Hi folks; A month or so ago, on the guidance and research done in this forum, I bought a 1971 R75/5. Its pretty rough, but the bike was running, and I was even able to drive it down a block or two (even if it was running roughly). Fully knowing that this project would take some time, I delayed breaking into it until I had the time, some parts, and several manuals to consult. This weekend, it finally went on the workstand, and the project started. Welcome to my small shop. When we moved to Colorado Springs, I left behind a garage for storage, as well as a 1,000 square foot shop I shared with some friends. Packing all of that into a small two car garage makes everything look pretty cluttered. My apologies in advance if everything looks like chaos. I'm still developing an order and storage for most everything. My purpose is not a restoration. I'm not looking to have a shiny, polished BMW when I'm done. I like the rough, "used" look on most of my motorcycles. Parts get washed when they come off for maintenance, but in general, unless it needs to be cleaned for proper function, it stays dirty. My goal is a reliable, well running motorcycle to handle weekend rides, round-town commuting, and the occasional two or three day ride around the mountains with a minimum of camping gear strapped to the back. Someone identified this as a brown "ride-off" centerstand. While its pretty easy for around town, so far its been nothing but a headache for maintenance. Do people with this stand simply never get flat tires? I had to jack the bike up and put a bit of 2x4 under the stand to get any clearance for the rear wheel to come off. One thing is for sure, this thing is coming off and going into the parts pile before this bike gets out on the road again. Dropping the oil pan seems to be the first order of business for most folks starting out. While it looks like there are bits and pieces of metal, it appears to be casting imperfections on the pan itself. I have not been able to identify what kind of oil pan this is, or what year it came from. The sump pickup has been appropriately extended, though I do believe I'll replace the filter and gasket while its off. The oil smelled very strongly of gas too. Shortly after this point, I started drinking. Why? Because I started finding more and more problems. First off, removing the timing cover, about 3-4 tablespoons of an oily-like fluid piddled out. I haven't worked on a bike with points in a long, long time. I'm pretty certain they don't operate in an oil bath. I have a new set of noris points on the way from bmwhucky, but I don't want to foul them if there is a bad seal. From what I can tell, this is part 11 14 1 261 193, which is a cam seal 12 x 25 x 8. Does that sound right? Any particular precautions or checks to preform when changing the seal? Removing the rear wheel showed me that the splines on the final drive look to be halfway (or more) worn down to nothing. I can't seem to find any good idea of how long they would last in their current condition. Is Hansen's BMW in OR still the best shop for getting the splines repaired? Can anyone recommend their favorites? I'd prefer to support a local shop if there is one in CO thats known for good repairs. I might as well fix the splines, as it appears the main seal for the FD is leaking as well. Max BMW fiche seems to list this as: 33 12 3 004 343 GASKET RING. I presume that the seal simply needs to be seated flush with the FD. Are the /5 final drives known for chewing up crown wheel bearings? I've already reshimmed one on my 1150GS. Is it worth replacing the bearing if I'm opening it up? Or are they known to last for hundreds of thousands of miles? This was a nice treat; The bolts that hold the seat onto the hinges came to me pre-stripped. I don't -need- to take the seat off the bike, but it appears I don't have the option now (at least not without an angle grinder and a cutting disc). Also included was some pretty rough wiring. This switch was just hanging freely, and looks like it was shorting out on the case at some point. I hope that didn't reduce the lifetime of the diode board. To this point, the bike hasn't surprised me too much. The drive splines was unexpected, especially if the bike only has 39K miles. The final drive seal was expected, and I was happy to see that the pinion seal didn't appear to be leaking fluid from the driveshaft into the final drive. I still have yet to dive into the carbs and the valves yet. I like to take things slowly, accomplish at least one thing (however small) each day. I will update this thread with my progress. My sidekicks that spent plenty of time wandering around my small work area with me. I'm sure they will show up in many of the photos to come. I have been known to put parts back on a motorcycle that contain dog hair. I'm pretty sure a few made it into the FD on my 1150GS. Not as bad as finding them in ice-cubes, but they do end up everywhere. Thanks in advance to everyone for your help and insight. I've been amazed at not only the wealth of information available, but the number of people willing to share the information. A very strong community here. From a guy that isn't a typical BMW rider, I really appriciate it. I will be sure to update this thread as I proceed, in the hopes that it'll help someone else, just like me.