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Old 06-15-2013, 12:14 PM   #1471
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Installed my new Touratech crash bars this morning.
When I bought my bike I had to wait a few days because the "owner was painting the crashbars" first. I thought that was a bit odd, but soon took delivery. After going over the bike when I got home, I realized the crash bars were missing the top attachment bolts, and the whole thing was loose. It was also against the cylinder head on the left side. After scuffing the paint on one side, I then noticed the metal underneath was rusting! Not made of stainless steel, that's for sure.
I decided to install a Touratech set. This morning I had trouble getting the old bars off, as the two halves were bolted together with a single threaded stud, and the nut was welded on. I thought, well, since its not steel, maybe I can hacksaw it in two. It cut like buttah, and just before I finished the cut the two halves fell apart at the stud! My engine was getting a lot of protection there, yessirree bob! If anyone recognizes these, I'd love to hear:



The Touratechs went on with little effort. The only trouble I had is my spanking new metric torque wrench is calibrated in kilogram-meters, and the torque values from Touratech were in newton-meters, had to find a conversion factor and do math on a Saturday. Sure like the stainless color (match my new Pivot Pegz too) and glad I'm now riding with "protection".



Also got my OEM seat back from Seat Concepts, 8 day turnaround! I went with the taller GSA seat, faux carbon cover, and as soon as I hit "Send" I think I need to go try it out (75 and calm today!)
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:19 PM   #1472
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:07 PM   #1473
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Wunderlich engine protection bars

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<...> If anyone recognizes these, I'd love to hear:


Looks like Wunderlich protection bars . Had them on my 08 GS before I switched to a GSA.


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Old 06-15-2013, 02:40 PM   #1474
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Also got my OEM seat back from Seat Concepts, 8 day turnaround! I went with the taller GSA seat, faux carbon cover, and as soon as I hit "Send" I think I need to go try it out (75 and calm today!)
I didn't see a seat in the pictures. Are you sure you got one. I think we need proof.

That, and I want to check out what a Seat Concepts tall GSA seat looks like.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:43 PM   #1475
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Installed my new Touratech crash bars this morning.
When I bought my bike I had to wait a few days because the "owner was painting the crashbars" first. I thought that was a bit odd, but soon took delivery. After going over the bike when I got home, I realized the crash bars were missing the top attachment bolts, and the whole thing was loose. It was also against the cylinder head on the left side. After scuffing the paint on one side, I then noticed the metal underneath was rusting! Not made of stainless steel, that's for sure.
I decided to install a Touratech set. This morning I had trouble getting the old bars off, as the two halves were bolted together with a single threaded stud, and the nut was welded on. I thought, well, since its not steel, maybe I can hacksaw it in two. It cut like buttah, and just before I finished the cut the two halves fell apart at the stud! My engine was getting a lot of protection there, yessirree bob! If anyone recognizes these, I'd love to hear:



Hepco and Becker bars.



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Old 06-15-2013, 02:59 PM   #1476
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Never wanted a tool box behind the right pannier but always thought about not wasting the free space. So I decided to place a 1,5 litres fuel friend can by using a self made aluminium console and a nylon strap. After 1 hrs of work all was done:













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Old 06-15-2013, 04:56 PM   #1477
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Looks like Wunderlich protection bars . Had them on my 08 GS before I switched to a GSA.
Thanks QCRider!
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:20 PM   #1478
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I didn't see a seat in the pictures. Are you sure you got one. I think we need proof.
Wow, tough crowd. Here ya go:



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That, and I want to check out what a Seat Concepts tall GSA seat looks like.


Obviously I don't have the "original" OEM seat anymore to compare it to, but I'm pretty sure the new GSA "stuffing" is a lot less dished out, ie "flatter". Went for a 3 1/2-hour ride this afternoon and I think I finally found my seat. Will be putting the Touratech Warm-Weather Tall Comfort Seat into the "Gear to Sell" forum tomorrow.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:13 PM   #1479
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Never wanted a tool box behind the right pannier but always thought about not wasting the free space. So I decided to place a 1,5 litres fuel friend can by using a self made aluminium console and a nylon strap. After 1 hrs of work all was done:

Brilliant idea
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:08 PM   #1480
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..I'm pretty sure the new GSA "stuffing" is a lot less dished out, ie "flatter". Went for a 3 1/2-hour ride this afternoon and I think I finally found my seat.

