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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #75 on: April 14, 2018, 10:45:37 PM »




 Then I think I知 going to have to call it good, unless you all have some additional ideas.
If that were my bike, it would need more cleaning要inegar soak with agitation a few times. Degreaser isn't the choice. Many threads explain what has been done successfully. Your photo doesn't depict success.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #76 on: April 15, 2018, 08:26:48 AM »
+1 on Laitch's response.  The degreaser didn't get the job done.  Vinegar and possibly some scrubbing with a ScotchBrite pad are required.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #77 on: April 15, 2018, 10:13:41 AM »
I have two sets of tethers on mine, one for the pod and one for the glass itself, both have been pressed into service more than once on the bumpy roads of Costa Rica.


Would you be willing to post up some pix of those tethers?  I could use some ideas.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #78 on: April 15, 2018, 10:22:47 AM »
Almost anything can be fixed.  Take yer time.  As you go along you'll come across what others may have cobbled together, neglected or never serviced.  Just ordered a new gasket for that fuel strip nut connection.  Buck fifty.


 I got my RS four years ago and still taking care each winter.  This winter it was the fueling system.  The K bike is famous for just riding the heck out it.  And many were ridden very hard and long, and then pushed in a shed, for the next owner to iron out.  They need regular and good attention like anything mechanical. 


Lucky to get those mirrors.  The signal lens is unobtanium.  Just sayin, FWIW.


On the subject of "cobbled"-- you saw my pic of the mirror with the drywall screw in it, right?   :yow    That was the moment I realized that particular mirror would be best left on a shelf.  I never have figured out what purpose that screw serves, other than the amazement of people like us.


It does, however, have a serviceable signal lens.  Thanks for the tip on that, BTW.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #79 on: April 15, 2018, 10:24:34 AM »
greetings...

stainless fish leaders...

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Thanks Johnny, but I'm not sure what you mean.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #80 on: April 15, 2018, 10:32:27 AM »
If that were my bike, it would need more cleaning要inegar soak with agitation a few times. Degreaser isn't the choice. Many threads explain what has been done successfully. Your photo doesn't depict success.


After spending years in the oilfield, I am innately resistant to the notion that a primary component of salad dressing can be a more effective cleaner than the powerful degreasers I came to know, love, & trust.  Call it prejudice or habit, but embracing this idea hasn't come easy.


Sam's has vinegar in quantity, cheap.   I'll get enough to fill the tank, and do so after plugging the pump discharge fitting.  Then it can sit while I tackle the head bearings.


Thanks for the reminder.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #81 on: April 15, 2018, 10:41:57 AM »
+1 on Laitch's response.  The degreaser didn't get the job done.  Vinegar and possibly some scrubbing with a ScotchBrite pad are required.


Vinegar for sure, but I can't get my meathooks into most of that tank, including the nooks and crannies below the pump plate that are still caked with shmutz/rotten rubber. 
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #82 on: April 15, 2018, 12:22:49 PM »
Vinegar for sure, but I can't get my meathooks into most of that tank . . .
Chimpanzees made a tool for getting at termites in their mounds. They use a stick. Maybe you could adapt something like that although not necessarily as rustic. :giggles
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #83 on: April 15, 2018, 12:32:31 PM »
Chimpanzees made a tool for getting at termites in their mounds. They use a stick. Maybe you could adapt something like that although not necessarily as rustic. :giggles


This chimp is going to let the vinegar do its thing, and then evaluate his options.  The inside of that tank is complicated enough-- what with that fuel pump plate & all the hard lines running this way and that-- that I could dedicate my life to scrubbing it out and still not do not thoroughly.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #84 on: April 15, 2018, 12:35:10 PM »
. . .  I could dedicate my life to scrubbing it out and still not do not thoroughly.
Don't do that.  :yes
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #85 on: April 15, 2018, 02:10:28 PM »
Vinegar is an amazing grease cutter.  Use the distilled white variety, it's the cheapest for what you need. 

Vinegar has been used for many, many years for things like cleaning windows and stainless steel food processing equipment.  Gets the job done and doesn't leave anything nasty behind.  The guys who make expensive degreasers aren't going to tell you that.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #86 on: April 15, 2018, 02:39:46 PM »
Every time I use vinegar to clean something I get flashbacks to my youth. And get an overwhelming urge to go and buy fish and chips. But very hard to get good Flake (Shark) the fish of choice for Victorians in Queensland. Going down to Victoria at the end of the year on the way to Tasmania and I will be hitting the still there fish and chip shop. :lets-eat:
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #87 on: April 17, 2018, 03:47:03 PM »
Vinegar is an amazing grease cutter.  Use the distilled white variety, it's the cheapest for what you need. 

