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#370166 - 07/31/08 11:13 AM Oil Change R1200RT
ViTaL Offline
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Registered: 07/30/08
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Loc: Penticton, BC
I am planning to change oil in my R1200RT and will use Synthetic and don't plan to change the filter this time, it was changed at the last oil change, 5500 miles ago.
5W50 Synthetic is more commonly available than is 20W50, and is generally cheaper. In my manual it suggests that 20W50 is the preferred oil, but says that 5W50, high quality, synthetic is an acceptable alternative, I plan to use Castrol synthetic 5W50. Any comments or thoughts on my plan?

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#370193 - 07/31/08 11:58 AM Re: Oil Change R1200RT [Re: ViTaL]
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Why wouldn't you change the filter?
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#370279 - 07/31/08 02:35 PM Re: Oil Change R1200RT [Re: blkvelvt]
Jim VonBaden Offline
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Registered: 03/08/04
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Change the filter, and the 5W50 is fine.

Jim

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#370340 - 07/31/08 04:25 PM Re: Oil Change R1200RT [Re: ViTaL]
JayW Offline
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I don't know about the 5W-50 viscosity (I personally would stick with 20W-50 during the hot summer months), but leaving the old filter in there is not a good idea. Changing it is quick, easy, and cheap - especially if you use an aftermarket one. Otherwise, you are going to leave behind some dirty oil in at least a partially clogged filter.

Jay

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#370439 - 07/31/08 08:03 PM Re: Oil Change R1200RT [Re: JayW]
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What are the torque values for the filter and the drain bolt? Same as the 1100/1150's?
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#370476 - 07/31/08 09:12 PM Re: Oil Change R1200RT [Re: GordonB]
Ken H. Offline
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 Originally Posted By: GordonB
What are the torque values for the filter and the drain bolt? Same as the 1100/1150's?
Yes
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#370533 - 07/31/08 10:39 PM Re: Oil Change R1200RT [Re: Ken H.]
ViTaL Offline
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Registered: 07/30/08
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Loc: Penticton, BC
Hey Ken, thanks for answering the question for me. I don't know, just turn it until it's tight enough!

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#370975 - 08/01/08 11:55 PM Re: Oil Change R1200RT [Re: JayW]
Jim VonBaden Offline
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 Originally Posted By: JayW
I don't know about the 5W-50 viscosity (I personally would stick with 20W-50 during the hot summer months), but leaving the old filter in there is not a good idea. Changing it is quick, easy, and cheap - especially if you use an aftermarket one. Otherwise, you are going to leave behind some dirty oil in at least a partially clogged filter.

Jay


Jay,

The multigrade oil will work fine in high heat. The 50 part of the 20W50 is the part that counts if the motor gets very warm, which is why I do not think the 5W50 is a bad idea.

I agree on the filter, though "partially clogged" may be accurate, if you consider a number like 2-5% as "partially clogged". (Number made up,but likely not far off)

Jim

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#371057 - 08/02/08 09:38 AM Re: Oil Change R1200RT [Re: Jim VonBaden]
ViTaL Offline
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Registered: 07/30/08
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Loc: Penticton, BC
Thanks to all who have responded, I appreciate your input. I can't help but think that the oil filter would not be effective, or clogged, even partially, after 5500 miles. Another part of my decision not to change the filter is based on the fact that I know of no after market filters for my bike and the distance to my BMW dealer and the cost of the original part. I have gone with my original plan and will let you know of any problems. Ciao.

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#372211 - 08/04/08 10:11 PM Re: Oil Change R1200RT [Re: ViTaL]
bogthebasher Offline
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Registered: 10/15/07
Posts: 160
Loc: Calgary
K&N makes a filter that works for your bike and as an added bonus the filter has a 17mm nut attached to the end that allows for easy installation and removal. Their marketing material says their Oil Filters are equal to or will exceed all OEM specifications...

Available in Canada from Parts Canada for $14.95: http://www.partscanada.com/catalogue/2008/mcv2/en/pages/0390.html

The KN-164 will fit the following bikes including yours:

2008 BMW R1200RT 1200
2008 BMW R1200R 1200
2008 BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE 1200
2008 BMW R1200GS 1200
2008 BMW K1200S 1200
2008 BMW K1200GT 1200
2008 BMW HP2 MEGAMOTO 1200
2008 BMW F800ST 800
2007 BMW R1200ST 1200
2007 BMW R1200S 1200
2007 BMW R1200RT 1200
2007 BMW R1200R 1200
2007 BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE 1200
2007 BMW R1200GS 1200
2007 BMW K1200S 1200
2007 BMW K1200R SPORT 1200
2007 BMW K1200R 1200
2007 BMW K1200GT 1200
2007 BMW HP2 MEGAMOTO 1200
2007 BMW HP2 ENDURO 1200
2007 BMW F800ST 800
2007 BMW F800S 800
2006 BMW R1200ST 1200
2006 BMW R1200S 1200
2006 BMW R1200RT 1200
2006 BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE 1200
2006 BMW R1200GS 1200
2006 BMW K1200S 1200
2006 BMW K1200R 1200
2006 BMW K1200GT 1200
2006 BMW HP2 ENDURO 1200
2006 BMW F800ST 800
2006 BMW F800S 800
2005 BMW R1200ST 1200
2005 BMW R1200RT 1200
2005 BMW R1200GS 1200
2005 BMW K1200S 1200
2005 BMW K1200R 1200
2004 BMW R1200GS 1200
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