An update to my original post...
I prepared my shop area to make space for all the body panels so they can stay safe during the work LoL
I received the K44 engine stand from BMW and made modifications to my lift, scissor jack and engine stand. The bike is now securely on the lift and is exceedingly stable. The scissor jack is bolted to the lift deck, the engine stand is bolted to the scissor jack and the engine stand is bolted to the motorcycle. Plus tie-downs as an added safety. Yes an earthquake might knock it off, but I have insurance for that LoL.
Because I started this thread, I feel a small amount of responsibility just to note this: I would not and have never raised any vehicle using any part of the exhaust system. I have always been very sure that whatever method, devices and tools I use to raise a vehicle will not fail and or damage the vehicle in any way...
I have acquired deep impact 50mm and 55mm sockets, but I also might get the ring wrenches or whatever they are called as they might
be better for torqueing the new ball joints down. I also have the cutaway sockets for torqueing down the ball joint nuts and the leading link
Getting the ball joints out... One human mentioned they used a BBQ to 'heat soak' the wheel carrier to 120c. Others have mentioned using hot water. In my chatting with the BMW techs, they dont mention using heat on the ball joints, but do on the leading link bolts which have the weirdo thread locker that needs to hit 100c before it will let go. I will do more investigation on this.... Anybody have any insight or experience, please chime in
I have received all the parts I require for the service work I am going to do with the exception of the ball joints. Here in canada, there are only a few options... BMW OEM from the local dealer, Wunderlich or OEM out of the US, and several sites in Europe. The BMW OEM are $375CAD each. So far, when I include shipping rates and times, as well as the currency conversions, I might save $150CAD on the $750CAD for both so I will most likely go BMW OEM from my local dealer. I save a buck whenever possible, but on some items it just isnt worth the time, trouble or risk for me.
However, I was able to find a site in Canada to buy replacement NGK-KR9CI (7795) plugs for 12 bucks CAD each!!! and free shipping!!! I had to spend over 50 bucks for the free shipping, so I just bought two sets. $103.60CAD all in for 8 plugs to my door. clubplug.ca That should do me for another 80,000kms LoL
I am doing a final drive service as well so got all the right fluids and greases, and a new boot between FD and swingarm. New plugs and valve check will be performed so I bought the gaskets and orings I need for that including the oring for the water pump just in case. And I purchased a coolant vacuum kit from offshore, it should do the job for refilling the coolant system. There has never been a single drip from this machine and there won't be when I'm done my service either. Cant stand machines that leak unless they are a steam train from the 1890s.
I am also replacing the TPMS in my rear wheel and was able to find the updated replacement Schrader 3141M BMW OEM Motorcycle Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor (185498096779) from ebay/maxmoto2003 out of Latvia for $100CAD. And I managed to also find the Schrader 90 degree valve stem compatible with this TPMS, so hopefully it works and I will finally have a 90 elbow that doesnt leak for the rear
Well, by the time of my next update I hope to have all the work completed. Prolly take me a solid couple months cause I work slow, only evenings and weekends, and I thoroughly clean every single thing I touch, plus I have a few other things I am doing while the bike is on the lift...
Thankfully I have the rockster to enjoy the nice riding weather when it hits...