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Old 04-08-2008, 02:39 PM   #1111
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You guys do realize that the dealership parts ordering software will automatically substitute the latest P/N. This of course assumes that they are online and receive the latest updates in a 'timely' manner, but even so BMW will only ship what they have in inventory.

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Old 04-08-2008, 02:43 PM   #1112
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You guys do realize that the dealership parts ordering software will automatically substitute the latest P/N. This of course assumes that they are online and receive the latest updates in a 'timely' manner, but even so BMW will only ship what they have in inventory.

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That's what happened to me. I ordered using the old part # but they shipped me the new one.
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:28 PM   #1113
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I just had mine replaced last week. They ordered the -207 part number and got the -136 part which seems to be the newest version shipping right now.
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:32 PM   #1114
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You don't need the extention to swap the rings. There's enough room to unplug the old one and attach the new one on without the extention. Carry a ziptie and spare key and you're all taken care of.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:12 PM   #1115
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I just had mine replaced last week. They ordered the -207 part number and got the -136 part which seems to be the newest version shipping right now.
Has anyone heard, other than something written on a restroom wall, what changes [if any!] have been made with these new part numbered antenna?

I may pop for one...since I do a lot of riding off road and alone...
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:10 AM   #1116
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Has anyone heard, other than something written on a restroom wall, what changes [if any!] have been made with these new part numbered antenna?

I may pop for one...since I do a lot of riding off road and alone...
BMW hasn't said. My parts guy tried to find out but couldn't get an answer.
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:24 PM   #1117
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New one coming

I have the -136 on my 3/08 GSA & one as a spare,my dealer has told me a new unit which will superceed the -136 will be here in Aus next week.
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:21 PM   #1118
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Dealer Just called it's available

Dealer just called 5min ago new ring latest version has just been fitted to my bike will pick up bike tomorrow I will try to get latest part number & post it.
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:13 PM   #1119
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Spoke to the service boys

New Ring fitted and ends with -247 that is the latest part available to dealers here in Aus.
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Old 04-10-2008, 04:29 AM   #1120
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New Ring fitted and ends with -247 that is the latest part available to dealers here in Aus.
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Could you, please, try to read the full number for us to enjoy?

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Old 04-16-2008, 06:18 AM   #1121
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Can we think of a million ways to keep this damn thread going? I just spoke to one of my local dealerships and they seem to think it's not so much the part number but how the antennas are installed...esentially pointing to the wires wearing due to tie wraps being too tight (or poorly positioned) and the constant turning of the handle bars. Has anyone else heard this. Nonetheless, they are going to replace mine. I just want to know how insistent I need to be on the part number.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:21 AM   #1122
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Can we think of a million ways to keep this damn thread going? I just spoke to one of my local dealerships and they seem to think it's not so much the part number but how the antennas are installed...esentially pointing to the wires wearing due to tie wraps being too tight (or poorly positioned) and the constant turning of the handle bars. Has anyone else heard this. Nonetheless, they are going to replace mine. I just want to know how insistent I need to be on the part number.
Seems as of right now the damn problem is part number independent! FWIW, the whole issue reminds me of Louis Carroll's: Through the Looking Glass/Alice in Wonderland. I think it was the hare..."If you don't know where you are going any direction will do!"
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:54 AM   #1123
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Can we think of a million ways to keep this damn thread going? I just spoke to one of my local dealerships and they seem to think it's not so much the part number but how the antennas are installed...esentially pointing to the wires wearing due to tie wraps being too tight (or poorly positioned) and the constant turning of the handle bars. Has anyone else heard this. Nonetheless, they are going to replace mine. I just want to know how insistent I need to be on the part number.
If it were the wires then plugging in a new antenna wouldn't solve the problem. Dan
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:07 AM   #1124
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If it were the wires then plugging in a new antenna wouldn't solve the problem. Dan
Aren't the wires part of the harness that comes with a new antenna? The actual plug sits a few inches below the antenna mount and the wire is tie wrapped to the column (for lack of a better word). It's the constant twisting at the tie wrap locations that actually damages the wires running from the antenna itself to the plug. (According to the tech I spoke to)

Unless I'm missing something, that's how it appears on my bike. I think some of the posts on this thread even suggest keeping tie wraps with your spare antenna so that it doesn't just hang there until your able to mount it properly.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:37 AM   #1125
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Aren't the wires part of the harness that comes with a new antenna? The actual plug sits a few inches below the antenna mount and the wire is tie wrapped to the column (for lack of a better word). It's the constant twisting at the tie wrap locations that actually damages the wires running from the antenna itself to the plug. (According to the tech I spoke to)

Unless I'm missing something, that's how it appears on my bike. I think some of the posts on this thread even suggest keeping tie wraps with your spare antenna so that it doesn't just hang there until your able to mount it properly.
Just spoke to the service department again and he claims once they've mounted the new antenna (apparently they're routing and tying the wire differently) they haven't had one come back). Leads me to wonder if those who haven't had a problem (YET) should CAREFULLY remove the wire ties and CAREFULLY retie them in such a manner to reduce friction and give the wire a little more play?
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