Fuel Strip

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Fuel Strip

Postby mogu83 » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:47 am

I understand (rumor about a rumor) that a conversion kit is available for the fuel gauge. Anyone have any information on this ???
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Re: Fuel Strip

Postby dbrick » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:00 am

I have a vague memory of having read, a year or two ago, about one rider who installed a float gauge from a later-model RT on an earlier-model RT. Can't remember where it was.
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Re: Fuel Strip

Postby mogu83 » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:26 am

Most of my memories nowadays are vague :). I'm surprised no one has come up with an aftermarket fix for the fuel strip. I'm out of the 12 year deal and if I want to have the fuel gauge work it's going to cost $300/400 to have the dealer install a known defective part.
Please don't anyone suggest using the odometer, I've been riding over 50 years and have a few bikes in the barn that don't have fuel gauges. I just don't like having something that don't work on the bike.
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Re: Fuel Strip

Postby wallyging » Thu May 28, 2020 9:02 am

I don't think it's possible to install a float in the R tanks - the shape doesn't allow the float arm sufficient movement.

Instead, I used an easy-to-make spoofer and combined it with a BMW low fuel switch https://www.bmwsporttouring.com/topic/95168-replace-fuel-strip-with-warning-switch-on-2012-r1200r/ to give myself a low fuel warning light. Now the fuel gauge reads full until I have about 3 liters left, at which point the gauge shows empty and the low fuel warning light comes on. The light comes on when I have about 215-220 miles on the tank, with about 30-35 miles remaining. I still reset the trip odometer so I can estimate how much many miles I have left before empty.

My BMW tech said he's never seen an R bike fuel strip last - they are made differently than those for the other BMW models.

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Re: Fuel Strip

Postby dbrick » Thu May 28, 2020 9:14 am

Very nice work! Thanks for sharing it, impressive that it can be done in one's garage without a trip to the dealer's computer.
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Re: Fuel Strip

Postby glkok » Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:44 pm

On the fuel strip subject. I am preparing for the 4th one on my 2008 R1200R. The first one lasted 6 years, second 4 years, third less than a year. Has anyone else seen this trend?

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Re: Fuel Strip

Postby winkeldc » Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:14 am

glkok wrote:On the fuel strip subject. I am preparing for the 4th one on my 2008 R1200R. The first one lasted 6 years, second 4 years, third less than a year. Has anyone else seen this trend?


This will jinx me, but (knock on wood) I am still on my first replacement strip on my 08. I think someone placed a bit of plastic over the fuel strip to protect it from being hit by the fuel stream when refilling the tank, so I'd be curious to know if that's worked long term.

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Re: Fuel Strip

Postby dbrick » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:58 am

I've wondered about this too. My '07 had its fuel strip replaced within the first year of ownership by the PO, and that replacement strip is still in place and operating correctly.

My theory is that the early replacement strips were of better quality, and that later ones were poorer and failed more regularly. OTOH, there are some owners (DonE, looking at you) whose bikes had repeated replacements starting early in the model run. So the early ones do fail, but maybe they fail at a lower rate than the later ones.
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