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Old 12-14-2009, 10:39 PM
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K13GT fairing removal

I take no credit for this. Semper Fi posted this up on another board and I simply copied it all down and brought it here. Thanks Semper Fi, this is an excellent description of how the old gals clothes go on.

part 1

The following DIY is comprised of several sections documented was the process to remove all the major panels for accessing the engine and other peripherals.

That being said the details follow this order:

1 - Pillion (Rear) Seat

2 - Driver's Seat

3 - Battery Cover

4 - Left (Clutch Side) Panel

5 - Right (Throttle) Panel

6 - Tank Sides (L and R)

7 - Tank Cover

8 - Bottom (Skirt) Panels (L and R)

9 - Assembly Hints

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Tools Required:

T-25 Torx of all the screws

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IMPORTANT NOTICE:

There are various length Torx screws found on the same panel.

The length differences will be called out in the information below.

As a reminder reference the opening Disclaimer Message

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SECOND IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The plastic pieces are large, especially the side panels - ensure you have an adequately sized area to store them while you work on the bike as it would be a shame to scratch and damage the pieces, plus they are expensive to repair/purchase
 
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Factory Options Include:

Heated Seats

Heated Grips

Cruise Control
 
 
Rear Seat
UNHEATED REAR SEAT:

Unlock Rear Seat as per Owner's Manual and set aside

HEATED REAR SEAT

Unlock Rear Seat as per Owner's Manual and Remove Heated Seat Connector highlighted below
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Detail of rear connector - press down and pull off.

Set connector cable aside

Put seat aside, proceed to the Front Seat


UNHEATED FRONT SEAT:

Pull off Front Seat as per Owner's Manual and set aside

HEATED FRONT SEAT

Pull off Front Seat as per Owner's Manual and Remove Heated Seat Connector highlighted below


Detail of the front seat heat connector - press down as shown and pull off - same as what was done with the rear.


Battery Cover
Remove the two T-25 Screws Highlighted Below


As you remove the cover - Pull up and out as there is a tab that fits into a slot on each end - important alignment requirement when re-assembling


Detail for the tab and slot combo of the battery cover to the tank cover




Left Side Panel
The left side panel is secured in 4 different areas:

1 - the front inside by the radiator

2 - the lower bottom (above the lower skirt)

3 - along the tank

4 - by the instrument panel area

The following steps follow the order above

NOTE INTEREST - the screws are different lengths and have been duly called out.
Inside Panel - there are four screws securing the portion of the panel.

The top most (by the oil cooler plastic housing) is 16mm long, the rest are all 20mm long

Due to the viewing angle there will be two images shown:

- the first covers the top 3 screws

- the second covers the bottom most screw



Bottom most scew for securing the inner cover



Inner cover screws removed - so their lengths can be noted



Lower Bottom Screws

Again different lengths as noted



this is part 1 the other 2 parts will be placed here as soon as possible.
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Re: K13GT fairing removal

Neat. but can anyone get the right side off. I tried this summer and gave up but am keen to get it off so I can redirect cables, fit other stuff and put some anti corrosion treatment in there.
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Re: K13GT fairing removal

I pulled it this weekend. Probably you missed the hidden highest screw at the front. This screw is found behind the "rubberish" cover above the front fender in the "wheel housing". The cover has to be pulled just a little forward to gain access to the screw.
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Re: K13GT fairing removal

added at Technical Links!
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Re: K13GT fairing removal

Part 2

The screw by the tank - by the way it is the longest


Two more screws and it will be ready to remove



Point of interest when removing the side panel.

It has a couple of tongue and grove locations and also there is a securing post on the panel which fits into a hole.

you will note there will be some slight resistance as you pull the panel off - just don't yank it off to prevent from breaking the post


Right Side Panel
The process as was done to the left is done to the right with one additional item.

The ambient air temperature sensor is mounted on the inside of the right panel, you will need to disconnect it to remove the panel.

The next 4 pictures covers the removal of the screws of the inner panel and the disconnection of the temp sensor.

The first shown below is 16mm Long and the rest are 20mm long


The screws along the side


The last one for the inside
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Re: K13GT fairing removal

part 2 cont.

The three along the bottom, note the different sizes and where they belong


The long one along the tank


The glove box ones are next


Removal detail - shown is the same post set up as on the left side.

Remove the panel - set aside.

The tank plastics are next


Side Tank Plastics
The next section is the plastic covering the tank.

