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post #1 of 8 Old Oct 2nd, 2005, 5:32 am Thread Starter
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Hi All,
Just in the process of servicing my 99 K12LT (50,000k's).
Have just finished removing all the upper and lower panels, and removed the fuel tank to get to the air filter. Used the Tupperware removal info from this site. Very handy .... thankyou!

Surprisingly - it took me just 2 hours to get everything off using nothing more than the tools in the BMW tool kit. Given there wasn't any information specific to getting as far into the bike as removing the air filter. I'll take photos and notes, during the reassembly proceedure, and put them up on this site, so that it will be there for others to use as a guide later on.

One point has me stuffed. I was given an inline fuel filter, but I can't see where the heck it goes? I'm thinking maybe inside the tank? but don't want to disturb any of the seals there unless absolutely required.

Can someone tell me where the fuel filter is located please?

Also, I did the HID conversion to my low beam recently. WOW what a difference. However I find my High beam is still inadequate. Can anyone tell me if the high beam conversion to HID is as effective as the low beam conversion is?

I'm wondering if I should go with the HID hi beam conversion, or just look to installing a good set of additional driving lights. Looking at the tiny reflector in the head light for hi beam has me wondering whether additional lights are the better way to go?

Any comments and advice will be appreciated

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post #2 of 8 Old Oct 2nd, 2005, 6:45 am
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Fuel filter

Yep, the fuel filter is located inside the gas tank. It's a pretty screwey setup. Some users have rigged an outside filter so they don't have to remove the entire tank to change the filter.

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HID High Beams

Barry,

I have HID low and high beams on Rover, plus a set of MotoLights for conspicuity. I didn't purchase them as they came on the bike when I purchased the bike from a member of this board. All I can say is the HID high beam burns a narrow hole a long way down the road out front when it is lit. I have seen other LTs with HID highs and with any of the other auxillary. You can't go wrong either way.

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Fuel Filter and HIDs

A couple of notes on the fuel filter arrangement (since you don't have the service manual) are:
1. You can easily remove the large round access lid with a common strap wrench.
2. There are arrows on the lid and tank - Make sure they match up on re-assembly
3. Consider replacing the BMW crimp hose clamps with screw type clamps.
The crimp clamps have occasionally NOT been tightened correctly and blown off the gas line. Obiviously not fun. Don't ask me how I know!

Regarding HIDs, I have the hid-online,com low beam conversion. Yes, its great and the high beam looks like a yellow candle. I have mounted PIAA 1100Xs in the cowls for close in cornering help. The high beam conversion to HID works well. Some don't favor it as you can't *Flash* it effectively and it can not be used with a *Headlight flashing modulator* popular here for urban combat.

The attached file shows a good alternative. They are MicroDE, very small, powerful HIDs that can be mounted in th cowl or elsewhere. Very popular with the LD riders.

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Smile Thanks for the help

I sort of figured anyone who'd put a spin of oil filter inside the sump, would probably be able to reconcile the logic to putting the in line fuel filter inside the fuel tank.

I need to use the bike later this week, so the air filter has been changed along with plugs, oil and filter etc, and the fuel tank and seat frame are all back together now, so the fuel filter will have to wait till next time.

Thanks plenty for the tips on the HID hi beam. Given we have so many kangeroos beside our roads of an evening, I really think I'll be better going for additional driving lights that give me extra light range out front, as well as width extra light spread to the sides. A long narrow beam of light won't be really what I need.

You have confirmed me initial thoughts.
Many thanks for the fast feedback.

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I sort of figured anyone who'd put a spin of oil filter inside the sump, would probably be able to reconcile the logic to putting the in line fuel filter inside the fuel tank.
The fuel pump runs at about 50psi. If the fuel filter splits open or the hose slips off the filter (both of which have happened on rare occassion), what parts of the bike and/or your body would you like to have a 50 psi jet of gasoline spraying?

That's one of the primary reasons for the in-tank filter.

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Yes inside the tank, pic included if I did this right.
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Thanks for the feedback re the fuel filter position. I guess if the fuels under 50psi pressure its better to contain the filter inside the tank.

Thanks again for the quick feedback to my questions. My LT is all back together again now, and I have a 1000 kilometre trip to do on it this Friday night to far north QLD.

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