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Forum: Airheads 06-21-2015, 05:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,023
Posted By garthg
It's what I thought: fixing what 'aint broke. ...

It's what I thought: fixing what 'aint broke.

I disagree with the suggestion that it can't hurt, especially in light of the statement, "This is my first time cracking open an airhead motor..."
...
Forum: Airheads 06-20-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,023
Posted By garthg
I'm puzzled why you believe replacing rod...

I'm puzzled why you believe replacing rod bearings is necessary.

Unless they've been run without oil, BMW bottom ends go 200k+.
Forum: Airheads 06-20-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,471
Posted By garthg
http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y393/Garth_Gol...

http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y393/Garth_Goldberg/R80RT%20Tool%20Roll_zpsmwhfjnov.jpg
Forum: Airheads 06-20-2015, 03:25 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,974
Posted By garthg
So, I'm curious. What was the total tally...

So, I'm curious.

What was the total tally ($$) ?
Forum: Airheads 04-07-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,742
Posted By garthg
http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y393/Garth_Gol...

http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y393/Garth_Goldberg/88%2088%206%20112%20630%20crankshaft%20sprocket%20installer_zpsj16gmttn.jpg
Forum: Airheads 04-06-2015, 10:21 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 8,546
Posted By garthg
That's EXACTLY WHY I'm holding onto my Airheads. ...

That's EXACTLY WHY I'm holding onto my Airheads. Because they've "improved" the bikes in ways to sell you something new (more power, more features, etc.) but really, the Airheads do everything you...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-30-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 17,326
Views: 11,164,302
Posted By garthg
I worked in Chevrolet dealers in the mid and late...

I worked in Chevrolet dealers in the mid and late 1970's.

It's hard to believe, but as crappy as the Chevette was, it was still loads better than the Vega. The Chevette would at least start and...
Forum: Airheads 03-24-2015, 04:33 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,974
Posted By garthg
If the PO was repeatedly replacing rotors, then...

If the PO was repeatedly replacing rotors, then something else was wrong. I've owned four airheads, currently have two (30k and 40k miles) and have never replaced a rotor. In my experience, diode...
Forum: Airheads 03-01-2015, 05:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,236
Posted By garthg
What's a "full engine restoration"? I'd be...

What's a "full engine restoration"?

I'd be surprised if any Airhead motor ever needed more than new seals, timing chain/tensioner, and top end, and (maybe) rings, regardless of mileage. I did a...
Forum: Airheads 03-01-2015, 05:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 861
Posted By garthg
The starter covers are identical in dimension for...

The starter covers are identical in dimension for all post-1980 Airheads. You should be able to just pop off the spring clips, remove the cover with snorkels and wiggle out the air filter. There must...
Forum: Airheads 02-27-2015, 06:13 AM
Replies: 584
Views: 66,692
Posted By garthg
No, scan it and post it to share.

No, scan it and post it to share.
Forum: Airheads 02-27-2015, 06:08 AM
Replies: 584
Views: 66,692
Posted By garthg
I found my '95 R100R on ebay, although I didn't...

I found my '95 R100R on ebay, although I didn't buy it there.

The bike was in Albuquerque NM and the leading bid was from a phony bidder in India. I contacted the seller, and it turned out it was...
Forum: Airheads 02-26-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 584
Views: 66,692
Posted By garthg
Seems like a fair price. Maybe even a good deal. ...

Seems like a fair price. Maybe even a good deal.

I wonder if it was taken in trade on a Bullet.

I'm not sure why it belongs in this thread. I thought this thread was for exaggerations and...
Forum: Airheads 02-12-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 584
Views: 66,692
Posted By garthg
That's a bike that was customized by someone who...

That's a bike that was customized by someone who doesn't ride at all, let alone in adverse weather conditions.

Doesn't it rain in England? Can you always predict when it will be perfectly dry?
...
Forum: Airheads 02-01-2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 10,637
Posted By garthg
At 170kph (106 mph), your R80GS wasn't going 170....

At 170kph (106 mph), your R80GS wasn't going 170. It was going more like 150 kph. BMW put out a memo a long time ago specifying that their speedometers always read over the actual speed, allowing as...
Forum: Airheads 01-06-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,974
Posted By garthg
12.94 volts is a little low. Spec is about 13.2....

12.94 volts is a little low. Spec is about 13.2. It should go up with engine revs, and no higher than about 14.2.

Oil under the gearbox? If it's engine oil, it's most likely your rear main seal...
Forum: Airheads 01-06-2015, 07:15 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,063
Posted By garthg
I'm convinced. That tool works.

I'm convinced. That tool works.
Forum: Airheads 01-05-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,974
Posted By garthg
BMW spec on the idle is 800 to 1,100. You're...

BMW spec on the idle is 800 to 1,100. You're fine on that.
Forum: Airheads 01-04-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,063
Posted By garthg
This is the same as the factory method, save for...

This is the same as the factory method, save for the use of the BFH instead of a press. Factory manual says to press the stem out about 5mm, which would still leave the stem engaged.
Forum: Airheads 01-01-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 23,780
Posted By garthg
The factory side stand is forged steel, and will...

