It looks similar, but I don't know for sure if it'll fit.
It's possible to repair the broken BMW thermostats quite often. If you look down the end of one of the branches of the thermostat you may see the end of the valve shaft protruding through the plastic retainer. It's possible to drill a hole across the branch you're looking down and slide in a suitable piece of metal rod which will hold that spring loaded shaft in place. I did it once and it lasted at least until the bike was sold several months later.
You mean that I should add a piece of metal to compress the spring so it is open all the time?
No, the metal rod supports / replaces the broken plastic part, so the spring loaded part is compressed above it and the thermostat functions normally. The rod will stay in place because the rubber pipe will cover both ends (cut it exactly to length so that it does not damage the rubber pipe).
Ok, now I see.....However my plastic end part is not broken...
Has anyone ever tried doing away with the thermostat entirely ?
Perhaps connecting the hoses with pieces of plastic or metal pipe to form a joint without the stat ?
Would it work or is there pressure related reason the stat must be in place ?
You could always try to open up the part to see if you can replace the thermo with a replacement (sheeper) one.
There is a "metal ring" that is clamped on to the plastic holding it together.
Perhaps it's possible to pry it off and open up the thernostat....
If so, I would try to replace the theromstat metal body with another one (if you can find a replacement part similar to the OEM one)
rather than removing it or make it open up permanantly.
If you remove it, then the engine will run "cold" and not pick up normal working temperature...or do this later since engine start...
So I guess you will get poorer engine performance and higer fuel consumption....
Did you ever find out?
I'd say it's certainly worth a shot. It's a shame that postage costs make it so expensive for the uk!
Good stuff! There must be a cheaper source though? Somewhere UK based?
At almost half the BMW price I was quite happy with the price from these guys. I looked for a cheaper UK source, but didn’t find one.
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