1983 BMW R100RS/RT Install Toaster Tan Top Brace and Install & Align Front Forks

I decided to upgrade the fork top plate to a Toaster Tan fork top brace as I think it makes a sizable improvement in keeping the forks rigid and improves handling.

Toaster Tan Top Brace with Fork Tube Rings and Separate Steering Stem Cap Nut

Toaster Tan Top Brace with Fork Tube Rings and Separate Steering Stem Cap Nut

Installing the fork top brace is part of the procedure for installing and aligning the front forks, so did all of this work at one time. But, I broke up the documentation into two parts covering the Toaster Tan fork top brace and the front fork installation and alignment.

I also made two videos summarizing the procedures.

VIDEO: 1983 BMW R100RS Install Toaster Tan Fork Top Brace

VIDEO: 1983 BMW R100RS/RT Install and Align Front Forks

Here is the finished product.

Toaster Tan Fork Top Brace & Forks Installed

Toaster Tan Fork Top Brace & Forks Installed

Forks & Toaster Tan Top Brace Installed

Forks & Toaster Tan Top Brace Installed

6 thoughts on “1983 BMW R100RS/RT Install Toaster Tan Top Brace and Install & Align Front Forks

    • Hi Berettaphoto,

      I did the same upgrade on the 1977 R100RS and I do like the improvement. That one was the polished aluminum version. I choose the black version as a better match for the color scheme on this bike.

      Best.
      Brook

  1. Hello, my name is Samuel and I have just discovered your very in-depth work history. Amazing! I will chew thru them over the next few weeks. I have an 1983 R100RT as well. Mine is the anniversary model, not sure if it will be majorly different mechanically or not. I will find out as i read your posts. I have a very basic question. I need to balance my carbs, but am unsure where to connect tubing for vacuum. Also, once licated can i place a nipple for future balancing? Any response is greatly appreciated. Thank you and ride safe.

    • Hi Samuel,

      Thanks for coming by. I hope the documentation from the four rebuilds I’ve done provide helpful content for your endeavors.

      On the bottom of the carburetors, next to the idle mixture screw is a small tube with a screw and a fiber washer. I show it at the top left of this picture.
      –> https://flic.kr/p/qR7Az7

      And on the left left side, below the idle mixture screw on this picture.
      –> https://flic.kr/p/RbhxHL

      Remove it and slide a hose over the nipple to connect to any vacuum gauge device you have. It’s easy and requires not additional plumbing to be added to the carburetors.

      I hope that helps.

      Best.
      Brook.

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