View Poll Results: Have you had at least ONE fuel strip fail?

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  • YES - 2005 model year

    59 6.85%
  • YES - 2006 model year

    47 5.46%
  • YES - 2007 model year

    102 11.85%
  • YES - 2008 model year

    123 14.29%
  • YES - 2009 model year

    163 18.93%
  • YES - 2010 model year

    64 7.43%
  • YES - 2011 model year (R1200R only I think..)

    23 2.67%
  • YES - Multiple fuel strip failures - please note model/year in a comment

    78 9.06%
  • NO - fuel strip failure. Please note year/model in a comment

    260 30.20%
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  1. #556
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    Fuel strip failure #4

    2008 R12GSA, 73K. Missed the 12 year replacement by two months this time! Youtubed the "ZAP" method although it sounded like the "Hurt Locker" method to me, but decided to give it a go. Removed the BBQ igniter from the spud gun (it's Idaho!), a little insulation on the terminals, accessed the fuel strip plug and zapped away, as directed. Had a fire extinguisher handy. No drama. Buttoned back up, a short spin, fuel gauge works like it should! Will it last? Will have to see. Feeling pretty pumped right now, time for a cold beverage.

    The "ZAP" fix of the fuel strip ended up lasting about 100 miles of pavement and less than a 100 feet of gravel road. Not sure if it's worth trying again.
    Last edited by jdking; 06-20-2020 at 03:28 AM.

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    I purchased a 2009 R1200 GSA from a dealership in May of 2020. The bike had 21K miles on the clock. Later that same week of purchase, I went out for a ride. I checked the BC and it showed I had 300 miles of range. 10 miles later on the top of Spooner Summit at Lake Tahoe, I ran out of gas.

    I called the dealership I bought the bike from and they took care of it.

  3. #558

    2012

    On my third, just rolled over 25k km

  4. #559
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    2010 k1300gt

    35,000 miles and still on the original strip

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    fuel strip poll

    None-2013 BMWR1200RT. 26,000 miles

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    78000 miles & still original strip
    Bob

  7. #562
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    2009 gs

    32,000 and change. 4 fuel strips on BMW dime and one zap cost me 30 min so far the zap is working. O I did the zap to see if it could save me a trip to shop and crying. It works hope it continues to work I think its going to be a regular thing.

  8. #563
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guardrailbob View Post
    78000 miles & still original strip
    2007 R1200RT - the original fuel strip failed last week after 13 years and 85,630 miles. Sounds like I should consider myself lucky. Hope the new one lasts that long!
    DP

  9. #564

    2006 R1200RT fuel strip failures

    After riding the bike for a couple of years and outside of the warranty period I had my first fuel strip failure. BMW extended the warranty and that one was on their dime. Since then I don't recall how many failures I have had. I paid for the second one and it failed so quickly that the dealership paid for the third. Rinse and repeat. The third one failed and I paid again. That one failed and I was just charged parts for the replacement. I may have had another one since then but lose count. The current one sometimes fails and then recovers. ( Possible battery voltage issue per the service department.)
    My next bike will not have a fuel strip of the infamous "Fuel Pump Speed Controller" which failed when I was out in the countryside in a heavily mosquito infested area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinpolk View Post
    After riding the bike for a couple of years and outside of the warranty period I had my first fuel strip failure. BMW extended the warranty and that one was on their dime. Since then I don't recall how many failures I have had. I paid for the second one and it failed so quickly that the dealership paid for the third. Rinse and repeat. The third one failed and I paid again. That one failed and I was just charged parts for the replacement. I may have had another one since then but lose count. The current one sometimes fails and then recovers. ( Possible battery voltage issue per the service department.)
    My next bike will not have a fuel strip of the infamous "Fuel Pump Speed Controller" which failed when I was out in the countryside in a heavily mosquito infested area.
    My wife and I had a number of failed strips on our K1200S bikes...probably 7 or more between the two of us. I disassembled a number of failed strips and the strip itself was intact. That is the sensor resistance, and the heater resistance were intact. The issue was always the connection to the strip inside the epoxy block at the top. When the forum members started using gas grill starter sparking devices to restore failed strips, the failure at the connection inside the block was even more evident. The solution was to go back to the float. I read somewhere that some folks have retrofitted the float sensor to their fuel sensor bikes.
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    Jack Hawley MOA and RA #224, KE9UW ("Chuck")

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjack View Post
    I read somewhere that some folks have retrofitted the float sensor to their fuel sensor bikes.
    FYI - I posted my DIY in the hexhead tech library:
    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...uel-Strip-2007

  12. #567
    Going in this Thursday with my 09 GS for the “new Gen” fuel strip that according g to BMW dealer, is the new improved part that fixed the defective design. It is $330 for the part. We shall see.
    Cheers

  13. #568

    No issues - 17 R1200RT and 07 K1200GT

    No Fuel Strip issues with my 17 R1200RT or my 07 K1200GT w/70K miles.

  14. #569
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    Considering BMW dropped the fuel strips in 2010 ---- \_(ツ)_/
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