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Old 04-18-2013, 10:20 AM   #4666
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Interesting combo/ratio
14/49 = 3.50
15/49 = 3.27
14/47 = 3.36
15/47 = 3.13 (OEM)

I'm running 14/47, like the low end, but revvy at times. Might be a good compromise between what I'm running now and OEM. How does the 15/49 lug on slow technical stuff?
I just changed my sprockets from the original 15/47 to 13/49.
I'm using bike mostly off road, so I don't really care about the speed. This new ratio should give me better control off road in slow speed.
Will test drive it this weekend on the Mojavie desert - hope it was worth it.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:12 AM   #4667
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fixed!

Turns out, the O-ring on the thermostat housing needed replacing, and to install said housing, it needs to have its tab lined up with the groove on the radiator, and pushed hard until the rubber o-ring pops into place. At this point, the groove and tab are flush, and only at that point can the metal clamp be put in place.

Hopefully posting this helps out the next noob with a similar issue.

Thanks for everyone who helped me on this, and all the contributors to this forum!


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Thanks for the tip JJmead, I might have to try the JB weld stuff. I ordered and installed all the little parts I thought might be failing, but after working on the bike tonight after work, I'm back at stage one. The thermostat housing doesn't fit flush with the housing groove for some reason... and coolant just comes pouring down when I fill it. This doesn't even seem to be a break of any sort, just a bad fit - or just me being stupid. I feel like a chimp trying to fit the square peg in a round hole, frustrated!


In the picture, where the arrow points, mine doesn't seem to be flush like that, no matter how hard I push, or if I try without the thermostat holder.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:35 PM   #4668
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New X Challenge!

Just picked up a well farkled G650, but I was wondering if anybody had a service manual I want to know the ins and outs of this bike and having a legit service manual would make life a lot easier.

As far as my new moto:

ABS, Pivot Pegs, Passenger Pegs, BMW Handguards, Laminar Lip Windscreen, Remus Exhaust, SW Motec Rear Rack, Touratech 6.6 Gallon Tank, Heated Grips, BMW Headlight Guard, Extended Brake Pedal, Rich's Custom Seat.

Can't wait to tear up some back country.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:01 PM   #4669
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Just picked up a well farkled G650, but I was wondering if anybody had a service manual I want to know the ins and outs of this bike and having a legit service manual would make life a lot easier.

As far as my new moto:

ABS, Pivot Pegs, Passenger Pegs, BMW Handguards, Laminar Lip Windscreen, Remus Exhaust, SW Motec Rear Rack, Touratech 6.6 Gallon Tank, Heated Grips, BMW Headlight Guard, Extended Brake Pedal, Rich's Custom Seat.

Can't wait to tear up some back country.

Just buy the service DVD from BMW.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:02 PM   #4670
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I just changed my sprockets from the original 15/47 to 13/49.
I'm using bike mostly off road, so I don't really care about the speed. This new ratio should give me better control off road in slow speed.
Will test drive it this weekend on the Mojavie desert - hope it was worth it.
BJ
I have done this before. Your top speed is now 65 mph and you can crawl over anything.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:53 PM   #4671
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Just buy the service DVD from BMW.
I would buy the DVD but in regards to factory service manuals I like being able to use one without having to boot up a computer to do. Plus having something tactile to drag around the garage with me or anywhere else for that matter helps.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:54 AM   #4672
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I would buy the DVD but in regards to factory service manuals I like being able to use one without having to boot up a computer to do. Plus having something tactile to drag around the garage with me or anywhere else for that matter helps.
You have a printer? Load dvd, advance dvd to specific job, print pages required, file pages in folder, in a few years you have a complete service manual in print.....
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:19 PM   #4673
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X-Challenge wheels, seat, fork springs for sale

I just replaced my X-Challenge wheels with a new set from Woody. I believe the old ones were original with the bike (~8500 miles) and appear to be in good shape. They have Dunlop Rally Raid D908 tires mounted on both wheels, with at least half of the tread life left.

I haven't posted them in the Flea Market or Craigslist yet and wanted to give the X-Challenge crowd first dibs. I can e-mail or text some photos upon request.

$800 shipped from the Northern Va. area.

I also have the stock seat and fork springs available. Best offer on those.


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Old 04-20-2013, 02:12 PM   #4674
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This post is absolutely...

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I just replaced my X-Challenge wheels with a new set from Woody.
USELESS without pics...

Let's see em'..
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:59 PM   #4675
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USELESS without pics...

Let's see em'..
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:15 PM   #4676
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I think they want the Woodys Wheel Porn, Mike.

Wait, that didn't sound right . . .
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:39 PM   #4677
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I think they want the Woodys Wheel Porn, Mike.

Wait, that didn't sound right . . .
...yes, wheel porn please! And any other build details you care to throw around. It's one of the MANY items on my mod list.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:13 AM   #4678
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...yes, wheel porn please! And any other build details you care to throw around. It's one of the MANY items on my mod list.
As requested, Woody's wheel porn (Excel A60 with new OEM hubs; K60 Scout rear and TKC 80 front):







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Old 04-21-2013, 11:19 AM   #4679
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As requested, Woody's wheel porn (Excel A60 with new OEM hubs; K60 Scout rear and TKC 80 front):
Wow, nice looking wheels MG! What was the $$ damage for the whole set (wheels, hubs, tires) if you don't mind me asking? Did you have the rims sealed too?
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:47 AM   #4680
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Wow, nice looking wheels MG! What was the $$ damage for the whole set (wheels, hubs, tires) if you don't mind me asking? Did you have the rims sealed too?
I didn't request sealed rims, and I didn't see it on the invoice, so I'm assuming they're not. I'm running the tires with tubes.

Here's the itemized breakdown:

Front rim - 231.99
Rear rim - 233.95
7-175ga stainless steel spokes & nipples - 254.16
OEM hubs - 341.75 each
Labor - 222.00

Tires were about $300 total including the tubes.
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