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R1100S Rear Brake Caliper - broken bleeder valve

Hmm - had the bike in to mount new tires, erred in asking the shop to change the brake and clutch fluids - now I have a broken bleeder valve on the rear caliper.

I am told that BMW does not sell the threaded insert that the bleed value screws into, so am looking at $550 ish for a replacement. It looks like someone in the UK sells an after market insert ($25) which is appealing, but shipping looks like they use the slow boat.

Anyone have any experience with a repair for this issue.

Thanks
Old 05-21-2018, 02:09 PM
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Same issue here, Hopefully someone has an answer....!?

Thx

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check max bmw

on the fiche site at MAx bmw under the rear brake caliper, max bmw lists

SBBMWS SPEED BLEEDER M7XM12 W/SB7100S

which has a threaded plug and bleeder screw, you might want to call them
$20.00 USD worth checking out
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Used caliper on eBay? You have Brembo or the BMW calipers?
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Thanks that's it - with shipping a lot less than the 3 week listed for the UK folks.

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on the fiche site at MAx bmw under the rear brake caliper, max bmw lists

SBBMWS SPEED BLEEDER M7XM12 W/SB7100S

which has a threaded plug and bleeder screw, you might want to call them
$20.00 USD worth checking out
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I don’t understand why an experienced shop wouldn’t drill into the broken bleeder and use an easy-out/bolt-extractor. What’s the worst that could happen, you end up with a dead caliper? They’re calling it dead as it is!

Anyway, get thee to eBay and line up a contingency caliper. I don’t know what “threaded insert” you’re talking about, but definitely don’t helicoil a caliper. That’s madness.
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As mentioned above, you can replace the adapter with a standard bleed valve. If you are obsessed with having the adapter I can probably find the one I removed.
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As mentioned above, you can replace the adapter with a standard bleed valve. If you are obsessed with having the adapter I can probably find the one I removed.
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Looks like you can make the adapter from a 12mm bolt cut to length, drill and tap for any bleeder you fancy.

Might as well make it easy.

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Buy the one on ebay and steel the parts you need (locktited into the body) or just wait for the right parts...do not recommend easyout, we had a laser on our ship to just cut them out after someone broke another one off (they're case hardened but will snap like anything hardened and brittle). Also consider the fitting that screws into the caliper is machined for the bleeder that goes into it. The fitting will not make a good bleed itself...helicoil can work but not recommended, it's actually stronger but it's some times a PITA to keep it from leaking under pressure so you have to seal them, just skip this headache as suggested...best of luck...
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Just get the kit from Max BMW. Speed bleeders are the way to go, anyway. Makes it SO much easier to change fluid.
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