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post #21 of 30 Old 03-23-2015, 06:28 AM
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As I recall, LHS against the inside of frame, roughly around the seat/tank junction? It's been a while, not at bike at minute...

ps.. Okay, was headed up to shed anyway... Yep, just aft of lower left corner of coolant reservoir, directly under bolt holding subframe to main. My harness has slight bend from straight run aft to slightly outboard, bending around and contacting thin flange on back inside edge of cast vertical section of frame. Surface is not smooth, whether sand cast surface or weld spittle I cannot tell. One small piece of stick-on high density foam and I'm happy.

There.... White object my small piece of sticky foam.
Your harness is much higher than mine; mine makes contact on the underside opposite of where yours does. I have a good 1.5 inch clearance in the area of your pic. They all must be different in that area, I need to access mine from underneath, not down from the seat area. I guess it would be a good idea for those that havent inspected this yet to inspect the whole harness end to end.

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Your harness is much higher than mine; mine makes contact on the underside opposite of where yours does. I have a good 1.5 inch clearance in the area of your pic. They all must be different in that area, I need to access mine from underneath, not down from the seat area. I guess it would be a good idea for those that havent inspected this yet to inspect the whole harness end to end.
My '13 is different than the pics, too. Mostly what you see looking down is several smaller cables, many with the split loom protective sleeve. Can't see or feel much of anything from below. Will try to get a pic in the next few days.

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My '14 is the same as Mr President's with the "split loom and protective sleeve".
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Well, whaddaya know... maybe Suzuki took note of the issue and modified the loom...

Mine is an early 2012.

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...My theory is salt water gets into harness and corrosion in a crimp connection causes overheating. That melts insulation which leads to shorting on that frame member. The Wee has the harness passing over the frame in the same manner and doesn't have the problem. V-Strom Owners Club UK • View topic - A warning to all Glee owners please read!!!
I've glued a piece of plastic between the harness and the frame just in case.
I'm not understanding how the plastic/foam/heater hose that folks are installing will prevent salt/water from getting into the harness? Is it acting as some sort of splash shield?
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Isolating the harness from the frame won't prevent salt water intrusion. It will prevent overheated insulation from failing to keep live wires from penetrating the insulation and shorting on the frame. Of course the theory that wear on the insulation is the culprit will have that possibility mitigated.

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Is the consensus that the issue has been resolved on the 2014 models or do I need to check mine? It is still under warranty so I'm wondering if this may be a warranty issue. Has anyone seen a recall for this issue?
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Before this thread, I've only seen the issue reported by UK riders. There is no recall and it's only a warranty issue if it happens.

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I have zero concerns about salt water intrusion... Where would that come from?

I had significant concerns about a large wiring loom, doubtless containing important wiring, bent around and in contact with a fairly sharp part of the frame. It only has a wrapping of black insulation tape protecting individual wires and would have inevitably worn thru over time. That's not an uncommon failure mode in automotive wiring generally...

The reports I found were not specifically related to my particular loom, they just made me curious about checking. What I saw doesn't require verification from someone else's problem to flag that I would've had one in the future, without doubt. I would highly recommend that all of us look for an obvious chafing point, just to be sure, regardless of where in the world your bike is...

Such a small effort, 3 min and no tools required, to save such a big problem... Geez guys....

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I recently had an issue with part of the loom shorting out on the underside of the tank on my new DL1000. I made a thread about it too but the mechanic at the Suzuki shop pointed out a very similar problem where the main loom is snugged up against a frame bracket under the seat on the RHS. I had actually forgotten about it until I saw this thread. Wonder if this will be an issue as well?

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