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Old 11-27-2010, 09:54 AM   #16
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Fill Plug Torque

Has anyone found an actual fill plug torque for an 08 model and later?
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Old 11-27-2010, 04:40 PM   #17
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Here's the link to the offset REFILL bottle:

Man...they're up to $3.59! (from $2.59). Ouch!

Holds up to 240 ml.

http://www.sallybeauty.com/Liquid-Ap...ml?cgid=Supp02
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:49 PM   #18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Risokyo3
Has anyone found an actual fill plug torque for an 08 model and later?
Oil filler plug in final drive housing
M12 x 1.5
with sealing ring 12 x 16
20 Nm


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Old 12-01-2010, 02:59 PM   #19
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Thanks guys.
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Old 12-03-2010, 04:52 PM   #20
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Make sure it's 20 Nm and NOT 20 LBS.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:16 PM   #21
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Changed my rear drive fluid at 11.4K miles for the first time. 230 ml came out. I put 200 ml back in. Job took about 20 minutes.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:42 AM   #22
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It looks like anywhere from 180ml to 220ml will work for a FD. Guess I'll try about 200ml in my 2009 12GS and we'll see what happens!
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:52 AM   #23
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The container the dealer sold me was 207ml. I put most of that in and called it good.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:16 PM   #24
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Feel better about the color of my FD fluid, looked 'kinda dark but actually does not look much different than the OP's. Sharing for others that might happen upon the thread. It actually looks much more translucent when held up and seen from the top.

I took it out for a ride to warm it up and the fluid flowed very easily. Was debating whether to drain cold but decided to go warm.



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Old 08-22-2013, 11:15 AM   #25
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Pissed Sealed Bearing

While changing any fluid (keeping it fresh) is always a good idea, it won't have much effect on the infamous FD failures. These failures usually involve the Grooved Ball Bearing - which is a sealed bearing and not lubed by the FD fluid.
I just joined the 4% club when mine failed at 40kmi.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:03 AM   #26
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I serviced the FD on my '08 R12GS yesterday with some help from this thread thanks very much. I didn't previously know about the top/bottom fill/drain plugs.

From a n00b's perspective I'd emphasize the following:
- Put bike in gear to remove wheel, then back into neutral until remounting wheel.
- Make sure sensor is fully detached and safely stowed with caliper if dropping drive to access splines.
- If you haven't seen spline condition before, I'd suggest taking a look. Mine were completely dry i.e. no sign of any grease. Drain plug o-ring was torn as well and bike had been dealer serviced until now. Also, one of the manuals recommended lubing the boot with silicone grease.
- Brake caliper bolt torque is 24 Nm. I had to hunt around a little for this value.

Just my $0.02 worth. Thanks again for the post.

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Old 08-26-2013, 12:21 PM   #27
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As a follow on, I'd be curious to know if there's any good reason not to use this oil rather than the more expensive Castrol / BMW offerings:

http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/..._75W-90LS.aspx

This stuff seems to run at ~$10 quart, whereas the BMW C-SAF-XO and Castrol SAF-XO sell for approx 25 and 45 bux respectively. Note, my local Canuck dealer only sells the Ca$trol.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:49 PM   #28
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I use this oil both in FD and transmission. Not sure if 12k change interval is necessary. The oil always comes out looking new.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:03 PM   #29
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Mobil 1 75W90 is good stuff, it's GL5 rated and used by many BMW owners.

I just changed the FD oil in my GSW at 2600 miles and went with Mobil 1, I used it in my 05 for its entire life and 109K miles and no drive or tranny issues although I agree with a previous post stating that the gear oil may not be much of a factor.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:51 AM   #30
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I change the FD and gearbox in my 08 every two years or 10,000km, whichever comes first. BMW recommended SAF XO for my model, the product can be purchased from the local BMW dealer or Supercheap Auto. Only takes one litre for both the gearbox and FD. I always leave 200 mL for the FD. I use the filler plug but true its also good to clean the induction speed sensor so why not put the oil in there.

I just use a 100 mL syring with a 6mm x 4mm clear extension tube for the FD. They say not to touch this oil with your fingers, so I use the one syring and keep it in a zip lock bag for next time. It gets rinsed with a couple of squirts first into the gearbox then used for 200mL into the FD.


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