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Old 06-21-2010, 12:16 PM   #1
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Missing Bolt or Not?

Not sure if this bolt is supposed to be missing? Should there be a one here?







Thanks for answering this as I don't have the reprom quite yet...

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Old 06-21-2010, 01:53 PM   #2
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Not sure if this bolt is supposed to be missing? Should there be a one here?







Thanks for answering this as I don't have the reprom quite yet...

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Mine looks exactly the same ... not sure why it's there !
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:51 PM   #3
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Mine looks exactly the same ... not sure why it's there !
Thanks muh bro! Makes me feel a bit better.

Just wondering if other folks are noticing the same...
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:42 PM   #4
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No, that is used to hold F800ST lower faring bracket.
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:35 PM   #5
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I noticed that on my F650GS the other day too. Thanks for reminding me and saving me the time to ask.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:26 PM   #6
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Not sure if this bolt is supposed to be missing? Should there be a one here?
I suspect BMW put it there simply to cause confusion and collect dirt and dust. I predict that BMW will, within a year, issue a voluntary recall to fit a covering bolt to "fill" that bolt hole. That "cover" bolt will also be available through the BMW Accessory catalogue, of course it will have The Roundel emblazoned on it.

Further prediction: Within another year BMW will be forced into a NTHFS recall mandating an oversized, reinforced bolt to prevent unintentional bolt-backing-out issues. Those will be installed by high school shop classes, since we have no where else to employ them.

Of course, BMW could simply have plugged the empty bolt holes with a rubber plug (then again the Interwebs would be asking "what is THAT plug for?). I'll have to check my F8GS and see if it has the same; never really looked. But I do have A Big Hammer and several rubber plugs. Or bolts.
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:46 AM   #7
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I suspect BMW put it there simply to cause confusion and collect dirt and dust. I predict that BMW will, within a year, issue a voluntary recall to fit a covering bolt to "fill" that bolt hole. That "cover" bolt will also be available through the BMW Accessory catalogue, of course it will have The Roundel emblazoned on it.

Further prediction: Within another year BMW will be forced into a NTHFS recall mandating an oversized, reinforced bolt to prevent unintentional bolt-backing-out issues. Those will be installed by high school shop classes, since we have no where else to employ them.
This will be after several months of denying the issue then blaming it on rider error and too much ethanol/water in the gas.

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Of course, BMW could simply have plugged the empty bolt holes with a rubber plug
No no no! This 10cent solution would add hundreds off dollars to the msrp and several ounces to the weight.
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:25 PM   #8
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I suspect BMW put it there simply to cause confusion and collect dirt and dust. I predict that BMW will, within a year, issue a voluntary recall to fit a covering bolt to "fill" that bolt hole. That "cover" bolt will also be available through the BMW Accessory catalogue, of course it will have The Roundel emblazoned on it.

Further prediction: Within another year BMW will be forced into a NTHFS recall mandating an oversized, reinforced bolt to prevent unintentional bolt-backing-out issues. Those will be installed by high school shop classes, since we have no where else to employ them.

Of course, BMW could simply have plugged the empty bolt holes with a rubber plug (then again the Interwebs would be asking "what is THAT plug for?). I'll have to check my F8GS and see if it has the same; never really looked. But I do have A Big Hammer and several rubber plugs. Or bolts.
You can probably order a special filler bolt from Touratech for the low price of $19.95.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:25 PM   #9
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No, that is used to hold F800ST lower faring bracket.
There is one on the other side too. Both bolts have vibrated out of my F800ST fairing bracket.
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Old 06-24-2010, 01:43 AM   #10
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Theres also some unused bolt holes on the front of the engine if you look up behind the rad
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Old 06-24-2010, 02:22 AM   #11
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They just anticipated the "Turbo option" add-on capability
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:23 AM   #12
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There is one on the other side too. Both bolts have vibrated out of my F800ST fairing bracket.
Very common, some blue loctite on the new ones and they will stay put. Don't forget the washer they goes under the bracket.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:57 AM   #13
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:25 PM   #14
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Very common, some blue loctite on the new ones and they will stay put. Don't forget the washer they goes under the bracket.
thanks....I'll ask the dealer if they can replace...not sure if I have a tool that can fit in there to tighten the new ones.
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