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K12GT2 Strut Removal and Replacement Instructions

Hi All -- I posted the strut removal and replacement instructions on the BMWST site a couple of days ago and will follow-up with instructions on rear strut removal and replacement when I get some spare time. I hope someone can make use of it.

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Thanks for the great illustration on the R&R. How much are the Wilber shocks for the K12GT?

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Thanks for the great illustration on the R&R. How much are the Wilber shocks for the K12GT?
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Nice writeup, Greg. And timely, too. I've got a set of 0-mile take-off ESA shocks sitting in a box at home. Should be a bit better than the 115K-mile shocks that are on the bike now.

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Very nice Greg, and timely! Mine are shot!

Ken, how did you come across the OEM ESA shocks? I'm probably going with Ohlins but unlike a lot of folks, really liked the convenience of the ESA... But I can't justify $3300 or so to replace them!
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Nice writeup, Greg. And timely, too. I've got a set of 0-mile take-off ESA shocks sitting in a box at home. Should be a bit better than the 115K-mile shocks that are on the bike now.

Messe--you may want to wait for Part 2. Extracting the rear ESA strut requires a complete removal of the rear subframe. The front strut was a cake walk compared to the rear.



Someone on the BMWST board suggested it may be easier to just pull the entire drive axle and final drive as one piece versus pulling the entire subframe per BMW Repair Manual.
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Very nice Greg, and timely! Mine are shot!

Ken, how did you come across the OEM ESA shocks? I'm probably going with Ohlins but unlike a lot of folks, really liked the convenience of the ESA... But I can't justify $3300 or so to replace them!

Richard - I have 11,000 miles on the ESA struts I pulled. I have them listed in the Classifieds for $750 for the set. PM me and I'll make a brother a deal.
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Messe--you may want to wait for Part 2. Extracting the rear ESA strut requires a complete removal of the rear subframe. The front strut was a cake walk compared to the rear.



Someone on the BMWST board suggested it may be easier to just pull the entire drive axle and final drive as one piece versus pulling the entire subframe per BMW Repair Manual.
Cant wait for that one

Great job on the front

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Cant wait for that one

Great job on the front
I have a fuse block and my Autocom mounted in the tail. That and the P3 lights, only added to the task of removing the wiring harness and ECU in advance of pulling the sub frame. Again, non of this is complicated--just a PITA.
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So now we know how they build the bikes! R bikes start with the transmission, and build the bike around it.

k bikes start with the shocks...
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