R1200GS 6K Service done, with pics.

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by JimVonBaden, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Today I did the 6K on my not so new 12GS. It was almost exactly the same as my previous 11GS and 11RS, so there were no real surprises.
    I am using a modified Anton Method, created by Shane.
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    The cover came off the same as the 11GS, and easily cleared the H&B crash bars.
    However, the front engine cover would not even come close to coming off with the crash bars, so I pulled the plugs and rotated the engine using the rear wheel with the trans in 6th gear.
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    The right side of the 12GS has a cam arrow like on the R11 series, and it worked the same way. Have the arrow point straight out, and check the valves to make sure both intake and exhaust are loose. If not, rotate the engine so the arrow comes around again.
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    The left side had this attachment to the cam, I think it was some sort of position sensor since wires were attached to the cam cover. Hard to see, but there is a hole in it that lines up straight out when the cylinder is at TDC.
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    If you look back over on the right side, this is what you see when the left is at TDC, if the valves aren't loose to the touch, rotate the engine so the cam rotates 360 degrees.
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    Insert the feeler gages, same as the 11/1150 series, .30mm on the exhaust, and .15 mm on the intake.
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    Intake side.
    The exhaust side looks similar. Make sure you have both sides in, and all 4 valves covered when you get set to adjust the valves.
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    As you can see, the valves are parallell enough that no significant stress is placed on the feeler gages, and an acurate measurement is easily achieved.
    First loosen the locking nuts, then insert the 3mm allen wrench and back off the adjustment approximately 1/4 turn. Ensure the allen wrench is near the top of a gravity stroke, then let it go. Gravity and resistance will stop it with the right amount of pressure on the valve.
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    Tighten the lock nut without disturbing the position of the allen wrench. I hold it in place and tighten the locking nut.
    Pull from the center, and if the resistance is even, you have the adjusted correctly. There should be some slight resistance, but it should be easy to move the feeler gages.
    Rotate the engine and do the other side.
    I changed the oil and filter, warmed up the bike, and did a TB sync of just just the cables, since the idle is done automatically.
    I also checked all the nuts and bolts, and made a few adjustments. Everything looked good, and the bikes runs as good as ever.
    One note though, two of the exhaust valves were very tight, probably from the dealer doing the 600. Glad all my future service will be from me only! Except warranty repairs of course.

    I also found a sad reminder of poor quality. The paint was bubling on my left valve cover.
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    See the arrows, it is bubbling on top and bottom.
    Oh well, warranty will fix it.
    Jim :brow
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  2. kildala2000

    kildala2000 The GS Store.

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    Hey Jim, :D

    Great job and thanks for sharing what you did on your day off. One questions, was the valve adjustment out any?

    Thanks,
    Rick:D
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  3. kines

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    Great report. Almost makes me miss the days when I had plenty of spare time (except then I had no spare money). :lol3
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  4. NCGS

    NCGS De Oppresso Liber

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    I'm archiving this for future reference. Thanks for posting it.
    Chris in NC
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  5. charleshmosesii

    charleshmosesii No skills no worries

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    This is great, Jim. Damn it, I hate being an idiot. I don't understand a thing here, but I wish I did -- I wish I could do my own maintenance. It just seems so far away when you don't understand it and don't have anyone to show you. (I've dreamed about staying at the local shop and watched/asking everything they do on my bikes so I can do it myself the second time, but...hasn't happened so far.)
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  6. g-bike

    g-bike beerdrinkin'fuckaholic

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    Great post! Just got my TwinMax this weekend and did a valve adj. & sync as well. Being a former Harley rider this is all new to me, but not rocket science either. Totally agree on doing my own service, which was my main concern before purchasing the 12gs and was assured it was no problem by my sales guy. Will return to the dealer for all parts and ABS flush yearly. I've always been of the opinion that no one will do as good of job as you will do, its just part of motorcycling and is a given to bond with your machine:freaky
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  7. drdata

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    As per the others, thanks Jim. I too will reference this when I do my own valves.

