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Author Topic: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.  (Read 2960 times)

Offline advCo

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #10 on: Jul 19, 2018, 22:19:43 »
Welcome aboard fellas.

Plan right now is to get it running and ride it. Iím going to get some crash bars from Evil Chop and possibly wrap the plastics in white vinyl. Probably ditch the windscreen for something a bit more aesthetically pleasing, but Iíll see how this one performs on the highway before I go swapping anything out.


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"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #11 on: Aug 17, 2018, 11:28:59 »
The kitchen is ramping down so Iíve been able to spend a little time on the bike.

There was a big nasty blob of tar smeared along the bottom of the stator cover. I assume it was just weeping some oil and a PO didnít feel like pulling the cover to replace the gasket. The cover itself is a little nicked up, so Iíll use some slightly thicker material to make a gasket and put a thin coat of Yamabond along that bottom edge to avoid any drips. I used acetone and a brass wire brush to get the crap off. What a mess.

"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #12 on: Aug 17, 2018, 11:32:19 »
I pulled off the broken clutch actuator and luckily I found the missing spline hanging out in the recess where the actuator sits inside the Clutch cover. Glad I was able to recover the piece as itís a big chunk and couldíve caused some major problems down the road.

I got the new ($85 ) actuator installed and the snap ring that holds it in place was slightly deformed. I ordered a pack of 300 assorted metric external snap rings from amazon for about $12 so Iíll swap it out for a new one before I button the cover back up.
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #13 on: Aug 17, 2018, 12:34:28 »
Vroom vroom, soon.
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #14 on: Aug 17, 2018, 18:05:45 »
I got the new ($85 ) actuator installed and the snap ring that holds it in place was slightly deformed.

https://www.canampartshouse.com/oemparts/p/can_am/420259203/rack-actuation-clutch

Sooner or later, you'll figure out that this is a DS650 engine and the parts are half as much.

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #15 on: Aug 17, 2018, 19:13:08 »
https://www.canampartshouse.com/oemparts/p/can_am/420259203/rack-actuation-clutch

Sooner or later, you'll figure out that this is a DS650 engine and the parts are half as much.


Yeah. I figured that out about 3 months ago after I had already ordered this in from BMWAG. Too late.


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"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #16 on: Aug 21, 2018, 09:26:09 »
Cut out some gaskets for the left and right side covers last night, installed new snap ring, greased and reinstalled the clutch actuator and then finally sealed the engine back up. Of course I forgot to grease the splines so I had to pull the clutch cover off again to grease them up, on the plus side I can tear down that side of the engine pretty quickly now lol.

Got the carbs back on and all the cables hooked up. Unfortunately I made a rookie mistake and overtightened the clutch release arm and cracked the casting, so Iím going to have to order a new one of those.

I double checked the valve clearances before I buttoned up the top and they read as follows:

         L      R
Ex.   .09  .14
In     .07   .11

The spec for valve clearances is 0.10mm-0.15mm for both intake and exhaust, so the left side are both a bit tight. I was thinking I would just ride it for about 300 miles, then take it down to recheck the clearances and shim if necessary and take that time to retorque the head just to see if the clearances change at all. However I know that over time the intakes are likely to loosen and the exhausts are likely to get tighter. So, the more I think about it, I will open the valve cover back up and see whatís in there for shims and swap em around it possible to get the left side back in spec and Iíll just order in whatever shims I need. The machine shop said they changed out the shims after the installed the new valves but Iím not sure what they actually did.

Iím itching to get this thing on the road but Iíve waited this long I donít really want to run it with tight valves.

« Last Edit: Aug 21, 2018, 09:28:50 by advCo »
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #17 on: Aug 21, 2018, 10:01:18 »
I have a bunch of the plastic bits in decent shape if you ever need them.  I never will.  No side covers, but mainly fairing bits.

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #18 on: Aug 21, 2018, 10:08:07 »
I have a bunch of the plastic bits in decent shape if you ever need them.  I never will.  No side covers, but mainly fairing bits.

Cool. I actually plan to keep it all in stock plastics (for now) but I'm going to vinyl wrap them in white. I think all the bits on this bike (except the side covers) are in good shape but I'll definitely take the extras if you don't need them. I was actually thinking about using them as a mold to make some one off fiberglass bits based off the original fairings but a bit more  "edgy," we will see.
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #19 on: Aug 21, 2018, 11:26:08 »
I am going to use them as a mold to make some one off carbon fiber bits based off the original fairings but a bit more  "edgy"

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