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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I checked my wrench and it's stamped 212. I measure the opening as 3.5 inches to the end of the tooth.
    And the wrench you have obviously fit the retaining ring? In researching that 212 wrench it seems there were some that were a max. of 3.5" but now they are 4.25" - or at least they have changed the packaging and the way they are measuring the opening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREGFEELER View Post
    And the wrench you have obviously fit the retaining ring? .
    That's correct.
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    2016 R1200RS
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_waterloo View Post
    Lee-

    I see you had an 84 K110LT. EDIT: Now I see you had a R1000RT, but you might still be able to answer the question.
    I don't know much about that model other than the fuel pump is easy to change on that vintage of K bike.
    Don't start it before looking at the pump because the rubber damper may be dissolved from ethanol gas.
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    It looks like that K1100 has ABS, I can see the hydraulic unit on the swing-arm.
    With the bike sitting that long the pressure modulator may need a rebuild.

    Lee
    2016 R1200RS
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    Yep, it has one on each side. I figure there is going to be something that's not a quick turn of the wrench with that bike. But it's calling my name!

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    My thoughts on the K11:
    You are probably right in its not being worth more than $2k even in good running shape.
    A lot of people who had K11LTs loved them, in part because, as you noted, they were smaller than the behemoths that followed. That said they weren't anywhere near light; feeling especially top heavy at low speeds.
    That generation was famous for failing it's brake master cylinders, so figure on rebuilding those at a minimum. Yours (?) has ABS I which was a pretty basic system. Real slow reaction times. If the system doesn't work after some basic maintenance on it, I'd give serious consideration to simply bypassing it rather than putting the effort into getting it functional.
    The photos suggest the sidecovers are missing.
    ABS aside, they were still pretty basic which made for easy wrenching.
    The radios were known for being worthless.
    Those rims dented easily.
    Given all that, the cheap price, and the fact you have the time and space, it looks like you owe it to the community to put another BMW back on the road!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    That's correct.
    Lee (and those who might care), I bought one of those Channellock 212 wrenches like you have. All the listings (including the Channellock product page) I found said it had a span of 2.75 to 4.25 inches, however the one I received from Amazon was 2.5 to 3.75 inches. Curious if there had been a change in specs and somehow I'd gotten old stock I called Channellock customer service. Today they called me back and said there was a mistake on their web page and there is only on version of the 212 model, and it's 2.5 to 3.75 inches measured from the base of the teeth with the handles parallel. I was impressed that they would actually call back which counts for me as excellent customer service. They have already corrected their web page. Can't wait to put them to use changing my K12RS fuel filter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREGFEELER View Post
    Lee (and those who might care),
    Lee
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    I have a similar wrench in my tool cabinet, but I'm a cheapskate airhead owner who sometimes goes for the low-cost option on infrequently used and low-tech tools. I think this is the wrench I have, but it only opens to 3.25".

    I've been able to use it on my brick-K, but also have one of these which has bailed me out a time or two on various vehicles.

    And of course, a strap wrench works too--if the strap is thin enough to slide in place.

    But if you want a truly permanent piece of kit, the Channellock 212 is the go-to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    I have a similar wrench in my tool cabinet, but I'm a cheapskate airhead owner who sometimes goes for the low-cost option on infrequently used and low-tech tools. I think this is the wrench I have, but it only opens to 3.25".

    I've been able to use it on my brick-K, but also have one of these which has bailed me out a time or two on various vehicles.

    And of course, a strap wrench works too--if the strap is thin enough to slide in place.

    But if you want a truly permanent piece of kit, the Channellock 212 is the go-to.


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    DeVern
    The "vicegrip" open jaw tool from Harbor Freight looks pretty interesting. For my specific application of removing and replacing the fuel pump assembly retaining ring on my K1200RS strap wrenches have just barely worked. I think the Channellock 212 type wrench looks like the right tool, plus Lee seems satisfied with his. I did find the Channellock less expensive at $22.00 than I would have thought for a quality USA made tool.
    Greg Feeler
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    1972 R75/5, 1990 K75, 1990 K1, 1992 K75S, 2003 K1200RS

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    What a great find! You got a good one

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