1966 BMW R69S Restoration: October 1998 [page 7]

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1998 October 30 (Friday)

I was still sore from lifting the engine out of the frame Thursday so decided to take it easy this day and just remove cables. Some of the pictures are not very illuminating (and aren’t in the best focus!); don’t bother clicking on them unless you’re really, really interested.

Carburetor slides
Carburetor slides

Carburetor slides

Carburetor slides

I removed the carburetor slides from the end of the throttle cables and put them in the appropriate carburetor. Along with the slides the carburetor tops and adjusting screws were also re-attached.

Carburetor
Carburetor

Carburetor

Carburetor

The carburetors were removed and the major grunge wiped off their bodies. I first thought I’d send them back to Bing for an overhaul but instead ordered a rebuild kit and new slides. I can do the overhaul.

Cables
Right side cables

Right side cables

Right side cables
Left side cables

Left side cables

Left side cables

I removed the throttle cables after noting which went where. I have a replacement set, but these look OK. They do need to be cleaned and lubricated, though. While playing with cables I removed the clutch cable from the clutch lever and cleaned it. I have two spare clutch cables, one the same size as this one and another shorter. Hmmm, will I need shorter throttle cables if I go to the low bars? Both of my sets are for the high bars.

I wound up giving my new set of throttle cables to a friend who’s provided some valuable advice and did a touch of welding to build up my center stand. He put high bars on the R60 he’s restoring and needed the longer cables. I’m going to use low bars and will order the appropriate cables.

Front brake cable
Front brake cable routing

Front brake cable routing

Front brake cable routing
Front brake cable at wheel

Front brake cable at wheel

Front brake cable at wheel

I removed the front brake cable. I don’t a spare front brake cable. I will order one. The mounting/adjusting hardware is stored with the cable in a zip-lock bag.

Grips
Left grip

Left grip

Left grip
Right grip

Right grip

Right grip

The left grip came off off very easily (was that Vaseline ?). The left clutch lever assembly followed. Then I removed throttle grip/right brake assembly. The little wedges that are needed to hold the grip housings in place were missing. That explains why the housing would rotate. The grips are destined for the trash. I’ll order replacement rubber.

 

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