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Old 03-22-2013, 05:41 AM   #196
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That guy was Fred Tausch. I think his bike had 600,000 miles on it when he died. I had quite a few conversations with Fred at the New England rallies we attended. He was a brilliant man and our coversations often drew a crowd.
Fred Tausch. Thanks, that was the guy.

Enjoyed a lively and informative chat with him.

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Old 03-22-2013, 07:36 AM   #197
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Met a guy while manning Airhead Central at the Trenton BMW National back in '02 who was famous for never having washed his R60/5 after 600+k miles, or some rediculous figure.
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That guy was Fred Tausch. I think his bike had 600,000 miles on it when he died. I had quite a few conversations with Fred at the New England rallies we attended. He was a brilliant man and our coversations often drew a crowd.
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Fred Tausch. Thanks, that was the guy.

Enjoyed a lively and informative chat with him.

Ah, I missed this first time around. I remember hearing about Fred before. He was legendary.

In a way, I'm the same. I wash my bike "once a year, whether it needs it or not", and sometimes let it go longer. Especially if there is a non-BMW event I'm going to. I like to leave the bike a bit grubby just to thumb my nose at the Harley-Chrome Crowd.

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Old 03-22-2013, 09:41 AM   #198
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Just read Fred's eulogy by Jeff Stein. Fred was quite a cool guy it seems - personified the spirit of this forum. Very inspirational.

And he rode an R60/5!
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:17 PM   #199
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Just read Fred's eulogy by Jeff Stein. Fred was quite a cool guy it seems - personified the spirit of this forum. Very inspirational.

And he rode an R60/5!
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:43 PM   #200
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Fred Tausch eulogy

From 2005 -

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69044
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:06 PM   #201
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I just read the eulogy. I'm only eight years late! The man exuded geniality.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:12 PM   #202
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Houseoffubar is right

I'm still waiting for a couple of parts as I button up the engine. Doubt continues to creep into past repairs as I contemplate reinstalling the transmission. The PO cross-threaded the drain plug but there were still a few good threads - I was never really convinced of its long term viability, however. Houseoffubar's strongly worded condemnation on Tete's thread struck a responsive chord -

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=872845&page=2

This is what mine looks like -



I don't want to leave a ticking time bomb for the next owner. I agree with Houseoffubar and Plaka in that I should install a helicoil (or, I suppose, a Time Sert) with the drain hole down, flush with solvent, etc. Can you continue the explanation with more detail? Or should I simply have it done by a shop? I'm just concerned they will introduce debris into the tranny.

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Old 03-24-2013, 07:25 PM   #203
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Heli-Coil it now (or insert your favorite thread repair instead). If you're careful you can do it without pulling the gearbox apart.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:11 PM   #204
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I would run a roll tap through it and see how it holds up a dozen or so times before it is installed. I might hold up just fine. First things first IMO. For a insert to really work right, you really need a different drain bolt with a wider head for a wider crush washer from there on out.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:52 PM   #205
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I'm still waiting for a couple of parts as I button up the engine. Doubt continues to creep into past repairs as I contemplate reinstalling the transmission. The PO cross-threaded the drain plug but there were still a few good threads - I was never really convinced of its long term viability, however. Houseoffubar's strongly worded condemnation on Tete's thread struck a responsive chord -

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=872845&page=2

This is what mine looks like -



I don't want to leave a ticking time bomb for the next owner. I agree with Houseoffubar and Plaka in that I should install a helicoil (or, I suppose, a Time Sert) with the drain hole down, flush with solvent, etc. Can you continue the explanation with more detail? Or should I simply have it done by a shop? I'm just concerned they will introduce debris into the tranny.
One game you can play if you have threads left is to fix it with pipe fittings.

Get the shortest 1/4 Pipe (1/4 NPT) brass nipple , a 1/4NPT brass coupler and a 1/4NPT brass plug. clean the nipple, the coupling and the hole in the tranny with brake cleaner spray. must be utterly clean. Put an LOT of red stud locker on the nipple and screw it into the hole and immediately put some red stud locker on the coupling and screw that onto the nipple. Let set up 24 hrs.

Drill a small hole through the brass plug where you put a wrench on it. This is for safety wire.

Now you can use the plug in the coupling as a drain. It's a taper thread so no gasket is needed. Safety wire it.

This will hurt the threads in the tranny slightly. Consider it a one way. It can be removed with heat but then you must do a thread repair.

You can screw a 1/4NPT nipple into good threads fully, I just did it by hand, it's a bit loose, thus the studlocker.

I can't explain doing a helicoil "hot" more than I have. I did a pair of posts on it. I'm pretty conservative thus working into fluid flow vs. drilling dry or with grease and trusting later flushing to remove the least possible chip.
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Have to agree with SS on this one. Run the correct tap through it first and see what kind of threads you end up with. Might be good enough to keep the plug sealed just fine.

Plaka's idea might be useful if you had a bullet hole in the bottom of your transmission...

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Old 03-24-2013, 09:22 PM   #207
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Have to agree with SS on this one. Run the correct tap through it first and see what kind of threads you end up with. Might be good enough to keep the plug sealed just fine.

Plaka's idea might be useful if you had a bullet hole in the bottom of your transmission...

Actually the pitch is very close, the NPT is just a taper. I was screwing around with my oil pressure sender, same thread and a 1/4NPT will screw in the hole reasonably with some sealant/retaining compound. (I ended up making a custom fitting with the correct thread only to find I could have bought one cheap) Just don't tighten it so much you disturb the thread form in the aluminum.

This is a solid-will-last-forever kind of patch. Restore it to original when the tranny is in for other work.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:49 PM   #208
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Have to agree with SS on this one. Run the correct tap through it first and see what kind of threads you end up with. Might be good enough to keep the plug sealed just fine.

Plaka's idea might be useful if you had a bullet hole in the bottom of your transmission...

An important part of my advise is using a roll tap, not a cutting tap. Good machine shop supply stores around here have them in stock.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:28 PM   #209
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I'm still waiting for a couple of parts /snip
Stole this from Snowbum:

"NOTE: Rear drive drain plugs and crush washers are available in oversizes. The oversize 16 x 20 washer is 07-11-9-963-259; and the oversize plug is 11-13-0-007-162."


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Old 03-25-2013, 12:20 AM   #210
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Essentially doing a Heli Coil or other thread repair is two parts. First you drill the striped threads out with the correct oversize drill bit so the hole will be the needed size. Second the hole is threaded to accept the thread repair insert so the resultant threads are the original size. All this drilling and threading produces chips and debris that we don't want to be left in the transmission. The way to prevent the Aluminum debris form being left behind is to put heavy grease on the drill bit and the threading tap so the grease will catch the Aluminum bits. The bit or tap is used part way and cleaned off then more grease applied and used further.

The drain plug on a /5 four speed transmission is M14 x 1.5 Be careful when you buy the tools and parts for this because there is another thread often used that is different. It is m14 x 1.25 The one you want is M14 x 1.5

There are many brands of Heli Coil type repairs these days Some of these are a little cheaper and may come with the needed drill bit. If you buy the original Heli Coil brand the kit will not come with the drill bit. Get that extra. (this is what i usually do, I prefer the Heli Coil brand)

There are also other types of repairs. Some are called "Time Sert" or "Big Sert" These are also thread repairs and may have advantages sometimes but they are also extra work and not needed for this repair. Get the Heli Coil Kit for an M14 x 1.5 repair.
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