Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Highland Park , IL, USA
ride on Jan 1 pre salty roads. and Lock picking
Here is an update after having ridden my new bike until they salted last week. I had gotten a chance before the weather turned here in Chicago to try this girl out.
A few observations, many have already been searched on various forum:
A little low speed final brake throbbing as though a front rotor or pad set is lightly warped. Not that concerned about it. I may get some aftermarket rotors next time I need brakes.
A varying rattle (sounds like the clutch basket) when in neutral and clutch is released. Pull in clutch and it silences. Found on this forum that it is fairly normal.
2010 front Metzlers slightly cupped, rear starting a center flat spot. Also not unreasonable for the how the PO was probably enjoying the bike.
So I will probably go with either the Avon Storm GTs or the Mich Pilot Rd 4s when I finish these off.
I found a 29 liter Top Case in Dallas on CL. It came with a BMW liner and it was in nice shape. Black with back pad. The only funny part was the cylinder was in it. The Dallas owner didn't have the key, I thought to ask him when I started looking into rekeying for my key. Wow so many stories about keys and cases. I found a great YouTube when I googled "bmw topcase cylinder removal" There was a video on a fellow who picked the cylinder right out of the case in 30 seconds right before your eyes.
Other stories said dealers will charge too much to swap out cylinder.
I made a pick from a bosch jigsaw blade that matched the one I saw in the video. I also watched other videos of rekeying cylinders that I found on You Tube, to get an idea of how I was to imagine the wafer tumblers and what I was trying to achieve.
It took 15 minutes to copy the pick, and another 3 minutes to remove the lock.
I ordered a set of wafers and new cylinder from Max. $30 The new cylinder did not have a security pin in it like the original top case did. This security pin stabs thru the cylinder and all the wafers to prevent then from flying out when you pull the cylinder and can only be accessed by popping off the quad-crimped stainless escutcheon (face piece). Also on each side of the key slot, behind the escutcheon, there are two small black plastic and spring loaded gasket bars (Key cleaners). These slide along the key face, keep snow out and oil in, If you aren't very careful removing the stainless escutcheon, these pieces will fly. Keep this in mind. You will unlikely find the springs again.
removed escutcheon, key cleaners and springs, while laying the cylinder on it's side I retained the wafer tumblers with one hand while I pulled out the security pin. then Promptly inserted my old key. That keeps the wafers from sliding out and shows wafer tumbler errors. I swapped out old wafers and springs with new wafers and springs so they were flush with cylinder body when key was inserted. voila! security pin back in, key cleaner back in with the twatty little springs, escutcheon back on. Push the seventh (the one retainer wafer that can be picked as easy as you can your nose) wafer in, to allow insertion... Bam rekeyed my lock. I will do this work for $40 plus parts LOL.