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    Jet-Hot Treated Header

    Got my Jet-Hot coated header back for my k75s and mounted it today. Rained all day, otherwise would have some better photos.
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    Thumbs up

    Ooohee, that is pretty! Looks a little more "polished" than mine.

    Ceramic coating simply rocks!
    ---Jeff

    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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    Angry Received Spiegler lines today but they screwed up...

    Just received my Spiegler brake lines today but after opening the box I was soon disappointed. They completely forgot to include the three anodized banjo bolts I had ordered.

    Went outside to match up the four lines to the bike... Disappointment struck again; the line going from the brake pipe fitting in front of the radiator down to the right front caliper has the wrong fitting on the caliper end and is about two to three inches too short.

    The only good news is that the other three lines appear as though they will fit but I won't know for sure until I take the old ones off (the rear lines and master cylinder are partially hidden by the right footpeg plate).

    When I ordered the lines I clearly specified that they were for a '94 S with ABS and I needed the top line 1" longer (that one seems OK as best as I can determine; the top line disappears into a thicket of cables behind the fork tubes where it joins the ABS brake pipes). Only the front line to the caliper is the one that's all wrong, but it's disheartening to say the least.

    So tomorrow I will have to call them up and send back the wrong line (probably at my expense) and get them to correct the order.

    I now realize that I should have removed the old lines and sent them to Spiegler before ordering as I mentioned in a previous post but I thought that that would not really be necessary---if I only knew...

    Needless to say, I am not a happy camper. I was all set to redo the brakes this week; now I'll have to wait at least another two or three weeks to get this accomplished.
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    Spiegler update

    Called Spiegler and explained everything---they're making up the correct line and sending it out pronto (along with the banjo bolts missing from my order).

    Hoping to get everything installed as early as next week, fingers crossed.
    ---Jeff

    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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    Thumbs up Received the correct brake line & banjo bolts from Spiegler today.

    Am getting bready to do the full brake line replacement now that I've received the correct line and fittings.

    Just posed (or re-posed) my previous question about bleeding the ABS modulators in my "Spiegler brake lines on a bike with ABS" thread elsewhere in this forum, in case anyone wishes to respond.

    I'll be proceeding with the work soon, details and photos to follow.
    ---Jeff

    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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    New brake lines and new Catz lights, general update

    Haven't been working on my bike lately due to a couple of things. First, I had to order some new gaskets, grommets and extra rear resevoir cap to finish building my pressure bleeder. They took a while to get here as one bit was back-ordered from Germany. Received everything last week and today I finished constructing the front and rear caps I'll use with the pressure bleeder.

    Secondly, I got pretty involved with clearing a lot of jungle on one side of the house in preparation for installing two large antennas (I'm a ham radio nut also) in the last couple of weeks. I've been inactive on the radio for the last 6 or 7 years but with a new solar cycle coming into play I thought it wise to be prepared for another round of potential long-distance activity on the bands.

    I know this is off-topic but these pix might better illustrate where all of my spare time and energy have been going as of late:


    AFTER GOING WILD WITH MY MACHETE FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS (should have seen before!)


    These vines are insidious, grow like weeds at an amazing speed and develop branches as big as trees!


    My 50mHz antenna and mast over on its side about to get hoisted up... I cleared this section completely so as to have room to do so:


    With guy ropes already laid out and everything in place, we (wife helped) got it up in the air about 30' above ground. A joyous occasion for a nut like me.


    Easier to see against an overcast sky (typical to our usual weather).


    Now back to the bike:
    In other recent developments, I managed to lose both fog lights I had mounted on the front forks due to metal fatique---the DIY aluminum brackets I made just received too much bouncing in the 1000 miles or so I've ridden since installing them.

    I heard/felt something snap and hit the bike on one ride to town; later discovering the left light and mount snapped off...

    The next ride a week later the same thing happened again (!); the other bracket broke off at the point where it bends.

    To make a long story short, I've come up with a secure and totally different mounting system that is downright nifty. I also got a couple of 70 watt yellow Catz lights that will provide even better visibility day or night.

    Stay tuned, more details about these and the brake line work to follow... (dinnertime here)
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    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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    Talking Taking the bike apart again (more or less)!

    Got a good start on the brake line and fog lights work today.

    In order to gain access to the ABS brake pipe/front line connection (and aux. lights rewiring) I removed the right side of the fairing, gas tank, seat, both side covers and undid several connectors in the way.

    I also disconnected the battery for safety and after a lot of finagleing, got the ignition control module out from it's nook sandwiched snugly between the frame tubes. This gave me access to the front ABS brake pipe/brake hose junction where it will need to be disconnected after bleeding for subsequent replacement with the Spiegler lines and fresh fluid.

    I took lots of photos every step of the way to aid reassembly. I tend to work at a snail's pace so these will help me out in the coming days or weeks ahead whenever I'm putting it all back together.

    Here's what the bike looks like now:



    Here's a shot of the ICM as it was perched over the spot I need access to:



    Got the rear connector off and started wiggling it out:



    After a good 30 minutes of this (and wondering how BMW ever got it in there in the first place) it finally slipped out. Some WD-40 helped make the crucial difference, I think:



    Now I actually have a decent chance at getting this connection undone without pulling my hair out (although I don't have much room to turn the wrenches, my fingers are crossed; this once seemed like the biggest hurdle---now it is no longer so daunting):



    I posted much of the above info already in my "Spiegler lines..." thread elsewhere in this forum but am reposting here since it seems this thread has developed a following of sorts elsewhere outside of MOA (I have a link in my sig line on ADV where I am also pretty active).
    Since posting the same basic info doubles the time spent typing and uploading pix I'm going to try to post further developments here in this thread only, thus 'kill two birds with one stone,' if I can.

