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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old May 4th, 2008, 12:08 am Thread Starter
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Can the Brake Pad Sensor be Bypassed

Just turned over 9k today there is the goofy brake pad sensor light staring back at me. I figured it was a false indication after having read previous posts here. I know all 3 sets are in good shape because I just completed a tire changeout 1k ago and inspected them carefully. Mucho pad left!

I plan on changing to aftermarked pads and doing the work myself when the time comes..............

however, can the sensors be bypassed? Permanently?




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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old May 4th, 2008, 12:53 am
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Dunno.

But maybe if the wires are cut (open circuit), that will keep the light off. Of course, if it is a stored code, then you may need something like the GS-911 tool to reset it so it is turned off.

All speculation on my part.

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I think it is the other way 'round. If the wires have continuity, OR a specified resistance, you could do it up at the plug and it would be out of the way. Just stick an ohm meter on them before you go cutting or crimping...

I plan on doing that one day, so I still have the front and rear old pads with the plug I'll need.
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So those of us that want to avoid the big buck beemer pads by going aftermarket are stuck with the warning light?

I'm not electronically saavy................has anyone out there gone to aftermarket brake pads? I can follow on the electronic stuff if someone blazes the trail.


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Now that we're done with the speculation the sensor is simply a wire loop embedded in the brake pads. When the wire wears through and breaks the connection, the warning light comes on. Some bikes have had the sensor wires break due to being zip-tied too tight at the factory, triggering the warning light.

To disable this, simply unhook the sensor wire at the first connection up from the brake pads and insert a jumper wire into the upstream plug (not the side attached to the brake pads). The connection will always remain made and the warning light won't come on again.

Personally, I don't have any problems with the factory brake pads. They give great braking and feel and seem to last fairly well depending on how you ride. Sure they're stupidly expensive, but then again you did buy a BMW.

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To disable this, simply unhook the sensor wire at the first connection up from the brake pads and insert a jumper wire into the upstream plug (not the side attached to the brake pads). The connection will always remain made and the warning light won't come on again.
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Do you know if it requires resetting of the bike's computer with either BMW's Motoditec (sp?) or something like the GS-911 - or is it reset with the jumper alone if the light is already on?

When I require pads, I may call Brembo and try and buy them direct as my friend did on his old R100GS. Pads to him were only $15 from Brembo's online distributor or $50 from the dealer. Quite a price difference.

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I'm not sure if it requires a MoDiTec reset or not. But I'm sure that if it did, a GS-911 tool would take care of it.

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Thanks Ken.......that clears it up.

I'm thinking in this direction because I do all of own tire changes (2-3 sets/yr) and have frequent opportunity to examine the pads so I can forego the cost of the factory pads.

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What equipment are you using to change the tires? I've had 5 fronts and 8 rears in 13 months on my GT and it's time for another set. I really need to be able to change them at home at my convenience.

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The light definitely requires a MoDiTec reset to clear, The GS-911 should do the job if you have one.

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