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skyler.robbins
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Hey Gang,
I've got an appointment in March to get my slingers cleaned on my 69 R60/2
I don't know the history of the bike, and the speedo has around 50,000 on it.
Bike runs perfect!.. Everything on it feels smooth and purrs like a kitty.
This is where I have mixed thoughts on getting the slingers cleaned since everything is great.. but yeah, I know.. get the slingers cleaned.
I'm going to have Kevin Brooks in Olympia Washington do it.

So question..
Does the motor have to come completely out of the bike?
I'm not familiar with the process honestly.
He's going to look at everything as he goes.. rings, clutch etc etc

Thanks for the info!
Rob

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I would think so...to get the

I would think so...to get the camshaft out requires heating areas of the case to release the rear bearing. Special tools to pull the front bearing carrier. Working around the forks would be a nightmare. You could do some preliminary work by removing the top end...be sure and protect the engine case so the connecting rods don't ding the case opening. Remove the transmission and clutch if you want.

Best to ask him and I think he'd appreciate being to work on it on the bench, etc. But to some degree having the mechanic take everything off gives him/her an idea of the state of the motor, tightness of various bolts/nuts, etc. I think that's good feedback to the mechanic.

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Thank Kurt! I am going to

Thank Kurt!
I am going to have him do everything from beginning to end... I was just curious if the motor comes out all the way... and it now makes sense that it does.
I like his procedure afterwards.. he says he rides the bike around 200 miles in different stages just to make sure everything is fine.. and then does an oil change and checks everything.
I'm having one of those "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" moments, hahaha.
Plus I'm hoping there's not a ton of hidden stuff that could potentially go wrong.. God knows these things can add up quick.

Thanks again!

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Oh, and he's on Winter

Oh, and he's on Winter vacation until then, so I don't want to pester him...

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it

Just took my 1955 R50 motor out last week
I don't know the real mileage and it ran fine with a sidecar
The slingers were done at some point as the slinger set screws had lock tight on them (not factory original)
They were almost full
Im glad I did

Tommy

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My $.02

I’ve been there. Most of us have. If it were me, I’d just keep riding it. Are you planning to start touring on it or putting on thousands of miles a year? If so, go ahead and buy your peace of mind. Otherwise I’d leave it alone. There are very competent mechanics out there but I’d doubt any of them have a factory in Munich with the letters BMW on the front and if the hands that assembled it in the factory were the last one’s inside, I’d be inclined to keep it that way as long as possible, provided it’s running well and showing no indication of trouble which it sounds like yours is.

I realize this isn't the popular opinion around here but there ya have it.

Let us know how it turns out.

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Slingers

Years ago when I bought my R69S it had 31,000 miles on it and the engine had not been apart. I took the engine out and cleaned the slingers with the help of Ed Korn many in one tool. I also bought the dvd video on cleaning slingers. That was very helpful as well. I'm glad I did as the slingers were at least 3/4 full. If you have someone else do the job, Kevin Brooks is an excellent choice. His work is great. I also changed the rings, had the cylinders honed slightly, replaced the clutch disc. That is what I would consider. Michael

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Thanks everyone! Appreciate

Thanks everyone!
Appreciate the stories/tips!

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One more story

I rode my first R69S 103,000 miles. With the exception of normal service and one replaced broken oil ring, the engine was never touched during the ten years I owned it and it was still running fine when I sold it. My present R69S originally belonged to my brother, who put on about 45K miles. It was then stored for twelve years before I gave it a wash and put it back in service. I was shamed into having the slingers cleaned at 57K ("just to be safe"), at which point they were about half full. From new, the bike had the detergent oil changed religiously at thousand-mile intervals.

Slinger stories often read like religious mysteries, and this is my contribution to the scriptures.

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Good story...

miller6997 wrote:

I rode my first R69S 103,000 miles. With the exception of normal service and one replaced broken oil ring, the engine was never touched during the ten years I owned it and it was still running fine when I sold it. My present R69S originally belonged to my brother, who put on about 45K miles. It was then stored for twelve years before I gave it a wash and put it back in service. I was shamed into having the slingers cleaned at 57K ("just to be safe"), at which point they were about half full. From new, the bike had the detergent oil changed religiously at thousand-mile intervals.

Slinger stories often read like religious mysteries, and this is my contribution to the scriptures.

Hahaha... I like it!.. thanks for the scriptures!

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