    So with the bike apart again I'm also planning to rewire the new Catz lights instead of use the old wiring---they're 70 watts each instead of the 35 or 50 watts the Optilux were---so in goes the heavier-duty relay and wiring that came with the Catz.

    My power line to the front powerlet jack will also undergo an upgrade while I'm at it.

    Enough of typing for today; the sun just popped out so I'm heading back outside to do a bit more before calling it a day. Unless I really make a lot of progress with the brake bleeding tomorrow I'll probably post my next update sometime next week (when I have time off from work to wrench further).

    Aufwedersehen!
    ---Jeff

    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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    What Catz lights are you using? My Optilux started to leak and when I took them apart couldn't get Hupdty Dumpty back together again so I am looking for a replacement.
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    Thumbs up Catz XLO

    Catz XLO, Todd; here's a link to the ebay page where I scored these for roughly 1/2 of usual retail:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CATZ-...item23014ff510

    The seller is top-rated and he shipped the lights out right away. For an extra $25 he'll also include a pair of replacement bulbs with no extra shipping if shipped with the XLOs. Apparently these lights are proprietary so I decided to play it safe and grab an extra pair of backup bulbs at the same time. If you Google these lights you'll see they generally sell for a lot more---and are better than PIAAs!

    Be sure to get the amber ones (XLOs also come in white but the amber will stand out much more amongst traffic). The instructions are in Japanese but easy to figure out.

    Here's a link to the page posted on ADV that sold me on getting them right away, too:

    http://smithduck.home.comcast.net/~s...ch/xlo/xlo.htm

    I've already gotten most of the old wiring out but will end up using the Optilux relay after all---it's rated at 30 amps at 12.6v so plenty beefy enough to handle 140 watts IMO (turns out the Optilux 1472s were 55w each; these are only 15w more=30 watts more total. I will, however, run the beefier wiring from the relay out to the lights for good measure. Looks like a full gauge heavier wiring than the Optilux.

    I plan to hold off installing these lights until after I replace the brake lines and put that ICM back in place. Should be easier to get it wedged back in that tight spot with fewer wires there is what I figure---then I can snake them by and finish things up.
    Last edited by nh7robmw; 06-18-2010 at 08:43 PM. Reason: fat fingered typos as usual
    ---Jeff

    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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    But how well does the amber light illuminate at night? I'm more interested in night performance and day visibility.
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    Talking I'll be riding with two little suns soon

    70 watt yellow dichroic halogen lights...?

    I would think they'd be super bright day or night.

    Ever been to France? There's a good reason a lot of the headlights they use over there are a distinct yellow instead of white. These should provide greater visibilty all around, especially in rain and fog but as always, YMMV...

    I think I'll stick out like a Roman candle with these on, the whole point as far as I'm concerned; conspicuity every time I'm riding.

    There's some day/night photos of an Iowa K1100 with them installed on this forum page:http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24430

    At any rate, I'll post some pix of my own once I get them installed (after I finish the brake lines).
    ---Jeff

    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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    Half of the Spieglers got installed today---I can't believe it!

    I got out my new Mity Vac and bled the old rear brake lines and removed them today.

    Not much old fluid came out when I bled the ABS pot first but what did come out was fairly dirty (fine black sediment). I ran some fresh DOT 4 through them a couple of times before proceeding to bleed from the rear caliper.

    Even less fluid came out from there and thinking I might be doing something wrong I flushed some more with new fluid in the resevoir (back from the ABS pot again).

    Finally figured it was all out so I unbolted the old lines and got the two rear Spieglers ready.

    Had to fiddle with them a while to get the banjo fittings at just the right angles to match the old lines (so the lines wouldn't get twisted unnecessarily from their mounting positions). The process went very well and Spiegler includes little plastic blocks to mount in a vise for them. Using the supplied plastic rod I turned them to what I thought would be just the right angle---but I had to redo things several times with each line to finally get them about perfect.

    Otherwise it was a piece of cake, relatively speaking. They're all torqued up (where I could fit my torque wrench and socket, that is); a couple of bolts got hand tightened as best as I could estimate 12 foot-pounds or so with a 14mm open-end wrench.

    I remembered to install the new aluminum crush washers on both sides of the banjo fitting before tightening them up.

    The rear lines are empty now and it may not be until next week before I get time to resume the work and fill them using my DIY pressure bleeder---but that's fine by me. I'm so happy and relieved that so far, this is coming together nicely.

    These pics don't quite do them justice---they look pretty darn spiffy in person.



    ---Jeff

    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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    Wow, I am so glad I don't have to deal with ABS
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    Grand Scrivener 1986 K100

    May seem like a simple question, but where do you get the paint? I'm looking for Marrakesh Red Code 641

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    I used a Mercedes-Benz paint code for my steel grey PPG paint that I bought at my local ASC. Any good paint shop should be able to mix up that Marrakesh Red in Glasurit (OEM) or other brands, no problem.
    ---Jeff

    ex: K75S Berlina R100GS/PD , K100RS , R75/5 , R60/2

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