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post #1 of 7 Old Apr 22nd, 2007, 9:23 pm Thread Starter
 
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Opening the Com System?

Hi guys, I need some help.

I have a 2001 LT (w/CD player). In 2004 I had the then current BMW Com System installed.

When I took my first ride of the spring this year I noticed the Com System no longer routes audio to the speakers in the helmets. Audio works fine through the speakers on the bike. There is a switch on the Com System that should change the audio output; audio goes to the speakers on the bike regardless of the switches setting.

The BMW dealer confirmed that it appears the switch on the Com System has gone bad, but, as expected, their only solution is to replace the entire Com System.

I'd like to take a crack at hardwiring the switch to send audio to the helmet (or otherwise solving the problem by mucking around with the broken switch).

Any advice on how to get into the Com System?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 7 Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 7:41 am
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Did you try a little WD 40 in the switch and work it on and off for a while. Mine did that a couple years ago. I think it is from lack of use....that switch doesn't get used a lot.

Hope it works for you also.

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Did you try a little WD 40 in the switch and work it on and off for a while. Mine did that a couple years ago. I think it is from lack of use....that switch doesn't get used a lot.

Hope it works for you also.

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I'd suggest a switch/contact cleaner . . . Radio shack has the stuff. W-D 40 is petroleum based and can compound a dirty switch by attracting micro particles

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post #4 of 7 Old May 2nd, 2007, 9:29 am Thread Starter
 
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I tried the suggestions kindly offered by Ron and PM.

After spraying judicious amounts of contact cleaner and WD-40 into the switch, it continues to behave as before.

Any words of wisdom from the group before I try opening the com system? Any suggestions on how to open it or even how to detatch it from the bike enough to try to open it?

Thanks,
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Go for it, it's not like you have anything to loose. However you might want to take all of the external connections apart clean them; add contact grease then reconnect it all, and see if it works before you break it open.

Do you get audio from the other sources and the intercom still works?

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You might call J&M, I think they still made the Comm System in 2004

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Comm System

Hi Folks,
I am having the same issues with only the left channel working in our helmets. I've done the WD40 thing to no avail. Where are these connections you speak of? That sounds like the ticket, but the last thing I want to do is start looking in all the wrong places!
Thanks for any advice
Pete in Asheville, NC
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