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Old 10-31-2009, 12:01 PM   #31
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It's hard to imagine what purpose those two bosses serve on the swing arm, Griz, if they weren't for drilling and tapping. Seems to me that's exactly what BMW had in mind.

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Old 10-31-2009, 03:18 PM   #32
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It's hard to imagine what purpose those two bosses serve on the swing arm, Griz, if they weren't for drilling and tapping. Seems to me that's exactly what BMW had in mind.

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Those heavy cast bosses were intended for mounting a chain guide by the BMW engineers and there is over 1/2" of aluminum there and a 6 mm taped hole will not compromise the swing arm in those locations. Keep in mind BMW is under pressure to make a cost effective bike. The bean counters scrapped a factory chain guide to keep costs down. Notice how soft some of the torx bolt heads are on the bike? Bean counters at it again with cheap grade metal.
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:37 PM   #33
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Thanks for the link. I hope you don't mind if I borrow your design. Just don't tell Griz.........
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:28 PM   #34
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Copy away! That is why I posted the solution so that all the true off road riders would rather do this then having the chain derail and damage the hub or even lock up the rear wheel on the trail. It also lets you run the chain looser than spec. I prefer 2" of slack.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:29 AM   #35
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Those heavy cast bosses were intended for mounting a chain guide by the BMW engineers and there is over 1/2" of aluminum there and a 6 mm taped hole will not compromise the swing arm in those locations. Keep in mind BMW is under pressure to make a cost effective bike. The bean counters scrapped a factory chain guide to keep costs down. Notice how soft some of the torx bolt heads are on the bike? Bean counters at it again with cheap grade metal.

Hmm... I think this will be my next project for the bike...

And yes, I definitely noticed the soft torx bolts when I went to change a front tube on my last ride and found the bastards I had let touch my bike in another city to mount tires part way through my ride had rounded off the bolts using a 12 point socket instead of the torx socket. The should have asked me instead of being sneaky since I had a socket in my bag...
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:52 AM   #36
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Nudder one

If this mod has been mentioned, I haven't seen it: Vario clutch and brake levers from Wunderlich.
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:55 AM   #37
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If this mod has been mentioned, I haven't seen it: Vario clutch and brake levers from Wunderlich.
Next on my farkle list. Got little hands and I'm hoping they'll make things a little easier.
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:57 AM   #38
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They do. One you try them, you'll never go back.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:02 AM   #39
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They do. One you try them, you'll never go back.
Were they easy to fit?
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:58 AM   #40
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Those heavy cast bosses were intended for mounting a chain guide by the BMW engineers and there is over 1/2" of aluminum there and a 6 mm taped hole will not compromise the swing arm in those locations. Keep in mind BMW is under pressure to make a cost effective bike. The bean counters scrapped a factory chain guide to keep costs down. Notice how soft some of the torx bolt heads are on the bike? Bean counters at it again with cheap grade metal.
I'm just sayin' man. We actually don't know if the swingarm was meant to be tapped (unless you actually speak German, made an international call and talked to a BMW engineer in the Berlin headquarters). I don't trust my life to speculation! Even if visually it "looks" like there are "bosses".

Just my opinion.
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:09 AM   #41
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Wunderlich levers

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Were they easy to fit?
They are straightforward to fit and they retain the BMW lever adjustment as well as their own, more sophisticated mechanism. Very nice, in fact wunderbar!

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Old 12-28-2009, 09:37 PM   #42
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Did anyone else, besides Indy, go ahead and fit a chain guide? Anyone planning to? If so, how and which chain guide are you thinking of?

I like Indy's design but am curious if anyone did anything differently.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:17 PM   #43
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I removed the metal bracket with the reflectors and mounted the plate directly to the fender. This allowed me to also lose the extension block from the license plate lamp. If you look at pictures of the Euro bikes, that's how they are originally. The reflectors and such are a North American thing.

I didn't Like the reflectors or the light extention either so I made a new plate holder. The stock steel holder had a different pitch for the plate holes than my plate did, so the dealer drilled new holes in my plate. That bugs the hell out of me. Why can't BMW slot the plate holder so a variety of plates can be bolted on without drilling? Anyhow, here's a couple of pics.
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This reminds me, I still need to shorten the bolts.

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Old 12-29-2009, 02:34 PM   #44
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This reminds me, I still need to shorten the bolts.

Cheers, Dino
What's the Red Green mod on the plate for? Toll avoidance on the 407?
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:56 PM   #45
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What's the Red Green mod on the plate for? Toll avoidance on the 407?
It's so the trollers on the interweb won't find out where you live and come steal your bike. Or worse, steal all your beer!

I know this happens, I read it on a forum somewhere.... ;)
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