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Thread: BMW's New Water-Pumper Boxer!

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    Default BMW's New Water-Pumper Boxer!

    Well, Folks...

    Here it is! BMW's latest creation.

    An R1200-based "Hexhead" WATER PUMPER...





    Are you excited?





    Did you ever imagine they would build 'em?





    And so soon after the new "Hexhead" engine was introduced...





    Does this suggest anything about the new HP-series of "Hexheads"?





    Will they bring 'em to the States?





    What will one cost?





    Are you ready?





    Okay... Here it is...














    Did I get'cha?


    Cheers!

    Allan (Dallara - The R1150R Banned-It)

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    DOH!

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    Unhappy

    Bad Allan, bad bad Allan.

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    Alan,
    Someone (DJ?) posted this before. There was also an R1150 version. Pretty cool regardless. And yes...you got me

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    Although the power curve of the Boxer engine is well suited for this purpose, I can't imagine why someone would build support equipment that needs relatively frequent valve adjustments. That seems strange when there are plenty of torquey engines out there with either no adjustment necessary or much longer duration between adjustment.

    In the end though, this engine probably performs the task better than any other.
    Jeff

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    Does it surge? Does it come with ABS?
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    "...I can't imagine why someone would build support equipment that needs relatively frequent valve adjustments..."

    Not to mention spline failures and exploding rear ends.

    A bud with an immaculately maintained 3 year old LT with 43,000 miles had his rear drive blow apart at 70MPH on a freeway with his wife in the back recently. Momentary lock-up, small skid, big pucker factor but all is OK.

    BMW was very "helpful" and swapped in a new one for only $670. Sounds like a 50/50 deal.

    Wonderful design, wonderful support.

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    Default Water Pumper...

    Gents,

    It was I who previous posted info back on the *old* site about the BMW powered Fire Water Pumps, both Oilhead and Hexhead... Not to mention even BMW (and Harley-Davidson) powered airplanes.

    Managed to *get somebody* every time!

    On some other points...

    Valve adjustment intervals are probably not a major issue - for a couple of reasons. One, no doubt these pumps run at a constant speed and load, and so they probably simply set the valve clearances relatively loose since valve train noise wouldn't be an issue. Second, no doubt these fire fighting pumps are scrupulously maintained and would certainly get oil changes and valve adjustments after each use fighting a fire. Once well broken in the vavle lash wouldn't be varying that much anyway.

    Dave... These pumps don't use gearboxes or final drives. Just the Boxer engines. Not even a clutch, but with the crankshaft hooked directly to the pump impeller. Hence, I don't imagine final drive failures are much of an issue...

    Cheers!

    Allan (Dallara - Proud to be Banned Where Mods Think They're Gods and Annoying Frogs Roam Free)

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    I don't see maintenance as a big issue with these pumps as they are probably only used when a fire main isn't available and they need to pump from a body of water: lake, harbor, etc. Even then, how long would it need to run for a fire? couple hours maybe? We had small, gas powered pumps in the Navy and the most use they got was being fired up for maintenance and fire fighting drills. They weren't nearly as nice as these though. I remember your past post Alan, didn't someone once post a pic of an R1150 powered plane? It's a beautiful engine whatever the application.

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