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Offline Mean Green Z28

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Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« on: January 07, 2018, 09:14:29 PM »
Long story short, neihbor passed away early last year and I got first dibs at his bike a few weeks ago when they started inventorying and getting ready to liquidate his estate. Yes, I got a good deal  :2thumbup:

It sat for at least 10 years, but he kept the registration current...










We couldn't find a key, so I had the local BMW dealer pull the code and get me a folding key. I'll use that to get more/spares cut.

Ordered fuel and oil filters while I was waiting for the title/key etc.

Made small "L" brackets to allow the battery from my Kawasaki to be put into temporary duty to check the general condition of the electronics. Everything seems to work, but I didn't hear the fuel pump prime when I turned her on. ugh.











Fuel gauge doesn't seem to work, may have to pull it out and clean it up and see what's up. It's very rusty/crusty looking. Does the gauge need time to settle when I lifted the float? is it dampened? didn't seem to move even turning off/on with the float lifted. Maybe a long dip in vinegar/acetone?

I'm hoping the injectors aren't clogged/gummed up.  Is there an easier way to check injectors/plugs/valve lash/etc. without popping the left fearing off? I guess I know the asnwer to that.


Will be doing an oil and filter change soon.  It's so damn cold in the garage, the heater needs about an hour to make it barely bareable.


Any other stuff you guys think I should be checking before trying to fire her up?
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Offline Mean Green Z28

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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 09:17:52 PM »
not allowing me to edit my post above, so....


this is to add description to the pics above[/]
Pulled the gas cap off and was greeted by a tiny bit of stale gas and the need for a new fuel pump (seized) and all the mounting/isolation brackets. [/size]Ordered the complete assembly off of euromotoelectrics.com so I guess I have an extra fuel filter for the future.
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 09:22:37 PM »
The old few turns to a gum like varnish so yes you will have to clean it insolvent or mineral spirits just you and gum it most in series take apart as much as you can without ruining vital parts check parts breakdown schematic diagram either in micro fish or on the computer.  The same goes for the carburetors after cleaning if there's more than one you will have to have them synced if you don't already know how air filter clean and oiled properly , while doing the carburetor clean make sure when you pull the screws out you run each one in; and count the turns,  That way the engine runs at proper air to fuel ratio or mixture.

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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 01:29:56 AM »
Any other stuff you guys think I should be checking before trying to fire her up?
Learn about the fuel sender (fuel gauge) from these posts. For everything else, check the Repair Guidance section's Master List. The tank should be thoroughly cleaned as you have already been advised. You seem to know what you should do before you try to start it; you might as well do it all. :giggles Replacing all the high pressure submersible hoses and the high pressure hoses to and from the injectors? You probably should. Much of the rubber components might be deteriorated. You'll find out.

You won't be able to synch the throttle bodies until you get the engine running reasonably. There are instructions on the site for that procedure.

A clean air filter is important so open the air box, remove the filter and see what you've got. You might have mice nests. Shine a light down the muffler. You might have mice nests. Move 'em out, cruel as that might seem in winter. Good luck!

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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 10:14:39 AM »
+1 on Laitch's advice above.  I doubt that your air filter is in need of replacement with under 10,000 miles on the bike.  Since they are pretty expensive, and usually good for over 50,000 miles I would check it but put my money into fuel lines and a fuel filter(NAPA Gold 3240 is the number, I think).  You don't need the stupid expensive BMW filter, almost any metal shell filter with 5/16" inlet/outlets will work.  NAPA gold is their premium line for fleet operators.   

I don't think you need to pull the fuel level sender, just drain the old fuel out and do a vinegar soak.  The sender has some fragile wires and I wouldn't want to take a chance on handling it. 

Judging from the inside of the tank, I would plan on doing a soak with Techron in the fuel injectors before I got serious about using the bike.  Same with the fuel pump.  Once the fuel system is cleaned up and all the parts functioning you can move on to balancing throttle bodies.

While the tank is soaking is a good time to tackle the rest of the fluids: forks, trans, final drive, forks, cooling and brakes.
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Offline Mean Green Z28

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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 10:29:37 AM »
thanks for the advice, keep it coming!


