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Any help would be appreciated. The upper and lower arms for the windshield pivot at the lower end on 2 pins that snap into a plastic piece. I need that plastic piece for the left side. Any source for used parts like this?
The places I have searched probably don't even harvest this piece. I do not need a motor, just the one piece or the whole mechanism. BMW price would kill me.
 

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I suggest you keep an "active" search with email notification on eBay to notify you every time a K1200LT windshield part is posted for sale... Lots of bikes get parted out on eBay. I have found tons of bargains for things that I have needed but could wait for, with this method.

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Thanks I will do that. I can't wait too long unless I can jury rig a temporary fix as the windshield will not move in it's current state.
 

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Any help would be appreciated. The upper and lower arms for the windshield pivot at the lower end on 2 pins that snap into a plastic piece. I need that plastic piece for the left side. Any source for used parts like this?
The places I have searched probably don't even harvest this piece. I do not need a motor, just the one piece or the whole mechanism. BMW price would kill me.
Is it missing, or broken?
If broken, there may be a chance that these parts can be fixed.
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OK. I searched and searched and decide to fix the sucker. If you have ever looked closely at the mechanism you will see the two upper arms pivot on a pin that snaps into an opening in the plastic base, one on each end of the pin. The openings were still there to locate exactly where the pin should be but part of the plastic mas missing on each side so there was no longer a snap. Nothing to hold the pin in place. I bent some sheet metal and the very carefully made two small "L" shaped brackets with holes for the pin exactly lined up with the plastic pieces. It took some work with the Dremel tool but I was able to get the metal supports in place and slide the pin through rather than snap it in place. Hard to describe but it worked great and wit a little black paint no one will ever notice.

I think you either have to like working on these babies or have lot's of money.
 

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I think you either have to like working on these babies or have lot's of money.[/QUOTE said:
I have come to the same conclusion. I purchased a 2002 in November and thinking I'll unload it as soon as I can find a buyer. Glad I kept my harley, as expensive but at least they last, you can get parts and they hold their value.
 

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OK. I searched and searched and decide to fix the sucker. If you have ever looked closely at the mechanism you will see the two upper arms pivot on a pin that snaps into an opening in the plastic base, one on each end of the pin. The openings were still there to locate exactly where the pin should be but part of the plastic mas missing on each side so there was no longer a snap. Nothing to hold the pin in place. I bent some sheet metal and the very carefully made two small "L" shaped brackets with holes for the pin exactly lined up with the plastic pieces. It took some work with the Dremel tool but I was able to get the metal supports in place and slide the pin through rather than snap it in place. Hard to describe but it worked great and wit a little black paint no one will ever notice.

I think you either have to like working on these babies or have lot's of money.
I just did something very similar using a heavy duty zip-tie. Two holes through the back on the top and bottom of the pin, then zip around the pin/spring on the side that was popping out. Fully functional, 10 minute fix.
 

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Holy crap. Why didn't I think of that? I could not own this bike without this forum. My fix should be permanent but I wish I had tried yours first.
 

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I just did something very similar using a heavy duty zip-tie. Two holes through the back on the top and bottom of the pin, then zip around the pin/spring on the side that was popping out. Fully functional, 10 minute fix.
Steve,

Any photo of the fix would be appreciated...
 

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Here you go...hope this helps.


Edit...Hmmm...these were taken vertically; not sure why they were rotated when they were imported.
Dang, if these things break like that, I might just do this to mine as a preventative strike. I haven't had to mess with or had any issue with my windshield yet but it looks like just adding that plastic tie could prevent this from causing an issue while out. Going to take a look tonight and see how easy this is to implement.
 

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Dang, if these things break like that, I might just do this to mine as a preventative strike. I haven't had to mess with or had any issue with my windshield yet but it looks like just adding that plastic tie could prevent this from causing an issue while out. Going to take a look tonight and see how easy this is to implement.
Well, to be fair, my bike fell over and the windshield actually cracked from landing on my lawnmower. I imagine there was a good amount of force on that piece of plastic.
 

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Here you go...hope this helps.


Edit...Hmmm...these were taken vertically; not sure why they were rotated when they were imported.
Steve,
Thanks for photos - I am sure these will help members here for current OR future repair ideas.

HOWEVER, I am a bit concerned about the leverage / torque that will be applied to these Zip-ties when the mechanism is working (specially while riding with wind pressure). Do you think my concerns are valid?
 

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Steve,
Thanks for photos - I am sure these will help members here for current OR future repair ideas.

HOWEVER, I am a bit concerned about the leverage / torque that will be applied to these Zip-ties when the mechanism is working (specially while riding with wind pressure). Do you think my concerns are valid?
Even without the fix, the only way I could get the joint to fail was by raising the windshield. This was the only thing that that exerted any force that actually popped the pin out of the fitting. When I push on the mechanism from the top, i.e. wind on the windshield, I don't see any force applied to that fitting at all; if anything the force would be to push it into place. Given that it was just a press-in fitting to begin with, if it was going to be an issue now, it never would have been sufficient to begin with, IMO. All that being said, there is play in between the pin and the spring. In order to make this work, I had to take up all that play with the zip-tie. Observing the spring in operation, it seems to be able to wind and unwind just fine.
 

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Well, to be fair, my bike fell over and the windshield actually cracked from landing on my lawnmower. I imagine there was a good amount of force on that piece of plastic.
OK, so now the question is what caused garage monsters to break. I have not looked closely at this particular part but if it clips in and doesn't go through a hole, a zip tie should hold it pretty well otherwise the forces would pop it out.
 

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OK, so now the question is what caused garage monsters to break. I have not looked closely at this particular part but if it clips in and doesn't go through a hole, a zip tie should hold it pretty well otherwise the forces would pop it out.
See thread: Harbor Freight Lift... PLease tell me NOT to get this..

Last post.
 

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See thread: Harbor Freight Lift... PLease tell me NOT to get this..

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Ahh, got it. So both these were damaged in the same way.

If it takes something like that to damage the clip in plastic area, I think I will wait till I have a similar incident. It has lasted 15 years already so hopefully I am good even with a harbor freight lift. :wink:
 
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