EWS Immobilizer antenna threadfest

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by CarbonCat, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. PRW

    PRW living @ 11.5740741uHz

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    Bummer Jack, but it's good you had a spare. :thumb
  2. Gunslinger1

    Gunslinger1 GIVE'R

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    Is the software update something Recent?.........and how recent? I just had my bike in the shop for EWS 2 weeks ago. How recent in the LED Brakelight recall?

    Thanks,
    Tim
  3. Litre

    Litre AKA JimiChanga

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    Unsure about the brake light recall, he just mentioned that it had to be done. As far as the software update, my bike hasn't had one and the gas gauge is erratic. I've asked them to update it.
  4. dometop

    dometop Adventurer

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    I just had the EWS update performed yesterday on my 2007 GSA adventure. They also performed a softwear update. The two recall numbers listed on the work order are: 0013160000 and 0065100000. The work order does not specify which recall is for the EWS so your quess is as good as mine. RO#20760 was also listed on the work order and I believe that number related to the softwware update. I asked what the software update related to and I was told it resolved a "spark knock" issue which was occuring on some bikes. The mechanic told me BMW allows only a half hour for the antennae ring swap and it took him three times that long to do the work. The triple clamp needs to be removed to allow the mechanic the space necessary to drill out the security torque bolts.
    I asked him to replace the security bolts with standard bolts which he did with #6 allen bolts.
  5. advD

    advD Been here awhile

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    It took them several hours to do mine (I think they're alloted 42 minutes from BMW) + 4 days to get the locknut that they stripped out when they took the steering head apart.

    Not sure which bikes wouldn't need to have the steering head taken apart, but it was probably a good idea to change the hardware to something that would be easier to deal with.
  6. Wallowa

    Wallowa Long timer

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  7. L Rider

    L Rider "Road Worthy"

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    Had mine done today (07 GSA). I am in Canada.

    The tech told me he was allowed 30 minutes........but it took 90 minutes.

    He also told me the first kit he used wasn't right (I didn't ask why), and that the needed a second kit for my bike.

    I didn't do the software upgrade.

    Cheers..........Rod
  8. Wallowa

    Wallowa Long timer

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    Since we have the same bike..why no software upgrade?

    Thanks..
  9. PackRat

    PackRat Huey Guns

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    I had a friend go through this on the way to Alaska and I suggested putting normal bolts in so he could install a spare antenna ring "in the field". He lost a week waiting for this service.

    I don't understand BMW's thinking on this system - its rare that a bike gets stolen with a key - 4 guys with a van and less than 3 minutes is all it takes. However - the way we load our GSs, we'd get sued for hurting the 4 thieves' backs!!!:wink:

    Also, you know an IT guy programmed that feature into the computer, then an IT guy could program it out!:deal


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  10. MOTOCYCLISMO

    MOTOCYCLISMO Adventurer

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    Did a search, came up short. Am starting a 4,000 mile trip on my 07 ADV GS and have an extra EWS ring wit me, but looking at the key/ ring area on the triple clamp I dont see the wiring to the switch. I assume I'd need to plug the new EWS ring into the loom to start the bike, so where is the plug"?
  11. Firefight911

    Firefight911 Been here awhile

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    Read this. Lots of info with the how to in there as well.

    LINKY
  12. Sanders

    Sanders Stogiesuckingsinglemalter

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    Now THAT is a dealer I hope like hell I never have to deal with...
  13. ylexot

    ylexot Super Genius

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  14. jpalamar

    jpalamar Long timer

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    You're going on a trip. Get to your dealer ASAP and get your old antenna ring swapped out for the new one. It's part of a nationwide (worldwide) 'recall' or whatever anyone wants to call it.
  15. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    If your 07 has more than 6000 miles on it, chances are good that if it were going to fail it would have already. Check your vin against the campaign chart because some of the early 07's were not even effected. Carrying a spare is probably a good idea but there's no need to run down to the dealer and delay your trip.

    My 07 has 22,000 miles on it and I have no concerns about my EWS going south on the 3000 mile ride I am leaving on next week. My VIN is listed in the "campaign" but I'm really not worried. These things fail early in their life.
  16. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Have the same bike, was wondering how you were notified about the recall? In Ontario myself.
  17. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Because per BMW software upgrades are only to be done if the owner complains about a particular problem that the software is supposed to solve.

    Its pretty simple, if your bike's not knocking then don't get the upgrade. Many are reporting new issues after the software upgrade such as fuel gauge issues and other minor annoyances.
  18. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    There are no recalls. The EWS is a service campaign which means when the bike is brought in for regularly scheduled service the EWS swap should be performed. The software upgrade is a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) that only applies to certain VIN's and is only to be applied to bikes that are knocking, pinging or running very rough at low RPM under load.
  19. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Mine doesn't get in to the dealer much, just in the winter for any warranty items. Guess I'll have to call them up and figure something out for the EWS.

    Got those symptoms for the running, too. I just hate giving them the bike during the riding season. :bluduh
  20. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Another little tidbit that I should mention (because I read the TSB at the dealer yeterday) is the software update is only for late 07 and 08 bikes that have the new engine management computer dubbed BMSK-C. These are bikes that have ASC or are capaple of having ASC using the info that Poolside posted in another thread.

    My 07 bike was built in December of 06 and has the older engine management computer dubbed BMSK that is not capabe of ASC and is not covered under the service bulliton that I read over the dealers shoulder.

    So long story short, even if your bike runs rough at low RPM's, the software update will do no good unless you have that newer engine managment computer.