Show us something that you MADE for your GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Ricardo Kuhn, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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    :eek1 Looks like you have enough leverage to lift the front wheel off the ground w/one hand! I'd say you'll definitely have a negative affect on handling even w/20lbs hanging on that thing.
  2. EKinOR

    EKinOR Been here awhile

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    Which is why I took it off in the first place...
  3. Cainer

    Cainer Been here awhile

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    This has probably been invented a thousand times before, but I thought I'd share. :D

    I did my first valve job and plug change today on my 02 GSA and I wanted a way to properly torque the plugs. The only problem was that I didn't have a socket thin enough to go down the well. The author of the Oilhead Maintenance Manual in Wisdom said that he welded a nut onto his BMW plug removal tool, but not having a welder or knowing how to weld made that option hard. I'd seen some people had machine milled down sockets to have very thin walls, but since I didn't have a nice lathe, I started work on my bench grinder trying to thin the walls of an old 5/8" socket I had lying around to see if I could get it to fit. It was taking forever (that steel is hard!) and doing it on a grinding wheel was making it look pretty ghetto, but then I came up with another idea. :clap

    I had an old 13/16th socket laying around that fit just perfectly around the BMW tool (though a little larger should work too).


    So I put it in a vice:
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    Then I added one of these:
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    To make one of these:
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    Which slips onto the plug wrench from the BMW toolkit like this:
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    And which let me put the spark plug in like this:
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    And BTW, all I can say is WOW to the awesome sound of a new valve job and new plugs. The engine sounds so much tighter now. Tomorrow, I'll dip it in Harmonizer butter. :)
  4. bmw-gs-rider

    bmw-gs-rider Adventurer

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    I ordered custom top case for my R 1150 GS. The top case dimensions are based on original aluminum top case from BMW R1200GS Adventure (approx. 365x310x315mm) because I like the proportions but since my helmet is little bit bigger I enlarged it to 400x340x340mm (still can be used on R1200GS and it fits between the side cases) that is much better for my purposes but still seems reasonably small.
    Another thing that I wanted from the manufacturer (BEGR) was the padded upper edge to avoid damaging of my helmet when inserting to/removing from the topcase. The producer did that really nicely with some rubber gasket. Since I want to use the topcase basicly only for the helmet I decided to pad the interior with heavy duty carpet.
    I bought all the necessary stuff and started with padding (for the first time in my life):

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  5. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Very nice good...looks professional.

    I see KITS selling like hot cakes...get to it!:clap

    Better yet...sell the TEMPLATES! Do once...rake in the dough!:clap
  6. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Have one..love it..:dunno
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bksgsvegas/4715068375/" title="Gunnison River by vegas1200gsa, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4059/4715068375_9e2ab0dccd_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Gunnison River"></a>

    To be honest..I bought it when I rode two up everywhere..it worked out great!! Now..I really don't need it..just have never taken off...
  7. SJSharkfan

    SJSharkfan Been here awhile

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    I made a shorty sport screen for my bike. I had an old ADV screen that the previous owner scratched up. I cut 6 " off and sanded the edge. Then painted the inside with Plastidip. [​IMG]
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  8. stfmkr

    stfmkr 2up Adventurer

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    Great thread, innovation rules! The short windscreen is marvelous.
  9. phubner

    phubner Adventurer

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    At it's heart, my RT thinks its a GS. And that, my fellow adventurers, is all is takes for me to allow myself to post my pix in this thread :freaky [​IMG] The custom welded rack took me about an hour to knock out from cheap steel tubing and is a great for holding my gear.

    And before you chase me away, my new to me 2006 R1200GSA is awaiting my custom 30mm ammocan-toolbox for behind the Micatech panniers. I just need for the darn box to arrive so I can customize it then post pix :-)
  10. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Absolutely!

    I've got four spare wheel bolts from my 1100, I'm going to behead one and turn it into a mounting stud.
  11. Hendo66

    Hendo66 Hendo66

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    That is a phucken great idea, why didn't I phucken think of that!
  12. GS Addict

    GS Addict Pepperfool

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    Probably because you don't have a good supply of phucks down under! :lol3
  13. kk3an

    kk3an Adventurer

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    Nine (9) Gallon auxiliary tank on my GS. Have since gotten my priorities a bit more straight (fuel wise) and purchased a GSA....now a much smaller auxiliary tank is in the works. Four cross baffles are in this tank.


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  14. GS Addict

    GS Addict Pepperfool

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    First class job. How noticeable is the extra weight when full?
    What is the finish you used?
  15. kk3an

    kk3an Adventurer

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    Thank you, sir. Honestly, the weight is purely "dead weight" because of the heavy baffling. It's like having a cinder block strapped down on the cargo area. About 85 LBS with the tank fully loaded with fuel. Less than most passengers weigh.

    Dan
  16. kk3an

    kk3an Adventurer

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    The finish on the tank is "Line-X" pickup truck bedliner coating. My next tank on the new '13 GSA I may leave as just bare aluminum.

    Dan
  17. GS Addict

    GS Addict Pepperfool

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    The only trouble with leaving bare is the eventual corrosion and the black smudging associated with it.
    Black anodize would be really cool.
  18. BigDave75

    BigDave75 Will Work for Food!

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    Great job, very nice fab job!
  19. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    I believe the expression "TANKS...A LOT" is appropriate here.
    Really nice job on the construction...linex finish.

    Yikes...9 gallons + 5.3 = 14.3 * 50 MPG =715 mile range!
  20. bobinaustin

    bobinaustin planning for the adv

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    i want this so bad! how did you cut the stalks? what is the extension material? how did you weld the pieces together? what did you use for filler? im wondering if this is something i can do myself.