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    The wear is the chain (usually not all that...

    The wear is the chain (usually not all that much), and PARTICULARLY the SPROCKETS. Usually, the crankshaft sprocket is the badly worn one. 200K is huge mileage for these items. The camshaft that...
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    that little screw....and the 13 mm bolt....

    Don's correct about the little screw. LEAVE IT ALONE.
    Here is a hint about the BOLT that goes down from the top, it is by itself on the clam-shell transmissions, and passes through the bottom of...
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    upgrading brakes

    There is sometimes a LOT more to upgrading the brakes than it seems initially. BUT...in some instances the conversion is very simple... and can make a BIG difference.
    In the following article, is a...
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    forgot to reply to the K front end almost all...

    forgot to reply to the K front end
    almost all Classic K front ends will fit most Airheads.
    b
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    more on brakes

    Here is a link to a long article that covers some of the brake questions....and some conversions.
    http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/brakes.htm
    There are a lot of considerations, as can be seen from the...
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    You will also find a lot of the diagrams, many in...

    You will also find a lot of the diagrams, many in pdf format for convenience in viewing, on my website.
    http://bmwmotorcycletech.info
    snowbum
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    ************************* If you don't have one...

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    If you don't have one of the special tools, you can make one; buy something that works......or, use the 10/12 mm dual box-end wrench in the standard BMW tool kit, and give...
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    My ignition article has more info....but, the...

    My ignition article has more info....but, the Hall devices are getting hard to find.
    This guy, http://tomwade.me/motorcycles/technical/ had a bunch he ordered, and he was selling them to...
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    I forgot to mention that an article on my website...

    I forgot to mention that an article on my website has closeup sketches and photos of ring shapes, which is top side, etc.
    lots of etc

    'bum
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    piston rings, orientation

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    Piston ring rotation; orientation; cylinder crosshatch:

    Piston rings DO rotate. They are designed to...
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    Reynolds

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    The exact date they went out of business, depending on what THAT means, is a bit questionable. We've had...
  12. 19" recall

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    http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/19inchrecall.htm
    Everything you might ever want to know.
    Snowbum
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    shorting method

    The shorting method is well described in an article on my website,
    http://bmwmotorcycletech.info.
    In something like 40 years or so of using this method (I also use other methods, including vacuum...
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    Reynolds items

    I have the literature on Reynolds backrests, center-stands, ETC. Reynolds description and numbers versus bikes they fit, ETC.
    I've never bothered to put them on my website, maybe I should do a...
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    alternator for R75/5

    Probably everything will be fully answered, and then some, HERE:

    http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/altcapability.htm

    snowbum
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    thermostat bolt

    The use of the bolt, as has been noted in this thread, is NOT for the GS models, which do not have a thermostat.
    GS models use a sized hole in the cover. GS models need a cover over the cooler if...
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    Winter Storage

    There seems to be a lot of guessing in this thread, and, some downright WRONG information.
    Besides gunking and washing and drying (do drying on last ride?), waxing, and an oil change (usually but...
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    center stand springs

    The springs wrap around posts, and wear. Sometimes the stand bolts back out, or otherwise loosen, and few owners check for lubrication of the stand at the spring perches and tightness of the bolts,...
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    neutral switches

    Suggestions, besides the modification to the spacer by chamfering, and freezing it, and epoxying the switch, and specifying the correct switch:
    Use a dental pick or similar and scratch all around...
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    enrichener pickup tube

    The flying fingers hit send too quickly.

    The enrichener lever, when on the bars (later models, that is, after the seventies) is marked as a "choke". It isn't really a choke, but a control for a...
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    split tube on enrichener pickup

    The enrichener has a jet at the bottom of the well, as noted by someone else, the jet must be clean/open.
    The enrichener at the carburetor has its own 'jets' as part of the rotating disc, thus, how...
  22. tire pressures on older Airheads

    My comments here are for ROAD tires (NOT off-road types or usage).

    Modern design tires require higher pressures than stated on the label under the seat on old Airheads, or in the Owners Booklet. ...
  23. *************** Follow the directions in the...

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    Follow the directions in the following article, section k through p:
    http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/TireRepair.htm
    I too have had fun and games with the Michelin Pilot Activ. If...
  24. Been that way for years. One of the few things...

    Been that way for years. One of the few things like that.
    However, BMW only sells certain things, certain kits, etc. If not on the BMW fiche, you have to go to Bing, or some aftermarket source...
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    front and rear brake light switches

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    For those that do not know, BMW had a recall campaign on the switches. It affects Airheads and K bikes,...
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