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1Back to top Go down    Exhaust Headers, should I be concerned on Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:32 pm

Vitamin K

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I was reading speedaddictedberk'd post about his RT rebuild and naked bike conversion (http://www.k100-forum.com/t7689-the-how-not-to-restore-bikes-thread )

In it he writes about the exhaust header mounting bolts basically disintegrating as he tried to remove the headers. I realized that I never looked at mine upon taking ownership of my K. (Oops)

I went and stuck my head under the bike and snapped a few picks. I can't tell if these nuts and bolts are too far gone to try to remove. I'm going to give them a light scrub with a soft copper wire brush and see if if there is any shiny metal under or if it's rusted deep.












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They look absolutely normal to me - leave them alone unless you need to remove the pipes.

Located in a pretty crappy place with everything the road can throw up at them combined with some significant thermal cycles in normal use, they will corrode to some degree.If you wire brush them up, they'll only develop a new rusty coat in a very short time.

If you do need to remove the pipes, make sure that you've got spare nuts and studs (and gaskets) available - the nuts won't be re-usable, the studs might (with a little dressing up).


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"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurancewrite-off rebuild Feb 17
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They'll probably unscrew from the head intact if you attempt to remove them, even after a good shot of quality penetrant. They're available from BMW but a length of 8mm x 1.25 pitch threaded stock can be cut into your desired lengths and then a good quality crush nut replaces the OEM copper version.

OEM shouldered Stud x 8 - 07 12 9 903 964 or 07 12 9 908 133

OEM Nut x 8 - 11 62 1 744 323

Crush gaskets x 4 - 11 62 7 662 083


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@Born Again Eccentric wrote:They look absolutely normal to me - leave them alone unless you need to remove the pipes.

Located in a pretty crappy place with everything the road can throw up at them combined with some significant thermal cycles in normal use, they will corrode to some degree.If you wire brush them up, they'll only develop a new rusty coat in a very short time.

If you do need to remove the pipes, make sure that you've got spare nuts and studs (and gaskets) available - the nuts won't be re-usable, the studs might (with a little dressing up).


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They'll probably unscrew from the head intact if you attempt to remove them, even after a good shot of quality penetrant. They're available from BMW but a length of 8mm x 1.25 pitch threaded stock can be cut into your desired lengths and then a good quality crush nut replaces the OEM copper version.

OEM shouldered Stud x 8 - 07 12 9 903 964 or 07 12 9 908 133

OEM Nut x 8 - 11 62 1 744 323

Crush gaskets x 4 - 11 62 7 662 083

Do I need to remove them?.. well....sort of. As part of establishing a maintenance foundation and cleaning out the bike (somewhat thoroughly), I am wanting to replace rusty and corroded stuff with new shiny stuff not so much for fashion but for peace of mind (as much as possible). At the beginning of October I am putting the K up on a block and taking stuff off (tank, seat, rims, forks, and electrical) for the deep clean and resemble. (that's the plan at least). So I am assessing and ordering parts as I find things I want/need to switch out.

Thanks for the part numbers. That is super helpful. I was not sure if those bolts were fused with the header or replaceable. I feel better knowing they can be replaced and I don't need to buy a new block (which I am not inclined to do).

I like this bike and the inner workings were well maintained by the previous owner. They never cleaned it though and it shows on certain sections of the bike.


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They're not bolts, they're chrushable nuts spun onto threaded studs, and those nuts tend to make themselves part of the studs due to heat and corrosion. Only remove them if you need to. If there are no leaks, why bother?


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"Crushable nuts"?! Cringe...

BTW, what is special about them besides the fact that they are made of a rare magnetic copper that BMW seems to have access to. I replaced mine with stainless nuts and lots ofg copper anti-seize.



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They're 'Phildas' nuts - the recommendation is to use them not more than five times - if they're in good condition and if you can get them off...

http://www.bolts-nuts-washers.com/philidas%20nuts.htm


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If and when you do have to remove them spray them with a 50-50 mix of acetone and ATM fluid. let them soak and repeat a few times. It will give you a better chance of actually removing without damage, but not guaranteed.
Regards Martin.

    

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All this talk of studs and nuts and screws and lube and penetrating is gunna get us an X rating.


