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

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

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Took a couple hours to break the bike in half. It had a leak that needed to be fixed. At this point we didn't know what was leaking.

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    The back half looking forlorn.


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    The leak is the balancer shaft seal. Simple fix once the part comes in.


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    However, the clutch is obviously burned. You can feel the unevenness from heat. The disk is in spec, but I am recommending all parts be replaced.


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    Fortunately no other issues. The trans input shaft was in good shape, but very dry!

    Once parts are in I will be putting it all back together.

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    Stored for the week.

    Jim :brow
  2. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    My day was just a simple fix.

    The thermostat parts that control the flow of oil to the cooler came in. I'd gone in early to work to help stamp out a few little fires. Once I got that done I took aim on Victory BMW down in Chandler where the parts were. Great weather when I left the hotel at 5am, around noon, it is warm to hot. By the time I got back to the hotel I was really wondering how hot it was going to be in the shade.

    Not to worry, a slight breeze and some shade, we had things back to right in minutes. The longest part of the task was warming the oil after with the engine at idle to check when it came open. Right at that transition from five bars to six.
    The parts are not arranged as they fit. The brass thing's small end fits against the spring. The "theta" shaped washer fits against the large end of the brass thing on top and the o-ring replaces the hardened one on the fitting.
    The parts. I figured as long as I was there I'd just replace everything I could pick up.:lol3

    About $50 worth.

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    On the 1150 this stuff sits under the fitting from the top of the engine to the oil cooler at the top, right, front of the motor just ahead of the cross-over fuel line for the Adventure,

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  3. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    I gotta say, the GS is one ugly mess of wires and hoses...I havent taken the tank or anything apart on mine yet, but when I look under her skirt? Yikes !!

    What did i do to the gsa today? Rolled on about 150 miles....beautiful day in PA today! :clap
  4. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    ughhh, spring is already here...........................hurry up, your late :deal
  5. Frani

    Frani Adventurer

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    Had some parts painted and added Tank side protection plates, Engine guard + extension, Standard GS small tank bag.

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  6. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    8000+ mileson a tkc80 front tire, pretty wedged, so a buddy offered to flip it around for me with his Mo marr changer, slick device!

    thanks Albie!

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  7. abruzzi

    abruzzi Long timer

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    First I put on a new rear tire and rear brake pads:

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    I'm too broke at the moment to afford a front tire (cost of buying the bike and all) so it still has a half used TKC in the front. Which it turns out I'm glad I didn't change out, because I did my first off-road today, and with all the loose sand I was glad to have some knobs.

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    Geof
  8. cessnadog

    cessnadog Been here awhile

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    New to me 2009 GS Adventure late last fall. New oil before the winter but the rest of the fluids changed today. New spark plugs and valves adjusted too. I am really ready for some warm weather.
  9. Daz the Aussie

    Daz the Aussie Dualsporting Actor

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    Oh, and I added a new front tire as well as a UNI filter. I detailed it as I was going to sell it but then changed my mind, its got too many great bits on it and I don't won't to start farkeling all over again with a new bike just before summer. Sorry for some of the blown out highlights in the pics, I need a new camera.

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  10. Retired-N-Roamin

    Retired-N-Roamin Retired and Roamin

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    How many Q-Tips (cotton swabs) did y'all go through to get into all the nooks and crannies? :deal

    Seriously; what method did you use to get is so shiny-clean? :clap:clap


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  11. Daz the Aussie

    Daz the Aussie Dualsporting Actor

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    Cheers mate! I start with spraying it with some degreaser, then hose that off and when its all dry (next day usually) I get to work with a good cleaner (Meguiars products), lots of rags and go over everything carefully. I use rags on the end of screwdrivers and such to get into the tight spots, I replace zip ties where needed and generally tidy things up. My Grandad is my inspiration for the way I detail my machines, he was a fanatic about cleanliness and organization and I guess it just rubbed off. :D
  12. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    That machine is clean. wow!:thumb
    For mine to "look" clean you have to stand back a ways and moonlight seems to help.:evil

  13. stromsavard

    stromsavard Serge

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    Man! you have to tell me how can you keep a bike as clean as yours!! I tought mine was clean...What product do you use to bring your parts that glossy black? Thanks!!
  14. RichBMW

    RichBMW Long timer

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    Gave the LC its first wash. It's much easier to clean than the twin cam:clap
  15. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    Bought my '07 in January with 1296 miles, just turned 5k on the way home today. Looking forward to doing the first service on her I'm the coming weeks.

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  16. seaswood

    seaswood seaswood

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    I think I need a small funnel as this oil barely moved today where it was supposed to.
  17. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Jim :brow
  18. seaswood

    seaswood seaswood

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    Gotta get one of those tomorrow
  19. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    Please don't 'quote' all the pictures when you reply. It clogs the thread to hell.

    It's a n00b move................
  20. Daz the Aussie

    Daz the Aussie Dualsporting Actor

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    Had a couple of people message me as well so here it is:
    I use spray degreaser, any of the cheap ones from Pepboys etc will do, then I wash the bike down and dry it. Next I use a combination of Acetone with small paint and artist brushes on the hard to get at greasy/dirty areas then I use Meguires interior cleaner on a rag and do everything by hand, changing out rags as they get dirty. I also keep my bike clean by regular washes so it doesn't get a build up of mud, dirt and grease so that my bi-annual detail is easier to do. Hope that helps.


    Cheers!

    Daz.