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Old 04-28-2012, 09:14 PM   #31
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Clutch Pushrod and Piston

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I sure hope it's just a hair! But if it isn't, this is the time to take care of it.

As for the throwout bearing binding in the bore - that is something to watch for. Inspect the bore for roughness and carefully smooth it out if so. Sometimes they get wallowed out. I had one cover repaired by the machinist and he fixed the bore by inserting a brass sleeve. It was really hogged out!
Thanks for that info. I'll take my eyeball to that and the suspect area on the other side of the release lever mount. There are some telltale scratches on the pushrod, as well as the piston, so I will be doing some honing and buffing for sure. I hope I don't have to make another trip to the machine shop, but now's the time, like you said.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:32 PM   #32
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Thanks you two. Well I'm really impressed with the welder who is attempting the job (he's a talented machinist also) so I may not have to do the cover replacement. The bike has about 50K miles on it, so a rebuild could be premature, yes? It was shifting fine prior to the break.

If the weld doesn't work out, I do have the ambition to become airhead gearbox savvy, but I agree it would probably be wiser to find a an old hand. I've been trying to contact a fellow named Anton in Charlottesville who runs largiader.com, but he must be swamped right now. No success contacting him. He's my only hope locally. I've heard some folks mail their trannies for service but I'd not know where to start.
That's not true. Here in Richmond Velocity Motorcycle has a BMW guru by the name of Dave Carmine. He used to work at Motoeuropa and only worked on BMW's. Dave knows BMW's inside and out and is every bit as capable as Anton at rebuilding a transmission.

Velocity is good people and worth a visit.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:00 PM   #33
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That's not true. Here in Richmond Velocity Motorcycle has a BMW guru by the name of Dave Carmine. He used to work at Motoeuropa and only worked on BMW's. Dave knows BMW's inside and out and is every bit as capable as Anton at rebuilding a transmission.

Velocity is good people and worth a visit.
Wow, how serendipidous. I just posted over in Richmond Chatter thread asking if there were any airhead guys locally.
Much appreciated. Luckily it appears the weld will be just fine, so for now I won't be vivisecting my gearbox. I will probably be doing a head rebuild in the fall though. Thanks very much.
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