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2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby Tophat415 on Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:17 pm

So suddenly my K12 won't register a full tank of fuel. The bike only has 3400 miles on it. My local mechanic says it's the 'film strip', which needs to be taken to a dealer to be replaced and re calibrated correctly. He also says that it may still be covered as a warranty issue.

Anyone been down this road before?

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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby Bernardo on Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:24 pm

Hi Top, welcome to the forum :)

Is possible a malfunction of the fuel sensor (Part 8 - see http://www.realoem.com) ) . Looking the cost, better if it is covered by your warranty. I don't think it could be calibrated...

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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby cjack on Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:27 pm

Yes. Well the strip is not calibrated as such, but the computer is calibrated to respond to the variations in the strip resistance. There is a range of resistance which the strips may exhibit manufacturering tolerance from something like 2200 to 2800 ohms.
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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby Tophat415 on Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:52 am

So it goes like this ...

These in-tank resistive strips were BMW's cutting edge answer to the old float and lever arrangement, but they still have yet to get it right. 2005-2008 K12 owners are gonna have this unit fail, it's just a matter of when. Gas range on the LCD display will be all over the place or in my case it just gave up and never registered even a full tank of gas. If it fails outside of warranty, it's about $300-340 from a dealer to replace, update the software, then calibrate. You then have 2 years of warranty in case it fails again.

The only upside is that while was waiting for the replacement, software update, calibration and road test (estimated at 1 hour, mine is a 2007 that had never had it's software updated, so it actually took 3), I started picking out bikes on the showroom floor and taking them out for test runs. They had my $16K K12 there as collateral, the showroom was dead, so they were pretty good sports about it.

Ended up having a lot of fun on a Triumph Thunderbird, specifically.

Sure, it sucks, but it is what it is.

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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby Ed F K on Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:24 am

What brand of fuel do you use Tophat?

Where did you have the work done in the Bay area?
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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby jp- on Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:40 pm

Had mine changed last fall. Also took over 3 hrs, with all the software updates needed. Good thing is it's warrantied from the date last fixed. So if it goes out under 2 years, it will be fixed again.
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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby Tophat415 on Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:25 am

Santa Rosa BMW, CA

91 Octane from so-called Tier One purveyors Chevron and Shell, they are the two stations closest to my house. But should it really come down to this kind of bullshit?

I mean really, now.

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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby Ed F K on Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:47 pm

Mine has not failed, but is a little finicky some times.
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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby sunpsbiker on Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:23 am

The third strip just failed on my 2005 k12s in 22k miles. Guess I'll wait until spring to deal with it and track miles between fill ups until then.
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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby Fido on Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:14 pm

You see a few...but very few...folks having trouble with these strips on this site.

Let me ask...are you using any fuel additives?
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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby gjt2261 on Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:54 pm

I just had the sensor strip in my bike replaced for the fourth time......obviously, a very poorly thought-out - or executed - design. :?
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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby firebirdn on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:33 am

I would be super steamed if my k had that happen with so few miles on the ticker.Sounds like it will happen at some point just a matter of when. Anyone on here have a high mile K12S without this problem?
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Re: 2007 K1200S Fuel Film Strip

Postby buttMD on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:48 am

I swapped out the entire assembly earlier this year ( pump, strip, filter) on my 05 K12 S with 60,000 miles trying to fix a "engine shut down" I am having. (see "engine quits at high rpm" in Tech, Service, and Maintenance) but it didn't have any effect on my problem. My gauge has never been very accurate from the beginning however-running out of gas with 2 bars and 60 miles left? Come On Bavaria! So I just started carrying around a couple of 1 liter MSR fuel canisters.

AAR, I have a complete, working (relative term!) fuel pump assemble I would sell all or part of.
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