Rox Risers install on a R1200GSA

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by longtallsally, May 15, 2008.

  1. daGeeeze

    daGeeeze Geeezed lightning

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    I had an 8mm 12 point that worked but I'm too afraid of rounding off the heads to turn hard. It is kinda snug in there. I'll find the E10 Torx wrench at some point but I think the 8mm did a good enough job. I'll have to look at my main tool set to see if I have any 6 point metric box wrenches. Too lazy right now. Just got my AC turned on for the first time this year. I think I wanna take a nap now. :D

    As for lifting the tank. Ugh. I've only got about 250 miles on this tank so far so it's still half full. I'll run some more out.

    Thanks Jim. You're helpful as always and I do want you to know I appreciate it.

    From just sitting on the bike in my garage (making vroom vroom noises) I can tell it's going to be an improvement. My forearms are level now and when I stand I can grip with my knees locked out. I do that on long rides to cool my butt and the seat and before I could only reach with my fingertips unless I bent my knees or leaned forward.

    Wish I had this in place before yesterday when I spent 7 hours riding through the Smoky Mountains. (I know y'all feel sorry for me.)
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  2. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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  3. cnj3

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    I installed Rox Risers on my 2006 GS and everything went well except when I replaced the fork tubes. I don't know if I stripped out the bolts as on both sides they turned to the torque amount and then began threading easy. I could not back the bolts off. They seem to be tight with no play in the tubes. Anyone run into this?
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  4. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Just installed the 2" Rox Risers on my 07 GSA. Then I took them off.

    I loved the extra height. I can finally comfortably reach the controls while standing. And the wiring stretch I can deal with - but I don't like the reroute of the brake and clutch lines.

    Without moving them, they are stretched. After moving the brake (I just unbolted the master cylinder and passed it through the space in the fork) I don't like the angle of the line. The right answer would seem to be having new lines fabricated that are 2" or 3" longer to maintain the routing in front of the fork tubes, and not stretching them.

    Not the thing I want to be doing a couple days before taking off on a trip. It will have to wait until I have time to take the lines off, have new ones made, and then go through the pain of bleeding the ABS.
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  5. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    Funny. They didn't bother me on my 3300 miles through Baja and 15k miles since I've put them on. :dunno To each his own.

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  6. tvtruth

    tvtruth Eyes wide open

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    I just installed ilium bar backs / risers on my r1200gsa and I really like them. Super easy install although I did have to drop the fork tube (no big deal) to reroute some cabling. Tricky part was remouting the fog light switch. Just use the old top bars of the bar mounts with the new risers. Works like a charm. www.iliumworks.com
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  7. pavement pounder

    pavement pounder The road to Paradise is "UN-Paved"

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  8. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Thanks for the pics, LTS.

    I just purchased risers and the front brake and clutch hydraulic cables are binding.

    Now I know how to solve this.

    I was dreading it, but this looks "easy peasy," to quote you. :bow
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  9. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    I did not reroute nor have several of my friends bikes that have done this. Maybe some variations in models but the ones I have seen work fine:norton
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  10. brianstanfill

    brianstanfill has adventure

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    The reprom says 40Nm tightening torque on the fork bridge mounting nuts... plus to replace the nut. Also says 28Nm tightening torque on the BMW handlebar risers... only gap at rear as viewed from sitting on bike.

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  11. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Glad it worked for you.

    It's a chance I won't take.
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  12. Wallowa

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    Hey Dave,

    Just FYI stuff but I have the same bike and re-routed cables as Jim recommended and never any issues so far...no binding..plus as you said I have a lot more control standing and far less strain on me by riding in the neutral standing position! For me the Rox Risers on my '07 GSA are exactly what I wanted and needed..
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  13. BiG DoM

    BiG DoM African Adventurer

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    MW Motech also make very nice variable risers.
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  14. mobe

    mobe Been here awhile

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    I pulled the tank on my 07 GSA and pulled up some extra slack on the wiring.
    I ordered the fog light mounting bracket for an 06 GSA and mounted the fog switch on the right behind the master cylinder.
    I had Speigler make up a custon 2 inch longer front brake line. Bleeding the 07 and up abs is as easy as a non-abs bike.

    I also did not like the angle of bend being transferred to the brake lines and cables at full lock with them routed behind the top clamp.
    I felt that their lifespan would be considerably shortened by being bent to those angles on a regular basis.
    I think that in a few years we are going to see "mysterious electrical problem on GSA equipped with rox risers" threads when the wires begin breaking from the stress!

    The fog bracket was 3 bucks and speigler charged 60 bucks for the brake line.

    63 bucks to do it right.
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  15. Wallowa

    Wallowa Long timer

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    Curious..which electrical do you believe will be damaged over time due to the flexing/stress? Want to watch out for potential problems..thanks.
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  16. mobe

    mobe Been here awhile

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    The switch wiring from the handlebars has to do a lot more flexing from lock to lock when it is routed behind the top clamp. (that's why BMW didn't do it that way from the factory, 'cause you know they would have if they could have to save a buck or two on wire).
    The front brake line on my bike would probably have been kinked at full lock if it had not been a braided line. It had way to much strain at the fitting for my comfort.
    I know I'll have twenty people here tell me that I am full of it and they have gone a gazillion miles without incident.
    Good for them.
    I'm not comfortable routing the wires and cables behind the top clamp, so I didn't.
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  17. Wallowa

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  18. dialdn

    dialdn Been here awhile

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    How does everyone get the proper torque for the 2 bolts holding the rox risers in place? I have the proper sockets but obviously there is no room for things once the rox risers are sitting in place. I know I can tighten with an 10mm wrench. Is that the solution?

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  19. dialdn

    dialdn Been here awhile

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    My final install after throttle cable move. Just removed tie wraps and install a couple others on clutch side. Front brake side was fine. Pics are from iPhone.

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  20. dialdn

    dialdn Been here awhile

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    Ok, did a run last night with the rox risers. Wow, what a difference. Total comfort with my back in seated position riding with forearms arms level ! Standing up is night and day. Rode about 10 km standing and it was easy. No leaning forward or a kneeling like I was going to crap standing up. Best $100 I spent so far (along with the TT spoiler).

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