Fuel strip fix?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by wjrudo, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. drussdog

    drussdog Been here awhile

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    keep trying, it took me a few times and some failure. Also take the bike out for a ride. I gave up and then took the bik eout and within 500 yards it started to work.

    The zapping works but not always first or second etc time.

    ps in aus they are not covered by BMW so it saved me $300.
  2. rms56

    rms56 Long timer

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  3. majlee_vmi

    majlee_vmi Tidewater 41009

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    So, I tried the old barbeque ignition trick and it works like a charm. Anyone have any experience with how long this repair will last?
  4. wonderings

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    I think you basically have to live with the fact that it will go again, not sure there is any normal time they last. Even with the fuel strips replaced, they sometimes last a few weeks and others a year or so. I would begin resetting the trip every time you fill up for a little extra info if you suspect it is acting up again, you will at least know how much you have ridden on that tank.
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  5. drussdog

    drussdog Been here awhile

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    depends on how much karma you have picked up, mine is still fine but i have to admit that i still look at every time and smile that's it's still working.

    Looking at other threads on this wonderings is right, it could be forever or a day. But plan for a day that you will actually need it. I reset it whenever i intend to go far from home and will need to know the kms (miles for you)
  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Yup, unpredictable.
    I have always done this on every bike and car I owned.
  7. majlee_vmi

    majlee_vmi Tidewater 41009

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    Kind of what I figured. I've had a good time this summer figuring out how to do my own work on the bike this summer, but this one just made me giggle like an idiot when it worked. I've been using the trip odo for a while as a backup.

    JvB - when's the next tech day? I was talking with a guy last week from Maryland who's been to one of them and recommends it.

    Thanks for the info.
  8. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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  9. maxjett

    maxjett Ride with Rocko Supporter

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    I can't get my friend to ZAPP! He'll just have to spend half a day at the dealer for the recall.
  10. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    I zapped my '09 a couple of times for the repair but it wasn't a "fix." The new owner had it replaced under BMW's program.

    Mike
  11. Scottishbiker

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    About to zapp but I have nay resistance on center pins
  12. WOLVERINE

    WOLVERINE Keep her pinned!

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    You have an open circuit seems like, I doubt the BBQ lighter trick will work but can't hurt to try. If you don't live in Canada you have 12 yr warranty on it so take it in to get it replaced if the trick doesn't work.
    Also, I know this is an old thread, but I mentioned elsewhere about cleaning the male and female connector ends as there maybe corrosion ( was in my case, causing my intermittent failure ) then putting some di-electric grease on the connector before putting it back together to stop any further corrosion.
    I'm still on my original fuel strip ( 08 GSA ) and haven't zapped it in almost 5 yrs.
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  13. Scottishbiker

    Scottishbiker Adventurer

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    I'm a bit far from a dealer to have replaced. Planning the float mod
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    Nelis04 Adventure Newbee

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  15. Carl Childers

    Carl Childers Ghost in the Machine

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    I want me one of them!
  16. wonderings

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    Nice to see someone actually coming up with a fix for this. Anyone have it and use it? Does it work as advertised?

    I would buy one in a heart beat if I still had my '10 GSA.
  17. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Easily the easiest fix: GSW.

    But seriously, I've got the same problem, delving into it on this bike:


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  18. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    A sight few will ever see: IMG_6010.JPG
  19. Nelis04

    Nelis04 Adventure Newbee

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    It has been tested by multiple BMW drivers (R1200GS/Adventure, R 900 RT, R 1200 RT, K 1200 S, K 1300 S, K 1200 R, Sport, K 1300 R, K 1200 GT, K 1300 GT.) First tests are succesfull, last Friday he said it was ready to go for sale.
  20. wonderings

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    Great to hear! I bet BMW is kicking themselves now, I am sure they could have come up with the same fix but charge 3x more.