The factory side stand is forged steel, and will NOT bend like that.
Forum: Airheads 01-01-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,063
Posted By garthg
Factory method is to press the steering shaft...

Factory method is to press the steering shaft down through the lower triple clamp about 5mm, then push it back. That will give you clearance to get a bearing puller (gear splitter) underneath the...
Forum: Airheads 01-01-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,974
Posted By garthg
You've been getting some good information, and...

You've been getting some good information, and some uninformed guesses.

The R100R has a Showa fork. The disassembly procedure for the steering head bearings is the same as for the earlier forks,...
Forum: Airheads 12-30-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 18,907
Posted By garthg
3/8" is very close to 10mm. Check out this...

3/8" is very close to 10mm.

Check out this web site for the calculation regarding the effect of the extension:
...
Forum: Airheads 12-30-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 18,907
Posted By garthg
Um, did you use new drive shaft bolts? Did you...

Um, did you use new drive shaft bolts?
Did you torque them to the correct 29ft-lbs?
Best tool:

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/OBJECTS/images/FRDHM10.jpg
Forum: Airheads 12-24-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,007
Posted By garthg
Factory tool kit, with a few additions by me, in...

Factory tool kit, with a few additions by me, in a Kathy's Cordura Sport. The additions are:
Long pattern 13mm combo
10mm flex head combo
mini Vice Grips
5" Knipex alligator pliers
1/4" drive...
Forum: Airheads 12-24-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,182
Posted By garthg
The RT looks great as it is. If you were to take...

The RT looks great as it is. If you were to take a long trip, especially like east of the Mississippi (where it rains every month of the year) you'll appreciate the RT fairing.

If you really want...
Forum: Airheads 12-24-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,583
Posted By garthg
Mine was shot after 30 years. Leaking like...

Mine was shot after 30 years. Leaking like yours. I believe they're gas pressurized, and not rebuildable. I bit the bullet and bought a new OEM for $90.

It's not essential most of the time (I...
Forum: Airheads 12-12-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 15,375
Posted By garthg
1,000 Pounds? $1,600? That's not even the...

1,000 Pounds? $1,600?

That's not even the sales tax on a new bike.

Regular service and maintenance on a new bike is $500 to $1,000 per year.

Motorcycling is still a cheap hobby, even with...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-24-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 17,326
Views: 11,164,302
Posted By garthg
Worthless video. Just another hipster bobber...

Worthless video. Just another hipster bobber with no fenders and a plank seat.
Forum: Airheads 10-17-2014, 04:26 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,974
Posted By garthg
I have a 1995 with just over 38,000 miles. ...

I have a 1995 with just over 38,000 miles.

The 1995 R100R is basically identical to the R100GSPD of the same year, except for the fork, handlebars, seat, bodywork, and gauges. They're both pretty...
Forum: Airheads 10-17-2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,974
Posted By garthg
Notched steering head bearings make the bike...

Notched steering head bearings make the bike "weave" slowly at high speed (over 50mph). (This is specifically in the BMW factory repair manual). They also take away from nice, smooth steering feel...
Forum: Airheads 10-16-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,974
Posted By garthg
At some point, this thread had to do with OP's...

At some point, this thread had to do with OP's decision about whether to change the steering head bearings on his R100R.

I was randomly checking the steering on my 1995 R100R, and it seems that my...
Forum: Airheads 10-16-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,832
Posted By garthg
That's good, but you're looking at about $500 a...

That's good, but you're looking at about $500 a wheel. Of course, they'll look like new.
Forum: Airheads 10-06-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,549
Posted By garthg
I ordered it from the U.K. and had it in a few...

I ordered it from the U.K. and had it in a few days. It's better than the factory tool (which I used to have).
Forum: Airheads 10-06-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,549
Posted By garthg
Use the right tool to torque the top nut: ...

Use the right tool to torque the top nut:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BGS-Tools-1-2-Crowfoot-Spanner-36mm-1759-36-/291196263196?pt=UK_Measuring_Tools_Levels&hash=item43cca65b1c
Forum: Airheads 10-06-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,832
Posted By garthg
You don't have to take the forks apart to replace...

You don't have to take the forks apart to replace the gaiters. Just drop the fixed tubes and the sliders as a unit.

The forks can be a little tricky, and the wiper rings are delicate. I just...
Forum: Airheads 10-03-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 10,637
Posted By garthg
This is from Silverhead, in this thread: ...

This is from Silverhead, in this thread:

"Most of us in this forum are probably used to ripping at 100+ mph on bikes with drum brakes and front forks devoid of any oil due to it leaking out...
Forum: Airheads 10-03-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 10,637
Posted By garthg
There's a published BMW memo on this. BMW...

There's a published BMW memo on this. BMW specifications allowed speedometers to be fast by 10% + 2.4mph. Indicated 115 was probably more like 100.
...
Forum: Airheads 10-01-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8,260
Views: 1,727,089
Posted By garthg
Why is the sidestand out?

Why is the sidestand out?
Forum: Airheads 09-25-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,570
Posted By garthg
If it matters to you, the Dunlop K70's are now...

If it matters to you, the Dunlop K70's are now made in Malaysia.

For about the same price is the Continental ContiGo! (made in Korea, as are the RB2's), which appears to be the same as the old RB2...
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