I like the looks of that seat!
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #1481
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Rear Main Seal replacement

After taking my 2012 r1200gs BBB into the dealer ship with a slow leak where the engine + transmission meet........
Got my bike back today one week AHEAD of their forecast.
BMW Ventura torqued down a bolt at the rear of the engine, however the leak did not go away.
Next job was to tear down the bike. The culprit "defective rear main seal" which was replaced under warranty
After 6.5 hours of work all is well.
When I got the bike home I completed the oil + filter change, the second part of my 6K service task.
Siera Nevada in hand of course.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:47 AM   #1482
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I was having trouble finding the brake pedal due to big feet, so I searched for photos of a brake pedal extension. I found one online for about $25, and I thought, "that can't be that hard to make".

1 trip to the hardware store later, I made my own for $3.75, and it works like a charm! 1 stainless machine screw, two 1-1/2" fender washers (1 galvanized steel, 1 neoprene), a 1" fender washer, a locknut, and some grip tape.

The neoprene washer is located below the steel washer and grip tape, to interface with the teeth on the brake pedal.

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Old 06-16-2013, 10:31 AM   #1483
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I was having trouble finding the brake pedal due to big feet, so I searched for photos of a brake pedal extension. I found one online for about $25, and I thought, "that can't be that hard to make".
1 trip to the hardware store later, I made my own for $3.75, and it works like a charm! 1 stainless machine screw, two 1-1/2" fender washers (1 galvanized steel, 1 neoprene), a 1" fender washer, a locknut, and some grip tape.
The neoprene washer is located below the steel washer and grip tape, to interface with the teeth on the brake pedal.
Mate that is excellent! I am going to copy that one. Cheers!
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:00 PM   #1484
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Did you make this. Is it as simple as an LED connected to a mini jack?
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Yep, that's all it takes. No resistors or anything. The intensity of the led is variable with the speaker volume knob. You just have to get the polarity correct. I think it maybe cost about a dollar to make,

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Radar detector LED visual indicator. Super bright red led in a piece of rubber tube just wired into the speaker
jack. Really gets your attention even when not looking at it and is shielded from other eyes by being set down
into the tube.



Bought a new Escort radar detector for an upcoming cross country run. Picked up a new Redline detector so needed to make a new led remote for it as I'm going to keep the old detector in the Jeep. Some one asked me about the first one I made but when they tried to duplicate it they let all the magic smoke out of their detector. Not sure what happened there so use caution if making your own.

Couple things... Can only use a mono 1/8" jack. Stereo jack will not work and will probably cause damage. Use Led with out built in resistor.

I talked to a tech guy at Escort and he said he did not see a problem as long as the load on the speaker jack is not too high. An Led like I've used with out a resistor will be fine. I felt confident enough to plug into my new $500. detector with out hesitation.

I had an old jack and plug laying around from a old cb remote speaker so that's what I used.






The long leg on the led goes to the + terminal from the jack. That is the very tip of the plug if you want to confirm with an Ohm meter. I got some small butt connectors from Rat Shack that are for phone line so they are small enough and can be crimped with needle nose pliers. I make sure the butt conn is right up to the base of the led so there is no chance of getting anything together and shorting things out. I used a couple sections of small hose just big enough to be snug fit on the led and then a piece of shrink tube to hold it all together, then injected the open end with a hot glue gun. The new Red line came with a windshield mount that would not have worked to hold the detector secure enough, but was perfect to hold the remote led right in my sight line as I'm looking down the road.











In the video the led does not look red but it really is and gets your attention right away even if not looking in that direction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzMKp8AtWyE

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Old 06-16-2013, 09:19 PM   #1485
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Installed the Beemer Boneyard Fuel Flange Repair kit tonight..

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