New BMW G650X (merged) threadfest...

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by mr moto, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. Jolly705

    Jolly705 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,514
    Location:
    SLC
    So I went for a ride on Sunday and it was raining on the way down for 30 minutes and throughout the day I hit some puddles. 3 out of 4 of my stock blinkers are now filled with water and dirt. Does anyone else have this problem? It is pretty odd if you ask me. I tried to take them a part to clean but it is between the glassa and bulb which does not separate :huh
  2. slide

    slide A nation in despair

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2003
    Oddometer:
    21,308
    Location:
    NM, USA
    I removed my blinkers almost first thing.

    I did go for a ride in almost solid downpour of water & the display blanked out. Just lost all contrast so it wasn't readable at all. Later as the rain stopped & I kept riding, the display came back slowly regaining contrast like it had a rheostat attached.

    I dunno how waterproof these bikes are....
  3. beefjerky

    beefjerky Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2003
    Oddometer:
    7,248
    Location:
    Atlanta baby, yeah!
    That's a new one, I've had them under water and haven't noticed anything. Haven't really looked though either.
  4. GB

    GB . Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Oddometer:
    61,694
    Check the tightness of the screw at the back of the blinkers.. see if it's tight all the way..Mine have remained dry.
  5. Flo_Evans

    Flo_Evans Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2008
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    I could "re-enact" my can removal if no-one else has any pics or instructions.
  6. GB

    GB . Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Oddometer:
    61,694
    Please, with pics!! :deal :thumb
  7. Jolly705

    Jolly705 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,514
    Location:
    SLC
    I tigtened everything once I got home. I don't mind the water because it will dry but I can't get the dirt out :huh Oh well....

  8. Flo_Evans

    Flo_Evans Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2008
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    Tools needed:

    Allen wrench (in toolkit)
    Wrench (in toolkit)
    Needlenose pliers

    Parts:

    1 fuel line coupler (or a section of vacuum tube)
    1 medium sized vacuum plug


    Time: 15-30 min

    Procedure:

    No one likes a stinky charcoal can ruining their bikes good looks and sapping throttle response! Get that crap off and make a nice spare fuel bottle holder!

    [​IMG]

    Remove your seat and rear body pannel. Try not to lose the allen bolts! Then use your handy supplied wrench (or a socket if you are in a hurry) to take off the mounting straps of the can. Be carefull that the captured nuts do not fall on the ground and roll away. Yank all the hoses off and throw in trash.

    [​IMG]

    Next up attack the servo with full force! pull out the wiring harness and tuck away. It's rubber shock mounted so I just yanked it off and left the mount since it helps support the rear bodywork.

    [​IMG]

    Yank off the big hose (or just cut it if it's giving you lip) and leave there. We will deal with that later.

    [​IMG]

    At this point you are thinking great! I am done lets go ride! Not so fast dude! Unless you like spraying gas all over your chain and your bike not idling there are just a few more steps.

    [​IMG]

    You could just get a new hose but since there is already one routed nice I used a fuel line coupler avalible at any auto parts shop to join the overflow tube.

    [​IMG]

    I routed the overflow tube around the gas cap and down to where the original drain hose goes. If you like I think you could put it all behind the mud flap.

    [​IMG]

    Now about that big tube... If you try and start your bike at this point you may notice it doesn't run long! This tube leads back to the throttle body and must have a vacuum to run right. I tried this generic GM body panel plug which seemed to work like a champ at first but I soon heard that tell-tale vacuum leak hiss! booo! I never liked that hose anyway.

    [​IMG]

    As we trace the hose back we find it neatly tucked away behind the left front body panel. You will probably need a needlenose and a little elbow grease to get it off.

    [​IMG]

    Here we have a proper vacuum plug

    [​IMG]

    Fitted to the hose we just removed. You may want to put a clamp on it but I like to live dangerously.

    Re-attach all your bodywork and fire her up!

    Thats it your done! Get a MSR bottle and use it for spare fuel or just take off the bracket if you prefer the clean look.
  9. Steady

    Steady Flogster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2006
    Oddometer:
    281
    Location:
    Johannesburg South Africa
    Me too. Pretty stuffed after lots of strip off and wash sessions, might ask for a warranty replacement. Tried everything I know to sort it but no luck so I just ride it like it is.
  10. kutch

    kutch That fell off where?

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2005
    Oddometer:
    583
    Location:
    Here, There and trying to be Everywhere.
    Hey Flo,
    After this pic, could you highlight a shot of the tubes connected and tucked away>?

    Thanks!
    Kutch
  11. Bert Fox

    Bert Fox Casual Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2002
    Oddometer:
    455
    Location:
    Elko, NV USA
  12. robhar54

    robhar54 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    476
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Flo, thanks for doing this! I was about to search for this info. Call me crazy, but I want to make this easily reversible, so I can switch out canister and fuel bottle when the need arises. Thought I might try a fuel line quick-connect, for example.

    May I also suggest that you edit your original post, to keep all the images together in one post? Easier for GB's Index Thread! :clap

    Rob in Seattle
  13. Flo_Evans

    Flo_Evans Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2008
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    Updated post, I also noticed looking at it today in better light that my seat was resting on top of those 2 middle hooks and bending them down. A quick bend with a flathead screwdriver and they are back in spec! I may have even got a little seat lowering bonus out of it.

    robhar switching back is pretty simple, just leave the fat hose in place and find a proper plug. You may notice the plug I used had already sucked some dirt in there due to not being snug enough.

    I would also get one of these screw type hose clamps if you are going to be taking it on/off alot:

    [​IMG]

    Infact I think I will get one on the way home for my throttle body cap, even though I like to live dangerously those little nagging things in the back of your head are what lead to zoning out and faceplanting.
  14. DiscoDino

    DiscoDino Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,819
    Location:
    Lebanon/NYC
    Thanks Flo!
  15. kres

    kres Arrrrrrrrr!

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,197
    Location:
    NoVA... Again.
    +1
  16. kutch

    kutch That fell off where?

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2005
    Oddometer:
    583
    Location:
    Here, There and trying to be Everywhere.
    Hummm....
    I had the same thing happen. I noticed that the bottom of the seat had chew marks right were those tabs are. Had to be bent up to fit in the holes of the seat..
  17. GB

    GB . Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Oddometer:
    61,694
    Thank Flo for the pictorial re-enactment. I'm going to link it in the Index Thread :thumb
  18. Flo_Evans

    Flo_Evans Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2008
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    No problem! For some reason I love wrenching on this bike! I was always afraid to touch my ducati for fear of hurting the delicate italian "craftsmanship" but the BMW just wants to be tinkered with. :lol3

    [​IMG]

    Look what I found on my ride home from work today. :eek1

    Unfortunatly not pictured is the county cruiser parked a block away eyeballin' me. So I roll over and ask real nice "is this public or private land?" He says the power company owns it (duh) so I ask if I can ride here to "test my new suspension settings..." He doesn't care, but he warns the local city cops will "probablly kick your ass and throw you in jail with the crackheads"

    OK.. :cry

    So I called the number on the power company fence and got an answering machine. I left some kind of message about wanting to try out my "mountain bike" on thier empty dirt lot. I doubt I will hear back but it doesn't hurt to ask! :1drink
  19. Storm

    Storm Currently Between Crashes

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2007
    Oddometer:
    126
    Location:
    London, UK
    Yep, add me to that list...
  20. jamesdemien

    jamesdemien Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Oddometer:
    613
    Location:
    St. Louis
    Thanks Flo...

    Do you think while your in the garage tinkering you could floss the fork seals on my KTooM

    [​IMG]

    Nice post on removing the charcoal.