View Poll Results: Have you had at least ONE fuel strip fail?

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  • YES - 2005 model year

    28 5.31%
  • YES - 2006 model year

    19 3.61%
  • YES - 2007 model year

    61 11.57%
  • YES - 2008 model year

    73 13.85%
  • YES - 2009 model year

    97 18.41%
  • YES - 2010 model year

    40 7.59%
  • YES - 2011 model year (R1200R only I think..)

    17 3.23%
  • YES - Multiple fuel strip failures - please note model/year in a comment

    43 8.16%
  • NO - fuel strip failure. Please note year/model in a comment

    187 35.48%
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  1. #196
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    2008 rt

    No failures ( knock on wood).
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    2009 gsa

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    Question 2009 gsa

    2009 gsa what?

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    2007 rt

    Still working so far...
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    The problem with the poll is that I can't change my vote.
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  6. #201
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    I knew I should not have

    Answered this poll (had a feeling that answering could be tempting fate). Looks like my fuel strip failed today on my 2008 RT. 1.5 months short of 5 years ownership, I bought it new from the dealer. I will find out for sure tomorrow morning.

    Update today July 5th...
    I answered the poll a few weeks ago, and of course that was a NO FAIL.

    Today, just replaced the failed (yesterday) fuel strip. $225 canadian, + 1 hour labour at $108 per hour (usually two hours but they had my tank off already doing something else for me) = so with tax this little fuel strip replacement cost $372.96 Canadian.

    How's that for spending money.
    Last edited by nelliott; 07-06-2013 at 03:55 AM. Reason: added new info
    Neil
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    Cowboy, sorry for the failure, but now you have a 2 year parts and Labor warranty

    Save your receipt and if it shows any sign of failing be sure and bring in back to the dealer within the 2 year parts and labor warranty period.

  8. #203
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    Quote Originally Posted by espressoforyou View Post
    Save your receipt and if it shows any sign of failing be sure and bring in back to the dealer within the 2 year parts and labor warranty period.
    Thanks for the reminder. They didn't mention that!
    Neil
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    Fuel Strip poll

    Replaced my Fuel Strip on my 2005 R1200RT at 45,875 miles in December 2011

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    So my fuel gauge started working. I bought the bike and a 100 miles into the return trip the gauge slowly went to full. I thought " hey I like this bike it makes it own fuel". Then I ran out at 213 miles, hmm maybe not so good. Any ways 3 months its has been stuck on full. Then on the the way to the MOA rally at Salem, I get a yellow flashing light, WTF! Checked the trip meter and yeah I need fuel, fill up and the gauge goes to full, working like it is supposed to. Trust it, I don't think so, but it has been working fine now through 2000 mile. Hmmm.???? What do you think???
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  11. #206
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    Your fuel strip has a mind of its own...
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    Fuel Strip Poll

    No failures

    26,000 miles

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    Fuel strip replacement with 911s

    has anyone got instructions for replacing a fuel strip 2005 K1200s, my buddy just got back from Oregon BMW rally and said it can be done with that 911 device and laptop. Thanks Woody

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    The gs911 has nothing to do with it. You have to physically replace the strip. To avoid removing the tank, you can remove the gas filler and have someone with a small hand reach straight down and unplug the old one and plug in a new one. Pay attention to how the connector works. It's a snug fit and takes some wiggle to unplug it.
    However, it seems that most of them fail at the connection of the wires to the strip inside an epoxy block on the strip. Some folks have welded this connection back together with a gas grill sparker. Do a search on adv forum and read about it. Pictures too. The thinking is that the connection is lost due to whatever...corrosion, etc. and the sparker rewelds it. They recommend a full tank of gas to avoid worry about air/fuel mixture and a spark. The trouble with this method on a K12 S is tha you have to remove the tank anyway to get to the connector. On a GS, the connector is right up top on the left side if the bike. Same for an rt too somewhat. But if you remove the strip from the tank filler and don't mangle the wires ( like I did ) then you might try just fixing the strip and putting it back.
    You do not have to recalibrate the strip with the BMW computer system. I believe BMW has informed the techs of this now, and I never have recalibrated mine. We have been thru 7 strips so far. The new ones work fine (until they break) with out recalibrating.
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    BTW, the resistance of the measuring part of the strip, the center two pins on the connector, is nominally 2500 ohms. The heater part of the strip, the outside two pins, is about 30 ohms I believe. The heater connections don't seem to often break though.
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