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  1. "Lean Manufacturing" - No Spare Parts

    Don,

    It's Friday morning and I hope Gisele is back in your garage today.

    This might slightly veer off topic but probably is relevant to your situation. Over the last 10 years, and especially...
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    Bad business practices

    In the course of business, when someone tells me that a part has shipped and cannot produce the tracking number (best lie detector since truth serum) I know they are lying. You can almost smell the...
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    Cold Gasohol

    It's probably the cold gasohol causing the shrinkage ;)
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    Problems with Buna-N

    I stand corrected. I did a search on the internet and found a report from 1980 from the Virginia DOT about gasohol. Go to page 16 of the report and there is a paragraph describing how Buna-N shrinks...
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    BMW Installing QDs

    MarkM,

    I think it varied depending on the model, I have a 2001 R1100RL and it did not come with QDs. Yet, I believe the GS from that year did have the plastic QDs. I installed the CPC QDs, and it...
  6. Jealous

    Great report, you look like you had some fun. Thanks for the photos
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    Thanks

    Thanks to Gizmo and Jkersh1 for the advice. Once I get settled and the weather moderates, I'll be sure to contact the local clubs. Best to both of you.
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    Moving to Phoenix from Chicago

    So, later this summer I'll be moving to Phoenix to enjoy the soft warm breezes found there in July or August. Is there anything special I should think about changing (oil, etc...) or making...
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    Poor Boys

    Poor boys are sandwiches on french bread that have lettuce, tomato, mayo, Tabasco, and singly or in combination: shrimp, catfish, and/or crawdads. That with some gumbo and an Abita beer; mmmm, mmmm,...
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    ABS fault

    DBRICK on another thread had a link to the IBMWR site describing the problem and a fix.

    http://ibmwr.org/r-tech/oilheads/ABS-II_low_voltage_modification/index.shtml
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    Start from scratch?

    HW,

    Even if you could get the o-ring out, could you easily get a new one in? That part looks like it might require some special insertion tool for the job.

    Since everything is apart on your...
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    O-ring lubrication

    HW,

    Dave_Faria has a point with the lubrication. I have the CDC quick disconnects and put a little silicone lubricant on the o-rings before assembly (little being the operative word).

    Your...
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    Just a guess

    We work with all types of instrumentation such as flow, temperature, pressure, pH and, for the most part, when these items fail (especially thermocouples), they either fail high or low on their range...
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    O2 reads on & off?

    Ragtoplvr,

    What do you mean by, "The O2 sensor only reads on and off." I am not familiar with this specific O2 sensor used in BMWs, but have actually incorporated an O2 sensor (from a GMC truck)...
  15. Available watts

    Bdiver,

    According to Clymer, your alternator should have a capacity of 700 watts/14V. At 1000 RPM it will put out ~ 18 amps and at 4000 RPM it should put out 50 amps. Your heated grips take maybe...
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    Gap -0.031"

    I have a 2001 R1100RL and just changed over to the 3923 this weekend. I used the same gap, 0.031" or 0.8 mm, as for the Bosch plug. Before it became impossible to work on your own car without an...
  17. Nicccccceeeeeeee!!!

    Great trip report TomDac. Today, it snowed here in Chicago; so any excuse to live vicariously through another rider.
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    Buna-N chemical compatibility charts

    Here are a few links to chemical compatibility charts for Buna-N

    http://www.pep-plastic.com/pdf/ChemGuide.pdf

    http://www.sisweb.com/vacuum/o-rings/buna.htm
    ...
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    Happy for you, sad for us

    Lilred,

    So, as I depressingly look out my window watching the snowman poop, once again, descend unabated onto my driveway here in IL, I'm happy for you that the bike roared to life.

    However,...
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    Abandoned cars

    My wife and I were there 3-4 years ago and noticed many abandoned cars along the roadways and in the pineapple groves (plantations?). Is it still that way or has it been (hopefully) cleaned up.
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    Renting a motorcycle

    Just got back from Israel on Jan 15th. Tried to rent a motorcycle without success. I had a great time none-the-less and rented a car for the drive from Tel Aviv to Eilat. The desert there is truly...
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    Links to R1100

    Karsten,

    Here are a few links for the R1100GS:

    http://micapeak.com/bmw/gs/gs_tel1.html

    http://micapeak.com/bmw/gs/gs_tel2.html

    Now the 1100GS is not exactly like the 1100R but it is close...
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    Spoked wheels/rims

    Kasrten,

    I have a 2001 R1100R with spoked rims that takes the 110/80ZR18 tire. Unfortunately, it is an odd size and is somewhat difficult to get. I tried to get a set of Continentals last year and...
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    Maybe

    Depending on your inseam, mine is a 34, you might find it too cramped for extended riding. I am good for 2-3 hours, but it sometimes bothers me after that. I have a 2001 R and sometimes wish that the...
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    Great report

    Thanks for the report. I enjoy fly fishing and have thought about a combination motorcycle/fly-fishing trip. That area of California would be perfect for such a trip. Looks like you had a blast.:clap
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