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Thanks, Imarr28, for answering our cry for help yesterday.  Even though we spent the whole day parked in front of a damn compuer, we survived by vicariously living your ’99 BMW R1100S valve job through the great pictures you posted.

You rock.  Anyone got something to get us through today?  C’mon!  It’ll make ‘ya feel good…

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5 Responses to From The Flickr Pool: A Big BMW Valve Job

  1. Thanks! I just bought the bike used a few weeks ago and it was in need of a regular checkup (35,000 miles). The dealership wanted $450 in labor and $150 in parts to do everything… The Toolmonger in me decided that there was no way I was going to pay that much for something that I could do on my own. So, after a trip to Harbor Freight for some T-handle hex wrenches and a quick stop at the grocery store for some frosty beverages, I sat down and knocked out the valve adjustment in a couple of hours (taking my time, since this was the first time I had attempted it on a bike).
    I’ve got a few other things that need to be done (brake & clutch fluid flush, transmission & rear end fluid change, alternator belt replacement, etc.) but I’ll be sure and take more pics as I tackle them!

    Two things I learned while doing this:
    (1) I need a shop fan to keep the mosquitoes out of my garage while I’m working.
    (2) I need a torque wrench that measures lower than the one I have (my Craftsman starts at 16.5 nm and a lot of the stuff on the BMW calls for 5 to 8 nm). Do you guys have one that you would like for me to “test out” for you? 🙂

  2. Blind says:

    I’ve got to take my duc in for maintainence soon. Hoping i can do it at my friend’s shop. I am not looking forward to the valve job that it requires.

  3. JamesBrauer66 says:

    For keeping mosquitoes out of the garage I like a Purge III insecticide dispenser. It doesn’t actually keep them out, they just don’t live very long.

  4. Lee says:

    I’ll probably be getting a fan anyway, since it gets so hot in my garage in the summer, but that insecticide dispenser sounds like something that would really help me out. Do you know if it will damage vehicle paint? That would be my only concern before installing one in the garage.


  5. Old Donn says:

    Compared to a car or truck, working on a bike is a piece of cake. Everything’s right in front of you, nothing in the way. That said, a decent set of tools and your bike’s shop manual are a must. A motorcycle jack makes life easier too. Like Lee, I found out a long time ago a trip to the local Harley shop can require a second mortgage. The only job I’ve farmed out lately was new valve seats.

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