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post #11 of 22 Old 07-14-2015, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
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A modification will not void a warranty unless the manufacturer can show the modification caused the problem. Dealers should know the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act so it was more likely an outright lie than a mistake. I hope you don't expect warranty coverage if you drop a bike.
No,but......if operating a vehicle within the parameters it's designed for, and an accident is caused by the failings of the vehicles design, opens a can of litigious worms........that's bread and butter for the American legal eagles, isn't it?
So now, moving forward, does anyone else feel that not having switchable ABS could create a dangerous situation off road?

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I tested the abs on a gravel hill, I couldn't believe how difficult it was to slow down let alone stop. I guess it isn't difficult to remove a fuse to ride dirt
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I tested the abs on a gravel hill, I couldn't believe how difficult it was to slow down let alone stop. I guess it isn't difficult to remove a fuse to ride dirt
I agree that removing a fuse is easy, if you know the dirt you're going on. A couple of different scenarios to consider - 5 or 6 stretches of dirt in one day? That's 10 or 12 stops to remove/replace the fuse. I'm all for ABS on the tar. Also, when you crest that steep, downhill, gravel section on a less familiar road and there is no way to stop, how do you pull the fuse then? Effective braking on the dirt requires breaking through the loose surface to get to the solid ground underneath, something that can't be done without locking the rear wheel.

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Eastern Beaver sells a plug-and-lay kit to give you this option. IIR correctly it was less than $50 including the switch.

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Eastern Beaver sells a plug-and-lay kit to give you this option. IIR correctly it was less than $50 including the switch.
Not for the Vee2, unfortunately

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Cut the red/black wire on the #9 fuse and extend the cut ends to a 15A or better switch and you have an ABS cut off switch.

You could also use a fuse adapter and not cut anything.


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Cut the red/black wire on the #9 fuse and extend the cut ends to a 15A or better switch and you have an ABS cut off switch.

You could also use a fuse adapter and not cut anything.

Thanks, GW, I will consider this option. As I don't have access to a wiring diagram, I'm guessing that fuse #9 is for the ABS pump? Also, all of the adapters that come up online, only have a single wire extending from them. With my auto electrical skills being what they are[poor ], how do you run a switch?

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The diagram is really all you need to make it work. I don't know if anything out there is set up for a plug and play installation. The #9 fuse is for the ABS valve. The pump fuse is #10 and would take a heavier duty switch.

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I've had an incident off-road with the ABS which contributed to me damaging the skid plate and nearly crashing (if not for the skid, i'd have damaged the bike in the bush). Descending a steep hill made up of a thin layer of sand with small loose rocks on top, the ABS was going crazy leaving me with pretty much no brakes, realising I was over committed, I changed line to put me on some bigger, dinner plate sized rocks which would have given me some more grip. Of course by this stage I had the brakes pulled on pretty hard because there was no feedback due to the ABS, when my front wheel rolled onto one of these larger rocks, the brakes locked up hard which dislodged the rock and levered it into the underside of the bike, the result... near crash and one concave shaped skid plate, certainly would have been a damaged exhaust if the plate wasn't there. That was scary, the ABS is straight out dangerous off road.
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I've had an incident off-road with the ABS which contributed to me damaging the skid plate and nearly crashing (if not for the skid, i'd have damaged the bike in the bush). Descending a steep hill made up of a thin layer of sand with small loose rocks on top, the ABS was going crazy leaving me with pretty much no brakes, realising I was over committed, I changed line to put me on some bigger, dinner plate sized rocks which would have given me some more grip. Of course by this stage I had the brakes pulled on pretty hard because there was no feedback due to the ABS, when my front wheel rolled onto one of these larger rocks, the brakes locked up hard which dislodged the rock and levered it into the underside of the bike, the result... near crash and one concave shaped skid plate, certainly would have been a damaged exhaust if the plate wasn't there. That was scary, the ABS is straight out dangerous off road.
Perfect example of why Suzuki really needs to get on top of this, for a bike that is marketed in the "Dual Sport" category. Ride safe.
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