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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2012, 6:29 am Thread Starter
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Back on an '03 GT

Hello all,

Surprise to me... I now have a 2003 GT in the garage. Sold my '04 back in '07.
Got this one with 17,000 miles. Beautifull cosmetic condition Grey Green, some nice farkles such as, Ohlins (much better than my stock 2004 suspenders), Piaa X1100 with Autoswitch (forgot how insufficient the stock headlight is), Bar backs.. lite buddies...

So far, looks pretty dry below.

Seller informed that the brakes were flushed @ 12,000 miles along with clutch fluid and valve adjustment. He provided the receipts...Guess I should have asked what year... 2007
Past due by twice.

Needing to locate a few things/links.

1. Bodywork removal. I could use a refresher course b-4 I begin.
2. Brake fluid change procedure.

I ordered a Clymer manual off of Flea Bay, should be here in a few days.
Can't find a BMW repair manual on CD anywhere, don't think they are available.

Any help with the links?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2012, 10:03 am
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BMW manual there, cheap, indexed and fast download. You can put it on CD or other storage device. $6.99 you'll have it in a few minutes.

It does have most, if not all the ABS bleeding procedures for your bike. Instructions are the same as the ones posted I am sure someone will give you. They are here somewhere in the "Hall of wisdom".Instructions posted are a little scary at first,so much details so maybe read the BMW ones first, much shorter as they are designed for technicians with basic knowledge of bleeding procedures, and then make up your own mind as to the procedure.

But yes you need both the Clymer and the BMW manual on everything else, they complete each other to a point. There are some procedures in Clymer that have strong warnings in the BMW manual. Achtung.....DON'T DO THAT! May be costly not to heed them warnings.

Don't be afraid of the big words like "Special Tools", , they can all be improvised for next to nothing.I'll show later once you have studied them procedures.

You should really consider a set of Speigler brake lines, the rubber ones do have a lifespan, over 5 years is getting iffy considering all the blown/plugged lines I have seen this year.Don't trust their outside look, that's just an outside covering, the real line is under that and that's the one that degrades.

My bike also hadn't been flushed for a few years too many when I got it, I did not find anything wrong such as black fluids when I did it, but sure replaced them lines the following year.

There are sometimes issues after bleeding or line replacement, no matter how carefully the procedure has been followed. I know I had some of them and so did others. Easy to solve when you know but sure aggravating when they happen and that can be a few miles down the road. So if you have any such issues, I can save you hours of problem solving and a lot of brake fluid. I already spent them hours and brake fluid.....!

Not a bad idea on them to exercise the ABS function a few times,but not to the point of overheating the brakes too many times in a row or discharging the battery faster that it can recharge.The BMW bulletin is quite "blunt" about that one.

That "exercising" may help prevent the pistons/valves in the modulator sticking from disuse. Will also distribute the fluid better in the system before a bleed procedure.

Good luck and....lets see the bike, show that gold a little.

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Originally Posted by H96669
BMW manual there, cheap, indexed and fast download. You can put it on CD or other storage device. $6.99 you'll have it in a few minutes.

Thanks for this link, I wouldn't have trusted it if found on my own but I now have a great shop manual for only 7 beans Now I will order the Clymer manual and be ready for winter shop hours....
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This is a great link for brake and clutch bleeding. Its in the HoW.

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