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k1200lt windshield retractor arms

Hello, just joined this community as I have recently purchased a 2002 K1200LT and have a question already. The windshield retractor arm pin and spring have popped out of the arm itself and I want to replace them. I have the windshield removed and am trying to remove the plastic panel directly behind the windshield which will provide access to the arm, but it appears to be stuck. I have removed all the screws that I can see and the panel is loose, but something is holding it in the centre section, very close to the dome light. Has anyone had experience with this item that could share some knowledge as to what to do next. It looks as if just some additional force may be the answer, but unsure at this point and don't want to break it and make this a worse situation
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Hello, just joined this community as I have recently purchased a 2002 K1200LT and have a question already. The windshield retractor arm pin and spring have popped out of the arm itself and I want to replace them. I have the windshield removed and am trying to remove the plastic panel directly behind the windshield which will provide access to the arm, but it appears to be stuck. I have removed all the screws that I can see and the panel is loose, but something is holding it in the centre section, very close to the dome light. Has anyone had experience with this item that could share some knowledge as to what to do next. It looks as if just some additional force may be the answer, but unsure at this point and don't want to break it and make this a worse situation
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There is a screw behind the "dome" light. You need to carefully insert a screwdriver in the notch at the left side of the light and pry it out. The screw is hard to see, a flashlight helps.

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The screw behind the dash light should do it, If not, you missed the two screws in the slots that the arms come through. Once you get the cover off be prepared to repair it yourself. The arms are not a part you can order, You must buy the whole assy with the motor and all. And that is very expensive.

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The screw behind the dash light should do it, If not, you missed the two screws in the slots that the arms come through. Once you get the cover off be prepared to repair it yourself. The arms are not a part you can order, You must buy the whole assy with the motor and all. And that is very expensive.
Here's some repair info I received after I made what I thought was a fairly clean fix: http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33784

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Re: k1200lt windshield retractor arms

Thanks for the insight, job done! The pivot pin anchoring the spring and the retractor arms is now in proper place in the plastic housing working as intended.
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I just broke the bracket behind the dome light getting to the windshield bracket. I can fix it but their needs to be more info on the best way to access the parts of the BMW LT. I want the simpliest and most direct route to service the bike. That windhshield assembly is way to fragile for my engineering taste.
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Re: k1200lt windshield retractor arms

While that windshield assembly seems might fragile, the breakaway capability of it will keep you from getting seriously hurt by a more rigid set up. But I have to agree that should be several replaceable pieces instead of one very expensive part.

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There is a screw behind the "dome" light. You need to carefully insert a screwdriver in the notch at the left side of the light and pry it out. The screw is hard to see, a flashlight helps.

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Hi everyone,
I guess I'm not the only one that's having problems with my windshield. I was wondering if I could get some 'guiding light' (input) to the problem I'm having with mine. Here goes nothing:

I'm having problems in getting the windscreen to raise up all the way. There is no binding (as far as I can tell) and I've also lubed the pivot arms to give it some freedom to 'slide back and forth.' I've been told that it may be the motor that has a dead spot in it at that specific place. I'm just wondering if it may be something else that could be binding? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Hi everyone,
I guess I'm not the only one that's having problems with my windshield. I was wondering if I could get some 'guiding light' (input) to the problem I'm having with mine. Here goes nothing:

I'm having problems in getting the windscreen to raise up all the way. There is no binding (as far as I can tell) and I've also lubed the pivot arms to give it some freedom to 'slide back and forth.' I've been told that it may be the motor that has a dead spot in it at that specific place. I'm just wondering if it may be something else that could be binding? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks for your help,
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Is it while riding on the freeway (I'm now a true Californian - I say freeway. It was expressway where I grew up, Massachussetts)? If so, it's normal. Some bikes have no trouble with freeway speeds (like mine) but some do.

If I remember correctly (from reading posts) there's nothing you can do about it short of replacing the motor. You may have to live with slowing down to the speed it goes all the way up and then speeding back up again. Or you can buy a newer one (2005 and up) on fleabay, they're now going for a reasonable amount.

My $0.02. YMMV.

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Re: k1200lt windshield retractor arms

Thanks for the quick reply. I was even testing it out with the machine standing still. Goes up most of the way and then just sits there. I know I was using it 2 weeks back on my vacation and it worked fine. I guess when she goes...she goes.
Yup...I suppose I'll check what Fleabay has to offer.
Thanks again for your help,
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Re: k1200lt windshield retractor arms

If you need a new motor, I have one . I already cannibalized the arms, but the motor is virtually new.
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Re: k1200lt windshield retractor arms

Motors are very available, because they rarely fail
most of the problems with raising and lowering the windshields can be solved with just a little lubrication,
really it's just that simple!

so before you start replacing parts,
if your windshields moves a little,..... lube it (some more)
if it doesn't move one direction or another check both relays,
if it doesn't move at all, then check the motor.


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Hi Everyone,
Thanks for all the input! Greatly appreciate it. Have lubed the pivot arms before but the only issue is that it goes up 3/4 of the way and stops. Tried to repeat this several times to see if I could 'jarr' it any further...but I believe there may be a dead spot in the motor. Yup, motors don't fail too often, but if anyone has more suggestions, it'll be great. If it is the motor, any great steps I need to know before I dig this thing out? Can it be done without removing all that tupperware? I can see a clear shot of it around the headlight, but if things will start falling out of it when I remove the motor, then I will have to take the plunge and of course do it the long way.
Once again, thanks for everyones help!

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the only issue is that it goes up 3/4 of the way and stops
That tells me the problem is not the motor,
by the time the windshield gets 3/4 up the motor has made many revolutions,
I'm going to guess that one of the pivots is broken at the bracket,
you'll need to remove the windshield and the cover behind it,
six screws plus one behind the map light and you've got access.


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Thanks for the guided support. I will check that out tomorrow.
Take care everyone!

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Re: k1200lt windshield retractor arms

Hi, Recently had to repair the windshield bracket for my 2000 LT, I downloaded a repair manual for free from http://pdftown.com/BMW-K1200LT-Service-Manual.html it told me about the screw that hides behind the light fixture. I cannot say that the manual is an "idiots guide" but it is a great resource, and I have been able to do a few other maintenance jobs on the bike easily because of it.
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