    Cheers
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  8. Gonz

    Gonz BMW Bike Bum

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    I wish I had read this excellent post yesterday.
    Can you imagine how silly it must have been, me peering into the flywheel locking hole, trying to see the tdc marks like my old 1150 :rofl :rofl :rofl

    Eventually I gave up and used the cam marks in conjunction with rocking the rocker gear. My 1200 has only got 7k klms on it, but the rocker noise was giving me the shits.

    I like the 'gravity' idea of adjusting the gap. However that would work depending on the size of your allan key?

    Top write up. Many thanks.

    Gonz.
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  9. overnighter

    overnighter Good in a tight spot

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    Jim, thanks for taking the time to write this up w/ pix. You make it look so easy. Not sure if I'm up for the challenge, but it's good to see what's inside those covers! - Greg
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  10. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Jim, Im surprised you did not mention the noticably missing and assumed sheared off Torx Excact-o Struddle bolt in the head. :rofl
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  11. ndmiller

    ndmiller Been here awhile

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    Ok, so honestly how did you start doing your own maintenance? I would love to do the 6000 service or even change my oil, but I've never done any motorcycle or car maintenance before. I really don't want to screw up a $15K bike just to fook around and learn, so where do I start?

    In the interest of my sanity, anyone wanting to do a tech day on South Florida this winter, let me know. It's 70-80 everyday and hasn't rained in a month.:freaky

    Noah
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  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    My local club has been doing tech days for years. We usually have them about once a month. I generally will lead with the demonstration, however, lately, most of the club can now do their own.

    It is so simple, I am always amazed at how many people complain about the frequency of the required maintenance. It took me about an hour to complete a simple 6K, and takes about 2-2.5 hours for a 12K with brake flush.

    Thanks for the positive feedback, and if anyone ever wants to come to a tech day in the DC metro area, feel free to join us. You can learn about upcomming events here.

    Jim :brow
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  13. GStupid

    GStupid Been here awhile

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    Jim Jim Jim
    You tuned the wrong bike. The bike is over here!:lol3
    Great thread. I'll definitely reference this when my time comes. We really need more "do your own maintenance" threads around here.
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  14. mistercindy

    mistercindy In a state of equilibrium

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    Good thread, Jim.




    Ditto that. The only service I've ever done to a bike is oil and filter change.
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  15. Artboy57

    Artboy57 Slave to THE MOUSE

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    Thanks Jim! Keep going and I can save the $125 for the manual! ::wink:
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  16. Fozdick

    Fozdick Still Thinking

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    Good show mate

    Thank You
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  17. FlyingScotsman

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    :clap Most excellent.
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  18. twinrider

    twinrider Pass the catnip

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    Excellent thread. You had me rolling up my sleeves and getting ready to check my FXST's valves -- then I remembered they're hydraulic :cry
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  19. eap

    eap El Adventurero Solitario Supporter

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    Quote:
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    Ok, so honestly how did you start doing your own maintenance? I would love to do the 6000 service or even change my oil, but I've never done any motorcycle or car maintenance before. I really don't want to screw up a $15K bike just to fook around and learn, so where do I start?

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    I too was (am) a wrenching retard, but through this forum and the club JVB speaks of, I've been able to learn and Do all the maintenance on my GS for the last 30K miles (I have 40K miles). JVB and may of the other club members are good teachers and make it look easy - alos check out the ADV Hall of Wisdom for some more great write ups. Once you suck it up and do it, it eally is pretty easy. This is one big advantage of the horizontal opposed twin - those jugs are out there and readily accessible - Just take your time and don't do it just before a big trip....

    Great write up Jim... :thumb
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  20. mad dog driver

    mad dog driver Adventurer

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    ? you could not pull the front engine cover without removing the sparkplug and turning the engine with the rear wheel?

    Could you explain this in a little more detail.

    This will be my first r12gs valve job, so i am moving slowly.

    Thanks

    Lee
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