BMW Brake Recall?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by cjack, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. cjack

    cjack Been here awhile

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    Has anyone with a '07 thru'09 R1200GS actually had a brake line fracture which was the subject of that recall?
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  2. BMWRich

    BMWRich Sout'side Scooter Jock

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    Non for me...07GSA....62k miles and counting...all original 'cept the pads n fluid.
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  3. Multiplicity

    Multiplicity Been here awhile

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    I think they had a recall for an ABS sensor wire reroute, but nothing on actual brakes that I recall.
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  4. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    They replaced my front brake lines on my '07 while I had it in for service in '08...same time they did that antenna ring thingy
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  5. VonHelm

    VonHelm soggy doggy

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    No failures, but the rigid front ABS supply and return lines on my '07 have been replaced twice, under two different recall campaigns.

    The most recent, seen here, have pale blue-anodized flare nuts:

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  6. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    A dealer did the brake line recall/replacement on my '07, and the removed line was still intact.
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  7. Multiplicity

    Multiplicity Been here awhile

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    Okay! So it's a "brake line" recall and not a brake recall :evil
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  8. rmarmbruster

    rmarmbruster Roba

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    Yes, the front brakes failed on my 08 in 2011. The front steel break pipe fails on the flange fitting from over tightening. At the time my dealer told me mine was the first ever failure in Australia - yeah right you buggers.

    It was scary event finding no front brakes on the freeway at 100km/hr.

    They did a good job at fixing it though. New wiring harness because brake fluid had melted the glue in the old one, also a new frame piece, brake pipe, can't remember the rest. I was happy with the repaired bike and surprised how much trouble they went to.

    Cheers

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  9. Hennepinboy

    Hennepinboy Have battery will travel.

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    I had the brake line fail on the road, limped home. The local dealer replace the brake line, free of charge, but would do nothing for the paint damaged by brake fluid.
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  10. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    No failure yet, I did get the recall notice for the front brake line, checked in with Mex BMW they said not a problem, have not checked in with US BMW though...
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  11. Iron Rey

    Iron Rey Wingnut Extraordinaire

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    Yep, my '08 GSA's failed in 2009, had the recall notice for a couple of months, figured I would get it done next time I was by the dealers, rode it home then rode it to the dealers the next day (150 miles) with only rear brake (95% interstate). I was fortunate I didn't have any paint damage.

    Funny thing is I had a rear brake fluid loss on my 2010 GSA recently, it was a cracked banjo fitting, not a recall item but my dealer still fixed me up for free.
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  12. ridewv

    ridewv Been here awhile

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    My friend's failed on his 2008 GS while riding. What happens is a straight steel line makes a 90 degree elbow to a fitting. Brake fluid heating and cooling causes the line to slightly expand and contract (lengthen/shorten) which stresses it at the fitting causing it to crack there.
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  13. cjack

    cjack Been here awhile

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    I was looking at the new lines which are the recall kit and the somewhat straight line has two 90 degree bends, the short one has a 90 and two almost 180 degree bends. I wonder about all this...maybe the lines are a little more generous on length so they can flex a bit.
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  14. ridewv

    ridewv Been here awhile

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    Yes. The bends allow the line to flex to absorb expansion which stops the rocking stress on the fitting.
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  15. cjack

    cjack Been here awhile

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    Well that's what I thought, and what's more they look identical to the ones that are stock on this '08. I guess I'm just curious if there is/was some shape change or if the change was materials. The ends are blue anodized and the original ones are silver...like all the rest of the lines on the rear, etc.
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