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  1. The key piece of information from your brief...

    The key piece of information from your brief description is "30,000 miles." The bones should be good unless it has been abused, outdoor storage, etc. Having said that, you can consider your labor...
  2. Thread: Final Drive

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    The rear brake rotor is exposed to dirt and grit...

    The rear brake rotor is exposed to dirt and grit kicked up by the front wheel... tends to score the rotor. The layout makes it awkward to properly bleed the system... hard to get all the air out....
  3. It's a labor of love... and your labor will be...

    It's a labor of love... and your labor will be worth $0.00/hour. The trick is to keep the parts bill within reason and avoid the nasty surprises (compression, oil pressure, missing parts, etc)....
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    I can tell you that "S" bars (with their slight...

    I can tell you that "S" bars (with their slight rise) will hit the inside of the fairing panels before the fork reaches full turn. The P.O. I bought my 81 RS from tried that. I quickly reinstalled...
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    I took the plunge because of (repeated)...

    I took the plunge because of (repeated) frustrating experience with points purchased from my BMW dealer. Made in China... made in Eastern Europe... I don't care... they failed shortly after...
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    All the responses are on target. K75 is great...

    All the responses are on target. K75 is great for solo, not for two up. K1100LT was buzzy up and down the RPM range with one smooth spot (and it threw off a lot of heat). K1200RS is smooth...
  7. Thread: RS Fork Gaiters

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    Thanks all. I remember back in the day some...

    Thanks all. I remember back in the day some buddies (and dealers) had trouble with this. I've also seen fairings all goobered up with all colors of adhesive. I'll sniff out your recommendations.
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    Your panels are made of glass reinforced...

    Your panels are made of glass reinforced composite... fiber glass. The biggest difference is that your panels are compression molded in matched metal dies. In addition to resin and glass, the...
  9. Thread: RS Fork Gaiters

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    RS Fork Gaiters

    What's the best adhesive to install new fork boots on an RS fairing? I recall it used to be an issue.
  10. Thread: Fairing repair

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    Take a close look at the embossments inside the...

    Take a close look at the embossments inside the fairing where the brackets attach. They contain a threaded insert that is molded in. Check for cracks from your fall over. If there is any damage,...
  11. Thread: Fairing repair

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    It was compression molded from sheet molding...

    It was compression molded from sheet molding compound. The filler loading is higher than lay up fiber glass, but it's still polyester resin. The procedure outlined above will work just fine. The...
  12. Thread: Carb Butterfly

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    When those screws were installed the threads...

    When those screws were installed the threads should have been flattened or marred after installation so that they wouldn't back out and be ingested into the engine. The material is soft. Work...
  13. Thread: Engine Cleaning

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    Use a Scotchbrite pad. Steel wool (and even...

    Use a Scotchbrite pad. Steel wool (and even brass) can smooth the finish.
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    This time I bought a barn find. I found the barn...

    This time I bought a barn find. I found the barn had mice!
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    Eyewitness William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver...

    Eyewitness

    William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver
    1970s
    Black /5 with a large tank.

    Actually, a pretty good movie.
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    Yup, that's where the headlight switch is located...

    Yup, that's where the headlight switch is located on my 81 RS. It's a US model. You've been "aftermarkeed."
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    I had a similar problem with mine (same year,...

    I had a similar problem with mine (same year, same color). Cleaning the contacts on the ignition module under the tank took care of it. Must be a red RS thing. Good looking bike!
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    Clearcoat Snowflake Rim?

    Back in the 1980s I had the wheels on one of my 320i's painted and clear coated. That made it much easier to keep the wheels clean. I'm thinking of doing the same thing for my '81 RS... clear coat...
  19. Thread: windshield rivets

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    Seems to me that one thing hasn't changed since...

    Seems to me that one thing hasn't changed since my first BMW in 1975. The way body panels come apart/go together is so d--- clever it's almost impossible to figure out the first time you do it. ...
  20. Thread: windshield rivets

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    Well said. Rubber or plastic mallet. It's not...

    Well said. Rubber or plastic mallet. It's not rocket science... it's airhead science.
  21. Thread: windshield rivets

    by King
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    Rub on some Armorall or a silicone-based product...

    Rub on some Armorall or a silicone-based product and tap them in with a little "gentle persuasion." It's just a friction fit designed to expand the plastic rivet rather than pull the windscreen into...
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    You might try Twin City BMW in Savoy, IL. They...

    You might try Twin City BMW in Savoy, IL. They stock an amazing number of doo-dads and knick-knacks for my R75/6, my R100RS, and, of course, my K1200RS. 217-356-0399. You can look up the 800...
  23. Thread: saddlebag fitment

    by King
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    True, UV is the culprit. However, the UV...

    True, UV is the culprit. However, the UV inhibitors in an exterior automotive paint will work much better than those that were formulated into the original thermoplastic material that the bag was...
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    I always use a pack of feeler gauges. Just...

    I always use a pack of feeler gauges. Just select the amount that provides the thickness you are working toward and swing the others out of the way.
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    Try this using the ten characters I supplied and...

    Try this using the ten characters I supplied and your last seven digits.

    http://www.motoverse.com/tools/vin/bmw.asp
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