airhead parts - the dark secrets revealed

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by datchew, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    :thumb Will do!
  2. roadrage

    roadrage Long timer

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    Didn't see this tip.

    Harley sealed battery for evo era softail (90's) works fine in the older airhead battery boxes. Same width and height, narrower by about 1/2". Same neg/pos orientation. More CCA's! Maybe $85 nowdays.

    bob
  3. roadrage

    roadrage Long timer

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    and trim em tight to the locking part, unless you like getting cut when you reach into a tight place... they may as well be knife blades
  4. David_S

    David_S Long timer

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    NAPA Oil Pressure Switch OP6065 (C$16) is a direct replacement and works fine. Advrider inmate tested and approved.
    ***Datchew's note: Make sure the one you get is not a tapered fit. A 66 vw uses a tapered fit oil pressure switch and that will not fit properly. Stephen says this one is not tapered. ***
    (thx to StephenB)
    Also Duralast PS158 just paid 7 bucks at auto zone.
    (thx to TxDieHart)


    Might want to add a Standard part number since it's a brand available at a lot of mom & pop part stores. I just installed one and it is perfect. Cost $15.00 Standard part number PS177
  5. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    updated. Thanks guys.
  6. DucatiPete

    DucatiPete In denial

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    I believe the tapered oil pressure switch David_S mentioned fits a /5... At least the one i got from my local vdub guy does.
  7. David_S

    David_S Long timer

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    The one I installed was not a tapered fit. It has straight threads with a gasket. I installed it on a /7 just a few days ago. It was a cross reference from the NAPA PN not looked up by any application. :huh
  8. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    no biggy. I expect most airheads will be savvy enough to take their old part with them.

    And if not, we'll hear about it and change the info. It's an iterative process... kinda like how they "practice" medicine. :deal
  9. CurlyMike

    CurlyMike Formerly SaddleSoar

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    what about a reasonable replacement for the /5 headlight/reflector and rim other than the R65 conversion. I mean a stock one you can get from JCWhitney or others...
  10. Beemerboff

    Beemerboff Long timer

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    The female thread is usually parallel , so whether you fit a taper male or a parallel with a washer is up to you.
  11. co_g30

    co_g30 Redlegsrides

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    Got a quote from local beemer dealer for my 1987 R80 Airhead

    BMW Dealer
    Westco W49-1209
    measures 7" in length, 3" wide, 6.5" tall.
    12Volt 20ah
    Weight 14.5lbs
    MSRP on Westco site: $99, $115 @ dealer.

    or you could go to digikey.com:
    Digikey.com
    Panasonic LC-X1220P
    measures 7.126 in length, 2.992" wide, and 6.575 tall.
    12Volt 20Ah
    Weight 14.56 lbs
    $75+shipping(figure about $20-25)=$100

    same dimensions, almost, and cheaper. I'll be going with Digikey when its time to replace. Best part? Same battery should work just fine for my 2004 R1150RT! Or if in a rush, I'll just get it at the dealer I guess.
  12. RandyB

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    R100gs Cheap Voltage Regulator replacement option
    <HR style="COLOR: #575757" SIZE=1><!-- / icon and title --><!-- message -->I just picked up a cheap replacement from National Auto for $9.00. The part is made by KEM #KVR502. It has a wire pig tail with a plug(fem) end that matches up perfect. Just a pass along...


    Found this buried in Old Skool from Drewb5.
  13. jbolivar46

    jbolivar46 n00b

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    Hello,

    Anyone know of or used different gauges than the stock? I've got a 77 R100S and 78R80 that use the cable ran gauges.

    Thanks
  14. dmack

    dmack 96 R1100gs

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    Well, I just ordered and received the NAPA OP6065 oil pressure switch. It's threads are a lot coarser and the diameter is larger than the stock switch in my 1972 R75/5. Strike one.



    I tried Western OR BMW (2.5hr drive yesterday) and they were out of stock. Strike two.


    Went back to NAPA and they found one that fits. It is the OP6066, made to fit many european cars (BMW, Audi, Alfa, etc). Fits fine, just about 1/2" longer overall.

    Dave
  15. opposedcyljunkie

    opposedcyljunkie Heavyweight Boxer

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    That would probably fit the later airheads (/6 - onwards). Your /5 takes a fine threaded switch.
  16. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    HOWZABOUT A even BETTER deal??
    I would check out the TOYO brand batteries from www.beiterbattery.com
    the skinny /5 style battery is a perfect fit on the BMWs. 12v20p
    I bought one 2 years ago and it is awesome!!!
    Especially at $40.00 plus shipping!!!!!!!!!
    Holy crap, it fits and works perfect!!!!
    ROBERT
  17. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    Does it list the pressure in bars on the part? I ask because I took a used oil pressure switch from an R100 to the VW shop the other day and the only ones he had (several) were almost double the pressure rating in bars.
  18. opposedcyljunkie

    opposedcyljunkie Heavyweight Boxer

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    I actually prefer to use those. I get an earlier warning so to speak. I believe the BMW rating is 0.3 bar, while what I use on my PD is rated at 0.5 bar.
  19. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Anhy recommendations for a good aftermarket (non-stock) voltmeter?
  20. Gimmeslack

    Gimmeslack furthur

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