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

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

  1. 5 Hour Butt

    5 Hour Butt Been here awhile

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    I had the headlight & parking light burn out and I went to Advance Auto Parts and the really awesome thing is they have a Sylvania H7 premium headlight bulb for $14.95 and it is 40% brighter and shines 30% farther and wider than the original bulb. They also had the parking light bulbs I am so impressed and will keep using them. Just thought I'd toss that in. I have to admit that Advance Auto Parts is really terrific. I get replacement batteries there because their house brand lasts more than twice as long as any other battery I have bought and they have oil filters that are major brand names and really nicely priced.
  2. lanceputnam

    lanceputnam Hayden's Dad

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    Made them myself. Along with the side covers and right rear heel plate.
  3. Ed

    Ed Eh...what?

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    Since I kept trying to break off my front turn signals (gravity sucks :lol3) I decided to shorten them. I installed the euro spec turn signal mounts. Took all of 15 minutes and cost about 30 bucks.

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    BTW the part number for the turn signal mounts is 63 13 7 687 008.
  4. Highwood

    Highwood Been here awhile

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    2007 R1200GSA with Ohlins.
    Changed the belt without removing or loosening the crash bars, the front shock or the Touratech skid plate.
    Minimal swearing and no wrenches were hurled across the garage out of disgust or frustration.
    However, after 100k kms, the original belt still looked good, though slightly stretched relative to the new one.
  5. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    Interesting...so you were able to buy short stalks and use the same turn signals? I assumed it was all one piece.
  6. Ed

    Ed Eh...what?

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    Yep, they are the stalks from UK spec bikes I believe.
  7. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    Ok then, all you need to do now is make me a set for my '02GS and were good to go ...............:D
  8. dsy

    dsy Adventurer

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    Installed my new PC535 Odyssey battery last night into my 2012 GSA. I found that the stock battery just did not get it for starting when the bike has been sitting outside in 20 deg weather at work. The fit was tight but do-able with the suggestions mentioned in other threads. Had to fab up a new hold down bracket which seems to work pretty good. Since I also raised the front seat brackets about 3/4" there was plenty of room on the top side of the battery for all the wires, with out interfering with the cross brace for the front seat. To raise the seat I used my lathe to drill out and tap to 5mm some 1 1/4" long pieces of 5/16" stainless rod so they just screwed down over the original seat bracket studs, then threaded the outside of the rod to 8mm to accept a nut. I had some 1" dia Derlin rod that I cut four pieces out of to use as the spacers under the seat brackets. :D

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    Couple more mods I've done recently. large foot print for side stand fashioned out of 3/8" aluminum plate.

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    Radar detector LED visual indicator. Super bright red led in a piece of rubber tube just wired into the speaker
    jack. Really gets your attention even when not looking at it and is shielded from other eyes by being set down
    into the tube.

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  9. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    Cool, good to know. Hopefully same thing will be available for the WC GS when it comes out.
  10. picinisco

    picinisco Scottish Transplant

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    Did you make this. Is it as simple as an LED connected to a mini jack?

  11. rotaryracer

    rotaryracer Been here awhile

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    Hey Lance....bike looks great! :evil

  12. dsy

    dsy Adventurer

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    Yep, thats all it takes. No restistors or anything. The intensity of the led is variable with the speaker volume knob. You just have to get the polarity correct. Hook it up and see if it lights. If not just switch the two wires and it will light up. Slide some 1/8" heat shink tube over the led leads right up to the base of the leds then some 1/4" heat shrink over top of those after its all soldered up. With the velcro you can dial it in to get the best visual angle. I think it maybe cost about a dollar to make, :D
  13. maxfnz

    maxfnz Adventurer

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    Cam chain tensioner upgrade - VERY nice, no more clatter... NZ-new 96 1100GS so somehow it's never been shown that kind of love before; I've only had 2 months but even to my ear that seems to have helped drop & smooth the idle.

    Valve clearances, braided rear brake line & BMW throttle screw next. :1drink

    Max
    Chch NZ

    (Done: iridium plugs, TB balance, fork seals (& oil, one had engine oil in it by the looks!), SLA battery, new paralever bearings / spline lube, heated grips, all oils & filters... coming together now!)
  14. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Got a great deal on an unused Pelican 1550 for a top-box from Craigslist.

    Gotta do a coupla mods to my custom rear rack to get the right fit. Will post photos when done!

    Cheers all!
  15. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    I bought this sturdy, folding aluminum table at Walmart for about $23:

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    It's a good size, but the idea was to modify it to fit nicely on top of my Pelican 1550 top box:

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    Although after the mods it's low, the height will be good for use with a camp chair, and certainly better than placing the kitchen on the ground:

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    Mission accomplished:

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    I should add that I included the Pelican case in the photos to show scale, not because I plan on using the table as a suitcase stand.

    Cheers, all! :D
  16. picinisco

    picinisco Scottish Transplant

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    Oh yes. I like this very much
  17. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    Thanks. It took a liittle thought and time, but I got what I wanted.

    Final dimensions are 18.5"w x 14.5"d x 12"h open, 18.5" x 16.25" x 2" folded.

    :D
  18. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    I purchased my plane ticket for my fly-n-ride to North Carolina to pick up my 2012 Triple Black GSA. I fly out on New Year's Eve, first class of course... :deal

    I'm so excited to finally make the last of the plans to head out. Now, it is just a waiting game until the 31st! :happay
  19. BigDave75

    BigDave75 Will Work for Food!

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    Congrats, ride safe!
  20. BaddAndy

    BaddAndy Been here awhile

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    Did you mean "ride south"!