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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 2013, 11:14 am Thread Starter
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Can I try this at home?

So, it appears that my left combination switch on my 2009 K1300GT is dying. Over the last few months my horn and windscreen controller stop working for no apparent reason. My anecdotal observation is that it seems to quit more often as the temperatures rise.

I've read on forums that this is a common failure on the KGT's. My question is: Is replacing the combo switch something that an average weekend wrencher can handle?

Also, any idea why there is such a price difference in the parts? For example part # 61 31 8529475 is $395, but #61 31 8529471 is $362 and #61 31 7725739 is $123.
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From what I understand there was a recall on the 09 switches, both sides. Check with your dealer. Example here: http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/attachme...chmentid=24848

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My guess is that the price difference is for the different options that may be in the switchgear (ASC, ESA, etc.) The ASC switch is pretty big, and sits next to the actual switchgear part...so I'm probably wrong? Or maybe it comes as a set?
Anyway, it's not "hard" to replace it as much as it's a long process. You have to open up the bike (the left side at the very least) and cut a bunch of zip-ties as you follow it along it's path. So before you start, make sure you have a good supply of small, good quality zip-ties to replace them with.
There are several screws of different sizes that hold the switchgear together and on the bars. Pay attention to which one went where to make installing the new gear easier. I use a piece of 2" wide masking tape and lay the screws on it in close to their original position and orientation in relation to each other, sort of like a physical diagram. And they're stuck to the tape, so I don't lose them either. Then later, I try to get as much dog hair off the screws as possible before reusing them, but I always leave just a little, maybe 6 or 7 hairs each, to act as loctite.

Ok, that last part is a lie. There's never more than 1 or 2 hairs left on a screw.

Which is way, way better than the rest of the house, lemme tell ya.
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