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Old 03-15-2015, 01:10 PM
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

I picked up an 08 KGT last week having a prior R bike. The bike I bought was previously dropped once on each side and I have detect a fuel smell. Looks like an easy/smart job. Question, what is the tube that is attached to the top right of the tank?

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Old 03-16-2015, 12:05 AM
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

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I picked up an 08 KGT last week having a prior R bike. The bike I bought was previously dropped once on each side and I have detect a fuel smell. Looks like an easy/smart job. Question, what is the tube that is attached to the top right of the tank?

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The gas smell could also be the result of a cracked fuel pump flange. There's a recall for this problem and you should check to see if the recall has been done on your bike.
If the recall has not been done, have the dealer replace the male end of the QD at the same time as the recall.
http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?...el+pump+recall
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

Great "How To"
My instructions for the Gasoloa fuel line thread sealant advises to allow to "tack" for 30 minutes or so before installing in the tank. Also, it advises to allow to cure over night before running the bike.
I will use this method this weekend when repairing my faulty female tank fitting.
Just for your info.
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

Changed out the female fitting with the new brass fitting. Bloody male fitting squirted fuel at the connection., luckily, steller service from my local (100kms away) BMW dealership, who got me a new plastic male fitting and compression clamp next day (today). Side cutters to remove the old compression clamp, pliers to break the brittle old male fitting up and remove, fit all new items and side cutters to crimp the BMW compression ring. Perfect, dry fitting.
Ive done this to 4 of 7 K bikes over the years. Does BMW fit brass fittings to their new bikes or continue with the known issues of the plastic fittings?
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

Thanks for this sticky. I thought I smelled gas after the ride home last night. Rode in to work today and there was a pretty strong smell. Going to order these parts from Beemer Boneyard. Wish me luck getting home!
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

Just take it very easy on the way home, you probably have a crack and stresses like acceleration or worse yet wheelies will open it up. Also remember that if it opens up you may have gas on your rear tire like I did making traction marginal.
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Thanks. I called aaa and they should be here in 15 minutes. Now to make a list of everything I should fix or replace while I'm in there.
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

Has anyone had a problem with the Beemer Boneyard quick disconnects? I had my dealer install mine and developed a fuel leak within about 3 weeks. The dealer said the parts were not compatible. I offered them the instructions from this post but they refused saying it was a straight forward job. To their credit they did repair the leak at no charge however used OEM parts. I have not had any leak since. I am thus avoiding using fuel with ethanol unless it is the only thing available. I'm hoping these parts will not rot and crack as the original ones did.
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Thanks. I called aaa and they should be here in 15 minutes. Now to make a list of everything I should fix or replace while I'm in there.

If you want to add a booster plug, nows your chance!
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

Does anyone know if these QD kits are available from any of the Australian suppliers.
Just trying to avoid the $50+ freight charges from US
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

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Does anyone know if these QD kits are available from any of the Australian suppliers.

I had a look around last night, packo. Munich Motorcycles only do the plastic models. Think you are going to have to bite the bullet, and get them from Beemer boneyard.
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

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Now screw the QD metal fitting into the tank by hand and carefully tighten with wrench. Remember that you are putting a metal fitting into a plastic tank and will strip the tank threads if you over tighten. .

More importantly, remember that the QD threads are PIPE THREADS, which means that the threads are tapered!!!!

Tightening a taper pipe thread AUTOMATICALLY puts stress on the female (plastic) tank fitting. Too tight, and the the plastic boss will split. BMW already has had problems with this, and most of them were caused by overtightening when guys were installing metal fittings!!!

I have disconnected and reconnected this QD MANY times with no problems. I fail to see any convincing reason whatsoever to replace with metal fittings on K1200/K1300/GT/S/R bikes.
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

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I have disconnected and reconnected this QD MANY times with no problems. I fail to see any convincing reason whatsoever to replace with metal fittings on K1200/K1300/GT/S/R bikes.

It is to my understanding, that the male part of the connect, has been known to crack/break; when you least need it.

In saying that, I bought the Beemer Boneyard kit, (both couplings supplied) screwed the female coupling into the tank, let the supplied sealer dry for 2 days, (24 hrs recommended) and all it did was leak. Changed back to the plastic fitting to the tank & left the metal male in place; no leaks.
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

As stated elsewhere the supplied sealant is crap. Carefully install the metal fittings with Teflon tape.
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

Thanks Paul yeah I came to the same conclusion
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

I just replaced the right angled male connector on my 11/2005 KR.
Getting the clamp off was a pita, then removing the old QD was just as bad. I ended up shattering it and pulled the pieces out bit by bit. No chance in trimming the fuel line either as length isn't generous. Next time I'll replace that whole line I think.

The clamp is the 14.5mm version on my bike, not the 12.5mm. That's despite the fuel line od being 11mm.
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

Does anyone know if these are available in the UK without the $50-65 shipping costs?

My plastic QD failed going over a ramp where they'd taken the road surface up.
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

I just replaced my quick disconnect fuel fittings. I used your post (IMXMAN) as a guide. Thanks! Pretty much did as you posted except I removed only the upper panel. The Beemerboneyard kit had some simple instructions but along with your post everything went well.
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

I recently did mine while changing an alternator that had gone belly up,with import duty the Beemer Boneyard is expensive so put a kit together myself over here getting hold of Gasoila in the UK!!!! What a drama and at some cost but worked really well
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Does anyone know if these are available in the UK without the $50-65 shipping costs?

My plastic QD failed going over a ramp where they'd taken the road surface up.
:-(

Would Triumph ones fit I wonder? Alloy, anodized.

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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

I had a slight glitch be it an expensive one by taking note of duff info on another site about which thread size and the parts are readily available in the UK but the problem I bumped into was sealing the thread when the BM shop had done the factory recall they had used PTF and it had dissolved

The BeemerBoneyard comes with a small tube of Gasoila sealant and trying to buy such in the UK I managed to get some in the end but what a drama and rather expensive because it is not available in small quantities but it worked great.

Oh!! And only has a shelf life of 12 months once opened
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

Good to see people continuing to replace the plastic piece.

I will reiterate my warning, failure of this piece can coat your rear tire with gasoline as well as create a fire hazard. I did not have a fire, but I did put the bike sideways in a corner a lot longer than I am comfortable with.
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Re: Installing Fuel Line Quick Disconnects on a K1200S

Last November, while doing my civic duty, I smelled gasoline so harshly I thought for sure the guy in front of me had burst a fuel line. I blasted around him to find that I couldn't get away from it. For a few moments it was so overwhelming, it felt like I induced lymphoma. Then I pulled over and got away from it and let it fume off for a while. No fires, fortunately. Some people walked by and said to each other "holy shit, do you smell that gas?" It was voluminous.

Made it home, at any rate. A few months later, I find your most immaculate write-up. A thousand thank yous for this! So I got the parts Friday, and changed them out in less than 15 minutes. Of course, I had the bike stripped already, leak diagnosed and ready to go.


I did the bare minimum on this one: Changing out only the male QD part. The female part wasn't leaking, and hearing all the heart-breaking stories of over-tightening that thread, I thought it best to leave gas-tight parts alone.


After pulling out the old, plastic POS, putting on the new metal, male QD and fuel clamp was a piece of cake. It snapped into the original female aperture, and fixed the leak. Very happy with the guys at Beemerboneyard.com. And for this great write-up!



Harder than I thought: Cutting the factory fuel clamp. That mf was tougher than expected.


Easier than predicted: keeping all the screws straight for the plastics.
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