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Old 04-18-2011, 05:43 PM   #841
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And then split the cases to get all the drill shavings out (actually they'd probably get stuck in the screen and or filter before causing much damage).

I'd still go at it from the outside a bit more I think. Careful with the heat. The cases on Yamahas are usually sealed with Yamabond rather than a normal gasket. I'd guess the glue isn't all that heat-proof.

I don't think a snap-on bolt remover would round out, but it might just chew up the head of the bolt some more :O

Maybe grind two of the flats down some until a 11mm open-end wrench is a real tight fit:O
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:52 PM   #842
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If the case is made of aluminum and the plug is steel, there is a real potential that the case is deformed from the over toque applied. I would still center punch, drill and tap it out. You can stick a small piece of tubing attached to a shop vac to remove errant shavings from the inside. Or a small magnet on a string.
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:59 PM   #843
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Last ditch effort without drilling...pipe wrench. And it won't slip on a round surface. The only problem I have with this is possibly causing damage to the casing. Whatever torque you are applying to the plug is also going to the casing, until it is freed up. If the plug is stronger than the casing, the casing will break first. Just don't want to see you damage more than just the plug.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:04 PM   #844
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It's a common issue on the yz250. After trying everything I ended up grinding away the bolt head flange w/ a dremel, after that it came right out.
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:34 AM   #845
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Question Any X-Country riders around...?

Hey, does anyone have an 07 or 08 BMW X-Country? Can we meet up somewhere, even if only for a few minutes?

I have an 09, which came with a lower seat than the 07 and 08. I'd like a taller seat, and I've been told the seats from earlier years will fit. But I'm not so sure...

I ordered a new seat from Mortons BMW (Fredericksburg VA), and it came as the right one--part # ending in 6865--but definitely not fitting my bike. I have no idea what year bike they sent me a seat from. Or, for that matter, where they got it: they sent me a used seat (WTF?!?!) with stains all over it and the big white BMW sticker on the bottom scraped off. (This was after they charged my cc $17 more than the quoted price.) So that's on its way back, and the search continues. The problem is that I don't know for sure that a seat from an 07 or 08 will fit the 09. The seat I was sent was configured differently re: where the tabs slot into the frame brackets.

So I'm hoping to meet another XCo in the flesh and see whether your seat will fit my bike. Shouldn't take long. And hey, who knows, our bikes might become buddies.

Oh--and don't try to buy anything from Morton's, just sayin'.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:15 PM   #846
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drain plug

Thanks for the info guys. Im going to try and battle this problem over the weekend.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:03 AM   #847
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NoVA Radiator Shops?

They seem to be kinda hard to find...Any recommendations? I need to get a radiator pressure tested and potentially fixed if they find the slow leaks I think are there.

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:52 AM   #848
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There's (or at least used to be) a radiator shop at the end of Fullerton road in Springfield on the left side (as you are looking at rolling road). We used to use them for fixing up odd-ball cage radiators when I was an auto tech at a near-by shop.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:38 AM   #849
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Hey, does anyone have an 07 or 08 BMW X-Country? Can we meet up somewhere, even if only for a few minutes?

I have an 09, which came with a lower seat than the 07 and 08. I'd like a taller seat, and I've been told the seats from earlier years will fit. But I'm not so sure...

I ordered a new seat from Mortons BMW (Fredericksburg VA), and it came as the right one--part # ending in 6865--but definitely not fitting my bike. I have no idea what year bike they sent me a seat from. Or, for that matter, where they got it: they sent me a used seat (WTF?!?!) with stains all over it and the big white BMW sticker on the bottom scraped off. (This was after they charged my cc $17 more than the quoted price.) So that's on its way back, and the search continues. The problem is that I don't know for sure that a seat from an 07 or 08 will fit the 09. The seat I was sent was configured differently re: where the tabs slot into the frame brackets.

So I'm hoping to meet another XCo in the flesh and see whether your seat will fit my bike. Shouldn't take long. And hey, who knows, our bikes might become buddies.

Oh--and don't try to buy anything from Morton's, just sayin'.


That does not sound like Morton's at all. Have you spoken to them about this?
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:10 AM   #850
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Looks good man and congrats.

After watching you adjust the valves on the crf, i have decied to tackle the beast that is my xrl

Getting the feeler gauges from my friend tomorrow.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:14 AM   #851
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If you need to rethread the drain hole, try a big tap. I was actually running a Honda Civic Drain Bolt in my Strom after finding the PO had overtorqued the plug and broke some threads off in the bike



A lot of beer was drank that night


Oh, btw, when heating the engine case to remove the drain bolt, which we had to do for the old CB200, the remaining oil in there was practically burnt and blackened the inside of the case from the high heat...
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:32 AM   #852
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That does not sound like Morton's at all. Have you spoken to them about this?
Yep. Pat was apologetic, but I'm really not interested in doing business with them any more. (They also got my address wrong, resulting in a delayed delivery.) Maybe they have a new guy in Parts or something, idk, but all I want from them now is my money back when they get their crappy used seat.
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:12 PM   #853
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Yep. Pat was apologetic, but I'm really not interested in doing business with them any more. (They also got my address wrong, resulting in a delayed delivery.) Maybe they have a new guy in Parts or something, idk, but all I want from them now is my money back when they get their crappy used seat.

I think anybody can screw up but I am sorry to see you are that disappointed in them. I suggest you try them again at another time. I doubt they would fuck up twice. (FWI, I don't have a BMW anymore so I rarely go down there except to say hello. They were always very good with me.)
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:41 PM   #854
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After watching you adjust the valves on the crf, i have decied to tackle the beast that is my xrl
Valve adjustment on a XRL is a piece of cake!

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Yep. Pat was apologetic, but I'm really not interested in doing business with them any more. (They also got my address wrong, resulting in a delayed delivery.) Maybe they have a new guy in Parts or something, idk, but all I want from them now is my money back when they get their crappy used seat.
I don't own a BMW but from what I've seen the few times I've been down there with my buddy while having his serviced I wouldn't give them any of my money if I did own one. They tend to be arrogant and talk down on you even when you are laying out huge amounts of cash...which is always the case if you are having any work done.
The last time my buddy had his bike serviced the mechanic didn't button it back up correctly and had pieces just about to fall off the first time he took it down the road. They didn't put the seat back on correctly and bent the attachment hooks, etc.

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Old 04-22-2011, 01:43 PM   #855
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