fuel level sensor


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tech1
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fuel level sensor

Postby tech1 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:21 pm



Hi everyone. Has anyone seen fuel level sensor issues? My gauge is inaccurate. It seems the more I dig the more I find wrong with my new bike. But nothing not fixable so far.
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virgilmobile
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Re: fuel level sensor

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:52 pm

I've.got a 88.Not even hit the road yet so I don't know about the gauge accuracy.
I suspect that on yours,I'd pull the sending unit out and clean the resistance wire and slide contact area.You know,26 years of fuel in there has got to have contaminated it.
There are "by the book" measurements that should be done too.
Oh,and yea,I've been finding all sorts of little things to mess with to get it back "in shape" but they have been all minor.
That is till I pulled the top caps off the forks to change the oil.Man they were tough to get back on.

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Re: fuel level sensor

Postby tech1 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:51 pm

Hi Virgilmobile
Thanks for the heads up on the forks I have a project on my hands But it will be a nice ride when I get done.
Oh yea did you see that home made tool to compress the springs? looks like a good Idea.
Tech1

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bndbelle
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Re: fuel level sensor

Postby bndbelle » Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:46 pm

Hi Guys,
My 95' reads fine until it gets down to half a tank, then it drops to empty. I have not tried to pull the sending unit yet, but if it gets worse I guess I will have to pull it. Keep us posted as to what you find.

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Re: fuel level sensor

Postby tech1 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:45 am

I will but unfortunately I am busy this weekend and won't get any time to work on it.
Tech1

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Re: fuel level sensor

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:20 am

tech1 wrote:Hi Virgilmobile
Thanks for the heads up on the forks I have a project on my hands But it will be a nice ride when I get done.
Oh yea did you see that home made tool to compress the springs? looks like a good Idea.
Tech1


Yea,it looks feasible and local cheap parts to build.I'll file that under the winter project.

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Re: fuel level sensor

Postby tandem54 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:36 pm

Hi, Why is it no one trusts the gas gauge on a bike? I use mine BUT I still go by the miles on the odometer!! Just staying on the safe side LOL!! I don't want to walk when i'm on a "Ride" Just sayn!!
I’d rather be Riding my Motorcycle thinking about God
Than sitting in church thinking about my Motorcycle

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Re: fuel level sensor

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:29 pm

I didn't worry on the 1100 cause it had a reserve lever. A good safety. Well they did away with that Feature.I got worried about running out in the middle of nowhere.Even tho my gauge works somewhat,I'm sure it's not accurate on either bike.

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Re: fuel level sensor

Postby robb » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:28 pm

My 89 will usually read about 100 miles when it reaches the red. At 135 miles it usually takes around 3 gallons. Last summer went 240 miles and it was in red for long time but the gallon jug in saddle bag was not needed before a refill. At that range it took less than 5.5 gallons to refill. If it holds 6.5 gallons the guage is way off.




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