Missing Bolt or Not?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Barnacle, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Barnacle

    Barnacle Lurker Extraordinaire

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    Not sure if this bolt is supposed to be missing? Should there be a one here?

    <img src="http://gallery.me.com/peter/100141/IMG_0026/web.jpg?ver=12771474240001"/><br/>

    <img src="http://gallery.me.com/peter/100141/IMG_0025/web.jpg?ver=12771473930001"/><br/>

    Thanks for answering this as I don't have the reprom quite yet...

    Regards,

    Barnacle
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  2. m0ng00se

    m0ng00se Adventurer

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    Mine looks exactly the same ... not sure why it's there !
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  3. Barnacle

    Barnacle Lurker Extraordinaire

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    Thanks muh bro! Makes me feel a bit better.

    Just wondering if other folks are noticing the same...
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  4. GeorgeinVA

    GeorgeinVA Beemers Uber Alles

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    No, that is used to hold F800ST lower faring bracket.
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  5. GSJon

    GSJon Long timer

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    I noticed that on my F650GS the other day too. Thanks for reminding me and saving me the time to ask.
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  6. blender

    blender Just another rider

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    I suspect BMW put it there simply to cause confusion and collect dirt and dust. I predict that BMW will, within a year, issue a voluntary recall to fit a covering bolt to "fill" that bolt hole. That "cover" bolt will also be available through the BMW Accessory catalogue, of course it will have The Roundel emblazoned on it.

    Further prediction: Within another year BMW will be forced into a NTHFS recall mandating an oversized, reinforced bolt to prevent unintentional bolt-backing-out issues. Those will be installed by high school shop classes, since we have no where else to employ them.

    Of course, BMW could simply have plugged the empty bolt holes with a rubber plug (then again the Interwebs would be asking "what is THAT plug for?). I'll have to check my F8GS and see if it has the same; never really looked. But I do have A Big Hammer and several rubber plugs. Or bolts.
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  7. GeorgeinVA

    GeorgeinVA Beemers Uber Alles

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    This will be after several months of denying the issue then blaming it on rider error and too much ethanol/water in the gas.:huh

    No no no! This 10cent solution would add hundreds off dollars to the msrp and several ounces to the weight.:lol3
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  8. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    You can probably order a special filler bolt from Touratech for the low price of $19.95.
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  9. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    There is one on the other side too. Both bolts have vibrated out of my F800ST fairing bracket.:huh
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  10. ShaunJ

    ShaunJ Adventurer

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    Theres also some unused bolt holes on the front of the engine if you look up behind the rad
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  11. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    They just anticipated the "Turbo option" add-on capability :D
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  12. GeorgeinVA

    GeorgeinVA Beemers Uber Alles

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    Very common, some blue loctite on the new ones and they will stay put. Don't forget the washer they goes under the bracket.
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  13. BykMyk

    BykMyk Been here awhile

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    It's for the Flux Capacitor!
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  14. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    thanks....I'll ask the dealer if they can replace...not sure if I have a tool that can fit in there to tighten the new ones.
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