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19 inch FRONT Snowflake Wheel Recall,
for BMW Airhead Motorcycles
© copyright, 2017, R. Fleischer
article 54, section 1
UPDATE: The silver replacement wheels are no longer available (36-31-1-238-959). Gold wheels are available and the recall will be honored. 36-31-1-238-960.
19 inch FRONT CAST ALUMINUM SNOWFLAKE wheels were recalled. NOT 18 inch front wheels. NOT 18 inch rear wheels. Recall is ONLY for certain AIRHEADS 19 inch front cast aluminum snowflake wheels.
I still hear occasionally about an old recalled wheel that is still in service. There was a BMW factory recall on SOME FRONT 19" cast snowflake wheels, & only those! Supposedly a U.S. Federal Recall Campaign never goes out of date. The RECALL is world-wide, & there are specific recall campaigns in the various countries. BMW will provide the recall service, as described in this article, for the BIKE, the bike identification is needed........AFAIK! I have yet to hear of/from anyone who brought in a wheel to be exchanged & the wheel was not tied to a specific bike identification. You could be the first to tell me the details!
A good time to do this wheel exchange is right away if you are super safety conscious, or at tire replacement time if you are not overly concerned. The wheels were recalled due to some hairline cracks appearing in the hub when the wheels were subjected to rather severe use. You can keep your "recalled" wheels instead of exchanging them at your BMW dealership..... & keep an eye on them, if you wish. I suggest you do the exchange/recall.
The USA Federal Recall is #84V-092
The original BMW bulletins are: 36-022-84 (2117); and, 36-023-84 (2123).
36-022-84 specifically notes USA & Canada.
The recalled wheels could be from model years 1977 well into 1983. Because sometimes wheels from various years can be found on other year bikes, DO CHECK YOURS.
The following chart is directly from BMW's 36-022-84 (2117) page.