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Forum: Airheads 12-24-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,166
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, 11:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,022
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, 10:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 944
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, 07:31 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 13,686
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, 10:24 AM
Replies: 16,167
Views: 9,684,502
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, 05:26 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,243
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, 05:21 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,243
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, 09:08 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,243
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, 07:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,113
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, 08:14 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,016
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, 07:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,016
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, 09:10 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,113
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, 01:44 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,100
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, 01:28 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,100
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, 10:29 AM
Replies: 7,251
Views: 1,448,458
Posted By garthg
Why is the sidestand out?

Why is the sidestand out?
Forum: Airheads 09-25-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,178
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...
Forum: Airheads 09-22-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,113
Posted By garthg
Replace (2) with: Adjust valves, run engine, do...

Replace (2) with: Adjust valves, run engine, do compression/leak down test. That will be more informative than simply taking the engine apart.

Replace (5) with: replace fork fluid and drain plug...
Forum: Airheads 09-16-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,687
Posted By garthg
I have re-used head gaskets when I knew they...

I have re-used head gaskets when I knew they weren't 30 years old, and still looked good.

I don't think it's critical, and I think Supershaft has said the same thing.
Forum: Airheads 09-16-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,687
Posted By garthg
I'm not buying the idea that there was something...

I'm not buying the idea that there was something wrong with the seals. You need some better evidence. I've bought plenty of parts from Capitol and never had a problem.

Did you do anything to...
Forum: Airheads 09-12-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,235
Posted By garthg
If you want one to pack for traveling, the...

If you want one to pack for traveling, the aluminum is certainly the one to pick.

If you want one for the shop, nothing beats the original factory tool:
...
Forum: Airheads 09-12-2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,659
Posted By garthg
Did I understand correctly, ball bearings for the...

Did I understand correctly, ball bearings for the steering head?

That does not sound like an improvement over the stock tapered roller bearings.
Forum: Airheads 09-12-2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,156
Posted By garthg
Disston, with due respect, I think your advice...

Disston, with due respect, I think your advice here on the highlighted point is wrong. Especially with a newbie airhead mechanic. The bottom end should be left alone. The bottom ends on these...
Forum: Airheads 09-11-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 464
Posted By garthg
Did you reinstall the wheel in the same direction...

Did you reinstall the wheel in the same direction as it came out?
Forum: Airheads 09-11-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,754
Posted By garthg
:eek1:eek1:eek1 Idle=800 to 1,100 RPM, in...

:eek1:eek1:eek1

Idle=800 to 1,100 RPM, in neutral.

Sounds okay in the video.
Forum: Airheads 09-11-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 483
Posted By garthg
It's definitely a major project, but there's a...

It's definitely a major project, but there's a lot of good stuff there. The parts list will be pretty long, but there's no reason you shouldn't end up with a really nice bike. Will be watching.:ear
Forum: Airheads 09-11-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 782
Views: 274,778
Posted By garthg
If you pull the throttle shafts, the screws have...

If you pull the throttle shafts, the screws have to be properly staked in place. A throttle screw sucked into the engine can destroy the engine.

Personally, I'd leave the throttle shafts alone. ...
Forum: Vendors 09-11-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,182
Posted By garthg
You would only need to remove the exhaust nuts if...

You would only need to remove the exhaust nuts if you needed to remove the heads. It's hard to think of a top end failure that would be so severe that you couldn't get to a bigger town or major...
Forum: Airheads 09-10-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,687
Posted By garthg
Love your substituted piston rings. How much...

Love your substituted piston rings. How much more were the OEM's? I'm looking forward anxiously to see your compression test.
Forum: Airheads 09-10-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,040
Posted By garthg
I've got the same problem, except one of mine is...

I've got the same problem, except one of mine is consistently 10% higher. And I have no way to determine which is correct!
Forum: Airheads 09-10-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 8,641
Posted By garthg
You're never going to get anywhere with a dead...

You're never going to get anywhere with a dead battery. That needs to be first order of business.

Tight valves had nothing to do with no spark, no start or failure of anything electrical. If the...
Forum: Airheads 09-10-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,113
Posted By garthg
Remove the cross-over pipe. Make sure the clamps...

Remove the cross-over pipe. Make sure the clamps are really loose. Whack on the back of the head pipe directly with a plastic dead blow hammer while wiggling it back and forth. It should come...
Forum: Airheads 09-09-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,235
Posted By garthg
Yes. And they are forged steel, not cast. Much...

Yes. And they are forged steel, not cast. Much better than the aftermarket wrenches.
Forum: Airheads 09-09-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,243
Posted By garthg
Riding in and around L.A. is dangerous, no matter...

Riding in and around L.A. is dangerous, no matter how you cut it.

(L.A. native).
Forum: Airheads 09-08-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,243
Posted By garthg
I think most people are telling you to replace...

I think most people are telling you to replace them for the simple reason that you can't tell, just by looking at them, whether the bearings are shot or not. And given the labor and time to get to...
Forum: Airheads 09-06-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,243
Posted By garthg
Supershaft loves to be contentious. I'm just...

Supershaft loves to be contentious. I'm just trying to give you some helpful advice. He agrees with me on the main point: if you're going to take the time to completely disassemble the front end,...
Forum: Airheads 09-05-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,243
Posted By garthg
If you go to all the trouble to get into the...

If you go to all the trouble to get into the steering head bearings, you should change them out for an additional $50. Once the new bearings are in and well adjusted, you won't be in there again for...
Forum: Airheads 08-29-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,676
Posted By garthg
I've pretty much cut my last link with the...

I've pretty much cut my last link with the dealership:

http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y393/Garth_Goldberg/20140719_1629441_zps9d692891.jpg

I have nice tools, and a decent investment in...
Forum: Airheads 08-24-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,243
Posted By garthg
Yes, your battery is fried, but it may be a...

Yes, your battery is fried, but it may be a symptom, and not the cause of your problem.

You need to diagnose your charging problem. Get yourself a $5 volt-ohm meter from Harbor Freight. ...
Forum: Airheads 08-24-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,124
Posted By garthg
I ordered one of these from the UK: ...

I ordered one of these from the UK:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BGS-Tools-1-2-Crowfoot-Spanner-36mm-1759-36-/291196263196?pt=UK_Measuring_Tools_Levels&hash=item43cca65b1c

It's better than the...
Forum: Airheads 08-21-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,815
Posted By garthg
The OEM boot is a PITA, but it will go on. I...

The OEM boot is a PITA, but it will go on. I second the recommendation to level the swing arm.

I eventually used this to get the boot lip over the flange on the swingarm:
...
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