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    how hard to do service myself....2005 r1200rt...hexhead?

    So is my 2005 r1200rt considered a 'hexhead'? Have an appt to take her in for fluid changes and such though it will cost about $1,000. Wondering how hard it is to do some/most of it myself and what is needed in way of tools?
    1. Engine oil change - BMW oil, filter, o-ring, and figure I can do it myself though have not looked to see if special tools are needed for access
    2. transmission oil - the cost of fluid, recommended oil brand/weight (no flame wars please) and any special tools needed?
    3. Rear-end oil - cost, recommended oil brand/weight (no flame wars please) and any special tools needed?
    4. Brakes - need fluid changed and it is the servo brake system (don't hate cause you don't have it lol) on an 05. Thinking best I have the dealer do this item
    5. Alternator belt - may be best they do this?

    My prior BMW was a 1971 r75/5 and have a feeler (misspelled) gauge buried in the garage or a box somewhere.
    Have a $150 off $300 coupon from my dealer so trying to figure out what it is best for them to do vs me. Then again, guess if one can afford it one just lets the dealer do all the work.

    thanks and ride safe

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    SURVIVOR akbeemer's Avatar
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    There is an excellent Tech Sub-forum here in the HexHead area. It shows how to do the basic maintenance jobs. You should get yourself the BMW Service DVD or a Haynes Manual for the bike. If you plan to limit yourself to just doing the routine maintenance then the Haynes Manual is sufficient.

    Assuming you have basic mechanical skills/experience then you should be able to do all the tasks listed with perhaps the exception of the brake bleed. I have not done the servo brakes and will let others offer their advice. You should add checking the valves and adjusting if needed. This is also a relatively easy job on a boxer. No special tools required for any of these jobs. If you have not worked on a BMW since your 71 then you may not know that the newer ones use Torex fasteners so you will need a set of those tools. Another job to add is is synching the throttle bodies. Should be done after the valve check/adjustment and does require a device such as a TwinMax or similar tool ( You will also need a torque wrench.

    Removing and replacing the fairing may be the most tedious part of servicing an RT. Take pictures and keep track of the fasteners and where they go; there are various sizes.
    Kevin Huddy
    The Outpost, Silver City, Montana

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    Thank you...what maitnenace is requires the removal of the fairing?

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    how hard to do service myself....2005 r1200rt...hexhead?

    On an 05 RT fairing removal is not necessary for the oil change, final drive lube change or valve adjust.

    IF you have engine protection bars you might have to remove those depending on whether or not you can remove the valve covers with them on...

    I’d advise getting the tool to pull the stick coils for the spark plugs:

    AND the dual feeler gauge set for the valve which saves time as both intake and exhaust clearance can be set at the same time (per set):

    You’ll also need to check if you have a long, thin-wall spark plug socket as the plug hole in the valve cover is a bit small...but you’ll likely have one already.’ll see that I referenced Beemer Boneyard in the links above...they have maintenance kits that include plugs, gaskets, alternator belts and essential fluids. Many of us use their kits and they have been very helpful over the years.

    When you finish the periodic maintenance you should reset your service reminder otherwise you’ll (eventually) get the message on your instrument cluster.The dealers use a BMW diagnostic tool for this; we have two options:

    1. Buy a Hex GS-911 diagnostics tool - expensive but for many of us worth it...alot of cool features.
    2. If you have an Android phone you could get a specific OBD2 code reader like you’d buy for your auto (I say specific because not all work), an adapter cable to hook into your 10-pin round diagnostics plug under the seat, and the Motoscan app off of Google Play store. This will allow you to reset the service reminder and read codes, sync the throttle bodies, etc.

    I can provide references on where to buy option #2 above; there is also a thread on this forum started by PadG that outlines using Motoscan.

    The GS-911 costs something like $400.

    The OBD reader/cable/Motoscan app combo runs you about $100-140 depending on the version of app you buy.

    This forum has wealth of ‘tribal knowledge’ and most members are quick to assist if you have questions.

    As far as the fairing is concerned pulling it is not a big of the best walk-thrus I’ve seen for Hexheads was posted by Max BMW:

    You WILL have to pull the right side body panels to replace the air cleaner:

    You WILL have to pull the bodywork to change/flush the brake fluid in order to get to the ABS controller and properly flush that system - it helps to have a specific tool (actually a brake fluid ‘reservoir’ you screw into the top of the brake controller)...looks like a martini glass:

    Alternator belt replacement doesn’t require fairing removal...but DOES necessitate pulling one spark plug on each side to easily rotate the engine.

    You’ll probably enjoy wrenching on your RT...take your time, do it right. The Hexhead 05-09 bikes can live a long time with proper maintenance - the hardest job on them is changing the headlamp bulbs (ask any Hexhead pilot lol).

    Besides, doing the work saves you $$ and it really helps you understand the bike (as you know).

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    Last edited by rangemaster; 11-24-2019 at 04:58 PM.

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    You most definitely can do this regular maintenance yourself as long as you possess some mechanical skills and PATIENCE. I would never in a million years pay a dealer that much money to change $150 worth of parts/fluids. You don't need any specialty tools other than the ones Rangemaster listed. A big plus is that, at that rate, you will save two or three times what it will cost you to get spooled up with the tools and gizmos you need. Beemerboneyard maintenance kits will get you all the consumables and the coil pack puller and brake bleed kit. I have the GS-911 but had I known I would have bought the Motorscan gear for 1/3 the price.

    For an '05, I believe the hive mind strongly recommends staying on top of the brake servicing. There is a specific procedure for it so pay attention to do that right. Youtube is your friend.
    '13 R1200RT 90th Anniversary Edition

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    Registered User time2ride's Avatar
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    You can definitely do the maintenance yourself. I have an ‘05 as well and do the reg maintenance you have listed myself. I did invest in the GS 911 which is very handy. There are a lot of great tech articles available here which make it reasonable to do without great mechanical skills. By no means would I consider myself mechanically inclined, but I can read and follow directions and that is all that is really needed.

    The hardest part is bleeding the whizzy brakes, actually it isn’t hard it is just tedious, time consuming and easy to screw up if you dont follow the directions carefully, as I found out the hard way the first time I did it and had to redo it

    Buy a GS 911 or motoscan, the BMW repair manual on DVD, and then read the tech articles, YouTube videos and ask questions here and you will save money and feel satisfied having done the work yourself.
    2005 R1200RT

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    Here is another option for you, one of our members Jim Bade, has a series of dvds available that walk you through step by step, here is the link to his site the videos are an excellent resources for those who lack confidence as you can watch the procedures as well as hear jim give a step by step instruction. Good luck, its pretty rewarding to do these tasks yourself, you've received good tips from previous posters, probably the best one is practice patience.
    So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
    And we never even know we have the key

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    Registered User Dann's Avatar
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    The 05 doesn't have the service reminder light. No need to reset service interval.

    The service reminder was installed on the 08 +
    If you can park it, and not turn around to admire it before walking away, you bought the wrong one.
    2007 R1200RT - IBA # 56396

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