Can you help on the the mysterious case of the leftover part? R1150GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by wxwax, Nov 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

  1. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Hi y'all. :wave.

    2001 R1150GS. I had to lift the tank to reach the battery. I removed the seats and popped-off the little side fairing. Forewarned, when removing the tank bolt I kept my hand behind it to catch the nut before it fell into the void. I'm almost positive that I didn't miss anything.

    Come time to button it up, I happen to find an extra part tucked behind the cables.

    Here's a photo of the bolt/washer/nut on the left. And the mystery part on the right. Do any of y'all recognize it? It has a rubberized washer on the inside. It looks rather like one of the three receptacles for the side panel that pops on and off. But they're all present and correct, as far as I can tell.

    Any clues? Thanks for your help.


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  2. TengaiJohn

    TengaiJohn Long timer

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  3. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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  4. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    Mine has only ever had the bolt and washer, so I checked the fiche.

    I looks like im missing many pieces, and you are missing one or two.

    tank mount.jpg
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  5. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Wow. Thanks for digging that up and posting it. I'm wondering if the dealership mechanic took some shortcuts at some point in the past? If I'm reading that image correctly, #10 goes on the inside. On mine, it was on the inside and the end of #5 was on the outside.
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  6. PaulBarton

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    #10 does go on the inside but it is easy to drop when removing. It's possible the PO of your bike got tired of hunting for it and reversed the order.
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  7. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Thanks for all your help. The mystery part is the male side of a spacer/vibration cushion that couples around the tank bolt hole. I never noticed the female side because it's longer and was still attached. Pair them up on the tank "tab", drop the tank into the frame bracket, insert bolt and tighten.
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  8. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    A few spots of superglue or silastic stuff will hold them in place
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