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Old 07-28-2009, 08:47 PM   #241
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Put another 60 miles on the bike today - no issue so far. I am starting to think the paste did it, Solo Lobo. Thanks for the tip - I obviously misunderstood Rick.

Maybe I better ride and camp this weekend.
Glad it helped!
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:11 PM   #242
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If the bike dies again on you, there is a way to check if it's the bean can. Pull the front cover and disconnect the three pin plug running from the ICU to the bean can. Pull one of the plugs and lay it on the head connected to the plug wire. Reconnect the battery and turn on the ignition. Now ground the middle connection in that plug - the spark plug should fire. Every time that connection gets grounded the plug should fire. If it doesn't it's the ICU or wiring or connections, not the bean can.

Here's some data for you - and half way down the page is the info on testing. http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/Ignition.htm
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:11 AM   #243
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Now ground the middle connection in that plug - the spark plug should fire
and keep that little scrap of info tucked away in your brain somewhere. it may save your butt in Mexico one day
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:20 AM   #244
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and keep that little scrap of info tucked away in your brain somewhere. it may save your butt in Mexico one day
I don't have the plug with three contacts anymore.
I use this instead now.

Now I only have 1 wire.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:11 AM   #245
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:31 AM   #246
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Wink Points snob?

Wrangler - He's just too independent, probably doen't play well with others.

Grafspee screwed with this post 07-29-2009 at 01:37 PM
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:40 AM   #247
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Wrangler - He just too independent, probably doen't play well with others.
No, Brad's right. I'm a points snob. You're also right, I don't play well with others.
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:34 AM   #248
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Thanks

A big THANK YOU to everyone for all the help and suggestions!
Another short ride finished this mornning and bike has run fine, looks like I'm back on the road.
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:00 PM   #249
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No, Brad's right. I'm a points snob. You're also right, I don't play well with others.
So all that D&D time was online or something?

Points ARE where it's at if you need to fix it in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:33 PM   #250
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I talked to Rick at Motorrad Elektrik this morning about his new system(I'm finally stateside). It sounds really good. The fact that the hall sensor he uses is a commonly available Honeywell part that can be swapped out by any ham-fisted goon is a big plus.

Still, he said if he was going to ride into the bush he said he'd use points too. Oddly enough, that makes me trust his ignition system more knowing that he'd admit that.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:05 PM   #251
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(I'm finally stateside)
Way to sneak in quietly without being noticed!
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:34 PM   #252
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yeah I had to do it like that. I smuggled in 50 pounds of illegal fireworks of 15 black market babies.
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Old 07-30-2009, 07:42 AM   #253
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Still, he said if he was going to ride into the bush he said he'd use points too.
That was one of the mods I'd heard world travellers made to the G/S. And, frankly, with the points protected inside that can, they last much much longer than the earlier beemers.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:26 AM   #254
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Points aside, (welcome home, Brad) I have another question to address here. What do all of you use to tighten your output flange bolts? I just got my transmission back the other day and have heard several differing opinions on this: the factory manual advises the use of a torque wrench with adapter to get in there, the local dealership said "don't worry about a torque wrench, just wrap a rag around a 10 point 10mm and crank it as HARD as you can. There's no way you're going to break it." Well I did. I stripped the threads right off the bolt - luckily not out of the output flange. The dealership said not to use any loctite. Why not? I think my problem was that I was putting all my heft into it and the threads were lightly lubed with gear oil. Of course it was the very last one of the 4 that stripped.


Also, at the time it was 102 degrees here. That didn't help either. The perfect temperature to stew your anger at.


So my plan for now is just to blast the gear oil out of the threads (after extracting the bolt threads which are still stuck in there, give them a drop of blue loctite and be a LITTLE gentler. Any objections?
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:45 AM   #255
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I use the bolts as dry as possible, no locktite, BMW stock 10mm ring spanner, tap the breaks and give it a good tighten until the ring spanner really hurts the palm of my hand. Never came loose.
I re-use the bolts a couple of times before I replace them.
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