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    Changing spark plugs

    Can anyone direct me to a site/post that shows step by step sparkplug removal and install on a 2013 G650GS? I've looked on you tube and they have nothing on the G650GS as far as I can tell. The mechanic quoted $500 dollars for the 12000 miles service , which includes valve check and oil change. I would like to attempt doing it myself and spend the money on adding some better lighting for my bike . Any thoughts, suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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    Unfortunately, Clymer or Haynes, as far as I know, don't make a decent repair manual. You can purchase the official BMW RepRom DVD from most dealers. It's not cheap, but you'd still make out better than having the dealer complete the 12k service. (Plus you'd be able to do anything/everything else that the bike needs).

    Once you get it, we'll all be waiting for you to shoot a Youtube video
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    In order to check valve clearances you need to remove the air box. And the valve cover. To remove the valve cover the spark plug leads must be removed from the spark plugs. Once this is done there they are in plain sight. Use a thin wall socket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drneo66 View Post
    Unfortunately, Clymer or Haynes, as far as I know, don't make a decent repair manual. You can purchase the official BMW RepRom DVD from most dealers. It's not cheap, but you'd still make out better than having the dealer complete the 12k service. (Plus you'd be able to do anything/everything else that the bike needs).

    Once you get it, we'll all be waiting for you to shoot a Youtube video
    Thank you! I often feel that the 650GS is the "poor brother" of the BMW adventure bike family. Not many accessories, manuals or repairs "how -to's" available on the web.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    In order to check valve clearances you need to remove the air box. And the valve cover. To remove the valve cover the spark plug leads must be removed from the spark plugs. Once this is done there they are in plain sight. Use a thin wall socket.
    Many thanks! Luckily, one of my colleague aircraft mechanic is also a motorcycle owner/rider. Maybe I'll twist his arms and get his assistance with the project (some beer might have to be involved).

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    Quote Originally Posted by romoto View Post
    Thank you! I often feel that the 650GS is the "poor brother" of the BMW adventure bike family. Not many accessories, manuals or repairs "how -to's" available on the web.
    Yep - totally agree - I had a 2009 G650GS (which was 95% F650). Most manufactures seemed to have jumped ship when the F650/800 Twins came out

    This guide on ADVrider will get you kinda of close (obviously use with your own risk)

    Have you checked out Crossroadz's site?
    http://www.f650gs.crossroadz.com.au/RepairLinks.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by drneo66 View Post
    Yep - totally agree - I had a 2009 G650GS (which was 95% F650). Most manufactures seemed to have jumped ship when the F650/800 Twins came out

    This guide on ADVrider will get you kinda of close (obviously use with your own risk)

    Have you checked out Crossroadz's site?
    http://www.f650gs.crossroadz.com.au/RepairLinks.html
    Than you so much for the link. That's exactly the info I was looking for! Now the only thing left is to do a reality check and see if I'm really up for it (the pictures don't inspire confidence...LOL).

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    Stick coil in the cap removal tool

    You absolutely need one of these to pull the stick coil off the plug.

    https://www.euromotoelectrics.com/Al...oil248tool.htm

    At least I did.

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    Pulling the stick coil off can also be done with string or a couple screwdrivers, but it is best done with a tool.

    Make sure you disconnect the coil lead first, that way you won't break the connector... been there, done that, was unfun.
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