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post #1 of 10 Old May 4th, 2020, 1:24 pm Thread Starter
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Need some advice on my 2003 1200 LT

I have a 2003 1200 LT with 27000 miles on it and about a year ago the brake module failed. The repair is too costly for me and I have been on the list for module master since and it is not looking good for getting it repaired any time soon. I am looking to see what other options there are for me to sell, salvage etc the bike.
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post #2 of 10 Old May 4th, 2020, 1:44 pm
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Re: Need some advice on my 2003 1200 LT

I know there is a service in Germany that can do this, as I recall. Also not cheap. Have you considered bypassing the ABS altogether? The LT is the only bike I have with ABS, so when it goes tits up I will bypass mine.
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Re: Need some advice on my 2003 1200 LT

Bypass is fairly easy and you have very good brake force but no ABS function. Some have had good luck on Ebay units I know Dave Selvig (saddleman) just put one in an 09.
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Re: Need some advice on my 2003 1200 LT

Depending on what is wrong with your modulator, there may be a solution to make a repair. Long story short, about 10 years ago my 2003 K1200LT developed a very slight leak in the ABS Modulator. It was one of the very first of these incidents that I and my dealer had even heard of. The bike was in the dealer’s shop for 11 months straight while I made hundreds of phone calls searching for a fix. I learned at that time, that ABS Modulator failures were caused by either a mechanical issue such as I had, or an electronic issue in its circuit board. We checked into a few claims that repairs were possible, but soon learned that was true ONLY if the problem was in the circuit board. To this day, I have still not ever heard of a repair being possible if there was a mechanical failure. I was in close contact with BMW Corporate all along, finally opting for a $2700 replacement. BMW did provide some help, which was much appreciated. When I finally had the bike back, I took it to a different dealer, for a thorough check-out. My LT got a clean bill of health.

Now to my point: I still have the failed pump - the one that developed the leak. Presumably, the circuit board is okay, but no guarantee. For the cost of boxing and shipping this HEAVY hunk of aluminum, it can be yours. Frankly, I’m not sure it is worth the effort to swap circuit boards. It may make the most sense to just disable the ABS as others have done. Good luck.
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post #5 of 10 Old May 5th, 2020, 9:39 am
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here's a complete bypass solution. Pricey, but does everything

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Re: Need some advice on my 2003 1200 LT

I had to by-pass my ABS a year ago. I had changed the brake fluid every year hoping to avoid ABS problems...but the power brake part stopped working.

Anyway, I left the lines going to the wheels and master cylinders in place .Then got some brake line from the auto parts store , a flaring tool , & some fittings and made up a line to connect the front to the front...& rear to the rear..

cut 2 wires going to the ABS & took out a light bulb on the dash.

I have locked up a wheel or two a few times sense then..Usually the sidecar wheel.. That never had ABS...With the ABS ,I had a hard time to lock it up on gravel it see it was even working...now with out ABS it locks up on pavement

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here's a complete bypass solution. Pricey, but does everything

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I had a look at your link and at first thought it was a great idea but then if you read to the end it states that the unit is not compatible with the EHCS.
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post #8 of 10 Old May 6th, 2020, 9:27 am
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Re: Need some advice on my 2003 1200 LT

I thought the ECHS was only on 2005 and later models. At any rate, several here have made up their own brake line parts, flared fittings, etc and you'll find lots of posts about what wires to cut or short to make the brake lights, dash, etc work OK. Probably a lot cheaper in the long run too. The kit just does all that for you.

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Re: Need some advice on my 2003 1200 LT

I don't know why they mention the EHCS as it does receive a signal from the brake light relay but not directly from the ABS. Maybe they just mean not compatible for 2005 and up US. No reason to use this product unless your electronics is fried in your ABS that you are bypassing.

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Re: Need some advice on my 2003 1200 LT

Bypass takes a little disassembly but not that difficult overall. I'm happy with the results and low cost alternative.
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