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by challey
Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:06 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Alternator/harness question
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Re: Alternator/harness question

cyclerob wrote:
Do an Ohmmeter test from that black wire heavy terminal to the battery positive cable. I bet it reads zero Ohms.


Doh - why didn't I think of that?
This kind of thing is what separates us mechanic wanna-bes from the pros.

Thanks Rob.

Charlie
by challey
Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Great Rides
Topic: A geezer meets his match
Replies: 8
Views: 2500

Re: A geezer meets his match

Great ride report Ritchard.

Makes me jealous now that I've missed out on most the riding season.

Charlie
by challey
Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: R1150R
Topic: gearbox final drive oil change
Replies: 11
Views: 1212

Re: gearbox final drive oil change

Despite the low miles, given the age of the bike, I'd change both the trans and FD fluid. My suggestion (and I stress it's just a suggestion) is synthetic for the trans and regular gear lube for the FD. There is a substantial amount of heat generated in and near the transmission and it can probably ...
by challey
Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:30 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Alternator/harness question
Replies: 4
Views: 428

Alternator/harness question

I'm a bit embarrased to be asking this but here goes. With respect to my wire harness replacement project, I took pains to take a lot of pictures and labeled every wire - or so I thought. In spite of my efforts, I somehow forgot to label one wire. This particular wire is in the branch of the harness...
by challey
Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:00 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Harness update
Replies: 11
Views: 869

Re: Harness update

Darryl asked: How soon do you think it will be back on the road? Will be at least a couple more weeks. I'm taking my time and since I now have access to much of the innards of the bike, I'm taking the opportunity to do some cleaning and a few modifications. Since I've now got easy access to clutch ...
by challey
Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:42 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: 2003 R1150R Known Issues
Replies: 30
Views: 3781

Re: 2003 R1150R Known Issues

Oilhead wrote: The fuel line connection is a recall item and the instrument wire cluster is a sevice bulletin which my dealer both notified me and completed at no charge. For the fuel line connection recall, they installed some new o-rings, o-clamps, hose clamps, and gaskets. The the wiring bulleti...
by challey
Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:24 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: 2003 R1150R Known Issues
Replies: 30
Views: 3781

Re: 2003 R1150R Known Issues

Pull tank and add insulation to wiring harness in certain places (Can't remember where right now.) Two locations: 1) The wire harness is gathered into a loop under the tank and attached to the frame at this location by a wire tie. Add insulation to the top of the loop, which is really the only spot...
by challey
Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Harness update
Replies: 11
Views: 869

Harness update

This afternoon, I was finally able to get the fried harness off the bike, which I guess means that I'm about 50% complete. It is a big job, not hard but very tedious and time comsuming. There are a lot of components that you need to remove, the biggest PITA is the air box, which requires that you un...
by challey
Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Removing the air box
Replies: 1
Views: 417

Removing the air box

I'm finally getting around to the work to replace my fried harness. Thanks to some one of the members of this board, I was turned on to a guy parting out the same year/model as mine and got that used harness for a fraction of the cost of a new one. As it turns out though, you have to remove quite a ...
by challey
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: R1150R
Topic: where is the best place to get parts
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: where is the best place to get parts

I think you're pretty much SOL with respect to that kind of aftermarket part.

I second AndyRR's request for pictures (and narrative) of the job.

Charlie
by challey
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:59 pm
Forum: R1150R
Topic: getting spark plug wires off
Replies: 13
Views: 651

Re: getting spark plug wires off

Using the spark plug puller from the tool requires equal parts blind faith and reckless abandon. It will work but as Sunbeemerpoints out, you need to make sure it is properly engaged.
A nice constant, strong pull is what works for me.

Charlie
by challey
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Wiring Diagrams?
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: Wiring Diagrams?

Oliver said: . . it is best to crimp any wire connections on your bike rather than soldering. What is the benefit of crimping, other than it is relatively easily reversable? Wouldn't a soldered connection should be more postive and secure, with less current loss? Just askin' the question. Charlie
by challey
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:24 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Which relay kit?
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: Which relay kit?

Thanks to all for the responses. I've ordered the standard H4 harness for installation of the relays in the headlight shell. I opted for the ceramic bulb holder, which theoretically gives me the ability to use a higher output bulb. That of course brings up another question: Will the lens be able to ...
by challey
Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Which relay kit?
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: Which relay kit?

macx said: The short ones are intended for the relays to be inside the headlight shell where there is room, like in ours. I must have taken a extra dose of stupid pills yesterday. What you point out not only makes sense, it's exactly right. I went back and checked the web site again and it turns ou...
by challey
Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Which relay kit?
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Which relay kit?

Can anyone who's used the H-4 relay kit from Eastern Beaver tell me if the standard (8" long) harness is adequate? I intend to mount the relays permanently in the headlight shell but worry that 8" may not be long enough to easiy reach back to the battery.

Charlie
by challey
Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Headlight bulbs, a topic with many opinions.
Replies: 14
Views: 1396

Re: Headlight bulbs, a topic with many opinions.

No personal experience with anything other than the stock bulb but this guy has posted about his testing and experiences with a number of bulbs: http://www.bikersoracle.com/rs/forum/showpost.php?p=1939&postcount=2 I was appalled to find out firsthand (my wiring harness is fried and I'm removing ...
by challey
Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:05 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Wire Harness Warning - Fix This Issue ASAP!
Replies: 5
Views: 673

Re: Wire Harness Warning - Fix This Issue ASAP!

jm515 wrote: I'm sure you would have noticed this but...while you have the tank off, check the left side of the bike & inside tank also. When I did my QDs, I noticed a large, bundled & folded portion of the wire harness, zipped tied almost 180° across from the location in your pic, had bee...
by challey
Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: soft bag alternative to BMW hard cases?
Replies: 8
Views: 1222

Re: soft bag alternative to BMW hard cases?

Matt said: It seems a little crazy that so few bags are water-PROOF (not resistant). I know there are rain covers included with many bags too, but that seems like a hack. My guess is that it's not economically possible to make soft saddle/tank/tail bags waterproof because of their shape and numbers...
by challey
Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Let's make a list of big $ repairs
Replies: 47
Views: 3280

Re: Let's make a list of big $ repairs

There is certainly an element of truth in what bikermeow and Vann say about the internet magnifying the problems that exist. This is almost certainly occuring and makes problems like FD and spline failures that may only be affecting relatively small numbers of bikes appear to affect a much greater n...
by challey
Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: R1150R
Topic: Let's make a list of big $ repairs
Replies: 47
Views: 3280

Re: Let's make a list of big $ repairs

Beemeridian said: 42,000 + miles. The only repair costs were ones I created. She's been stone reliable. I wonder if the model year is the key here: It would be interesting to see a breakdown (no pun intended) by type of failure and model year. Beemeridian has put a fair number of miles (42,000) on ...

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