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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2010, 2:05 pm Thread Starter
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K1300S - clearance between rear tire and muffler

Does anyone know what the clearance is supposed to be, in inch or CM, between the rear tire and muffler? The owner's manual only indicates that you can use the spark plug tool to measure it. But My '09 K1300S does not come with that tool.


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2010, 10:36 pm
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I never thought about it when I reinstalled the wheel after changing tires. I just put the muffler back where it was by twisting it back to hang correctly from its mount, tightened it up and called it good. There is certainly plenty of space there, and I think it would vary depending on the specific tire choice you make. Each brand will have a different profile, and I would hazard a guess that each will be a little different final width at the break between sidewall and tread. On the subject of tools, of all the BMWs I have owned, this one surely has the minimalist tool 'kit'. A screw driver and a torx, no spark plug tool I can find.....

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'00 K1200RS >135,000 mi, '09 K1300S sold @ 22,232 mi
'93 K1100RS traded up @ 78,000 mi, '85 K100RS sold @44,000 mi, Kawi 650 track bike - sold
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It does matter. I tighten the top hangar bolt finger tight, then tighten the clamp bolt as I move the exhaust outboard about 3/4-1". Then I tighten the two bolts to about 20 ft/lbs.
If the space is too small the tire will rub in hard turns.

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