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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 2008, 8:36 pm Thread Starter
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Performed clutch flush/bleed - details inside

Thought I'd post the part #s you'll need for this if you want to do it yourself.

Firstly, our bikes come with a plug inserted in the clutch slave where the bleed nipple is inserted. You'll need to remove this with an allen key (not certain which size - very small, perhaps a size 2?). Anyhow, for obvious reasons don't remove this plug until you are ready to put the nipple in place.

You can purchase the bleed nipple and cap from Max BMW here :

http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic...p?mospid=49384

(scroll down the fiche list and click on the Clutch Control picture)

You need the following :

32727695221 vent screw (M5X1) $9.90
32727695222 dust cap $4.80

They don't sell the extra virgin olive oil needed for our clutch system, but A&S does. You can purchase this pricey liquid gold here :

http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=39065

It is called "BMW Hydraulic Clutch Fluid Mineral Oil" and is a funky blue color. It comes in 2oz bottles and is $11.06 per (and you thought gas was pricey these days!).

I purchased two bottles to be thorough - one bottle to completely flush the system, another bottle to fill and top off.

Easy as any other clutch bleed once you have the missing bleed nipple in place.

Cheers!

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Hi ho, hi ho (No, I'm not calling you a ho. Well... nah) off to the Hall of Wisdom it goes.

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Excellent info, thanks. Let us know when you get the valve adjustment procedure worked out.

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Prax, I've been wondering about that myself lately. heh I wonder if BMW has a part # for the requisite bottle of single malt...

Grif - you take that Big Bend trip yet?

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Grif - you take that Big Bend trip yet?
The day before, during and the day after Easter weekend. It's like being six years old and waiting for Christmas.

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Hey folks- I'm a little confused about this- I've never heard or read about a need for this. I thought the clutch just required oil changes as it's a "wet" clutch?

What am I missing here?

Thanks-

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They're talking about flushing the hydraulic actuating fluid, not the engine oil that the clutch itself operates in.

I'm not sure about the GT, but on my LT BMW recommends flushing out this fluid every year or two. But that was regular DOT4, which can absorb water over time and thus lose its effectiveness. I'm not sure what the recommended service interval is for the mineral oil used in the newer Beemers.

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Big Bend trip

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The day before, during and the day after Easter weekend. It's like being six years old and waiting for Christmas.
A Big Bend trip, I was there once and that was more than enough times for me.

If that is the last place on your list of things to do before you die, do it.

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They're talking about flushing the hydraulic actuating fluid, not the engine oil that the clutch itself operates in.

I'm not sure about the GT, but on my LT BMW recommends flushing out this fluid every year or two. But that was regular DOT4, which can absorb water over time and thus lose its effectiveness. I'm not sure what the recommended service interval is for the mineral oil used in the newer Beemers.
Prax nailed it - I think it's suggested as an annual thing which is what I do just to keep everything fresh, though the mineral oil schedule may be longer (dunno). I figure why not - it's cheap and easy to do (took me less than 10 minutes start to finish).

Grif, I did the Big Bend thang a few months back - weather was great for it in October so we made a run out of it. Nothing quite like the river road at sunset...

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Plus, doing maintenance with a good ceegar and some jams is almost as good as peanut butter.

I love the Big Bend/Ft. Davis area. Unfortunately there will be an influx of about 50 State Troopers in the area at that time. Is 100 mph probable cause?

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