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OILHEAD HINTS!

https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/oilheadhints.htm
oilhead section of website, article O11

Copyright 2018, R. Fleischer

 

Not a lot here yet!

1.  If a R1100 (up to mid-1995 production change) has its turn signals staying on when you first turn the ignition key off, & the turn signals probably not flashing, replace turn signal relay with 61-31-2-306-101.

2.  Bushing that the throttle butterfly valve rides on will wear.  You will get a clicking sound from the butterfly valve, especially when the bike is idling.   Can usually be ignored ...until performance suffers.

3.  After the initial few years of production, later Oilheads had a better design for the throttle cable system. The throttle system can be updated to the inverted Y type.

4.  Surging was a problem on early Oilheads.  Rob Lentini, devised an adjusting method fix called 'Zero equals zero'. I think the information is available on IBMWR.org.   Some have found additional help by using Autolite 3923 sparkplugs.

5.  Transmissions had some early problems.  If your transmission has a problem, take it to a specialist, such as Tom Cutter. A proper rebuild is better than taking a chance on a new transmission from BMW.

6.  The left side cam chain tensioner is a sore point, that, not fixed, can lead to disaster!  I have an article on this Death Rattle".   To find that listing, which has a lot of information, including a video and another reference, go here:
https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/technical-articles-list.htm, and scan way down to item O8.  Tom Cutter has the parts for the left side cam chain tensioner upgrade.  Contact him, see his website, http://rubberchickenracinggarage.com.   You may also be interested in the following article: http://advwisdom.hogranch.com/Wisdom/CamChainTensionerSwap.html

7.  Check the final drive for play developing ...wiggle the back wheel to look for FD play.

8.  Avoid using over-wattage headlight lamps ...you may melt the lens, etc.

9.  Saddlebags like to fall off the bike. Devise something, even a strap.

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