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Old 22nd February 2011, 11:35 AM   #1
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I would like to change the gearbox oil, not sure how this is done. Does anyone have any advice, pictures of where drain plug and filler are. Also best oil to use, and how much.
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Old 23rd February 2011, 12:09 AM   #2
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Default Re: K1200S Gear oil change?

Must be a trick question!

The engine oil also lubes the gearbox and the wet plate clutch. Therefore an engine oil change is also a gearbox oil change. Hence the magnetic drain plug to pick up the gearbox swarf.
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Old 23rd February 2011, 10:20 AM   #3
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Default Re: K1200S Gear oil change?

Thanks Tom, I understood that in the K1200S the gearbox was seperate from the engine? Therefore having it's own oil, and the clutch shares engine case and oil.

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Default Re: K1200S Gear oil change?

Gear box and engine share the same lubricant.
Of course they are separate pieces of the same block, but they have no separate oil needs.
This engine was the first that BMW build following the pazl mod thus each part can be removed and a new one installed in its place without major interference to the engine as a total.
Oil container below the seat where the oil is stored, imagine its the only bike that you can empty the carter remove the oil filter and and without reinstalling the carter tap refill with oil the box without loosing any gram.
Mark hear the need for lubricants approved by BMW meaning only those without anti-friction additives, for good operation of the clutch.
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I run the engine until it is hot and then remove the oil from the oil tank with a PELA 6000 oil extractor pump. I remove the filter with an oil filter band wrench and drain the sump by removing the magnetic sump plug.
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I think Phill may be refering to the flat4 not the current model... this does have seperate oil.
If so Phil just get it warm (hot) by riding it... just ticking over on the drive will not heat the gearbox as there is a dry clutch in between. Drain then refill.
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Could you be referring to the final drive (rear axle)?
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If it is the final drive there's a write up in the How to section...

Changing Lubricants in the K1200
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