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post #1 of 14 Old Dec 11th, 2007, 10:10 am Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Great Idea from another list

I just saw this on the BMW sport touring list and thought I would share it here. Going to make it a regular part of any tear down I do from now on.

Take a picture of your bike from the side. Print it in 8.5 x 11 size, borderless, on your printer. Don't worry if it gets fuzzy.

Glue the print to a chunk of shirt cardboard.

Now, as you remove each of the screws, push it through the cardboard/picture in the location it came out of. Presto, a map for putting them back.

I do the same thing for things like clutch and alternator covers on my Japanese motorcycles. There, I just trace the gasket on a piece of cardboard. Sure makes life easy.

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post #2 of 14 Old Dec 11th, 2007, 10:17 am
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Great idea especially for those pesky fairing screws the first couple of times around - now if only someone could come up with a way to avoid stripping those little buggers!


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post #3 of 14 Old Dec 11th, 2007, 11:39 am
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When I first started working on the LT, I printed out a pic of the side panel from the service manual and taped that to a soda case box (or beer, if you prefer ). Then all the screws got stuck in the pic where they came from on the bike.

After a few tear downs, I gave up on the cardboard and just threw all the screws into a plastic cup. During reassembly, I do this:

Short screws - one panel into a metal clip or threaded hole

Medium screws - two panels into a metal clip or threaded hole

Long screws - into rubber well nuts

Note the factory also uses some allen head screws in certain areas (tip over wings, lower fairing panel), but most of us have swapped those to Torx long ago. The only real concern is under the oddments box lid, where you need smaller heads like on the allen screws (or just trim down a couple of Torx screws).

Once you've done it a few times, it starts to make much more sense.

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When I first started working on the LT, I printed out a pic of the side panel from the service manual and taped that to a soda case box (or beer, if you prefer ). Then all the screws got stuck in the pic where they came from on the bike /..../
Once you've done it a few times, it starts to make much more sense.
The problem with the LT is that you need to print a billboard-size picture to get all these screws in! What is it, some 20 fasteners per side or so?


Seriously, you are right, there is a system on putting them in. Still, I do segregate at least by sections where the screws/bolts were: fairing separate from tank, etc.

Bottom line, the original poster is right: it pays to be organized and to sort and label removed parts/fasteners. It pays for itself in a hurry, especially if the project took a long time and the memory is getting dim... DAHIK...


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I put them in one of those magnetic bowls. That way when you accidentally kick it across the gearage.... they all go flying.



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I do this with laptops, LAN gear and whatever. But I skip the picture part. Just put the screws through the paper in a 'relative' position to the other ones.

Same net effect, I guess. Just don't look like 'dot to dot' to anyone come'n by to see what's up .

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post #9 of 14 Old Dec 11th, 2007, 5:08 pm
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I like the picture idea.

I too have used muffin tims and found them very useful.

During teardown, I like to use a digital camera to take pictures of things like gear lineups, electrical routing, etc. where reassembly can be a pain. You can even use little plastic arrows in the picture to point out things you don't want to forget.

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post #10 of 14 Old Dec 11th, 2007, 6:22 pm
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extra screws and parts

I think BMW somehow is able to include extra parts and different screws that are all over the bike, but not really doing anything important. I know that's the truth because at the end of any project, I have several left over! I just keep them all in a little bag on the bike for whenever I need an extra whatever. Nothing has fallen off , too far, yet....

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Pretty good idea, I do something similar without all the pictures just push em through relative to where they belong.

When I remove the tupperware on the LT I just print out one of these.
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Like I said, short screws for one panel, medium screws for two panels, and long screws for rubber well nuts.

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Like Ken said:
"short screws for one panel, medium screws for two panels, and long screws for rubber well nuts."

I follow this as best I can, but sometimes find that I have swapped a long for a medium, or a medium for a short, or even visa-versa, and guess what? It all stays together just fine till the next time I strip her! After you've removed the tupperware as much as most of us have it just becomes almost second nature.

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