In memory of Jim Adams - an R60/5 build diary

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by backdrifter, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. sdpc2

    sdpc2 Just another Rally Rat

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    I've enjoyed reading your thread and just wanted to say that you are doing Jim very proud. I'm sure that riding that old girl will provide you a great deal of joy once she is done. Until then, i will be following along.

    sdc
  2. JonnyCash

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    I just sold a set of those on ebay. I got one f-ing bid, $5 for shit's sake. I also got shit money for some very nice Guzzi valve covers too. I must be doing something wrong. Damn!
  3. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    sdpc2 - thanks much for the kind words, glad to have you reading along!

    JohnnyCash - did you post them for sale here? I would've bought them from you in a second! I was really happy to find the ones I did for under $30. I've seen crappier ones go for far more.

    I went out in the garage to prep the engine for swapping out the clutch water pump seal, and rear main seal, which I hope to do tomorrow. I decided to go ahead and remove the old oil filter and replace it with the new one, and put the new cover gasket in as well. I leaned the engine over as shown below. \

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    I pulled on something just a bit and the whole damn cart started to go over. :eek1 Luckily, I was able to catch it before anything hit the ground. I quickly moved the engine to a less precarious position and moved on! I was shaken though - I don't want to think about what would have happened if the engine went all the way down.

    I was surprised to find this underneath the oil filter cover:

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    Old filter. Oil didn't look too, too bad, but it was definitely time.

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    Spent the majority of my time scraping the old oil filter cover gasket off. It was a bear.

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    While I was thinking about it, I decided to start soaking the rear main seal in motor oil. I'll let it sit like this overnight, which I've read makes installation easier.

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    New oil filter about to go in:

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    New gasket, and then buttoned up:

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    Then onto the oil pan. I repositioned the engine again, this time making sure there was no chance of the cart tipping over!

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    I saw another inmate do this (my apologies to whoever I stole the idea from). Seemed like the cool thing to do, so here you go!

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    I was afraid the oil pan gasket would suck after the oil filter gasket, but it came right off with a razor.

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    Degreased and shined up a bit:

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    This is probably the cleanest this oil pan has been in 40 years, or will be for another 40 years!

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    And loosely back together:

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    I still want to do a bit more today, but it's a GORGEOUS day, so I'm off to spend some time with the wife and daughter. Hopefully more to come both today and tomorrow.
  4. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    Dead in my tracks today. Just realized I don't have the flywheel bolts, which can't be reused, so no point in going and disassembling the entire clutch/flywheel assembly. I have two BMW shops locally that might have the parts, neither of which is open. :cry

    Looks like a good day to call it and sit on the couch watching football.
  5. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    I guess I'm too ADD to sit on the couch watching football all day. I wanted to get something done on the R60. It's nothing major, but I decided to clean up the transmission housing. I don't have any great "before" pictures, but suffice it to say, it was dirty just like everything else has been.

    Before:

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    I was pretty lazy on the photos today, but I used an engine degreaser and a wire brush, then dried and cleaned it off, and then used a drill with a wire brush attachment. The drill works the best by far. It's dirty work, but it cleans very quickly.

    During, you can see what's been brushed and what hasn't:

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    After:

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    There are some delicate and hard to reach areas:

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    I plan to use a small Dremel wire brush attachment to clean those areas.

    It's not perfect, but it's much better than before, and it will look perfect again after applying some Rub N' Buff.

    OK, NOW it's time or some football and beer! :slurp
  6. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    I hope I'm not too late to say this, but the guy who's truing your wheels needs to "set" the spokes prior to final tightening. There is a ridge on the head of each spoke that requires they must must be tapped into the hub or they will loosen up over time. More info here: http://agwalker.com/wheelbuilding.html
  7. enzorover

    enzorover Adventurer

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    Looking amazing Backdrifter!
    So glad to see you're getting back in to it.
  8. Packer

    Packer Been here awhile

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    In the UK the hoop of rubber that covers the spoke heads and protects the tube is called a rim tape. You guys may call it something else though.

    I've also read somewhere that using a steel wire brush on alloy can leave tiny fragments of wire in the alloy which then rusts and causes staining. The suggestion was to use a brass wire brush.

    You really confused me when you wrote "I went out in the garage to prep the engine for swapping out the clutch water pump seal".I didn't know that /5's had water cooled clutches:D
  9. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    My bad - the oil pump seal, of course!

    As for the wire brush, the one I'm using is stainless - so no issues. Thanks for the comments!
  10. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    Well damn it. I just wrote a page long update with photos and my browser shut down and I lost it all. Time for the abridged version.

    I got the wheels back and started mounting tires. The rear was tough, the front better. I'm going back to the shop today to pick up a spacer and to have them finish the rear tire. I was afraid I was going to tear the bead on the last 10" or so. Should be a roller with picture proof this afternoon.

    Sorry for the initial crappy photos!

    Rear:

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    Working the valve stem through the rim with the tire half mounted - always a pleasure!

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    Getting it down:

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    Started on the front this morning.

    Half way on:

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    I cut the fingers off of some old leather gloves to help protect the shiny powder coating from my clumsy work:

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    Getting there:

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    And done!

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    I'm going back to the shop to pick up a wheel spacer that fell out of the hub, and also to have them finish up the rear tire install for me. It got to the point where I felt I was going to scratch the rim and I didn't want to do that.

    Picture proof that she's a roller again coming this afternoon....
  11. mattsz

    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    Lookin' good mate! I'm on the edge of my seat!

    How do you get anything done with all those distractions? Cordless phone, Blackberry, TV remote...

    :lol3
  12. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    Thanks! Ha! The TV, BlackBerry, and the phone are easy to drown out. It's this distraction that takes a bit more work!

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    I set up her pink Christmas tree for her though, and she spent the next hour and a half decorating while I mounted the tires and we both watched cartoons in our pajamas.

    Life is good! :D
  13. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    Don't you just hate when things conspire to make a liar out of you? :D

    I did indeed have the wheels back on yesterday, but my online photo hosting site (Photobucket) is acting up. Not sure what's going on, but I can't upload any pictures. I've never had this problem before, so I believe it is something wrong with their site.

    I'm leaving in a few hours for Chicago for the weekend, so I'll just have to try again when I get back on Monday.

    Have a great weekend, all!
  14. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    Well Photobucket still seems a bit glitchy, but at least it's working. Some photos of the progress from last week:

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  15. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    I hope you wiped 99.999% of that grease off your splines! That's WAY too much, it will sling off and grease your drums.
  16. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    +1 and I should add I know this because I personally did this once. Not only does the grease get on the break shoes but it makes a mess every where.
  17. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    Thanks guys. I had not wiped off the excess grease, but I will now. I subscribe to the "if some is good and more is better, then too much must be just right" school of thought when it comes to grease, but I see the error of my ways in this instance.

    This is one of the reasons I post such detailed and mundane photos - so you inmates can set me straight when I make mistakes!

    Thanks again!
  18. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    Glad we caught it. Another thing, not any grease will do. BMW has a special type for this, and I've heard people use "Honda Moly" , same stuff for the transmission splines. You want to clean the part really well, spread on a tiny amount of lube and wipe off the excess. I use Q-tips to get in the hard to reach areas.
  19. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    Thanks again, Big Bamboo. I did indeed get a good, high content moly grease, so we're all set there!
  20. JonnyCash

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    Wow, that is indeed a lot of grease! I'll just add for no good reason that I used about 1 percent of that amount on my clutch splines, and it was too much and caused it to slip.