HELP, How to install Fuel Sensor Strip ???

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  1. MOSGS

    MOSGS Been here awhile

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    Ok my fuel sensor strip went on my 07 GS. That is not big news. I started to look it over to see if it may be something else. It reads a full tank all the time. I took the fuel tank neck out and looked in the tank. I saw the strip laying down on the right side of the tank.:huh Is this right? Seems like it should be hung someplace in the tank not laying down.
    Anyone know just how this strip is to be installed????
    Mike
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  2. hillbillypolack

    hillbillypolack Grumpy Old Goat

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    take it to your dealer. It should be covered under warranty. Mine was.
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  3. MOSGS

    MOSGS Been here awhile

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    BMW would not cover it. They said it was out of warranty! 2007 with 25,000 miles.
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  4. skibum_1260

    skibum_1260 Been here awhile

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    I just replaced the strip on my bike, really its pretty simple. It hangs from a steel post under the gas cap. So pull your gas cap, pull the cap sealing ring and under that you will see a metal ring with a piece of steel sticking out about 1-2" Thats what i needs to hang from, then the bottom of the strip will sit in a small pocket on the left side/ bottom of the tank. You may need to pull your fuel pump to verify its sitting correctly.

    So far i havent even had it calibrated and it seems somewhat close. Time will tell but alot better then having a dealer do it. And you dont even need to pull the tank to swap it.
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  5. tagesk

    tagesk Tuscan rider

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    This is a nugget of information.
    Can it be verified (that is, someone else telling me that it is in fact true)?
    If so I'll put it into the GSpot FAQ without delay.

    [TaSK]
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  6. skibum_1260

    skibum_1260 Been here awhile

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    Yeah I tried finding someone else who had tried this but had no luck. I figured the resistance value cant be that different when there made. So it should at least be close if you just swap them out without having it calibrated. But I did fill the bike up finally today and the guage does go all the way to the top, range is a bit different then before but its wasn't exactly accurate to begin with. now just to see how accurate it is once empty!

    But really you could probably replace the strip in about half an hour.
    Just need to be able to pull the fuel pump on left side of tank, disconnect fuel strip, remove fuel filler cap and pull out the old strip from hanger, hang new one and plug it back in, install fuel pump and then your body panels.


    Only issue is removing the large ring on the left side of the tank for the fuel pump. I just used a adjustable pin spanner wrench but isnt on to tight anyway.
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  7. tagesk

    tagesk Tuscan rider

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    Part number for a new strip?

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  8. little foot

    little foot Scratch and Sniff

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    Lets see some pics of the strip swap.
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  9. skibum_1260

    skibum_1260 Been here awhile

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    16 14 7 675 547 List is 131.95 from maxbmw and this is for a 09 r1200gs adventure, not sure if the adventure and regular gs uses the same strip or not. Sorry didn't take any picks though when I did it.
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  10. TangaEric

    TangaEric African Adventurer

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    Hello there,

    I have a 1200 Adventure of 2007 and my fuel gauge is not reading. I read through this post and from it can assume that my fuel trip is faulty. However, I live in Zanzibar, East Africa, and I can't just go to a nearby BMW dealer to get a replacement one. The closest dealer is in South Africa, some 5,000 km away. That means I have to order the part and get it shipped to me.

    As they are relatively expensive, before I do order a new fuel strip, it makes sense that I test the fuel strip first and see if indeed it is the fuel strip that is faulty, and not the connections or wiring. It would be a shame to purchase and have a new part shipped to me only to find that once installed, it also does not read the fuel level due to some other problem.

    So my question is, does anyone know how to test one of these fuel strips?

    Thanks in advance,

    Eric
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  11. Callisto224

    Callisto224 Long timer

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    Where are you located? Not sure if BMW is covering these outside of the US but if you're in the US, it's covered for 12 years.

    Do a fuel strip search here. Many posts about them here and how to repair them.

    Oh, and if you do replace it, expect the new one to fail at any time. My second one lasted about 3 weeks!
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