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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 5th, 2012, 4:47 pm Thread Starter
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Gas gauge 07 K1200GT

I have a 2007 K1200GT. Recently my gas gauge said I have 48 miles to go and then I ran out of gas a few miles later. Has anyone else had this occur? Curious to see
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 2012, 12:40 am
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This is a common "strip" failure on the 07s and 08s. See your dealer for replacement. The newer (late 08s) strips seem to have a longer life.
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Could be that its had a new strip and not been recalibrated.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 19th, 2012, 9:39 am
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I have heard that replacements may not be that accurate anyways. I suggest to fill up when your tank has 1/4 left!!
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This is a common "strip" failure on the 07s and 08s. See your dealer for replacement.
And then see your dealer for replacement, and then see your dealer for replacement, and then see your dealer for replacement, and...
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That just happened to mine as well and I have heard of the issue, but it happened right after the dealer serviced it. Seemed a bit too coincidental.

So, since it is prone to failure and a $144 part, what is the approved solution? Black tape over the caution triangle?

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So, since it is prone to failure and a $144 part, what is the approved solution? Black tape over the caution triangle?
Your can have the fuel strip replaced which may fix it, or fix it for a while. Repeat failures are common, sometimes so often that they are within the warranty period so some of the repeat trips to the dealer may be free. As for me it's just too much trouble to chase the problem, at least until such time as a real solution is developed, if one ever is. In the meantime the trip odometer was and is the best 'fuel gauge' for a motorcycle.

To get rid of the warning light there is a method of adding a couple of resistors at the fuel strip connector in order to spoof the fuel sensor signal, which will result in a constant fuel level reading and a 'happy' warning light. I don't have the link handy but a search should reveal it.
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BMW NA gives a 2-year warranty on parts.

So if you replace the fuel level strip for $144, and maybe some labor, then if it fails inside of 24 months they should replace it for you free. As always, building a good relationship with your local dealer helps here.

Another option is to try and fit the fuel level float from a K13GT, which is only $89. I haven't done that myself. I know the fuel tanks are identical, as is the metal mounting bracket under the fuel cap that the strip/float mounts too. Which means that it should physically fit, so the only question is if the electrical resistance at different fuel levels is similar.

That would be an interesting experiment.

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That would be an interesting experiment.
Sure would. Whoever manages to work that one out will be Hero for a Day.
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