There are 2 side panels (L and R) for the tank and one top tank cover.

Again there are various size screws which are identified.

Starting by the seat area (on the left) and working to the front:


The next is the one by the middle of the panel



The last one up front by the Instument panel area


Now pull down on the panel - as you will note there are 3 latch contact areas to be aware and insure they are detached to remove.


To remove the right side tank panel - do the same starting from the seat area and working forward
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Re: K13GT fairing removal

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Re: K13GT fairing removal

A HUGE thanks to both Semper Fi & Karl. That took a lot of time and patience to produce. I only wish I had this info about a month ago when I removed all mine. I just started into it and figured it out as I went...
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Re: K13GT fairing removal

Hmm! I removed the left engine spoiler (lower skirt in the pictures above) to do an oil change (long story) but all four of my screws are the exact same length. Also, in removing the engine spoiler, be sure to disengage the holder (hook)! (see attached pdf document).
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Re: K13GT fairing removal

part 3

The center panel screw



The front one by the Instrument panel area


Now pull down onthe tank side panel being aware of the locking features noted in the left side panel


Top Tank Plastic
The next step is the removal of the top tank cover piece.

The screws here are all the same length

Starting from the left front this time remove the screw as shown


Remove the ones under the battery tray cover


Remove the one by the tank fill area


Working your way from the front right side remove the screw shown


Remove the screw by the gas fill



Now you are ready to pull up and off with the tank cover.

NOTE! - there are a group of mating posts around the tank fill area that you should be aware of before just pulling off - they will provide some resistance so gently pull up until they let go and set the panel aside.



At this point with the top and side plastics removed you have access to all the engine and engine related peripherals

Left side



Right Side


As stated earlier you will need to store the removed plastic while working on the bike.

I stored mine where I usually store the bike lift - it is out of the way and enough room to not crowd the parts
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Re: K13GT fairing removal

Bottom Skirt Plastic
To remove the bottom skirts you do not need to remove the two side panels - however you do have to remove the 3 screws on the bottom of each of the side panels, and then one from the frame.

The picture shows the screw to be removed from the left side - the same screw is removed for the right side panel, in addition to the 3 from its mating side panel.


Then remove the 2 bottom T-25's (12mm long) and then you can remove these panel(s)


Assembly Help
What you have just reviewed was the documentation of my first time removing the plastic on a KGT.

It was not a big deal - the most important part is keeping track of where the various size screws go - luckily they are all the same type!!

However one thing noticed is that the parts fit into each other - there are a lot of instances of this and I showed the major ones.

Shown in the next few images are those that you should be aware of to facilitate the reassembly process.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE - if you are FORCING anything STOP - the bike is very well designed and if the piece is in the right place it will drop right in.
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Bottom Skirt Fitment
Shown is an incorrectly mounted bottom skirt

As you can see the support tang should have been inside the notch to provide support as designed.

Please note that it is possible to be assembled in this manner and the large side plastic will be bolted onto it - this leaves the middle of the bottom skirt flapping in the breeze so to speak


Correctly mounted bottom skirt - here you can see the tang inserted correctly - green highlight is showing the hole alignment to the nut is properly in line


Side Foams
Behind the large side panels are supporting foam.

You can see these pieces when you are on the bike.

When you take off the panel they usually fall off.

They only go on in one positioon - unfortunately I had a little bit of trouble finding the right spot quickly - was a good laugh on me.

Shown below is where the Left Side foam should be placed for assembly.


The right side foam placement


This completes the general plastic removal for maintenance
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Semper Fi, what an incredible bit of documentation you have done for the benefit of all newer model GT owners.
Thanks so very much for the enormous amount of time and energy to collect this data and share it with us.

Thanks for fetching and posting it Karl.
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Thanks so very much for the enormous amount of time and energy to collect this data and share it with us.

Thanks for fetching and posting it Karl.

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Thanks so very much for the enormous amount of time and energy to collect this data and share it with us.

Thanks for fetching and posting it Karl.

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I take no credit for this. Semper Fi posted this up on another board and I simply copied it all down and brought it here. Thanks Semper Fi, this is an excellent description of how the old gals clothes go on.

I also have posted in the Technical/DIY forum at BMWMOA how to do a rear drive fluid change and also a spline lube.

I also got someone else to provide a DIY for adding HID's to their KGT1200

Next on deck or planned is a oil and filter change and a brake fluid flush.

You can find them here http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=60

You may need to join the BMWMOA for full access but I think it is a very worthwhile forum and very active as this one.

