Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
The dealers are all full of Parrots! They look at the ETK/fisch, and see the date reference, but have no idea what was changed so assume you "cannot use it".
Yes, there was a change, to 5th gear ratio! That was announced by BMW as something to make the bike more "sporty" in 5th gear. Nothing that will prevent one from being used in a prior bike.
Look at the complete transmission parts breakdown in the ETK, Realoem, MaxBMW, or whatever, and you see that the only parts differences in the transmission assembly are to the intermediate shaft and one sliding gear, consistent with the announced 5th gear ratio, nothing else is different. All the other part numbers for the entire tranny are the same. housings and all. The later tranny should bolt in with no issue whatsoever, but you will see a little higher engine RPM in 5th gear, which to me is a GOOD thing.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.