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Old 10-26-2015, 01:01 PM
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FIX for your fuel strip!

There is a reported FIX for dead fuel strips!

I'm on the GS Adventure forum and learned of a fix for the fuel strip - most of the inmates there reported success with using a BBQ, or Scripto lighter, to zap the fuel strip.

I've read multiple posts on the correction - some zap the strip while others report pulling out the strip and drying it completely.... I'd probably opt for pulling the strip; however, it can be done - in tank.....

Ohm meter tests of failed fuel strips show an open circuit; however, several zaps with the igniter (they say it takes more than one....) will activate the fuel strip and give a resistance reading of 2.4k - 3.x k ohms resistance -- plug in the tank leads and it works!

I have yet to experience another strip failure; however, I'm going to give this a try on my next on strip failure....

I'll follow with the exclaimer - I've only read of this correction - here's the link to more on this topc:

http://advrider.com/index.php?thread....844902/page-2


I wanted to report this as I'd posted and read many complaints here, with no identifiable options other than replacement as a correction. Sure, warranty will cover this for a while; however, you may be able to fix the strip on your own - or get an old one working.....

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Re: FIX for your fuel strip!

Also this one on the forum
http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?...ght=fuel+strip
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Re: FIX for your fuel strip!

Since BMW will replace it for free, why go to the hassle?
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Re: FIX for your fuel strip!

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Since BMW will replace it for free, why go to the hassle?

Do they??? Was that a recall.
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Re: FIX for your fuel strip!

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Since BMW will replace it for free, why go to the hassle?

My thoughts exactly.

And, even if you've paid for the fix in the past, BMW will reimburse you.
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Re: FIX for your fuel strip!

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Since BMW will replace it for free, why go to the hassle?

Well, I'm getting tired of the dealership handcuffs for every solution on my bike - I'm not always around a dealership and my time is money too....

I'm also excited to see a solution - outside of BMW Engineering for this simple fix....

It's nice to have a second option, IMHO.....
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Re: FIX for your fuel strip!

This sounds a lot like Christmas tree light string fixers that "find" burned out bulbs to fix the string.

http://lightkeeperpro.com/home/

Christmas tree incandescent bulbs have a shunt that carries the current across a bulb if the bulb's filament burns out, so that bulbs wired in series continue to work. Sometimes the shunt doesn't do its job, and the entire string goes dark, so you don't know which bulb is the one that is bad. The lightkeeper tool works by using a piezo crystal to zap current through the wire, which can sometimes activate the misbehaving shunt. The string lights up, and then you replace the bad bulb. (If you don't replace bulbs, then the higher voltage across the remaining bulbs increases the wear and tear on them, and the string becomes frustratingly difficult to repair.)

They don't always work, but it is a good tool to try. I wonder if one of these would work to "fix" a bad fuel strip?
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Re: FIX for your fuel strip!

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Do they??? Was that a recall.

In the US BMW will replace the fuel strip for 12 years from the date the bike went into service.
I don't remember if the 12 year warranty is good in other countries.
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Re: FIX for your fuel strip!

Any idea how to contact in Canada about the 12 year strip replacement? Dealer says its not covered here?
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Re: FIX for your fuel strip!

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Any idea how to contact in Canada about the 12 year strip replacement? Dealer says its not covered here?
Did you try this?
https://www.bmw.ca/en/ssl/Contact-Us.html

Most people report that all they do is refer you back to your dealer, but it doesn't hurt to try.

You might try the BMW North America (USA) contact:
http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/index.html
... then click the tiny "Contact" link at the bottom of the page.

I don't know whether BMW North America sits above BMW Canada in the pecking order, or if they are independent.

Good luck!
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Re: FIX for your fuel strip!

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Any idea how to contact in Canada about the 12 year strip replacement? Dealer says its not covered here?

Unless things have changed from the summer us Canadians are out of luck on the free recall / replacment on the fuel strip.
That was right from BMW Canada when I called them. Not sure how we got excluded from this world wide recall but we did.
Let me know if things change when you contact them please.
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