Help, please. Stray Circlip.

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  1. malloy

    malloy Been here awhile

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    I washed the bike the other day. After moving the bike I found a Circlip on the ground on the rider's right side from the counter sprocket forward :eek1. I can't see where it goes. I'm not 100% sure it is a even part for the bike but have a feeling it is :norton.

    I searched the fiche and found just one such circlip, item 5: http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/DiagramsMain.aspx?vid=51596&rnd=03252011 (11_3997 - ENGINE HOUSING COVER, LEFT) but it is an internal piece and the release lever (item 8) has never been removed from the bike.

    McMaster-Carr calls the circlip a "metric side-mount external retaining ring (E-Style)": http://www.mcmaster.com/#retaining-rings/=hre0t4 The one I have in hand measures 12mm outside diameter (A), 6mm inside ear to ear and is approximately .5mm thick. The clip is non-magnetic. A magnet won't pick it up so it is not made of steel. It is a dull grey color.

    Any ideas out there:ear:ear?

    Desperate and much obliged!
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  2. sturgeon

    sturgeon Been here awhile

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    The repair manual lists a few, but they're all internal as far as I can tell. If a magnet won't pick it up, it's probably stainless. Which doesn't help much, of course.
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  3. Zeke Markham

    Zeke Markham Been here awhile

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    Check your instrument cluster? There should be 3 of them on the posts holding it on. Wild guess but they look close to that, and I haven't had very much luck with mine staying on.
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  4. sturgeon

    sturgeon Been here awhile

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    Yeah, that could very well be it. I didn't actually look at the McMaster Carr reference. I was thinkin' more like the "external retaining ring", not the U-shaped ones. Of course, it doesn't help (me) that BMW calls those "retaining clips", not circlips :lol3
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  5. malloy

    malloy Been here awhile

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    Sturgeon - I think it is stainless, actually. It is shinier then "dull grey".

    I'm checking the instrument cluster, Zeke, but the one I have in hand looks a little different then the ones on my R1200GS instrument cluster.

    :clap Thanks for the replies - more are welcome. :ear
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  6. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    If it was an F800ST, I would have immediately said footpeg retaining pin e-clip, but I looked on the fiche and for an F650GS it shows a cotter pin style, so I guess it's not that. Sorry.
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  7. malloy

    malloy Been here awhile

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    Zeke - No luck at the instrument cluster. All three at home. Those clips have a little lip on them to help pull them off their posts. This one is completely flat. Like Sturgeon said, all the ones I found on the Fiche were internal. So this might not be a part off the bike.

    I've ridden it a little. So far so good - nothing has fallen off or exploded.

    One of the first places I looked was the passenger pegs, LBS, based on prior bikes.

    But, still trolling for ideas :ear
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  8. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    check the rear brake I think there is some kind of clip on the connection to the rear master.
    Just checked mine and no circlip just a funky pin clip so it cant be that.
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  9. malloy

    malloy Been here awhile

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    Thanks one and all :clap!

    Spent quite a lot of time looking at the fiche and all over the bike following these suggestions and others. I Don't see any missing circlip anywhere. I've ridden a few times without falling apart so maybe this stray clip belongs on something else. Go figure.
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