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Old 04-18-2012, 04:50 AM   #751
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Question Where's the ground?

Just wondering where the battery negative cable is grounded? On my 1200GS it was under the gas tank on the left hand side. You had to remove the tank to get at it. Remember the good old days when the ground was right out front?
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:02 AM   #752
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Just wondering where the battery negative cable is grounded? On my 1200GS it was under the gas tank on the left hand side. You had to remove the tank to get at it. Remember the good old days when the ground was right out front?

Is it under your seat on the right? Sometimes it is covered by a little black cap next to a positive sticker (where the pos hooks).
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:55 AM   #753
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Just wondering where the battery negative cable is grounded? On my 1200GS it was under the gas tank on the left hand side. You had to remove the tank to get at it. Remember the good old days when the ground was right out front?
It splits. Brown wire on left front at back of starter motor, and an internal harness junction all over to modules.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:16 AM   #754
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No love under the seat, Namecheck .

Thanks for the reply, Joel. I see the nice, accessible brown wire & lug. Easy to get at. If one wanted to completely unground the battery is it enough to just take the brown wire ground off? Or is there some secondary ground or connector to be dealt with relative to the "internal harness junction all over to modules"?

BTW Joel, I am looking forward to whatever you and HIghFive come up with for a service CD. As you can see, there are a lot of us that could use it. Even though I am a fairly competent shade tree mechanic, I think it would be good to have even the simplest stuff (oil changes) covered to the more complex stuff (valves, steering & wheel bearings, etc.) covered.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:34 AM   #755
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Speaking of electrical problems, Saturday the dealer install LED headlights, GPS mount and fuse box and they worked great...until yesterday when none of it works. Aaargh.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:34 PM   #756
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I like installing all my own upgrades so I have the satisfaction of knowing I was the one that broke the bike. Err I mean know how everything works..........
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:42 PM   #757
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I like installing all my own upgrades so I have the satisfaction of knowing I was the one that broke the bike. Err I mean know how everything works..........
When it comes to electrics I prefer a mechanic/dealer to do it.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:04 PM   #758
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Interested in knowing more about clutch play and how to measure it. I was reading a thread where a clutch went out and they were talking about the play. I've been off road a lot more lately and want to make sure I'm taking care of my 2010F800GS. Thanks.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:25 AM   #759
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Interested in knowing more about clutch play and how to measure it. I was reading a thread where a clutch went out and they were talking about the play. I've been off road a lot more lately and want to make sure I'm taking care of my 2010F800GS. Thanks.
Handlebars all the way to the left, 3mm gap between the cable "housing" and the lever area.

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Old 04-21-2012, 07:57 PM   #760
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I should probably start posting my stupid questions in this thread

What will happen if I get rid of the ABS rings on the wheels?

Will it mess up and electronics? I had a faulty ABS sensor and it messed with the turn signals and stuff. Just wondering since I always forget to shut off the ABS when I hit the dirt.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:56 PM   #761
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The abs just won't register and the light will stay on all the time.

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Old 04-21-2012, 10:06 PM   #762
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Interested in knowing more about clutch play and how to measure it. I was reading a thread where a clutch went out and they were talking about the play. I've been off road a lot more lately and want to make sure I'm taking care of my 2010F800GS. Thanks.
Handlebars all the way to the left, 3mm gap between the cable "housing" and the lever area.



What are some things I'll need to pay attention to if my clutch does start to give?
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:55 AM   #763
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I should probably start posting my stupid questions in this thread

What will happen if I get rid of the ABS rings on the wheels?

Will it mess up and electronics? I had a faulty ABS sensor and it messed with the turn signals and stuff. Just wondering since I always forget to shut off the ABS when I hit the dirt.
Just remove the rear ring, the front is used for the speed sensor.

The better but cheap way of doing it is to disconnect the rear sensor, there is s plug just to the left of the plastic rear shock adjuster mounting point under the seat - just unplug it and the ABS will be disabled until it's plugged back in and the light on the dash will remind you it's unplugged.

The better alternative is to get a kit from Burns Moto to install a switch that permanently switches the ABS off using the same connector, it's simple easy and cheap and lets you switch it on and off as needed.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:33 AM   #764
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Good to know about the speed sensor in the front.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:32 AM   #765
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What are some things I'll need to pay attention to if my clutch does start to give?
You will find it "slipping" under load. The best way to tell is find a very quiet section of road, put it in gear and twist the throttle. You will see/hear the bike rev but the bike will feel like it's trying to catch up.

The way I found out (on another bike, I burnt/glazed the plates in a bog by not noticing the handle bar adjustment nut getting tighter) was on the high way, WOT (wide open throttle), red line and a very slow increase in speed. Oh and the burnt oil smell was a bit of a giveaway

The biggest thing is to check the cable every so often for proper play...too much is way better than not enough.

At least the 800 only has one adjustment point to worry about...
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