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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 2007, 9:56 pm Thread Starter
 
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Brake Bleeding on K12RS

Is it me or does everyone else with an older RS not have a bleed valve on the right side claiper? I just installed new SS brake lines, thanks Pirate, and am bleeding the system and guess what, no bleed valve on the right side. I guess they expect you to go to the local parts shop and buy one, but how lame is that? Not really asking for advice, just venting.
Are these valves proprietary?
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...and guess what, no bleed valve on the right side.
Doesn't sound right to me.

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No Bleed Valve ??

Nope that does not sound right to me either. What do you have in the caliper a blanking screw ? My '98 has what you would expect and has always had them !!

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Bleeding brakes on K12RS

Went to the dealer today and found two other RS with the same setup as mine. The service tech said it is quite common and doesn't make any sense to her either. Bought a bleed valve, $9.95 thank you, and took the stock "plug" out and replaced it with the new valve. Guess it's just another way for BMW parts to get us.
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"Missing" bleed screw

BMW installed this device on all their bikes about 1999 in clutch and brake circuits. It is loctited in where you would normally find a bleed screw. It has a check valve in it that allows the factory to fill the system from the bottom, greatly reducing the time needed to fill and bleed the system. By removing what looks like a set screw in this device, you can (temporarily) install a bleed screw.

This set screw is frequently seized in the body of the quick fill device and the easiest way out is to permanently remove the device and replace it with a conventional bleeder. You'll note that I mentioned that the device is loctited in; usually it can be removed with vice-grips or the like. Some carefully applied heat helps.

If the set screw is not seized and you wish to save the money of purchasing a spare bleeder, borrow one from the rear caliper. You were going to bleed that circuit, too weren't you?

I see frequent mention of braided lines from The Pirate-has anyone tried Bob's?
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I thought Bob just told BMW to FO. Saw a note on their website explaining how Bob got all disgruntled at a dealer meeting and said screw it and converted his shop to a Harley Davidson dealership.
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I thought Bob just told BMW to FO. Saw a note on their website explaining how Bob got all disgruntled at a dealer meeting and said screw it and converted his shop to a Harley Davidson dealership.

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