BMW G650X Challenge Thread Index

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GB, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. slide

    slide A nation with a future

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    Thanks, all for the procedures and warning. Since mine is a 2007 (very early aluminum sub frame) model and this has never been done, I think the dealer is the best resource due to my limited skills.
  2. Niedz

    Niedz Been here awhile

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    The swingarm is not always a total nightmare, I recently pulled mine and it came out with no trouble whatsoever. I didn't need to pry, hammer, or bang on anything. Came right out smooth as silk. Greased everything back up, and put it back together.
    Just make sure to change out those M5 button heads to cap heads!
  3. slide

    slide A nation with a future

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    It may not always be a nightmare but all I need is for mine to be. My dealer is always reasonable in his charges and my tools are limited as are my skills. I enjoy doing minor maintenances, but once it gets risky, I prefer to work here doing what I do well and pay a dealer to do what he does well.
  4. Gas Can

    Gas Can Gas Can

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    I have an annoying squeek every time I hit a big bump, always had it. Others have posted on this same thing. Some thought it was the air shock but not sure. Could the noise be from the swingarm bearings? I only have two months left on my warranty so maybe I should see what they say. If I ever sell the bike, the customer wouldnt like the noise.
  5. markwoodlief

    markwoodlief Long timer

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    mine does the same thing.. I've taken the whole damn bike apart and yet it still does it... I havent taken it in yet either though, its a bit of a hual to the bmw dealer from my house.
  6. The Jester

    The Jester Long timer

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    A high pitched squeak? Try pushing down on the seat and letting the bile rebound so the shock tops out. My first shock was diagnosed as being faulty and replaced for this reason. (they also had to replace the swingarm as the lower shock mounting bolt had seized to the swingarm and the shock could not be removed) 20k miles later my current shock started the same thing. I put the bike on a stand, removed the air valve in the shock and squirted in some silicone spray grease. After working it back and forth, replacing the valve and re-inflating the squeak was gone.

    My theory is that the shock internals are lubricated on assembly but this gradually dries out. I chose silicone grease as it is least likely to have any reaction with the rubber seals inside the shock. No guarantee that it won't though, so if you are under warranty I would try that first.
  7. Baloo

    Baloo Itinerant jackass Supporter

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    We replaced our shocks with Ohlins. Kerpow! Squeak gone.
  8. The Jester

    The Jester Long timer

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    True enough, if you have the available cash. Hyperpro gets better reports than the Ohlins and, in UK, costs less.
  9. markwoodlief

    markwoodlief Long timer

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    how tall is your bike now?
  10. DaveyDave

    DaveyDave Been here awhile

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    After seeing the posts on oil changes I thought as mines now up to 8000k since I got the bike in August I'd better drop the oil and put some fresh stuff in.

    Speaking to the guys at the BMW shop today they told me they service all the GS's with Shell Advance VSX 4 15W-50 oil. However I think I remember seeing around here somewhere that everyone uses 10W-40, but I cant find the thread atm. I know this questions been asked before but if someone could give me a quick answer as to which oil I should go for then that would be great...
  11. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Somewhere on here is a list of all the wheel bearing sizes and the dust seals. I have searched and not found it. Does anyone have it bookmarked and could post it please?
    I think Colebatch did the post that am looking for.
  12. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Are you talking about THIS ONE?
  13. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Yes Sir !:clap:clap:clap

    That is the info that I need.

    Thank You Very Much :freaky
  14. Baloo

    Baloo Itinerant jackass Supporter

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    I have heard they are pretty good shocks. The Ohlins hq is a few hours from my doorstep.

    A couple inches. Over all it is sweet. Ready to work on a fork service. Both bikes over 14000 miles now.
  15. markwoodlief

    markwoodlief Long timer

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    couple inches taller than stock? I was thinking of going hyperpro, just because it seems like you can actually order it a touch shorter than the ohlins
  16. Baloo

    Baloo Itinerant jackass Supporter

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    Stock height is relative. Ohlins works for me and i kinda got turned off to the hyper pro because one of the guy in the hyperpro booth at a rally was acting like a grumpy old curmudgeon. I did not want to deal with that if I needed tech support. Both brands are better than the coffee can.

    I don't have a trophy waiting at the end of the ride so I went with close support .
  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    15-50 is standard for boxer engined bmws. That sounds like the gs they are talking about. If you have done 8000 km on the bike and you want to change, I would go to full synthetic. 10-40 is 650 rotax oil. If you can get it there try Motul 300v
  18. slide

    slide A nation with a future

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    The 40/50 isn't of concern. IMO, the 10W/15W is too small of an issue to worry about too. Is your climate warmer than usual? If so, then that may explain it.

    I'd be more concerned with if you are using good oil such as those with a IV or V base than a few points of weight.
  19. aprilian

    aprilian Can I change this?

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    I bought the maintenance CD, but I can't find the wiring diagram on the CD. Can anyone help me with where it is on the CD or point me to a web version?
  20. Tomdog

    Tomdog Mapaholic

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