Tools: Torx wrench (for removal of BMW bolts), 5mm Hex wrench (for install of Machineart bolts – included)
Time to Complete: less than an hour
I’d been putting off getting cylinder covers for a while. I really want to get a set of crashguards, but they are a little pricey for me at the moment. After my little misadventure down in TX last summer, though, I knew I shouldn’t have put it off. Thankfully, the damage was only cosmetic, but it still irks me. After doing a bunch of research, I decided on Machineart’s XHead Cylinder Cover. They are good looking covers, and come recommended from quite a few folks I spoke with. Hopefully, I’ll never find out how tough they really are!
Install is straight forward, and the included directions, while a bit sparse, are good. Both covers install identically, so Im only going to cover install on the left side. There’s no fancy packaging with the XHeads – just a simple cardboard box with a ziplock baggie containing the directions and bolts/washers and the 2 covers. The covers are side-specific, but it’s easy to figure out which is which.
What you get and what you need:
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Put the bike on its center stand. You won’t be rocking it at all, so no worries. Make sure you let the engine cool off if you’ve been out riding. You’ll be grabbing all over the cylinders during the install. I wiped off all the loose dirt and even took a damp sponge to the heads just to make sure there wasn’t too much grit between the head and the cover.
Remove the 3 Torx bolts from the cylinder. Be aware that the bottom bolt (labeled B in the picture) has a built in washer. Once you remove the Torx bolt, it may come out (the left fell out on me, the other stayed put). DO NOT LOSE THIS WASHER! You’ll be reusing it, as it recedes into the spark plug cover.
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Slip the XHead over the cylinder head, making sure it fits between the engine mount and the spark plug cover.
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Install 3 of the 6 hex bolts from Machineart, using the washers on bolts A and C (front and rear). I recommend starting with bolt B (bottom) as I found that the most difficult to align due to its positioning. Additionally, leaving them loose at first makes alignment easier as there is a bit of play in the XHead.
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As you can see in the picture, the washer on the bottom has the “lip” that fits into the plug cover. When you tighten it, you’ll need to make sure it pops into place.
Once all three are in place loosely, go ahead and tighten them down to 7ft/lbs. Don’t use any LocTite on the bolts, as they have a Nyloc patch already applied to them.
Steps 5 through 8
Repeat the same thing for the other side.
It’s a simple install, and the XHead covers look great:
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