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    12000 mile Service

    I'm new to BMW and my 2017 RT will be needing the 12,000 mile service in about 4,000 miles. I need to know where to buy the feeler gauges, sparkplugs and whatever else I will need to do the service. I'm planning on using a K&N air filter.I've been riding Goldwings for the last 40 years so this is all new to me. So far I'm not impressed with the tire mileage and its 100 miles to the nearest dealer and I have no plans to change my own. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobw View Post
    I'm new to BMW and my 2017 RT will be needing the 12,000 mile service in about 4,000 miles. I need to know where to buy the feeler gauges, sparkplugs and whatever else I will need to do the service. I'm planning on using a K&N air filter.I've been riding Goldwings for the last 40 years so this is all new to me. So far I'm not impressed with the tire mileage and its 100 miles to the nearest dealer and I have no plans to change my own. Any help would be appreciated.
    Bob
    I'm not sure about the 12K service. Get a repair/service CD if/as-soon-as available.

    As for tires at the dealership 100 miles away. Make an appointment and go for a nice 100 mile ride. That is what motorcycles are for. Better yet, make it a 150 mile ride, taking the back roads.
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    Stick with the OEM air and oil filters. There is no benefit to using a K&N anything. If cost is motivating you to buy K&N, then consider that youíll be saving only a few one thousandths of a percent of the value of the bike. I believe K&N is a scam.
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    I stuck with the OEM air filter on my Oilhead GSA and was grateful for the excellent filtration during my trip to Prudhoe and other dusty destinations. Since you're doing the service yourself, I'd stick with the OEM filter until at least after the warranty is up... K&N filters do let more air through but also more dust....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobw View Post
    I'm new to BMW and my 2017 RT will be needing the 12,000 mile service in about 4,000 miles. I need to know where to buy the feeler gauges, sparkplugs and whatever else I will need to do the service. I'm planning on using a K&N air filter.I've been riding Goldwings for the last 40 years so this is all new to me. So far I'm not impressed with the tire mileage and its 100 miles to the nearest dealer and I have no plans to change my own. Any help would be appreciated.
    Bob
    I suspect Beemer Boneyard will have all you need for the 12K service.
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    i just did my 12k service. and I got everything from Beemer bonyard.

    the only thing I couldn't get there was a Final Drive boot for my wet head. Although, to be honest, they might have it. I just couldn't find it on their web site and i didn't take the time to call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daleah View Post
    i just did my 12k service. and I got everything from Beemer bonyard.

    the only thing I couldn't get there was a Final Drive boot for my wet head. Although, to be honest, they might have it. I just couldn't find it on their web site and i didn't take the time to call.
    Does the 12K service really require a new driveshaft boot? If so - what a terrible step backwards. Voni's R1100RS at 410,000 miles and 23 years old still has its original perfectly fine driveshaft boot. Ditto my 14 year old R1150R at 190,000 miles.
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    The boot is not required, but while I was checking my fd, I saw that my boot was incorrectly installed which damaged the seal. Instead of trying to cobble it back on, I decided to get a new one.
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    Beemer Boneyard sells maintenance kits for your bike. These kits can include fluids as well.
    Also, this DVD will show how to do it yourself in plain English. http://jimvonbaden.com
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    Thanks for the information. I checked Beemer Boneyard and see the kit with oil and air filter, sparkplugs but don't see the wethead feeler gauges.

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    you can get the feeler gauges anywhere, like autozone or napa. Not a tool specific to wetheads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobw View Post
    Thanks for the information. I checked Beemer Boneyard and see the kit with oil and air filter, sparkplugs but don't see the wethead feeler gauges.
    Plus one for Beemer Boneyard, check your MOA ON for discount. This is a good set of feeler gauges http://www.bmwmotorcycleaccessories....R-21072110.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobw View Post
    Thanks for the information. I checked Beemer Boneyard and see the kit with oil and air filter, sparkplugs but don't see the wethead feeler gauges.
    Without a service CD/DVD handy I donít know exactly what size feeler gauges you need, but Beemer Boneyard does have these:
    https://www.beemerboneyard.com/wurthoilhead.html

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    Add a coil puller to your list of tools needed.
    https://www.beemerboneyard.com/83300401700.html
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    my oil filler tool was missing when i bought my bike so I bought a coil puller / filler plug tool combo.

    http://www.advdesigns.com/bmwspplcapre.html
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