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    Another new fuel strip?

    Last July I had the three re-calls performed on my 05 1200 RT. Since October my gas gauge consistently reads full no matter the quantity in the tank. Is this a reset of some kind or is this another fuel strip?
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    fuel strip

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    Does sound like the fuel strip. I'm on #5 or 6 in my 07 GSA.

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    Will soon get my third in less than two years with this 07RT.

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    So far on the 2012 - I'm only on the 2nd one, but it appears to be getting a bit flakey.

    On my '07 R1200R I went though 7 or so of them. I think I must be filling the tank wrong.. If you look in the filler of the R1200R with a maglite - the fuel strip is directly below the filler hole, no way to miss it. With NJ having vapor-recovery boots on the hoses, it's usually necessary to put the nozzle rather far in the tank to get the pump to go on. Chances are excellent the fuel is gushing right against the fuel strip. Next strip that goes in will have a protective shield over it above the strip - made from a plastic oil bottle and some tie-wraps.. we'll see if that will help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    So far on the 2012 - I'm only on the 2nd one, but it appears to be getting a bit flakey.

    On my '07 R1200R I went though 7 or so of them. I think I must be filling the tank wrong.. If you look in the filler of the R1200R with a maglite - the fuel strip is directly below the filler hole, no way to miss it. With NJ having vapor-recovery boots on the hoses, it's usually necessary to put the nozzle rather far in the tank to get the pump to go on. Chances are excellent the fuel is gushing right against the fuel strip. Next strip that goes in will have a protective shield over it above the strip - made from a plastic oil bottle and some tie-wraps.. we'll see if that will help.
    Don, you might check and see if the ADV member still sells the little plastic tool to hold back the vapor recover tool.
    Here's the thread.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...e-tool.647816/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Don, you might check and see if the ADV member still sells the little plastic tool to hold back the vapor recover tool.
    Here's the thread.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...e-tool.647816/
    I've considered these - but the way the cap is mounted on the R1200 bikes, this tool would likely be as big an impediment as the vapor recovery boot. Plus - it's likely to end up causing me to spill gas (klutz!).. usually I just hold the nozzle with one hand and the boot back with the other.

    Funny thing - some stations don't have the boot, even in NJ - but certain brands (like BP) always have them. Unfortunately - the most convenient station to me is a BP.. (and I get a discount using their credit card - $0.02 per fillup, which can be saved up. I fill the bike there a lot - and don't use it - saving up until I have something like $0.50/gallon saved - then I bring the tanker over and fill that up [Cayenne has a 24 gallon tank.. 20 gallons at $0.50 discount = $10.00.].) But, I digress..
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    I've considered these - but the way the cap is mounted on the R1200 bikes, this tool would likely be as big an impediment as the vapor recovery boot. Plus - it's likely to end up causing me to spill gas (klutz!).. usually I just hold the nozzle with one hand and the boot back with the other.

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    It works great for me. I've been carrying the plastic tool in my tank bag for the last 3 years and in that time none of the stations we have stopped at had the vapor recovery boot
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    Does 2012 model year still use fuel strip? I thought around 2010 BMW started using mechanical fuel sender i.e. float

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardR1200RT View Post
    Does 2012 model year still use fuel strip? I thought around 2010 BMW started using mechanical fuel sender i.e. float
    From other posts I have seen this: 2005-2013 R and K series motorcycles that contain a film type fuel level sender fuel strip.

    Look up a specific bike here:
    http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/...ex_recall.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardR1200RT View Post
    Does 2012 model year still use fuel strip? I thought around 2010 BMW started using mechanical fuel sender i.e. float
    I don't think the R1200R switched to a float until 2015 when the new water cooled model was released.
    Most of the other models went to a float in 2009 or 2010.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardR1200RT View Post
    Does 2012 model year still use fuel strip? I thought around 2010 BMW started using mechanical fuel sender i.e. float
    No - that was back in 1986 after the 1983-1985 K bike fiasco.
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    Lee is correct. The R1200R continued to use a fuel-strip until the introduction of the water cooled model (and I don't know for sure what that uses - but I'd guess not a fuel strip.) The other R1200 series camheads started using a float sometime around 2010 or 2011 I believe. Unfortunately that can't be retrofitted on the R1200R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    Lee is correct. The R1200R continued to use a fuel-strip until the introduction of the water cooled model (and I don't know for sure what that uses - but I'd guess not a fuel strip.) The other R1200 series camheads started using a float sometime around 2010 or 2011 I believe. Unfortunately that can't be retrofitted on the R1200R.
    I keep reading about the failed fuel strips and when I was into my BMW dealer here in Calgary last summer having the rear wheel flange replaced on warranty I bought the question up about fuel strips. It seems in Canada we are not having this issue and it made me wonder why. Then it hit me that in the US the fuel blends are ethanol mix I am wondering out loud if the strips do not like the ethanol blend?
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