I went with the 5-bearing method. Using the plastic shoulder-sleeves as a washer kind of defeats the purpose of this mod as you want the bolt to rest on the inner race.
I ended up using superglue b/c I didn’t have loctite red, and wasn’t about to use loctite blue. If done right glue isn’t even entirely necessary.
Right now the only thing I’m stuck on is the washer. Lowe’s carries 8mm washers but they’re too large. I have aluminum crush washers that are the perfect size, but they won’t work for this application, it should ideally be steel.
I’ll probably go to the specialty store for bolts and washers if they’re open.
Holy shit I just got done. Took way longer than I care to admit. Apparently there’s a kit, just get that.
Ended up buying washers from O’Reilly’s and then drilling out the middle and sanding the burred ends flat. I removed the original washer bolt and just stuck the bolt in there. It’s large enough, and then stock one washer at the end that goes onto the bike.
Loctite setting now, will report back once I take it for a ride. Hopefully it’ll give me more confident shifts.
Penultimate Speed Bearing Linkage
4 bearing upgrade using parts on hand:
Two Skateboard Speed Rings (inner bearing contact)
Titanium bolt (longer threads and a smooth bearing surface)
8x14x4mm Precision Ball Bearings (will try flanged next)
Two washers (filed slightly to snap in place
One Nut (BMW's redundancy theme)
WoW, a no brainer upgrade.
The linkage felt firm and smooth from the get go.
Not the slop of a steel spacer, plastic sleeve over a crude threaded bolt.
I tried searching it on eBay but no results, do you have a link? Also any tips my bike isn't wanting to detect neutral on a cold start says it's in a random gear and I have to warm it up by straddling it with the kickstand up but once I go 4-5 miles it works fine? It's an 05 k1200s 18000 miles
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