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    2008 R1200GS - what is this plug ?

    Below is a pic of a plug underneath the headlight assembly, behind the oil cooler. Anyone know what it is for? Thx - happy holidays!

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    2008 R1200GS - what is this plug ?

    Can't tell from the pic, but looks like the power connector for the factory GPS. If so you can buy the adapter at the dealer to wire up your gps. On my RT it sits right under the headlights.
    That's my guess from the picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lbarbee View Post
    Can't tell from the pic, but looks like the power connector for the factory GPS. If so you can buy the adapter at the dealer to wire up your gps. On my RT it sits right under the headlights.
    That's my guess from the picture.
    I live on the Big Island of HI - if I need a gps here, then I should not be riding!

    Thanks for your answer. BTW, can the plug be used as a hot for other accessories?

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    2008 R1200GS - what is this plug ?

    The only down side to using the factory GPS plug is that if you use a canbus smart charger, it turns your gps on when the canbus comes on. I remove my gps when in storage so no problem.
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    2008 R1200GS - what is this plug ?

    Yes, if it's a low-current accessory. I used it (with a repair connector) as a trigger wire for a fuse bock (from Eastern Beaver) to power other accessories.

    This post gives the BMW part number (83300413585). (#1 lead=negative, #3 lead=12v positive)
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...45&postcount=7

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    2008 R1200GS - what is this plug ?

    Hmm, wonder what the current limits are?

    Btw, shouldn't this be in hexheads/cam heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lbarbee View Post
    Hmm, wonder what the current limits are?
    Based on the size of the wire, it must be pretty low. 1 amp, maybe? Searching for GPS current draw suggests that the draw is less than an amp.
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    You might get more info in the correct forum for this which is the Hexheads/Camheads.

    This Oilheads forum is for 2 Cylinder Oil/Air cooled Boxer engines up to 1150cc plus R1200C models, 1994-2005.
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    I once found a dangling connector like that on my '09 GS (after getting home from my first fuel strip replacement) and it turned out that it was supposed to be connected to the fuel tank breather valve (#6 in the diagram below). Will that harness reach around to the throttle side of the bike just inside the fairing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wellston View Post
    I once found a dangling connector like that on my '09 GS (after getting home from my first fuel strip replacement) and it turned out that it was supposed to be connected to the fuel tank breather valve (#6 in the diagram below). Will that harness reach around to the throttle side of the bike just inside the fairing?

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    Thanks for the idea - much too short. Comes out of the harness right behind the oil cooler. No length to wire.

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    On my 2009 RT, there is a plug for the second horn wrapped on the clutch side of the nacelle's frame members. I retrofitted the earlier dual horns (replacing the single pancake) and used this plug for the second horn. I'm not sure if the GS also went from 2 horns to 1 pancake, but if so, this might also be a possibility...though the GPS connection may make more sense for the GS.

    Also, doesn't the GPS plug have three pins: positive, negative, and speed-sense lead?
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