Posted on Dec 30, 2020
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So, after 126,000 miles it was time for an engine refresh. Picked up a 7,000 engine from an insurance total. Now I’m wondering why I just didn’t buy a different bike. The Germans sure can cram a lot of crap into their bikes and nothing comes apart easily. Engineers are a mechanic’s worst nightmare.
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TSgt David L.
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That looks like a job and a half. A different bike might have been better, but not as much fun! LOL
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TSgt David L. and things went south today. Torquing the swing arm and the granny case cracked. So tomorrow the tranny comes back out. I have a donor I was planning to rebuild and sell. Now it’s going in mine. It is what it is. Just glad it wasn’t a customer’s bike and it happened on the bench and not on the road.
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SFC (Join to see) - Oh, Wow! That sucks big time. It figures that you have to use the spare. I guess you could torque it back down and TIG the case closed.
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It was a thought but it’s the mounting point for the rear swing arm and it’s cast aluminum. I don’t know if it would be strong enough and it is a dual purpose “adventure” bike. When I do long backwoods trips on this thing we tip the scales at 1100 pounds. TSgt David L.
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SFC (Join to see) - I see. It would be a risk I guess. Lots of work for what might be a re-do! I reckon I would replace it in that case as well.
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SFC (Join to see) Engineers only concern themselves with designing a product. Perhaps they should have all have worked one semester as a mechanic, (Opps, should have spelled out “technician”), for the new breed of what were always called mechanics!
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CSM Charles Hayden - I agree with you both about engineers being concerned about design and that they should work as a Tech for a while first.
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1SG Angelo Villavicencio
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Quite the challenge. I suggest getting the manual, joining a couple forums for your motorcycle and especially calling your buddies for the assist!! Have fun!
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I have the manuals both civilian versions and pro shop and work part time at my buddy’s bmw shop. Just not something done very often. The bike is only worth about $3,000 now. It takes 36 hours to remove and replace the engine. If it was a customer’s bike that’s $3,600 just in labor. No one wants to pay that so when we get these bikes in they are usually stripped and sold for parts. The difference is this one is mine so I’m charging myself $0.00 an hour for labor. I should charge more.
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