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Old 05-15-2015, 12:19 PM   #1
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'96 R1100GS Signal Relay burned up

Riding home yesterday my left signal came on and wouldn't shut off, even with the key out. I opened the fuse box an smelled burning plastic, pulled up the signal relay and it was hot as balls and a small hole was beginning to melt open. I disconnected it and signal went off.

I bought the bike used, question is, is the signal relay in the photo below of the one that malfunctioned the incorrect one to have in the box?

I called the local dealer and they gave me the part # of 61317679867, which doesn't match the one I had.


Also should say the right signal has not worked since I got the bike and am now thinking this relay was possibly the problem?

Anyone have similar problems? Are these relays super specific to each bike model or is there crossover?

And finally, does anyone have a spare relay they'd sell for a fraction of the $135 BMW wants for a new one?

Thanks!

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Old 05-15-2015, 05:26 PM   #2
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Matt,

I believe your relay is in fact a solid state controller. I would open it up and have a look. If I'm right, you may be able to identify the burned component and make repairs.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:15 PM   #3
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Matt,

I believe your relay is in fact a solid state controller. I would open it up and have a look. If I'm right, you may be able to identify the burned component and make repairs.
This is inside:




Doesn't really look repairable? I found a used replacement on ebay for $20, same specs, different part #. Hopefully it works.

Would like some insight as to why it happened if anyone knows, so I can prevent future problems.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:38 PM   #4
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I would check the wiring and circuits for shorts.

Also, I would check those components that are scorched and replace them. See if that works.
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Old 05-15-2015, 06:47 PM   #5
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the bulb housings are where I would start looking for a short or maybe a bulb inserted incorrectly
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:01 PM   #6
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95 gs1100 similar issue?

Hey mouthfulloflake & Matteapolis,

I have been searching around for any issues like mine. I just picked up a 95 GS1100 this week. I'll be trouble shooting a no turn directional or 4 way flashers.

I'm going to try the flasher relay, but I'm looking for a fuse box label or a pic of it. My Clymer Book does not depict it and the decal is missing from the fuse panel cover under the seat.

Any help or pointed links to GS110 info is appreciated.


Thanks

It is my first BMW, previous XR650L and KLR
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:36 PM   #7
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this will help you find the turn signal relay

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Old 05-15-2015, 08:36 PM   #8
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For a rather spendy $110 or so you might want to consider getting a SignalMinder SM-5. It replaces the signal relay and provides some nice options. Relatively bulletproof.

http://kisantech.com/mag/index.php/s...nder/sm-5.html
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:03 AM   #9
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mouthfulloflake drone

Thank you both, I'll check out the minder and mouthflake, that helps greatly!

I'm encouraged by "Hank" and his 400k GS. I just picked up this GS1100 with 75,000 on her. I'll post some pics soon.

Looking forward to TAG-O-RAMA once again.
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Old 05-17-2015, 10:46 PM   #10
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Thumb Signal minder

Drone,

I ordered the SM, tomorrow I have some time and I'll be checking the lights and harness for shorts. I should have the SM Relay by next weekend.

Until then its hand and arms signals.

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