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10Back to top Go down    Re: Exhaust Headers, should I be concerned on Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:59 pm

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I agree Dazza. All this K talk is getting me hot. Maybe it's a new classification.... K Rating - Warning. This site contains explicit innuedo and funny bits.😂


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11Back to top Go down    Re: Exhaust Headers, should I be concerned on Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:31 pm

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@Two Wheels Better wrote:They're not bolts, they're chrushable nuts spun onto threaded studs, and those nuts tend to make themselves part of the studs due to heat and corrosion. Only remove them if you need to. If there are no leaks, why bother?

Yes... this is my concern. If I unscrew the nuts, (yes, you may giggle at that phrasing), will it snap a stud off? This is what I am trying to determine.

But it looks as if those studs are replaceable. Am I understanding correctly?

I feel that Ultimately (at some point) this will need attention. Do I take a chance now and replace rusty parts (on the hope that it's not rusted that deep) or wait until it completely rots out and then I have to replace the block (which I simply can't afford to later)?


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12Back to top Go down    Re: Exhaust Headers, should I be concerned on Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:39 pm

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@Vitamin K wrote:...it looks as if those studs are replaceable. Am I understanding correctly?

I feel that Ultimately (at some point) this will need attention. Do I take a chance now and replace rusty parts (on the hope that it's not rusted that deep) or wait until it completely rots out and then I have to replace the block (which I simply can't afford to later)?
The part number for replacements studs is in my first reply. There's no reason to replace a block if a stud snaps, which it's unlikely to do. In most cases if you have enough bite on the rusty bit - that once resembled a nut - the studs will unscrew with the nut attached. You then either run a tap through the threads to clean them up or simply screw in new studs. Even in the unlikely event of a stud snapping off there's always Ez-Outs and other methods of removing broken remainders from the threaded hole.


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13Back to top Go down    Re: Exhaust Headers, should I be concerned on Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:27 pm

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Here's a timely link to the online website Visordown, and a fairly good article on potentially siezed fasteners... Visordown


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14Back to top Go down    Re: Exhaust Headers, should I be concerned on Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:40 pm

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Over the last 19 years I have removed my exhaust 5 or 6 times to weld the cracks, I am on my third exhaust, not sure if the cracks are just a K problem or my crappy welding,
The first time I removed the exhaust I purchased new copper looking rings/gasket things, when I removed the exhaust there were no rings in there, but when I put the rings in there was very little thread to put the nuts on, so I put it back together without the rings, never replaced the studs or nuts and all seems fine,
My original exhaust had a loud rattle inside, so being inquisitive I got the grinder and cut it open, did not help could not find why it rattles, so I had half a muffler a welder and a cheap alibaba muffler and made this, I like the sound not loud at all but you can hear it now


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15Back to top Go down    Re: Exhaust Headers, should I be concerned on Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:54 pm

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@Two Wheels Better wrote:The part number for replacements studs is in my first reply. There's no reason to replace a block if a stud snaps, which it's unlikely to do. In most cases if you have enough bite on the rusty bit - that once resembled a nut - the studs will unscrew with the nut attached. You then either run a tap through the threads to clean them up or simply screw in new studs. Even in the unlikely event f a stud snapping off there's always Ez-Outs and other methods of removing broken remainders from the threaded hole.

Thank you Two Wheels... and thank you everyone who shared their thighsand experience with this. (oops, typo, I meant "thoughts, not "thighs"...need to keep this a family friendly forum).

I now understand how the head is put together down there and I am not going to freak out about those nuts. (er.... um.... that sounds suggestive too... sigh)



(Stay on topic... stay on topic... )


Getting in to this K is a bit unnerving at times as I learn how the machine is constructed and what its design quirks are.

I am starting to rely heavily on the members of this community to bring me back down to K equilibrium when I start to panic that I'm in over my head.



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1985 K100RT (slowing morphing into... "something")

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16Back to top Go down    Re: Exhaust Headers, should I be concerned on Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:25 pm

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Gary apparently the cops in the US had a problem with header cracks and it was solved by changing the resonance in the pipes. What they did was fit a large jubilee clip around the four pipes. The fix is documented somewhere try the Motobrick site.
Regards Martin.

    

17Back to top Go down    Re: Exhaust Headers, should I be concerned on Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:32 pm

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