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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old May 27th, 2011, 1:13 am Thread Starter
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Due to my 2006 BMW K1200GT being swamped by sea water during a recent cyclone, I need to replace many electrical items, such as the ZFE controller, the BMSK unit, and the instrument cluster (amongst others). These are apparantly programmed to the VIN of the bike, and I have heard can not be changed to suit another bikes VIN. I would like to use 2nd hand parts, so does anyone know if there is some way to reprogram, or in any other way allow these type of programmable parts to be reused. And also which parts do identify with the VIN.
Any information would be much appreciated,
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old May 27th, 2011, 3:47 am
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I don't doubt the mess that those parts are probably in, but if you haven't connected the battery or left salt water inside for weeks, you could be in luck.

If you can open up the items with electronics inside then try the following:

1.) Run them under the tap for several minutes to clear out most of the salty water.
2.) Wash them over with some water and detergent.
3.) Stand them in some de-ionised water for 5 minutes or so.
4.) Rinse in some industrial alcohol spirit, use an air line to dry off if you have one.
5.) Allow to air dry first, then pop in mommas oven set to about 80 degrees C for 1/2 an hour. In the case of the cockpit, I'd remove the internals from the case as the clear plastic glasses on the clocks might not behave too well in the oven even though the temperature is relatively low.

At the end of that you should have removed any salt water which is the biggest enemy, since it is highly corrosive and conductive.

I would try this on the most expensive and hardware coded items first.

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