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    Question New to Oilheads ?'s, '04 R1150R

    OK, I've done a partial deilenberger, partial because I've kept my K while Don deserted the fold!
    I bought an '04 R1150R ABS with 10k miles.
    Over the years I've gleaned a bit of info re Oilheads, but didn't pay alot of attention. I remember some posts about cam tensioners being upgraded, alternator belt changes & upgrades.
    I guess I'll need a synchronizer, probably the Harmonizer.
    Any issues I should check or be aware of immediately?
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    I'd wait until about 20K miles, then pull the starter off and check the transmission input splines. You either have a good one or a bad one. If you have a bad one you will easily be able to ascertain damage at that point.

    I'm in Jax. If you're interested I'll let you know next time I'm doing a tune-up to my R1100S. You're welcome to come up and watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimMoore View Post
    I'd wait until about 20K miles, then pull the starter off and check the transmission input splines. You either have a good one or a bad one. If you have a bad one you will easily be able to ascertain damage at that point.

    I'm in Jax. If you're interested I'll let you know next time I'm doing a tune-up to my R1100S. You're welcome to come up and watch.
    Thanks Jim, I probably take you up on that offer.
    Isn't there a CD someone makes showing the major service procedures?
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    Bob,

    Look at the screw-in cam chain tensioners. The one on the bottom of the right side is easy to see. The one on the top of the left side, tucked by the Telelever arm is a bit more secluded.

    Anyway, BMW came out with a replacement for the old style on the left side that won't drain down causing chain slap noise and maybe other problems (broken chain guides are a major pain). If both sides take a 17mm wrench then the left side is the old style. If the left side takes a 15mm wrench instead it is already the new style.

    If you still have the old style, replace it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmws View Post
    Thanks Jim, I probably take you up on that offer.
    Isn't there a CD someone makes showing the major service procedures?
    I'll let you know.

    Google Jim Von Baden. He does the CDs.

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    Maintenance Video Tutorial Links

    Here are some great video tutorials on common tasks for the 1100/1150 motors. These are large wmv files and they take time to load depending on your connection speeds.
    But not as long as mail order videos that sometimes disappoint.
    First make some

    Ignition Timing: http://www.bmwmc.net/uploads/tm11/R4...ing_medium.wmv

    Throttle Synch: http://www.bmwmc.net/uploads/tm11/R4...nch_medium.wmv

    Valve Adjust: http://www.bmwmc.net/uploads/tm11/R4...115_medium.wmv

    Belt Tensioning: http://www.bmwmc.net/uploads/tm11/Po...nce_medium.wmv
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    Thanks for the info, very helpful.
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    Cool Twin-Max Throttle Body Balancer

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmws View Post
    I guess I'll need a synchronizer, probably the Harmonizer.
    Any issues I should check or be aware of immediately?
    I just sold my R1150GS and bought a F650GS, so I don't need my Twin-Max TB balancer anymore. Make me a good offer and I'll sell it to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirby View Post
    I just sold my R1150GS and bought a F650GS, so I don't need my Twin-Max TB balancer anymore. Make me a good offer and I'll sell it to you.

    -Sirby
    How about posting it on the Flea Market?
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    I don't hear any left side rattle, am @ 27k on bike that has old style cam chain tensioner. Are we talking 3 parts to update: piston,"cap" & crush washer?
    BTW, who's giving a discount on bike parts these days? Like many Chicago was my go to place with ~20% until they went out.

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    Yep. 3 parts to it.
    Tensioner: 11 31 7 688 629
    Piston: 11 31 7 656 922
    Crush washer: 07 11 9 963 308

    I got mine from Ozzie's BMW in Chico and it turned out cheaper than the Rubber Chicken one.
    Doesn't Bob's BMW give a discount to MOA members?
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    So is the wear coming from frequent cold starts? If so, then why would a "long trip,non-commuter bike" give a problem anytime soon? If not, when does the slap seem to appear, as in miles? Thanks for the part #'s!

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