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Old 10-26-2008, 12:42 PM   #1
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F800GS Warnings: check headlight bolt

I've got about 3k on mine right now and hopped on it to head out Friday night.
The headlight fell plumb off. I didn't notice it loose at all and the thing had been serviced at 2400miles. Dealer is supposed to check for loose bolts. Not mad at them, I should have checked tightness all around myself.
I talked to another owner and he had the same exact problem.
Just wanted to warn my fellow 800 folks to check the tightness on the two headlight mount bolts.
Friggin bolts are $7bucks each.


I see locktite in my future..


Got photos from both sides of the bike at this location 100 miles from home.
Both headlight mount bolts are still intact. Wouldn't have been much fun had they fell out while riding at night.

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Old 10-26-2008, 02:59 PM   #2
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Good info! As a Uly ownerI fully understand the value of loctite.

Funny, though. I always thought you were a Bot created by Baldy to test patience in JoMomma....

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Old 10-26-2008, 03:18 PM   #3
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I always took duct tape and a coat hanger everywhere! But that was when I was riding a Honda SL70 and Suzuki TS185, not a high-end "German-engineered" bike.

As an aside, I get a kick out of VW's "German engineering" ads for its American designed and built rebadge van.
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:12 PM   #4
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08 63127698303 fillister head screw (M8X16)

Clipped this from http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic...p?mospid=50779

are these the screws?
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:16 PM   #5
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Now I'm really ready to get mine

Dan, how did this change come about? Is the 1150 history, for you?

And as far as parts falling off, that is factory spec. If this is your first NEW bmw you must have missed that part of the owners manual, "some parts don't like to ride with you and will bail at anytime". It's common.

Mine shows up in january, or so goes the threat. Painting party coming sometime shortly thereafter.

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Old 10-26-2008, 04:20 PM   #6
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'05 R1200GS. 78,000 miles, Cabo, Alaska, multiple cross-country (as in USA) trips. Nothing has ever fallen off.
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:51 PM   #7
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Mine also worked loose on the one side.

I found another M5 bolt that fitted perfectly so didnt pay $7
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:13 PM   #8
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I like to pretend I'm sponsored by Loctite... I ride an LC4!!!

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Old 10-26-2008, 06:18 PM   #9
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Thanks, I'll be checking mine shortly.

I also noticed that they some type of thread lock compound on the screws that hold the mirror/levers on the handlebars.
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:48 PM   #10
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My headlight bolts just got a quarter turn. Could have been tighter.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:02 PM   #11
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I didn't quite lose one. Now they're sporting Loctite. What I did lose was my headlight adjustment, gotta raise those rays a bit if Friday nights mountain run was any indication.
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:13 PM   #12
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Thanks, I'll be checking mine shortly.

I also noticed that they some type of thread lock compound on the screws that hold the mirror/levers on the handlebars.
i believe that this is anti seize compound not loctite.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:04 PM   #13
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"Friggin bolts are $7bucks each."

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Old 10-27-2008, 01:52 AM   #14
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that reminds me. i ride an r1100rl and one of my luggage mount bolts went awol on my way got from Maine. I nearly lost the right saddlebag as a result. I managed to scavenge a bolt from the right foot peg bracket that did the job the rest of the way home. Since then I have gotten into the habit of occasionally checking bolts, and I usually find one or two that have worked loose. Not a problem, just a good habit to get into regardless of what bike you own.
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Old 10-27-2008, 04:22 AM   #15
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I like to pretend I'm sponsored by Loctite... I ride an LC4!!!
that picture is hilarious!!
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