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post #1 of 8 Old Apr 14th, 2009, 8:20 pm Thread Starter
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fuel leak/recall

2001 K1200LT smells of fuel when starting up sometimes and last fall before I stored it some gas was dripping below the fairing. I was told by somoen on here that it is the fuel fittings and O rings, and that there was a recall on them that my dealer would fix no charge. I went to my dealer and he checked my bikes serial # through the BMW computer and I was told that there are no recalls on my bike. Should I fix it myself? I am pretty good at working on bikes, but never worked on a tour bike before. does anyone have the instructions for doing it, including removing the tupperware?
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post #2 of 8 Old Apr 14th, 2009, 8:59 pm
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Three weeks ago I went for a ride. While walking around at destination I smelled a fuel odor. I thought that was strange. Got back on my scoot and rode home. Got off and smelled the same odor. Ah Ha, I thought - it must be me!!!!! Looked at my boots and my right one was darker than the left. Took them off and WHOA - my right boot smelled of fuel. Took off the right tip over wing, started up the bike, and fuel was squirting out of the Quick Disconnect in the brake line. Read the forum and found out its not necessarily a unique situation as the QD is plastic and my bike is an 03. Went to the dealer to buy one ($33.50 plus clamps) and he said this was very rare. Went to get the replacement and returned and said he must have sold his last one yesterday. Very rare???? Went to Lowes plumbing and bought a 5/16 brass hose to hose connector and 2 clamps for $2.68. Guess I'll need to crimp the line with a vice grip next time I take off the tank.
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post #3 of 8 Old Jul 7th, 2009, 5:51 am
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I have the K1200LT Repair Manual. You can get it at this address:

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post #4 of 8 Old Jul 7th, 2009, 6:55 am
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Check this for the Tupperware party information......................
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post #5 of 8 Old Jul 7th, 2009, 10:19 am
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www.beemerboneyard.com has metal replacements
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post #6 of 8 Old Jul 7th, 2009, 11:30 am
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Re: fuel leak/recall

This is a common problem on the LT (sadly something so simple - BMW should have fixed this long ago) The cheap QD's leak and need to be replaced.

Forget about buying QD's from BMW or the internet (unless u have tons of time and tons of money ) Just go to your favorite home improvement store and buy the copper connectors from the plumbing section. you'll need some clamps also. Shouldn't cost more than $5. I believe they need to be 1/4 inch.

Getting the old QD's off is a real pain, so you can break them and leave the male portion of the QD in the fuel line (push it in a little to make room for the new connector).
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post #7 of 8 Old Jul 7th, 2009, 11:43 am
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There is really nothing wrong with the QDs. They work very well if you pull them straight apart, the problem is the space and hose shape almost guarantees you will stress them sideways during the disconnect. This in time causes a fracture at the thinnest point where the latch seats. Best to go to the metal units and replace the o-rings every other disconnect and lube them on every disconnect.

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post #8 of 8 Old Jul 7th, 2009, 2:32 pm
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I had a 450$ tow due to this problem, wasn't happy to say the least...at about 40k miles when the QD's bit the dust.

they will break, replace em with the metal ones during a service before you get the tow bill (not to mention ruined boots/pants, never did get the smell out) by or before 40k, if you ride a lot, well worth it.
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