I did order the entire fuel pump/filter/mount/etc. in-tank assembly from euromotolectrics due to the condition of what came out. pump didn't prime, nor did it wanna turn when bench tested; only made a humm.


Will pick up a gallon of vinegar on the way home and dump it in the tank and let it sit.
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 12:20:18 PM »
What a lovely find congratulations.   :2thumbup:


Vinegar works wonders on my fuel system and tank dilemmas.


All:  On the topic of high pressure hoses, my tank outlet (87' K75S) started to leak and split when I removed it...seems to be a molded part. with a significant curve... Whats the right material (at less than OEM $29US)?
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2018, 09:47:56 PM »
Well I was pulling the tank off and the hoses were brittle and started cracking on mine too. I think any fuel injection hose in that size would be good from an auto part store. Main thing to make sure is to route the new hoses in a way that it doesn't kink when the tank is mounted. Def. need to go by the auto parts store and get hose and some clamps etc. along with the engine/gear oil and and oil filter cup style tool .. my universal jaw style filter wrench won't work cos it's inside the oil sump!

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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 10:35:53 PM »
Make sure the hose in the tank is rated for injection submersible. And try and get the proper hose clamps not the worm drive type.
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 12:44:52 PM »
started the oil changes... Sorry, pics are sideways coming out of my phone with no way to turn them once uploaded.


Engine oil came out nice and clean...



rear drive oil came out nice and clean...



Even found the original tool kit/etc. under the seat...
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 08:21:02 PM »
Wow, even the toolkit is complete. What a great find.



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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2018, 01:45:26 PM »
Well she runs!!! But I noticed that the foam like strips on the sides of the fuel tank sump seem to be deteriorating and are becoming tar-like. So pulled everything back apart and draining the tank and gonna scrape this stuff out. Ugh. It's so cold out.

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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2018, 02:41:20 PM »
pics are sideways coming out of my phone with no way to turn them once uploaded
There are phone apps for that. Use one and quit posting peculiar images.  :yes
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2018, 03:14:29 PM »
There are phone apps for that. Use one and quit posting peculiar images.  :yes
He needs another post or so to edit ...
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2018, 03:22:16 PM »
Well the Forum doesn't give me an option to edit and I don't want to keep posting the same thing over and over just because I had to rotate it. The picture was rotated in my phone but somehow that didn't transfer to The Forum

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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2018, 03:27:42 PM »
The picture was rotated in my phone but somehow that didn't transfer to The Forum
There are apps for that. If you don't want to search for one that handles the problem so be it. Many other members seem to be doing ok from phones. Maybe they'll help you figure it out.

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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2018, 04:32:27 PM »
There are apps for that. If you don't want to search for one that handles the problem so be it. Many other members seem to be doing ok from phones. Maybe they'll help you figure it out.
The app is not the issue. I don't wanna add clutter to a thread.

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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2018, 11:26:38 PM »
I don't wanna add clutter to a thread.
I'm nominating you for the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.  :2thumbup:
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2018, 08:38:16 AM »
I'm nominating you for the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.  :2thumbup:
Ha

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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2018, 10:58:36 AM »
Wow, even the toolkit is complete. What a great find.
Even found the original tire patch kit; I doubt it's still good, lol ... also have full service history as it's only had 3 oil changes in its like and the service records are with the ownsers manual
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2018, 04:47:21 PM »
Bricks like to be ridden so the lack of miles might actually cause a few more problems initially but once you have her running and riding well she will get better and better as you rack up the miles.
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2018, 05:16:28 PM »
I've still got my OEM first aid kit, tools and the tyre kit.
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2018, 06:34:40 PM »
Finally Rode her around the neighborhood!  Cleaned out the tank again and flushed the rear brakes (didn't have any pedal before). Need to check the plugs later and flush the front brakes.


Radio seems to only display 5664 and doesn't respond to anything else. just static and randomly catches a radio station and loses it. Any ideas?
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2018, 06:41:27 PM »
You will have to enter the security code if you have disconnected the power. You might find it written in the handbook.
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Re: Bringing back a '95 K1100LT with 9800 miles
« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2018, 06:52:21 PM »
You will have to enter the security code if you have disconnected the power. You might find it written in the handbook.
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So the screen doesn't show the numbers while you're entering the code?

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