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post #1 of 6 Old Feb 4th, 2018, 10:34 am Thread Starter
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GS 911 Capabilities and Benefits

I am considering a GS 911 purchase to monitor & diagnose the status of the '00 LT that I just got.
I drive an '06 Audi A6 cage(185k miles), & couldn't do my own maintenance &/or repairs on it with out the VCDS software & ELSA manual that's loaded on my laptop.
So, I'm assuming that I'll find good use for the GS 911 software & interface.
However, before I hastily purchase, I'd like to hear about it from others what it's benefits have been.
So what's your experience?

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With your bike you could get away with the original model that was bluetooth or wire hook up. They are cheaper. Also buy the regular model that will do ten bikes no need for the pro model with unlimited bike use. You can up grade on line later if you want. Yes, it is a great tool for looking in depth at your bike. You have no service reminder but many other actual function features are available along with real time observation of many functions. There are now two model up grades one for the new 2017 (and newer) bikes and just in the past few days an additional model.
You need a garage computer to run things. I have an inexpensive lap top for that duty. I sold my original first model when I upgraded, you might find one of those. I suggest you pass on the Chinese copies.
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Hi, I got mine GS911 to reset the service reminder on my 2010 R1200GSA. But, I have used it a few times on my 2002 K1200LT/ Hannigan rig. On the K1200 I had it help find a problem with the TPS , also I had ABS lights that my GS911 told me it was low brake fluid .

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I have an '05 LT and have used my wired GS911 several times on my bike, mainly to check after self-servicing that everything was running OK. It's handy to have things like "check cooling fans" etc that won't otherwise come on until bike warms up, watch real-time 02 sensor data, etc.
Also use it on my K12GT, and have used it on several friends K1200LT's. Will use it on my next door neighbours 2004 LT when he eventually gets it out of storage.
Good thing with the LT's and earlier GT/RS's.. it doesn't store VIN codes for these so there is no limit on number of bikes.... different if doing GS's and later models.
Also helpful if you need people like Sailor (Jean) to help diagnose issues over the Interwebs!

Actually, I also just bought an OBD2 reader for the Sprinter motorhome I picked up recently, after how useful I found the GS911 has been.

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I just purchased a used one last week. It arrived Friday. I tried it out and it seems pretty cool. I hope I really never have to use it, but it is good to know I will have one if I need one. I will keep it on the bike at all times.
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I just purchased a used one last week. It arrived Friday. I tried it out and it seems pretty cool. I hope I really never have to use it, but it is good to know I will have one if I need one. I will keep it on the bike at all times.
You should use it at every 12K maintenance interval to check for stored fault codes. You should also use it after every brake fluid flush to check for air in the system.

I have yet to see a fault code on my LT, but I still use my GS-911 routinely. After my Speiglers installation, I could not get all of the air out of the rear control circuit even after an hour or more of bleeding over two days. I put nearly a quart of fluid through the system yet could not pass the bleed test.

The good news is that I knew I had an issue, so I road cautiously for a week and then checked again and enough air had worked its way out so that the bleed test now passed.

Vibration and use does wonders for getting the last little bit of air from the hydraulics. I had the same issue with the clutch, although no test to run on it, just mushy lever that barely disengaged the clutch. A week of riding and all was good.

I consider modern diagnostic tools a "must have" if you plan to do your own work and do it well. Any they pay for themselves quickly. I pretty much paid for my new Handy lift with the labor savings on my clutch repair a couple years ago...
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