Originally Posted by JimVonBaden
2012 bikes have a ring attached to prevent cracking. You still have the plastic Quick Disconnects. I wouldn't sweat the QDs for now. When you get around 36K you ming want to consider upgrading the QDs to metal.
My 2011 has the metal ring. Probably a mid-year production change. IMO, plastic quick disconnects are crap. Ask any of the 955i Triumph guys. The plastics would crack and leak like a sieve. Metal with viton o-rings are the best.