how critical is the 36,000 mile service? I'm thinking of having a local bike shop perform this service work instead of hauling my bike all the way to grand rapids. they tell me they have worked on bmws.
I just did my valve check last weekend and they were all in spec. I have 30K miles on it right now. Is there an indication (riding experience or a sound) that might notify us an incorrect spec about the values? Its an expensive (timewise) check to do the measurements only to find that everything is perfect (which happens most of the time).
I also upgraded my plugs to NGK iridium (no adjustments) and love the ride. The K whine at 5K rpm is also less. The engine is a lot more smoother.
For the 36K server, change the fluids (engine, trasmission, final drive), upgrade the plugs, valve check, filters (air, oil, fuel). You may even do these yourself. First time it takes 2-4 days. Second time the entire service might take close to a day.
If you had a proper 24K done then your fuel filter is OK and unless you have been in dusty areas air should be OK as well. Same on the valve check unless some were at the edge but they don't move very fast. Other than that a good oil change and trans and rear should do it. Plugs wouldn't hurt.
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