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Old 03-05-2014, 08:12 PM   #46
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Remove the right tank you will see a zip tye securing the wire harness to the frame towards the rear, clip this and it will give you plenty of room to move the harness forward and free it up. As the above photos show use a dremel and create space to allow it to move freely.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:47 PM   #47
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Wiring breaks

My 04 950 did not have this wiring issue because it did not have plastic cover, but it did pinch the wiring on the left side of the headset in the steering lock when hard to left….
Just got a 2011 baja and noticed that it has the plastic covers, planning on doing heated grips, will definitely be removing the covers!!!
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:31 AM   #48
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Originally Posted by DirtyADV View Post
My 2011 990R had it.

Thanks man.....
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Old 03-06-2014, 03:35 AM   #49
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'04 here. No plastic thingy.

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Old 03-06-2014, 07:20 AM   #50
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Now ya all need to put a rating on this thread so it doesn't get buried like most of the good ones.

I sure wish people would have done that for the chain slider that was flying off locking up the rear wheel and almost killing people.

Give it a 5 star so it can be sorted with the other 5 star threads.[/QUOTE]

YES! Please do! I think all, "This will strand you or kill you" type threads need to be easily accessible for future reference.
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:02 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by zeropoint View Post
my 2011 is in storage at the moment and I am away from home, could anyone with a 2011 tell me whether that year has the suspect black plastic cover ? if it does i want to get back and check it before my warranty runs out. (it was a remaindered 2011 registered in 2012).



Saw this thread yesterday and immediately looked at my 2011 990 Adventure. It does have the offending black plastic piece. I didn't have time to remove the right side gas tank for a close inspection but it does look like the wires are getting at least somewhat pinched.

Thanks NeptuneTriton for bringing this to our attention.
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:05 PM   #52
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My '10 990 has the plastic cover. Haven't had any issues but will inspect the wiring.

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Old 03-06-2014, 05:30 PM   #53
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Mine was a bit squished, but I was able to trim the corner off using a tin snips (without removing anything) and the wires are now clear of any interference.

Thanks all for the heads up...
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:35 PM   #54
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Mine was a bit squished, but I was able to trim the corner off using a tin snips (without removing anything) and the wires are now clear of any interference.

Thanks all for the heads up...
Yup. did the same thing.

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Old 03-06-2014, 05:40 PM   #55
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Thank you Neptune Triton! Great thread!

Finished inspection and repair of shroud and plastic cover on my Baja.

Can't stop thinking about all places I've been solo and absolutely wouldn't have wanted this to become evident. I don't know if I could have tracked it down quickly.

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Old 03-07-2014, 09:23 AM   #56
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My 2010 has the cover.

When I added all the TSD stuff for the Alcan 5000 I took the opportunity to relocate the switch so it does not turn with the bars. It's not a final solution, and means you lose the ignition lock, but it means one less thing to worry about way out by myself.

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Old 03-08-2014, 07:29 AM   #57
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Mine as I checked it this am

Odd, the other side of the plastic frame guard has a relief for the wires, they must have over looked this issue on this side
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:50 AM   #58
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Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

Just finished checking my 2012 990 adv with 7200 miles.
Same issue, plastic sheath cut but wires appear to be OK. Trimmed plastic piece that was acting like a guillotine and reinstalled to avoid further chaffing and installed a piece of split loom around harness. Off to Death Valley next week, for a couple of weeks, so you probably saved me from a dead bike on my trip . After trip Local Dealer can order parts and repair, still time on Warranty.
Thanks Neptune for making us all aware of this....
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:20 PM   #59
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Inspected mine and repaired it minutes ago.
I ended up taking windscreen and right side body panel off to get a better look. I cut the harness sheath back as it was damaged but the actual wire insulation was barely deformed from the pressure of the black cover.

FWIW,, I did notch the plastic shield a bit and reinstalled.

This likely would have caused major grief trying to figure out at the worst possible time,,

Thanks NT for the heads up!

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Old 03-08-2014, 01:19 PM   #60
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same thing

2012 990 std - same thing- inspected and trimmed plastic cover to allow movement of wiring in and out - no damage as only 6k km on bike but sure glad this thread started. On my '05.5 950 had stretched wires on left side of steering head but got to that in time also!

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