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post #1 of 6 Old Aug 12th, 2019, 1:05 pm Thread Starter
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2008 Fuel Strip

I have searched every forum (using fuel strip, fuel, gauge, etc.) and am looking for the person that responded to a post within the last 30 days about the procedure he used that he said helped calibrate his fuel strip. He said that he reset his onboard computer before and after filling up his RT and it helped with the accuracy of the gauge. I have tried this and do not know if I am doing it correctly. I can only reset the miles per gallon, and miles per hour. I cannot reset the miles left to go before the next fill up. I am using the "BC" button on the handlebar to reset everything.



I have had my last strip replaced about least three years ago and it is not accurate. I guess I should be happy it is working at all and do not have the blinking yellow light. I did use my GS 911 to recalibrate it one time, but it still is not accurate. If I want to get this replaced again I have until March 2020 until I am no longer able to get a free replacement.


In the attached photo you will see that I have approximately 300 miles on my tank of fuel and the gauge is reading between half and quarter full. The onboard computer tells me that I can go another 130 miles, which I know is incorrect. When I get to 280 miles, I start looking for gas. The RT's tank size is approximately 7 gallons, and at 50 miles per gallon, I figure I could go a max of 350 miles on a tank of gas, but only once did I go 320 miles. When I get to 300 miles I am starting to panic!



Just FYI, after filling up, and driving 80 miles, the gauge went down to the first mark, and at approx. 170 miles went down to the half way mark, and then goes extremely slow towards empty. I seem to remember that the original fuel strip, when I traveled approximately 80, 160, 240 miles, it would read at each mark on the gauge. The light would come on at about 260 to 280 miles, but that was so long ago.



So, if this person is reading this, or if someone else remembers and can find this post, please send me a pm or a email to mtrevelino @ hotmail.com.


Any other thoughts on if I should go ahead and have it replaced next March or just live with it?????

Thank you!!
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post #2 of 6 Old Aug 13th, 2019, 7:58 am
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Re: 2008 Fuel Strip

Hi,

I don't know if this helps, but, here goes anyway. Coming from 15 years of riding a Harley-Davidson, I've become used to inaccurate fuel guages. Your best on most reliable guage is you trip odometer. Reset it to zero with each fillup, and calculate the approximate miles to 'reserve' and repeat. I have a 2009 RT and once I ran it until the light came on, I think it was around 270 miles. When I filled it up, it still only took 5.4 gallons. My mpg average on the display is 48, the best I've seen was on an all day highway trip, and that was 49. Knowing how far I can go without filling up is only useful if I'm going through the desert and see that "No Gas for 100 miles" sign when the guage is at 1/2 or less.

I know that's not what you were looking for, but, for what it's worth.

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Re: 2008 Fuel Strip

Have the fuel strip replaced. It is a warranty item now so don't sweat it. Your miles per tank calculation is just about correct. When I had my 2005 RT, I could get around 325 miles per tank (still had a little fuel left and could probably do 350 miles). Riding in the panhandle of Texas, I can understand how you feel when you see that the next fuel stop is over 75 miles away.

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Re: 2008 Fuel Strip

Mike, if you are seriously entertaining going with the MotoScan set up, you will want to see this! Apparently, it can do the fuel strip calibration for you, per the following: https://translate.google.com/transla...n.de%2Fblog%2F

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Re: 2008 Fuel Strip

Have the fuel strip replaced; any BMW part replaced by a BMW dealer is automatically warranted for 2 years from date of replacement.

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Re: 2008 Fuel Strip

Thanks everyone.

Pad - My GS 911 does the calibration. I only have iPhones so the Motoscan will not do for me.

Karl - Believe it or not but this is what the service manager told me. He said the two year warranty period is only for NON warranty parts. I really do not know the difference, but that is what he said. So, if I get it replaced in March, and in May it goes out, I am stuck. Since my 15 year period ends in April.

John - I always reset my trip2 odometer when I fill up.
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