First Fork Oil Change completed!
Just completed the Fork oil change on my 2017 R12R using Panzermann’s tutorial and notes and the illustrated Step by step Service Manual from raesgar28
Hi there! I've finally managed to make my own step-by-step service manual, so i would like to share with you the pdf. I would be very pleased to know any fault or something to add/remove from it. By the way, the manual is in Spanish, but i think it can be very usefull anyway...
As the bike is about to reach 30,000 kms, I completed the 30k inspection including an oil change with BMW Advantec and Filter and took the valve covers off to check the valve clearance ( done at 20k inspection) and inspect the camshaft surfaces.
Also purchased the “Gold Standard” BMW Fork oil for an astonishingly low $CDN 24.34 from my local BMW dealership.
Spring compressor (Home built)
Purchased a 3 inch PVC pipe coupling and 2 6 inch X 9/16 lag bolts and some nuts and washers from Home Depot
A $5 ratchet strap to hold the compressed spring in place under tension made the job easier and basically eliminated the need for the slotted washer.
Fork Oil Level
The Motion Pro Fork oil level gauge I purchased a few years ago to do my F800r re-spring came in handy for setting the oil levels
The actual work after the bike was taken apart took about 4 hours with the help of my son where a second pair of hands help like the fork removal from the bike and compressing the springs.
Overall, apart from compressing the spring, the servicing is pretty straightforward with basic tools.
A friend suggested adding masking take to the wrench jaws to remove the fork cap nuts and that made a big difference in protecting them from marks.
Ended up having to use a piece of wire coat hanger instead of the suggested rubber hose as I discovered that hose was too loose fitting over the damper rod.
With the front end apart, took the opportunity to give the front calipers a good cleaning removing the brake pads and cleaning the disk with brake cleaner.
Will bleed the brakes in the spring before the season starts.
Have taken the bike for a short test ride but could not determine a significant change but it was only a short ride before putting it away for the Canadian winter.