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Just had my 36K service done

All is well. Valves are still well within spec and the final drive looks good. They changed out the airbox as well. I'm not too sure about that new airbox just yet. It has definitely smoothed out the low speed controlability, but it just doesn't seem to have the same pop to it when I hit the throttle at 70 to pass people.


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Re: Just had my 36K service done

Why change out the airbox? Isn't it just a huge plastic box that holds the air cleaner?

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Re: Just had my 36K service done

They are a bit more than just a plastic box. Thsy are actually tuned to flow air in a particular way into the injectors. There were problems with the early ones causing some serious wonkiness with throttle response so BMW redesigned it and is replacing them under a service bulletin.

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Re: Just had my 36K service done

Not exactly. It's chock full of sensors and a pesky cable that sticks causing high idle and a somewhat snatchy throttle at low speeds. I decided to go ahead and do it whilst still under warranty just in case that high idle thiing occurred after my warranty expired. And the way my luck runs, that's what would have happened.


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..Valves are still well within spec...
I'm sure they've been checked before, but have your valves ever been adjusted in 36,000 miles?

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I'm sure they've been checked before, but have your valves ever been adjusted in 36,000 miles?

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I'm sure they've been checked before, but have your valves ever been adjusted in 36,000 miles?
Mine have never needed an adjustment in 70K miles. Too bad, as I was kinda looking forward to the whole experience.

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They are a bit more than just a plastic box. Thsy are actually tuned to flow air in a particular way into the injectors. There were problems with the early ones causing some serious wonkiness with throttle response so BMW redesigned it and is replacing them under a service bulletin.
I knew it was more than a simple box... Was wondering how one could "wear out" and need to be replaced. I can see a design flaw causing it to be bad.

What years are being replaced, and must the bike be under warranty?

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Re: Just had my 36K service done

It's not that they're wearing out, it's more of a slight design flaw I think. From what I'm reading, the GT is more susceptible to high idle and snatchy throttle because of all the plastic they wear. The problem is there on the S and R bikes, but not as prononuced because less plastic means more air flow, so the engine heat buildup must be causing parts to expand - some faster than others. There are several posts on this:

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showth...ghlight=fettle
http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showth...ghlight=fettle
http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showth...ghlight=fettle

Does it need to be replaced under warranty? I would think so.

Not all bikes are experiencing the problem. Mine was just a stumble when running in the heat. I especially noticed it in stop and go driving in 100+ weather. I just mentioned it to the service guy and he suggested the airbox. I never did see a high idle, but with my luck the minute the warranty expired I would've had the issue and would've had to pay for it.


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