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post #1 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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ABS Light - Solved

When I bought my 2012 I opted for the extended 5 year warranty so when the ABS light stayed on I took it to my dealer. The code said to replace the $2000 abs unit but when they did the light stayed. Ultimately they had to do old school troubleshooting and found that the wire from the rear sensor was the problem. Since it was warranty work they couldn't just replace the wire, they had to special order the harness. So 2.5 months later everything seems to be working fine. I ride everyday rain or shine so 2.5 months without my bike seemed an eternity but is what it is. My main complaint was that during the entire time they never called me except once they determined it was a wire problem to basically accuse me of doing something to cause it. Never once did they proactively reach out to me to let me know what was going on.

Anyway for those without warranty I suggest bypassing the sensor wires before considering replacing ABS unit.

Needless to say my next bike will bought elsewhere.
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 02:11 PM
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the abs unit is $2000? i think i am getting the extended warranty after all lol
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 02:18 PM
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I had ABS light issues in the fall. Was the rear brake lever not releasing properly and keeping the brake lightly activated. It came back when I started riding in March. I took apart the rear brake lever and gave it a good greasing and all problems solved. When the light was on ABS was non-functional but otherwise the bike was completely rideable.


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post #4 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 06:11 PM
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ABS units can be rebuilt, I believe the cost is about $250.00. Can't supply a link, but I remember discussions on another board a while ago.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 07:42 PM
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2.5 months???

I would have gone crazy!

2012 Suzuki DL650AL2, over 45k miles already!
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 08:43 PM
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Sounds like the Service Manager should be fired to me.IMHO
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