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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 30th, 2013, 12:29 pm Thread Starter
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Keeping my 98 RS - some upgrade questions

Dear All,

After much deliberation, I have decided to keep my 1998 K1200RS - I have already spent quite a bit on her and as bikes here in Brazil are so expensive that it makes sense financially.

I already upgraded the front lights to HID and have ordered replacement quick disconnects and steel braided Steigler brake lines from Pirate's Lair as well as some Ohlin Front and Rear Shocks. Would anyone have any other safety-related recommendations for upgrades or upgrades that are worth having even if not safety related?

Also my mechanic reported a leaking fuel tank - I believe I have the older flatter style. He has carried out a repair but perhaps this should be replaced. Any suggestions for where I can find a new tank in the US? I tried Beemer Boneyard but looks like they have none in stock.

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Also one additional (probably dumb question) - is it possible to switch the upper center fairing on a 1998 K1200RS with the newer post 2001 design? I much prefer the way the indicators are integrated into the fairing on the newer bikes as mine have always rattled around.
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Also one additional (probably dumb question) - is it possible to switch the upper center fairing on a 1998 K1200RS with the newer post 2001 design? I much prefer the way the indicators are integrated into the fairing on the newer bikes as mine have always rattled around.
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It is NOT an easy job, because the front tubing bracket holding the fairing (and windshield) is very different. So you need to find a used (1) bracket (2) plastic front fairing parts (3) windshield. Also, all wiring tied to front fairing bracket might need to re-routed compare to original.

BUT, the good news (if any) is that the main frame (aluminium) is the same for all K1200RS.
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Thanks John. Is there any online site where I can access these parts new?
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Thanks John. Is there any online site where I can access these parts new?
For new, you can probably "mail-order" from many BMW dealers in the USA, but I do like to do business with MAX-BMW located in North-East of USA. In addition, they have a very good web site to navigate the parts-catalog of all BMW bikes:
http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/PartsFiche.aspx


Also usefull, a good trustable place for used BMW parts in the USA:
http://www.beemerboneyard.com/
From them, you can also get some new parts replacement for Air-fllters, Oil-filters, Plugs, Clutch plate, Brake-pads, Brake-disc.... for much less than the OEM from BMW.


For the rest, you can find many used parts on EBAY, but it is a bit of a "hit-and-miss" story. Most vendors are fairly good, but until you have seen the part it is hard to tell from a picture on EBAY. I have ordered some stuff from EBAY in the past, being very carefull to check the ratings of each vendor before ordering.

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Here is another vendor for you:

http://www.euromotoelectrics.com/

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Thanks everyone. I will contact these vendors. I really prefer the approach with the integrated turn lights on the newer bikes. The indicator pods on my 98 RS rattle around and have come loose many times.

Any thoughts on aftermarket mods?

So far, I have the following:

1. HID Lighting
2. Comfort Bars.
3. Throttlemeister.
4. Spiegler Brake Lines
5. Replacement Quick Disconnects
6. Chicane Tank and Tail Bag
7. Zumo 550 with Gadgetguy holder
8. Autocom wired to tank bag.
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Sorry - one other question - I contacted one of the vendors but he was not able to confirm exactly which parts I would need to convert the upper fairing to the newer model.

Has anyone in these forums done this conversion and knows the exact parts that are required?

Thanks

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The indicator pods on my 98 RS rattle around and have come loose many times.

Any thoughts on aftermarket mods?
My magnet mod: Fit and forget the problem forever:

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showth...t=pods+magnets

Replace the oem horn with the much louder Stebel. It might save your life one day.



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Thanks Voxmagna - brilliant idea.

There are some minor failings but overall what a superbly engineered bike. Happy with my decision to keep it.
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