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R1150RT - removing panels

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oze

Hi - new here. I bought an ex cop BMW R1150RT-P which the previous owner converted back to 2 seats. There are some scratched and worn panels. I have a friend who owns a BMW approved workshop and he said he would be happy to re-spray at cost if I removed the panels.

 

My question is ... how hard is it to remove the panels. What obstacles might I face? Can I do it in my garage? Do I need any special tools?

 

I looked in the manual and it seems as though it is just a matter of unscrewing bolts but I am always suspicious when something looks so simple.

 

Welcome any advice.

 

PS enjoying riding the bike very much.

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Jeepster

Hi welcome to the board. :wave:

Regarding removal of the "tupperware" on the 1150RT. On a scale of 1-10 1 being putting air in your tires and 10 being a engine rebuild.

I'd rate the tupperware removal at about 2 to 2.5. No special tools needed but a manual may help alot. Just take your time the first time doing it.

The pan-head hex screws do like to crossthread if your not careful. :dopeslap:

Good luck. What color are you thinking about?

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oze

Hey thanks Neil. In terms of handyman-ness let me just explain that I am the son of a builder with 2 older brothers who are builders and they sent me to university to avoid embarrassment in the family business. Think Derek Zoolander and his family of miners. So maybe just maybe even I can do this.

 

Colour? Yeah I saw a pic on this site where the mudguard was blue as so was the pan and the bit around your legs. Contrasted nicely to the rest being white.

 

If all that is too hard my mate might have spare BMW silver he can charge to some X5 driver :-) I like the bairritz blue too which I see you have.

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Jeepster

Well no matter what others may think thr biarritz blue is the fastest BMW color. :thumbsup:

But I'm not sure if it helps on a repaint, but it sure is a nice color regardless.

Enjoy your bike and any other questions stop in and ask. This is a great community here. With lots of well informed and generous people.

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r77toy

Does it still have the cop crashbars? they complicate matters.

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oze

Hi r77toy - no the previous owner took the crash bars off because he thought QUOTE "they looked ridiculous" UNQUOTE

 

The complication I am left with is a hole on each side and the butt of a bar poking out. I wonder if its possible to put lights there? Or is there an aftermarket "buttplug" to put in there?

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Selden
The complication I am left with is a hole on each side and the butt of a bar poking out. I wonder if its possible to put lights there? Or is there an aftermarket "buttplug" to put in there?

Using the stubs as mounting points for lights sounds like a good idea (although the lights are likely to get trashed in a tipover). Regarding removing the panels, it's a skill you need to acquire if you plan to do your own maintenance.

 

A dealer parts guy gave me a good tip when I came in to buy some replacement screws: Cut two pieces of cardboard, label L and R, and as you remove the screws from the bodywork, punch them in the cardboard in in a pattern that matches the locations they came from. This makes it difficult to lose/misplace a screw, and you are guaranteed that the same screw goes back in the same location (the aren't all the same length).

 

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knight88

it's ridiculiously simple, even with the crash bars in place I can remove both sides and the crash bars in less than 15min. just remember where the screws go they are different lenghts and don't forget the one behind the mirror!

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oze

seiden and kinght88 - excellent posts - thanks. Sunday morning here and sun shining after 5 days of rain. The bike will come out for a ride today.

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Selden

You are welcome. It's still raining here (started pouring again one minute ago). :mad: I should be thankful that this spring has ended a 3-year drought, but I'm getting tired of gray skies, and cutting grass which seems to be growing nearly as fast as bamboo. I think we're going to have a bumper crop of mosquitoes in Georgia this year.

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Juddy

Hi there Oze,

 

I not long ago bought an R1150RT-P (Ex VicPol Escort Bike), and recently had it resprayed. I went for the HSV Voodoo Blue (just a bit lighter than the Biarritz Blue).

 

Most of the screw heads for the panels were stripped, so I bought a set off eBay and I bought some new nylon washers for the screws as well as they were all missing on the bike (I had to buy a bag of 1000 of them, let me know if need any).

 

I made sure I bagged and tagged the screws and fittings for each panel which made putting the bike back together a breeze.

 

Regards,

Juddy

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oze

Juddy - thanks more very useful information. The feedback here has given me the confidence to do this. Moving house end June so will be a July project.

 

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redbeemer

I am struggling with replacing the battery. I must have missed a screw somewhere.I suppose I will get it eventually...so frustrating!

 

 

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kioolt

Where does it seem to be still fastened?  Did you get the screw in the nose piece near the air inlet for the radiator?  Did you get the one behind the mirror?  After all of the screws are removed you have to lift up on the panel to release it from the tank "lip".  

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szurszewski
1 hour ago, redbeemer said:

I am struggling with replacing the battery. I must have missed a screw somewhere.I suppose I will get it eventually...so frustrating!

 

 

In addition to the above, Did you get the ones up above the cylinder/near the headers? Hard to see those unless you’re on the ground looking up...

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kioolt

Only the left side needs to be removed to replace the battery.  After you get the panel off you will need to remove the two screws in the air box cover and one bolt holding the air intake snorkel on.  The battery will then slide out to the left.

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Dave P

 Oze- panel removel piece o cake. Done it so many times I can almost do it with my eyes closed. I did a repaint right after I bought my 1100RT, I'd respray your cop bike all black. Since you don't have to worry about rust, I'd glue a backer under those holes, patch them, fill them and paint. Base coat clear coat is my choice. RTs look great in black.

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redbeemer
On 6/30/2020 at 2:29 PM, redbeemer said:

I am struggling with replacing the battery. I must have missed a screw somewhere.I suppose I will get it eventually...so frustrating!

 

 

I thought I got them all.when it cools down a bit I will get another try.

 

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