What have you done to your GS or GS Adventure today?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by PWarren4, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. BigDave75

    BigDave75 Will Work for Food!

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    Which engine guard brace are you using? Did you have to modify the ricochet guards to fit or did they work well together?

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    RoundTrip Unintentional deerslayer

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  4. MoodyGS

    MoodyGS Going round the bend

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    Hi Tallbastid,

    Would you mind sharing why the front was a bear?
    Also any tips & tricks/special tools you discovered/needed to be used on removal and impending assembly?

    Feel I am approaching this step.

    R1200gs - 2012 - 36 +k miles
    I weigh 158 lb, camp occasionally loaded to the gills. I feel the suspension slowly getting less responsive.
  5. WADE-O

    WADE-O Been here awhile

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    I saw you quoted my post in the other thread but they do fit with no modification. I recommend mounting the suppport bar first and then mounting the ricochets because the ricochets have the most ability to shift around to fit whatever gaps you have.
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  6. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Brapp

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    Sure thing - there's just a lot involved compared with getting the front suspension off any other bike. I found there were lots of things that needed to be removed/shifted in order to get the clearance to drop the front wheel enough to remove the front shock. These included loosening/moving the lower crash bars, removing brake line ties into the frame, moving the fuel tank back roughly 3", and tracing the ESA wires to their connections. BMW went a bit crazy with zip-tying the wires every few inches, and it took maybe :45 of fishing for the connections/wiring route to disconnect and pull the wires clear. Then, once everything was clear and "loosened up", removing the bracket for the front ESA was a PITA as the nuts/bolts were tiny and in very hard to reach areas. For this I found my 12" t-handle wrench to be most convenient, as there's not much room to work under the front shroud with conventional ratchets and wrenches. I found when it came time to actually pull the front shock, there wasn't an easy way to grab it and I had to push down on the front wheel while pushing up on the shock and pulling it forward. It took a while, but I got it out eventually. I was lucky in that no fasteners were frozen or stripped... everything came out pretty easy. I've had jobs on other vehicles where every bolt needed heat/penetrating oil and it would have made a tough job much worse in this case.

    For tools, I'd say a good set of metric torx is essential - ratcheting wrenches and my extended t-handle aren't but they certainly made the job considerably easier. All in all it was a great use of a Saturday - I learned a lot about my new to me bike and the weather here sucks right now, so I didn't mind listening to baseball and drinking coffee in the garage while the rain/sleet came down. Biggest thing with this job was patience. Going slow I find I avoid mistakes and learn more than if I rush through something. Didn't hurt to remember I was saving $600-$800 in labor costs in doing so!

    I'm not sure if you've looked at options, or if you have ESA, but I am working with EPM imports in NJ - and it was roughly a 4 week lead time for my Wilbers to come in. Klause, the owner of EPM, has been great. I ordered on March 12 and they arrived at the shop on 4/13. There's a ton of good information on this site about the various options, and the Wilbers is one of the least expensive, at $1,400 for the front/rear, using the OEM ESA. Being from California, you may want to call Ted Porter, who I hear is the guru on this subject, and go through options as he's much closer to you than EPM and will cut shipping costs. Anyways, I don't consider myself a very aggressive rider, nor do I put a ton of miles on my bike so I felt the Wilbers was a good option. I had to fill out information on my weight, luggage use, riding styles, time spent with passenger and so on, so the shocks are tailored to me. I know there are more extreme/hardcore suspension options out there, for considerably more coin. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions. :-)
  7. BigDave75

    BigDave75 Will Work for Food!

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    Excellent thank you.

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  8. bb82bird

    bb82bird Been here awhile

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    Where was the best deal you found on those tires?


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  9. Boxerbreath

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    Oh, that's a bug guard, not everybody has one...
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  10. AdamChandler

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    I feel better now. Thank you!
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  11. Aztecking

    Aztecking Adventurer

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    Where did you get that drivers backrest?

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    CopperGreen Been here awhile

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  14. TrentAJ

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    They are the AltRider crash bar reinforcements, and I had to cut a rectangle out of each Ricochet plate to accommodate the bracket.

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  15. MoodyGS

    MoodyGS Going round the bend

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    Yesterday not today, a GS but not my GS (a rental), South Africa not So Cal.......rode out of Capetown along the coast & into the wine district.
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  16. DieselFxr

    DieselFxr Rider

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    I installed a set of doubletake mirrors on my camhead gsa. Nice improvement over stock very clear a interstate speeds. These are a great mod as the mirror is bigger than stock and so much less vibration at speed than stock.:happay
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  17. triman11427

    triman11427 Mud is my chrome

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  18. MoodyGS

    MoodyGS Going round the bend

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    Tallbastid,
    Thank you very usefull
    Yes I have ESA & what sounds like a similar riding habit to you.
    80% Canyon
    15% freeway/loaded for camping
    5% gravel/mild off road

    What brand/sizes of t handles do you carry?

    $1400 sounds reasonable for both
  19. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Brapp

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    Awesome - no problem.

    Here's my T-handle - chose this over individual sizes so it wont take up as much room in the pannier. The freewheel sleeve is awesome, too, as it makes removing body panels super quick.

    https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/motion-pro-spinner-t-handle-14-drive
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  20. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Very good quality .... they're rugged and I really like the way they fit.