Author Topic: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.  (Read 1114 times)

Offline JPaganel

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I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« on: April 07, 2019, 08:58:04 PM »
I had a bit of an absence from here for various reasons you guys don't need to know. 

Anyone I was PMing with about buying stuff - I apologize. Life got in the way, as it does.

Anyhoo. I have christened my Brick the Frankenbeemer.  And it's alive!

Starts, runs, drives.  Latest things done to it was replacement of the cover bolt seals and a new crankcase seal - they were leaking. Also, an oil change and a wash to get rid of ghosts of leaks past.

I don't have any sidecovers yet, kinda debating buying vs. making. 

Also, noticed when doing the oil that the bike has a decided starboard list on the centerstand. I think the stand is wonky. Need to look into that.
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Offline JPaganel

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 09:00:56 PM »
Also, I got a hold of this bit of awesome. 

I think I will have to pull front half of the air duct for it to work. Also, it needs brackets. I haven't been able to find any, might have to make some.

If anyone knows where they might exist, let me know.
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Offline The Mighty Gryphon

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2019, 09:17:32 PM »
I'm not positive, because I have not seen that radiator cowl before, but I suspect you need a K75C tank with a couple of pins at the front that the cowl hangs on.

I just bought one of those tanks to get a fuel level float, and will be selling the tank after I get the level sensor out.  If indeed you need it, I can make you a decent deal on it.
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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2019, 09:29:08 PM »
If you replace your center stand,  get the later type that is not made from bent tubing. 
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Offline Laitch

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2019, 09:32:45 PM »
Also, I got a hold of this bit of awesome. 
Post a photo of the inside of the cover.
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Offline JPaganel

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2019, 09:38:04 PM »
I'm not positive, because I have not seen that radiator cowl before, but I suspect you need a K75C tank with a couple of pins at the front that the cowl hangs on.
You might be right. I thought it was a bracket bolted to the radiator, but that looks about correct.

I just bought one of those tanks to get a fuel level float, and will be selling the tank after I get the level sensor out.  If indeed you need it, I can make you a decent deal on it.
If they are otherwise the same size, that sounds like a swell idea. Bike is headed towards being black anyway.
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Offline JPaganel

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2019, 10:30:48 PM »
Post a photo of the inside of the cover.

Here ya go.
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Offline The Mighty Gryphon

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2019, 12:15:35 AM »
Looks like your radiator cowl has sockets for the pins on the front of the C model tank.

When it gets here later this week I'll take some good photos and make sure it's in good usable shape.  The photos I've seen of the interior look clean.  I know it has some scratches and chips in the paint but no dents, and one of the badges is gone.  It's going to need a paint job.  I'm pretty sure it will work on an RT frame.
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Offline billday

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2019, 09:47:13 AM »
I remember seeing that thing on Max's fiche, when I was a K-bike newbie, and getting all excited about it. (My K100 came to me with all its bodywork long gone.) But I've never seen one, IRL or offered for sale. It's cool to see one out in the wild.
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Offline Laitch

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2019, 11:14:35 AM »
I remember seeing that thing on Max's fiche, when I was a K-bike newbie, and getting all excited about it. . . . But I've never seen one . . . offered for sale.
Mark this day in your diary. Lookee!
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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2019, 01:43:50 PM »
Mark this day in your diary. Lookee!

Fancy markup on that thing.
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Offline JPaganel

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2019, 01:34:01 PM »
Fancy markup on that thing.

It really isn't bad, considering it's a body part for a bike long out of production.
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Offline JPaganel

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2019, 01:35:49 PM »
So, my new oil sight glass came in just in time for me to realize that the original is not only too cloudy for me to see the oil clearly, but also leaking.

This pressure washing the bike thing is amazing.

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2019, 05:10:13 PM »
Mark this day in your diary. Lookee!

Amazing collection of cafe K parts there, a looper's wet dream.   https://cafe4racer.eu/en/24-bmw-k75-100-1100#
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Offline Laitch

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2019, 05:15:14 PM »
 :laughing-on-ground:
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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2019, 07:27:20 PM »
I have a K75C fuel tank that will work with the radiator shroud.  I have it listed in the For Sale section with photos.
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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2019, 03:38:54 AM »
So, my new oil sight glass came in just in time for me to realize that the original is not only too cloudy for me to see the oil clearly, but also leaking.

This pressure washing the bike thing is amazing.
You should be careful with pressure washers, as they can force water into places that water wouldn’t normally go...just saying...
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Offline JPaganel

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2019, 12:58:13 AM »
Put in the new glass.

The old one was pretty loose - I just popped it out with a pocket knife, didn't even have to pry much at all.

I'm not sure if the oil pan gasket is leaking or not. Might do another wash to make sure.
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Offline JPaganel

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2019, 11:45:55 PM »
Fixes of the day:

Resolved the highly annoying brake squeal from the front.

Turned out brake pads on one side were delaminating from the backing plates. Looks like plates rusted and the liners were peeling. New pads all around, and brakes are quiet. 

Rear pads are a PITA - the shock is in the way of getting the pins out.

Also, replaced the stand with one that is straight and not the bent pipe style.  Marvel at my highly technical setup for holding the bike up.

The original stand the bike came with is on the floor for comparison.


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Offline JPaganel

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2019, 11:55:43 AM »
As an added bonus, my stands don't rattle going over bumps any more. Found that out on the ride to work this morning.

By the way, why are my pictures sideways?
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Offline Laitch

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2019, 06:55:46 PM »
By the way, why are my pictures sideways?
There are a few different reasons. Maybe this site will help you.
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Offline JPaganel

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2019, 02:41:25 PM »
So, with the tank graciously supplied by Gryph, I was able to attach the side panels.

The bottom of the right-hand panel is something that will need a bit of figuring out, but it stays on with the peg and grommet.

In the process of transferring tank guts I found out why my low fuel light was wonky - the hose to the pump was about twice as long as it needed to be, and was catching the float.  Also, vent hose wasn't connected and the gas cap was on backwards.

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Offline The Mighty Gryphon

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« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2019, 04:04:44 PM »
Oh, that looks nice! 

If you need them, I think I have some cheap tank badges.  $20 a pair.
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Offline JPaganel

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Re: I'm back, the Brick is getting better.
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2019, 11:55:56 AM »
So, I took a deep breath and hacked up my dashboard for the Carling switches.  They are actually a pile of work to fit in, not even close to OEM.

Maybe not the best job, but this isn't a show queen.

The thing on the left is a combined USB charger/voltmeter, wired to the accessory circuit. It's pretty low-power, so I didn't put an extra fuse in.  The hazard switch isn't lighted. There is a third wire going to the OEM switch, but I don't know what it does, and I didn't want to do a bunch more wiring just so I can see it blink. The driving light switch isn't connected, as I haven't bought the lights yet. I just wanted to put it in so I didn't lose it in the meantime. The thing in the corner of that switch is a berry, not melted plastic... :D

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