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This is Quality stuff of highest rank, thanks a bunch... want more job?

I have added these 'how to' into our Link section under Technical Links and K1300GT.
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This is Quality stuff of highest rank, thanks a bunch... want more job?

I have added these 'how to' into our Link section under Technical Links and K1300GT.


WOW - that is awesome - thank you.

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I also have posted in the Technical/DIY forum at BMWMOA how to do a rear drive fluid change and also a spline lube.

I also got someone else to provide a DIY for adding HID's to their KGT1200

Next on deck or planned is a oil and filter change and a brake fluid flush.

You can find them here http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=60

You may need to join the BMWMOA for full access but I think it is a very worthwhile forum and very active as this one.

To one and all Merry Christmas

Please note that we went back and checked the forum access for the DIY section on the MOA board and noticed that not all could view, this has been corrected so feel free to check it out, however we prefer not to cut and paste - thanks

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Note that the screws that are at the front edge of the fairing, are screwed into small rubber vibration dampers. Excess torque when tightening will tear the rubber mounts. These screws should be only "hand snug".

Other than that, fairing removal is pretty straightforward. Side panels, especially, are quick and easy to remove.
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if a fairing screw is ..lets say lost where are replacements? 25mm size.... home depot? or the stealer? mlgt1300
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I think you are gonna have to get them from the dealer. They have a special head AND they are stainless (so no rusty screws). The price is not that bad, only like a buck or two each....
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Semper Fi,

Thank you so much. This is just OUTSTANDING for all of us.
Great and very neat job which is more than helpful.

Thanks again

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I think you are gonna have to get them from the dealer. They have a special head AND they are stainless (so no rusty screws). The price is not that bad, only like a buck or two each....

Well, for a 2 cent screw (at OEM prices) whose "special" head is a fairly standard item in Europe, a buck or two is robbery!
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Thanks again to all for the excellent photo instructions. I ended up with one extra of those white rubber mounts left over that are used to plug in the side panels and also to mount the electronic box on the right side. So I've got those three in the correct spots but can't figure out where the fourth one came from. Anyone got any ideas? Thanks Hugh
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This is an almost 6 year old thread - and I'm sure glad you have it posted. It really helped me this week to take off all the plastic and then get it all back on using the right sized screws and connecting everything together. It's even the right color bike like mine. Thanks! Great post.
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Excellent work to all involved in this, I set off on some research as my bike kept getting too hot. Whilst stripping her down I found that the bolts had been mixed up and some had seized because of them being too far out the back of the retainer, thanks to this thread I can now put everything back to how it should be. Thank you
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HI Karlb, yes indeed just a great and so well documented post. I used it again today for the removal of the lower fairing. Great great job and super txs.

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This is a timeless document. The only problem I ran into was one of the flat nuts broke and of course the screw and broken part of the flat nut would just turn. I would like to find a similar document on how to remove the fuel tank.
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Wow! For a first time owner of a BMW (K1300GT) this is priceless. Thank you to all concerned.
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An amazing piece of work here that I used to the letter today to do the following:

Change headlight bulb to Xenon HID

Fit SW-Motech's electric ring for my tank bank so I have power there.

Move my Nav V from the handlebars to above the instruments using Touratech's GPS bar and their new lockable holder for the Nav V.

Regrettably, one screw, one (I could swear) screw refused to come out. Top of left fairing nearest to instruments, despite holding the bottom of the screw/bolt contorted underneath the now 'hanging' fairing, with pliers, the screw just turned and turned in situ. I was unable to get the headlight out but achieved the other two jobs (electric tank bag ring and move of GPS). My question is: given this one screw's desire to stay-put: do I drill it out or is there an easier way? I'd appreciate some help as I really want to change my headlight bulb to a Hid Xenon and my hands are simply too big to do it from behind the instruments. Still, great pictures and a HUGE help! Many thanks.
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If the screw is just turning and turning then it is probably "stuck" in the rubber grommet.... try gripping the rubber with pliers while turning the screw. Failing that, push the screw out from underneath. You'll need to get a new rubber grommet for this screw....

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Hi,

I tried numerous things and in the end had to drill it out. Found a YouTube clip showing how to do this without damaging the fairing so: taped around the bolt, drilled very slowly and used a cold-spray to ensure no over-heating could damage the fairing. Took a while but worked perfectly.
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Pics appear broken... looks like photobucket changed the rules.
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