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Old 11-01-2013, 10:23 PM   #46
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how does one know when head bearings are shot? How about wheel bearings..

Sorry.. just want to know what to look for..
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:54 AM   #47
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I just bought mine with 35,731 on it. it is a 2011 , previous owner maintained the bike well and the dealer threw in the 12K service. What is causing all of the bearing issues? Loutre and Reaver can I ask this question on THIS THREAD?
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:15 AM   #48
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I just bought mine with 35,731 on it. it is a 2011 , previous owner maintained the bike well and the dealer threw in the 12K service. What is causing all of the bearing issues? Loutre and Reaver can I ask this question on THIS THREAD?

short answer? NO
Try this one: Wheel bearing disintegrates - F800

Just kidding of course I feel like the next time I've a problem people will ignore me or give me a .

I feel like Woody the wizard will be here soon .

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The reason the bearings fail is because BMW in their infinite wisdom, made the seal runners out of aluminium. The grit that becomes embedded in the rubber seal then wears a grove in the alloy which allows the soap and water to enter the bearing area. The result is a nice clean bearing with no grease. The rest you know.

The reason the the front right bearing did not quit is because the seal runs on the steel axel which does not wear.
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The main reason's why the oem bearing's fail is because the bearing bore is machined too small and crushes the bearing's and along with barely any grease in the bearing's allows the bearing's to heat up quicker and fail.


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having built/designed hundreds of hubs for all sorts of projects i knew .0005'' was the crush they needed {a quick check with my sources at BMW revealed that the blueprint BMW gave a certain Italien subcontractor was speced correctly with same spec .....we re-bored both sides to the optimal dimension,,,repacked the new bearings with the proper amount of hi-speed boat trailer waterproof grease..Voila the oem set up works just fine,,,

my customers that had the repair done have routinely chimed in on this thread /reported back to me they have 50-60,000trouble free miles behind them...most doing all the same stuff you wrote about ie ''adventure riding''..we ALWAYS use double sealed bearings ,,,WHY??? because of the proclivity for water to get inside the hub via the space between bearings and axle..FYI,,when the hub is warm and ya put it under water a vacuum is formed by the air molecules cooling down,,hence getting water into hub...i noticed over the years how manyfailed dirt/enduro bike bearings came back toasted...the japs would use single/outer seals on their bearings...

light up a fatty or two ,JUST KIDDING

woody


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Old 11-03-2013, 09:03 AM   #49
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how does one know when head bearings are shot? How about wheel bearings..

Sorry.. just want to know what to look for..
One of the advantages of doing your own maintenance, is that it gives you an opportunity to check the wheel bearings. I just discovered mine need replacement. With the wheel off the bike and spinning the bearing with your fingers, it is pretty obvious. Smooth to feeling like it is full of grit.

On some bikes with 2 bearing hubs you can sometimes detect bad wheel bearing by elevating the tire and checking by grabbing the tire at 6&12 o'clock or/and 9&3 and checking for movement. The rear BMW hub has 3 bearing and I think by the time you discover a bad bearing they are shot.

You will notice steering stem bearing problems when you find a steering position that seems to inhibit movement past it. Some times accompanied by a knocking noise.

Just a comment on crap bearings. I bought some SKF bearings. 2 made in Bulgaria and 1 in Argentina. So much for made in America.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:25 PM   #50
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96,000km (60,000 miles) I think. I have only done the last 7,000

Ex rental. They replaced battery and alternator.
Usual maintenance. It runs sweet for me.

I always check wheel bearings when I change my tyres. So no issues with those for me. Stearing head is good.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:45 PM   #51
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:42 PM   #52
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81,000 miles now. with a new.....

Stator and rotor
head bearings
rear disc and a couple sets of pads
a couple of wheel bearings and several spacers
the same clutch i put in at 35000

no valve adjustments ever, but maybe soon or the timing chain
a new headlight assembly soon, I can't drive in the dark

The license plate is working perfectly though.

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Old 11-06-2013, 11:00 PM   #53
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51,000 miles
head bearings
rear wheel bearings
cam chain tensioner, twice
stator and r/r
brake pads,
drive chains, tires

I love my bike
So, I have a 2009 too. How many miles did you go maintenance free. I had a recall and scored a new chain and sproket so that doesn't count for me. Just curious. I have 7000 miles and wonder what to except over the next few thousand more. Thanks
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:47 AM   #54
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So, I have a 2009 too. How many miles did you go maintenance free. I had a recall and scored a new chain and sproket so that doesn't count for me. Just curious. I have 7000 miles and wonder what to except over the next few thousand more. Thanks
Rear brake pads, tires (depending on how you ride). nothing really until you reach 12k. Changed my first rear brake pad at 12k service. After that your chain, since you've changed it you'll be able to go to the 18k service with it at least. front brake pads.

That bike is really economical.
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:46 PM   #55
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Just doing some research reading. Sounds like you'll like your bikes.
I have 38,000 miles on my sportster. Original battery, second set of brake pads, several sets of tires. No problems.
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:13 PM   #56
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2009 f800gs with 134,000km now, aiming to get 300,000lm :-)
134,000 km = 83,263 mi
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:17 PM   #57
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96,000km (60,000 miles) I think.
96,000 km = 59,651 mi
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:50 PM   #58
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2 sets of rear bearings
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Valve cover
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Fork seals
Rebuilding front brake calipers (due to slide pin sticking issue)
Replaced than removed charcoal canister
Replace cracked fuel tank
Replaced heated grips after failure
Bent rim (probably my fault)
A few other things I probably forgot

Stranded twice

Love the bike but has pissed me off a few times
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:06 AM   #59
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Neat to see my post from 2011 on page 3. As of today I have 63974 miles.
I have replaced the cam chain, stator and the clutch. 3 chain and sprocket sets (not including the crappy stock set). Rear disk, maybe 4 sets of pads. A bunch of tires. After my local shop replaced my fuel pump under warranty I have not had any stalling issues.

This bike is my daily rider and I have taken it over Black Bear pass in Colorado (RMAR 2012) and rode this summer to the MOA rally in Salem and it ran perfectly the entire time.

Great machine!
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:19 PM   #60
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I'm at 73,000 miles. Rear Wheel Bearings and Stator are my only failures to date. I'm loving it.

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