issue. We paid top price for a quality product. I have loved all my GS's and my dealer ( Gateway BMW ) has always taken exceptional care of me. I hope this gets resolved as the fit up drives me nuts.
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  8. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    Same here, I've never been able to get rid of the gap adjacent to and behind the fuel filler cap on either side of the top panel to side panel contact areas of my '14 GSW.

    I've taken them apart numerous times, checked for any issues that may keep them from full integration, and no matter how carefully I try and fit them together, the gaps exist.

    Never thought before about deformation of the tank being the cause, but that is the only thing that makes sense at this point.
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  9. texas_aggie

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    Mine are so far off you can see the supports underneath.
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  10. khones

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    And I thought it was just mine :eyes
    13' GSW right side.
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  11. ShaftEd

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    Wow, many more bikes involved with this issue than we realized. You guys under warranty should put in a claim with your dealer while you still can. Us owners out of warranty will just have to wait and see if BMW steps up. However, if its like the Hexhead GS rear wheel flange issue, it could be a damn long wait.
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  12. Somun

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    I'll mention it next time I go in (before the warranty expires).
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  13. Deano747

    Deano747 2014 BMW R1200GSW; 2014 Ducati Monster 1200S

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    The tangs have to click into place. Put a tiny dab of Vaseline on each one and click them all in in order before you tighten up the exposed bolts on the side panels and the fuel cap bolts. Just a little fiddley :)
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  14. bobbybob

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    What "tangs"? (mine has the gap also)
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  15. Sycklemotor

    Sycklemotor Been here awhile

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    There are four prongs on the side panels that fit into rubber inserts on underside of center panel. Strange because there are six rubber inserts on center tank panel but only four prongs (two on each side panel). It seems as BMW may have decided to nix two of them before production of side panels.I have had my panel off twenty times. I cleaned them,lubed them etc. That is not what is keeping my panels from seating.
    FYI- The front of the center panel clips onto side panels at front. These clips ( one on each side ) are why some people have difficulty getting center piece to lift off. If you press side panel down and in at top front ,they will release.
    My riding buddy just bought a brand new GS LC and it has the same problem, although not as bad.
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  16. Sycklemotor

    Sycklemotor Been here awhile

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    My dealer has submitted warranty claim. I now have to set an appointment for them to physically take it apart and evaluate, get back to BMW with results and see how they with to handle it. I'll keep you all posted as events unfold.
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  17. bobbybob

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    By all means keep us posted. You may be the first "claimant" among thousands in the US....:yikes
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  18. emidyl

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    hmmm, even recent newer tanks are deforming? sounds like the case with Ducatis' doing the same thing. Does anyone know how long it takes for ethanol to cause any degree of deformation, if there is such a measurement, if it is indeed the ethanol? And if that is the case, is not "most" premium recommended fuel ethanol free? I realize in some remote riding areas ethanol free fuel may be difficult to obtain, let alone premium, but are most owners seeking ethanol free premium?
    subscribed, interested in BMW's response.
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  19. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    Well, BMW says the bike is fine with E10 which is what a lot of the gas has here. If that is the case this should now be happening.
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  20. JStancampiano

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    I get ethanol free gas here and my 2015 panels fit fine. So there may be problems with ethanol in plastic tanks. My 07 GSAdv tank after 70k miles deformed enough that I had to cut 3/8ths inch off mounting washers to get it to fit.

    Joe
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