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Just noticed rubber grommet on steering damper perished end above mudguard.haynes manual refer to it as damper. Two questions is it safe to ride. Also is it possible to remove without wheel and mudguard removed as suggested.
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BoB21 wrote:Just noticed rubber grommet on steering damper perished end above mudguard.
Is it item #3 in this parts diagram.

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Or, one of the seals between the cylinder & piston.

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Does it look the same as this one on a GS.

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BoB21 wrote:Is it possible to remove without wheel and mudguard removed as suggested.
Is the self-locking nut #5 accessible between the fork leg mount and the mudguard.
An open ended spanner may not provide sufficient purchase.
And/or, is screw #4 accessible with the bars turned in either direction.

Perhaps this is why the Haynes manual refers to removing the wheel & mudguard.

https://www.online-parts.co.uk/bmw-bike ... nth=01#sub
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Its 3 that split, bolt4 is located above mudguard. Turning handlebar not much diffrence, looking at picture it may clear mudguard if I can get it undone as not a lot of clearance. Cheers David what is part called/ number.
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BoB21 wrote:It's 3 that split, what is part called / number.
The part is, Ring / 31427677987.
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Hi David,
Regular cleaning and not noticed oil loss, steering feels fine but not fully checked yet just been in for service surprised wasn't picked up. Busy at moment will have look later.
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More concerned with it damaging damper as quit a bit of play.
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Cheers for part number as wrong part was on order, bmw techs have said wheel and mudguard need to be removed. Has anybody removed without?
Dont want to try with bit set if it won't clear incase  chew bolt head.
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Still got same problem to remove damper. Leading IAM ride not got much time to remove wheel b4 run. Will ride as is it is if bolt not easy to remove then sort.
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BoB21 wrote:BMW techs have said wheel and mudguard need to be removed. Has anybody removed without? Don't want to try with bit set if it won't clear incase chew bolt head.
The screw #4 is M8 x 45mm long.
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BoB21 wrote:Steering feels fine but not fully checked yet just been in for service surprised wasn't picked up.
BoB21 wrote:More concerned with it damaging damper as quite a bit of play.
BoB21 wrote:Cheers for part number as wrong part was on order.
This BMW dealer isn't doing very well with this one!
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Thanks again David for bolt size will measure clearance. Not enough room wheel and mudguard to be removed for one bolt #love bikes.
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This video shows how to replace the stock BMW steering damper on a GS, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G8wXLsckuA same damper on RT.

Is the stock steering damper adjustable.
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