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Battery cover/tupperware on the wethead

I noticed on my wethead that the foremost torx screw on the piece of tupperware that covers the battery isn't snug. The screw goes all the way into the clip, but it doesn't pull the panel snug - there's a bit of space left so the panel wiggles.. It's almost as if there's a nylon spacer missing or something like that. Anyone else, or am I just lucky?

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Maybe a long shouldered screw where a short shouldered one should be?

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Maybe a long shouldered screw where a short shouldered one should be?
You know, that could be it. Looking at the parts fiche, I see the upper screw and lower screw are different. There's a chance I just reversed them when I put the panel back on - I'll have to check that tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!

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Re: Battery cover/tupperware on the wethead

Tom, I am sure that is the problem. I just use the logic that long shoulder screws goes in to hold multiple panels, and the short shoulder ones are used to hold single panel.


BTW, there is a little "trick" on one of the panel that is not mentioned anywhere in any of the official documents. It has to do with the big gray right-hand side panel. This one panel is held be two torx screws and a plastic pin (part of the panel) that goes into a rubber grommet on the frame. Chances are that when you put this panel back, and tightened the 2 screws, you will find that the pin had slipped easily out of the rubber grommet and leave the panel a little loose and flopping, held on by just the 2 screws. Here's the trick. In putting that panel back, I usually position the panel in place and insert the pin into the grommet first. Then I pull the panel back gently to see if the pin will slip out of the grommet without resistance. If that happens, then I would rotate the grommet some amount, and try again. When properly positioned, the rubber grommet should grip the plastic pin, not very hard, but enough to keep it secured. You can see the reason why you need to position the grommet to the pin properly, when you look at the two parts. The pin have a couple of small ridges on it's side, and the rubber grommet have 2 slits through its side. The rubber grommet is quite loose in its metal bracket, and will turn quite easily, whether you want it to or not. So, if the ridges on the pin lines up with the slits in the grommet, there will be no holding at all!

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Re: Battery cover/tupperware on the wethead

When the dealership has worked on my bike they often put the wrong screws in the wrong locations resulting in loose panels.

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Re: Battery cover/tupperware on the wethead

You guys were right - I swapped out the screws. Silly me, thinking that all the tupperware screws were the same, like on my 2012. Of course, I should've known better that Motorrad wouldn't keep things simple on the wethead! Shouldered screws, rubber pins/grommets, tabs, velcro.....

That all said, right as rain now - thanks again, everyone!
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I had occasion to remove the body panels on a friend's new R1250RT and was surprised that most of the various size and configuration screws I deal with on my '18 RT have been replaced with binding head screws of uniform length. Go figure.
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Does anyone know on the wethead the largest size Yuasa battery?
Something like Battery Yuasa GYZ16H (Better) or YTX14H-BS (Standard)
YTX20CH-BS (Higher Size) ?
It seems like the bike could use more cranking amps. It seems to work great
in neutral but not so good if it is in gear.

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I had occasion to remove the body panels on a friend's new R1250RT and was surprised that most of the various size and configuration screws I deal with on my '18 RT have been replaced with binding head screws of uniform length. Go figure.
Well that is strange. If you look at the parts fiche for a K52 1250RT the bolts are still all different length shoulders just as they were on the K52 1200RT.

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/sho...diagId=46_1625


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Does anyone know on the wethead the largest size Yuasa battery?
Something like Battery Yuasa GYZ16H (Better) or YTX14H-BS (Standard)
YTX20CH-BS (Higher Size) ?
It seems like the bike could use more cranking amps. It seems to work great
in neutral but not so good if it is in gear.

here you go... Just put a GYZ16H in my '16RT. 16H is the highest amp battery for the bike. 14H was the stock battery.
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I noticed on my wethead that the foremost torx screw on the piece of tupperware that covers the battery isn't snug. The screw goes all the way into the clip, but it doesn't pull the panel snug - there's a bit of space left so the panel wiggles.. It's almost as if there's a nylon spacer missing or something like that. Anyone else, or am I just lucky?

How come you are playing with tupperware and not at the rally??

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You guys were right - I swapped out the screws. Silly me, thinking that all the tupperware screws were the same, like on my 2012. Of course, I should've known better that Motorrad wouldn't keep things simple on the wethead! Shouldered screws, rubber pins/grommets, tabs, velcro.....

That all said, right as rain now - thanks again, everyone!
And don't forget the stupid plastic washers that they want to charge an arm and a leg for....

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Re: Battery cover/tupperware on the wethead

Try this for plastic washers: https://www.mcmaster.com/plastic-washers


Select washers, then M5 for the screw size, and you will have multitude of selections. Quite frankly, when I lose one, I just don't bother to replace it!
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Quite frankly, when I lose one, I just don't bother to replace it!
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