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Old 03-19-2013, 06:55 PM   #1411
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That's the great thing about having a metal lathe and milling machine, custom parts are doable.
The spacers are 25mm OD, 20.10mm ID, and 10mm thick

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:27 PM   #1412
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Good to know I was using 9 mm measurement for each side for spacers.
I will try and find spacers that are 25 x 20 x 10 mm since they fit.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:49 AM   #1413
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The 10mm width is a perfect fit with just enough clearance to leave them free but almost no slack. I made the ID just large enough to slip freely onto the spacer from your kit. The material I used for the bushing sleeve was actually some aluminum roof flashing. I cut the strip to the width of the original spacer from the bushing, then just rolled it aroung a socket to the desired diameter and trimmed it to size.

If you can't source ready made spacers, it would not be a big challenge for anyone with a metal lathe to churn out a bunch of them. The OD is not critical really as long as it's somewhere in the range of plus or minus a couple mm. I started with a solid aluminum bar 1 1/8" and turned it down to the desired OD and then drilled and bored the ID before parting off the two rings. If you were to start with some round tubing 1 x .125 wall, you'd only have to finish up the ID and cut them to length. That would be really simple.

Let me know if you can't source something and perhaps we could work something out. I could probably churn out a bunch in a days work.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:50 PM   #1414
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Indy you have a PM

Indy. Thanks for offering a solution. I sent you a PM regarding the need for a smaller bushing.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:16 AM   #1415
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Have just replaced the upper Indy roller bearing with his suggested bronze bushing (20X26X20mm). Same wear/impact results as Snowy on both the bolt carrier and the inside of the Ohlins mount, which was allowing movement at the top of the shock mount. (easiest way to test is put the bike on its centre stand, get a mate to grab the rear wheel and move it up and down. Put your finger on the top shock mount and you will feel the movement)

Not impressed, but the good news is that the replacement bolt is still true and straight. When I get the time I will get my local engineer to machine up a new bolt carrier, which BTW I had him cut 2 groves into Indy's bolt carrier to install circlips to prevent the shock mount from moving, rather then Indy's rubber rings, which allowed the the shock to move and almost wear a hole in the upper Ohlins shockbody from the end of the upper sunframe bolt. Cost me over $400 for a replacement

Went to replace the lower mount bushing and I managed to burr the Hex head bolt trying to extract it, I'm sure I didn't Locktike it in. So I left it alone, it will require major surgery to remove, which will be done when I do the upper mount alteration.

Oh well

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BTW the bike is a 2010 model, bought new in January 2011, has almost 70,000 kms on it, in about 15 months of riding
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:32 PM   #1416
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I may just have to include PVC spacers with the kits.
I will keep searching for a cost effective replacement to the 0-ring spacers.

New aftermarket kits will all use the new bushings in the top of the shock.
Stock shock kits will still use the larger 28 mm diameter needle bearings which are stronger.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:55 PM   #1417
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I just found some plastic Igus sleeve bearings that are 20 mm x 23 mm x 10 mm long.
Just ordered a batch of 100 plastic spacers.

Will use them for all new aftermarket kits.

Those that have O-rings and want to upgrade PM me for a cheap transaction to cover shipping and two plastic spacer sleeves.
Or you can buy some 3/4" PVC schedule 40 pipe at Home Depot and cut two 10 mm sections off with a chop saw or cutter. The 3/4" PVC pipe is a perfect fit on the sleeve!
A 2 foot long piece of pipe is only $2. I recommend all that are using O-rings on aftermarket shocks to cut some pipe spacers.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:38 PM   #1418
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I'm trying to remove the seat latch/cover over the top of the shock mount. Is there something other than then 2x T25 screw and 4x 8mm nuts that I'm not seeing? I don't want to end up breaking a clip off in the process.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:20 PM   #1419
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I'm trying to remove the seat latch/cover over the top of the shock mount. Is there something other than then 2x T25 screw and 4x 8mm nuts that I'm not seeing? I don't want to end up breaking a clip off in the process.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:10 PM   #1420
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Cut all the electrical cable ties attached to the plastic cover.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:22 PM   #1421
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Where doe one get this fine looking manual? Online somewhere? Seen it in other posts and would like to have this.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:27 PM   #1422
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Manual is on DVD and you can print pages to PDF
Buy DVD at BMW dealer or online.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:32 PM   #1423
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Manual is on DVD and you can print pages to PDF
Buy DVD at BMW dealer or online.
What Indy said. I used the Windows snipping tool to make a jpeg image, but print to PDF works too. I find snip is quicker.


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Old 04-03-2013, 08:43 PM   #1424
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Thank you Dan for letting me help you with the kit install!!! That was a great time for sure. See you next time I am in town or when you come down my way.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:38 PM   #1425
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I admit I havent followed this thread at all last year. Are you guys still having problems with bent bolts / frames???

I thought Indys solution seemed pretty good.I ask because I am back in the market for another bike and doing my usual research.

Has anyone figured this out yet?
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