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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old Mar 7th, 2009, 10:55 pm Thread Starter
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DYI-18k Service Results

Well, i did the 18k service this week on my 07GT (born 12/06). All the valves were in spec (just like everyone sadi they would). The plugs looked almost new. Coolant was blue and fresh. While it was apart i decided to wrap the headers from the heads to the collector. For the coolant part i used a mighty vac coolant evac kit i got for a $100 bucks last summer. I worked perfect! I replaced the plugs, coolant, thermostat and used all new gaskets (it turned out i didn't have to because they are reusable, grr!).

Anyways, it wasn't that hard, i just followed the RepRom with the exception of the coolant recharge. While i was in there i pulled the tank and performed a canisterectomy. Since i didn't buy the cam bearing hold down too, my dealer was cool enough to perform the actual valve adjustment if it was needed if i found a valve out of spec.They were only gonna charge me for the cam removal portion of the adjustment. As it turned out, i didn't need it.

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old Mar 7th, 2009, 11:06 pm
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Glad everything worked out for you. Nothing like tearing into a bike's bowels to get you bonded to it.

I'm curious, about how many hours total do you think you spent on this project?

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Looks like I will have to gear up and do this also, we have no certified BMW mechanic here. They just hired new software guy to become a mechanic from N.J., will send him to school to get certified.

Anyone want to volunteer their bike for some service to see how he does. We (local BMW owners) are so aggravated over this, I can't express it here.

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ccii42104,

I need to check the valves on my 07 GT, could you tell me where you purchased the coolant evac kit. The BMW tool to replace the coolant is quit expensive.

Thanks for your reply

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ccii42104,

I need to check the valves on my 07 GT, could you tell me where you purchased the coolant evac kit. The BMW tool to replace the coolant is quit expensive.

Thanks for your reply

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I use the Airlift by www.uview.com . It works perfectly.

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Thank you so much for your help, I will buy the Air Lift system and see how it works for me.

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Hey Grif.....what mileage did you change the coolant at? How long did it take? I've been thinking about one of those airlift things but my coolant still looks pretty good. Can't decide if it's worth the $$ or if I should just have them change it the next time it's in for service.

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Hey Grif.....what mileage did you change the coolant at? How long did it take? I've been thinking about one of those airlift things but my coolant still looks pretty good. Can't decide if it's worth the $$ or if I should just have them change it the next time it's in for service.
I haven't done mine, yet. I'm only at 32,000 miles.

But, we did Ken's when he stopped by for his valve check. Write up with pix pending.

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...But, we did Ken's when he stopped by for his valve check. Write up with pix pending.
When?

Shims needed?

Cams pulled?

How long to do it?

Is as easy as ...?


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When?

Shims needed?

Cams pulled?

How long to do it?

Is as easy as ...?


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No shims needed, so no cams pulled. Ken will be doing a write up with pictures when he gets home. I'd just hate to spoil it But, now that I've done it, piece of cake.

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