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Old 07-23-2013, 07:56 AM   #1
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Airbrake on '05 GS: beware...

While not a new issue, I thought I'd share my experience to help anyone else with a potentially dangerous GS problem. The side panels on the 1200GS sold before the '07 model year had a crappy plastic/rubber twist-lock to hold the front edge onto the frame. If it pops loose while riding - you get this:


The airbrake failure wrecks the $400 black side cover and puts a nasty crease in the $300 silver cover. Luckily, I found an inmate with a used set (on the way).

For '07MY, they replaced the rubber plug with a proper threaded fastener.
I had this happen to me a few years ago and THOUGHT I fixed the issue by replacing the plug with a zip tie. I replaced the zip tie every time I had the cover off. I was not aware that I could scurry down to my dealership and buy the upgraded fastener. Well - one of my zip ties failed and I got the right-hand airbrake again while riding this weekend. Lesson learned.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:10 AM   #2
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When the forward lower inside fastener is affixed correctly, this does not happen. I advise anyone who is unsure to use cable ties or nuts & bolts. The 2005 side panels do not tolerate improper installation.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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When the forward lower inside fastener is affixed correctly, this does not happen. I advise anyone who is unsure to use cable ties or nuts & bolts. The 2005 side panels do not tolerate improper installation.


If you do it right it will not come open. If you do not get the lower front fastner "snapped" in place, then this will happen.

There is a simple way to do it. Hold the fastner parallel with the ground between your index and middle finger, then squeeze the fastner with your palm until you hear it snap into place. If you try to do it by turning the fastner you are risking not getting it properly seated.

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Old 07-23-2013, 08:28 AM   #4
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It's a quarter turn fastener. Tug on the lower front end after attaching it and if it's fastened correctly it will not come loose. Operator error and poor design, hence the change in 2007.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:42 AM   #5
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What, no hue and cry for a recall and free parts from BMW?

OBVIOUSLY a safety issue.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:59 AM   #6
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What, no hue and cry for a recall and free parts from BMW?

OBVIOUSLY a safety issue.
So is not strapping on your helmet correctly!

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Old 07-23-2013, 11:35 AM   #7
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For '07MY, they replaced the rubber plug with a proper threaded fastener.
My 07 ones are none to awesome, either.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #8
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This will not happen if a. you fasten correctly, b. you have upper engine guards

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Old 07-23-2013, 01:22 PM   #9
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I remember seeing this shortly after getting my 05. From then on, I make sure the fastener is installed correctly. Then I double check it...
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:14 PM   #10
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BTW, those are not 'Airbrakes'. They are cornering enhancement spoilers... Same principle as these...



You are only supposed to deploy them when in curves... I know it's written in the manual somewhere.



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Old 07-23-2013, 02:22 PM   #11
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The fix

Shoulda done this 3 years ago:
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:33 PM   #12
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Shoulda done this 3 years ago:
Do those fit your panels ok? I was going to make the upgrade but the parts guru at a well-known shop told me they changed so much about the panels with the re-design that you couldn't just do that. He was able to source me new original quick release fastener parts, which I put in place and are working fine.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:36 PM   #13
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BTW, those are not 'Airbrakes'. They are cornering enhancement spoilers... Same principle as these...



You are only supposed to deploy them when in curves... I know it's written in the manual somewhere.



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You are right - I had them set on "Biannual/Random" mode.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:47 PM   #14
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Fit fine

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Do those fit your panels ok? I was going to make the upgrade but the parts guru at a well-known shop told me they changed so much about the panels with the re-design that you couldn't just do that. He was able to source me new original quick release fastener parts, which I put in place and are working fine.
Popped out the old one - popped in the new one. Hole lines up OK. Looks good.
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Popped out the old one - popped in the new one. Hole lines up OK. Looks good.
Thanks! Good to know.
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