Vinegar has been used for many, many years for things like cleaning windows and stainless steel food processing equipment.  Gets the job done and doesn't leave anything nasty behind.  The guys who make expensive degreasers aren't going to tell you that.

I知 familiar with its window-cleaning qualities & I知 sure it has other cleaning attributes, but when it comes to cleaning the oil-base drilling mud out of a blowout preventer stack, vinegar loses out to the most effective cleaners I ever saw. Anyway...

2 1/2 gallons of Sam痴 finest & two rubber plugs/stoppers later, this is where we are:





Marinating, as it were.

The aroma of white vinegar reminds me of nothing but window cleaning. Make it red or white wine vinegar, however, and the good memories begin...
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #88 on: April 20, 2018, 05:26:57 PM »
Eureka! After racking my brain for a way to clean up those injector seats & the surrounding area, I hit upon this idea:



It seemed to work really well, with the hard plastic tip of the funnel used as scraper, all the coarse-grained debris is gone, and I can now use swabs & solvent for final cleanup.

Before (please excuse the lack of focus):



After the FunnelVac:



A little swabbing & I値l be ready for my rehabbed injectors.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #89 on: April 20, 2018, 05:33:43 PM »
Brilliant!!!  Have to put that funnel idea in the (mostly empty) mental toolbox.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #90 on: April 21, 2018, 12:04:39 PM »
Brilliant!!!  Have to put that funnel idea in the (mostly empty) mental toolbox.


Thanks for the compliment, Gryph.  Brilliance is overstating it though; think "blind squirrel finds tapered blue plastic acorn".
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #91 on: April 22, 2018, 10:32:45 PM »
Any pointers from the assembled on repair of the steering head bearings? I値l be following the procedure outlined in the BMW factory manual.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #92 on: April 27, 2018, 10:00:36 AM »
Woo hoo, Jolly Ranchers!



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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #93 on: April 27, 2018, 11:31:59 AM »
Jolly Ranchers!   And now Max BMW doesn't pack M&M's anymore.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #94 on: April 27, 2018, 04:23:08 PM »
Jolly Ranchers!   And now Max BMW doesn't pack M&M's anymore.


Probably a dental liability thing...
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #95 on: May 03, 2018, 10:36:03 AM »
Success!



Now to remove the air filter cover and the remaining hardened fuel hoses.

The fuel tank, by contrast, hasn稚 progressed noticeably.



The only change I can see after two weeks is a fuzzy quality taken on by the rubber cap on the fuel discharge line. I知 going to give it the time required by the above hose replacement, and then I知 going to bail on it, rinse it out, & let it dry. Not the level of success I was hoping for, but the one I知 going to have to accept, seemingly.  I知 in the So-be-it Union on this one; I値l just keep a spare fuel filter with me.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #96 on: May 04, 2018, 09:55:47 AM »
Alright-- I stand corrected: I'm used to cleaners that dissolve the residue I'm trying to remove, put it into solution..  Vinegar doesn't do that, apparently; it just loosens dirt's grip on the surface to be cleaned.  I shook it around a few times, taking on a pungent odor myself, and the dirt visible simply came off the tank.  A clumsy go-around with a parts cleaning brush completed the task, to the extent possible given the complicated interior of this tank.  Pic to follow.


Weird stuff, vinegar.  You learn something every day, if you're lucky.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #97 on: June 01, 2018, 10:16:52 AM »
I now have a deadline for getting the BluBrick on the road: the BMW 100,000-Foot Ride.  It's a ride around western CO over passes whose aggregate elevation totals 100K ft, and this year I'm going to ride an actual BMW.  August 4 seems just around the corner.
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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #98 on: June 06, 2018, 09:27:49 PM »
Good Luck, the 100000 ft rides sounds great, we love riding the mountains.


I used Muratic acid and water to clean my tank, it was a quick, effective product to use. Although it's not a popular option it's quick and effective.


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Re: '85 RS Porch Ornament Gets New Home
« Reply #99 on: June 08, 2018, 09:30:11 AM »
It's ready to go: I just have to regain my focus and get back to work.
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