This is the second time I have worked on rebuilding an airhead transmission. That should make it clear that I am an amateur, not a professional, when it comes to doing this work. I would not attempt to rebuild a transmission unless I have access to experienced, long time, airhead mechanics. I’m very fortunate to have access to three of them. And, I plan to continue rebuilding transmissions on my own projects, so the considerable investment in tools will get amortized over the future projects.
I would not recommend that you rebuild your transmission unless you have completed multiple bike rebuilds, have invested in precision measurement tools and specialized transmission tools, and expect to rebuild multiple transmissions. The cost and risk are too high if you just plan to do one transmission. I would recommend you have your transmission rebuilt by a reputable builder such as Tom Cutter at Rubber Chicken Racing Garage in Pennsylvania, Matt Parkhouse ([email protected]) in Colorado, Bob Clement at Bob’s Motorwerks ([email protected]) in Montana, and Bud Proven at The Nickwackett Garage in Vermont.
This transmission has over 83,000 miles on it. That said, it was in good condition when I had the parts inspected by an airhead mechanic. So that’s a good thing.
I wrote five documents showing how I do the work.
- 23 BMW 1983 R100RS Disassemble Transmission
- 23 BMW 1983 R100RS Rebuild Transmission Shift Cam Assembly
- 23 BMW 1983 R100RS Rebuild Transmission Input & Intermediate Shafts
- 23 BMW 1983 R100RS Rebuild Transmission Output Shaft
- 23 BMW 1983 R100RS Assemble Transmission
And, I shot five YouTube videos summarizing the work in each document.
VIDEO: 1983 R100RS Disassemble The Transmission
VIDEO: 1983 BMW R100RS Rebuild Transmission Shift Cam Assembly
VIDEO: 1983 BMW R100RS Rebuild Transmission Input & Intermediate Shafts
VIDEO: 1983 R100RS Rebuild Transmission Output Shaft
VIDEO: 1983 R100RS Assemble Transmission
This is what I started with:
And this is what things looked like during disassembly.
And this is the final result.