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Well I have addressed the brake module problem and now it seems I need to address the fuel gauge. Took the bike for a ride yesterday finally as it has warmed to 47 deg. Now the gage was replaced less than 100 miles ago. I got the bike from a friend knowing the possible issues. He had the dealer do all the fluid changes and recalls that were never done. Plus new tires. Bike has 2800 miles on it. Last year I rode it a total of 70 miles before the snow hit and the gage seamed ok with a full tank. Yesterday it showed 1/2 with a near full tank and 1/2 after I got back from a 50 mile ride and 1/2 after filling up. The gage is not a huge concern but it would be nice to have. So I will be investigating further into the float conversion. I read up a little on the forms and seams like the way to go.
I like the bike so I'm willing to put some time and labor into it. Oh I forgot cash also. Hopefully not too much. Im restoring his 1973 Z1900 and I got the K1200S for my labor. Not sure who is getting the better deal yet 馃ぃ
 

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I seem to recall seeing a youtube vid about replacing the fuel strip. They said that afterwards, you had to use the GS911 to re-calibrate with the bike's controller. Do you know if your friend did that?
 

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Well I just had the bike out again and the gage was reading correctly so there must be a delay in the reading. Ya I know about the calibration. It was done by the dealer.
 

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I have repaired my fuel strip several times by using a spark application process.
I use a lighter piezo spark unit to apply sparks to the terminals of the strip while it is in the tank.
It doesn't make sense, but it works.
When the fuel gauge drops to zero and stays there, this process will fix it - for me.
 

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If you get tired of dealing with the fuel strip like I did, there is a solution. I had several warranty replacements from bmw and after running out of gas on the highway I said enough is enough. Check out this thread which details a few of us solving the issue. mine has been perfect since.

 

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and yessss the fuel gauge sucks. Stranded on the interstate is no fun. I have no positive input other than 1 year ago Eurocycles of Daytona did a fast cheapeish $245 fix with a 3 year warranty
 

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I have been reading through the post about this change and it will be something I will do when that strip fails. In the mean time I thank all that have made that journey to change to the float and work out the procedure. It's pretty clear what has to be done. I have a 2005 with the metal filler so I will be looking for the black filler neck and float and have them on hand just in case. Sounds like a good winter project.
 

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I wish I never had the first fuel strip recall done - all went bad from there on for me. Fuel pumps where fine. After 3 free fuel strip from the same dealer - they started to bill me. I used the trip odometer from then on.
 

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Yes the more you can do on any machine the better off you are. Even if it means investing in some special tool.
I have a float sender on the way along with the later black plastic fuel filler. So I will be ready when the time comes. Im have been riding the bike over the last few days and have been enjoying it. Not quite as smooth as my FJR1300 but very nice handling.
 
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