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I'm just wondering if anyone is doing the recall repair (harness, ground wire, connector) themselves? I talked to the dealer that sold me my bike. They're a small mom and pop place and they said they needed "a few weeks heads up" and that they would take care of the "breather hose repair" which makes me very skeptical of bringing it to them.

I have another dealer near me, however I've heard their service department doesn't really like recalls, especially for bikes that they didn't sell.

Any thoughts on a DIY repair?
 

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As here in Portugal recall hasn't started yet, I'm going to give it a go in few weeks if dealer doesn't get any news (he's really trying and calling main Suzuki importer every day, but no luck yet).
Wires bellow the tank, I've sorted 6 months ago but I was lazy to go on and remove airbox and take care of all front connectors, anot just the ignition one metioned in recall. So, in few weeks I'll complete the job and slip bicycle tube secured with zipties over all the connectors. That job should take me about two hours, doing it very slowly. As for the ground wire relocation, that should be the quick one, just have to find and order heat insulator.
 

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I done my diy recall today. Like other folk I'd sleeved the connectors under the air box and fixed the tank rubbing wires a few months ago, all I needed was the earth. My dealer give me the a kit and I done the earth. Heat shield was a swine to fit and a bit untidy but after I taped the ends up its ok
 

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My dealer is 300 miles away. Can't really see doing it any other way.
 

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I'm trying to find on eBay heat shield that would fit for earth relocation but no luck yet.
 

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Not an overly complicated DIY project, but your bike's VIN will remain with an outstanding recall filed against it unless an authorized dealer performs and records the work, no?

Resale value concerns? Liability issues? Dealer territory for me!
 

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Wouln't let a dealer near it. I willPull the near empy tank, sleeve the wiring harness and done right. Later when something else needs a dealer they can give it a nod.
 

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Does anyone have printed repair instructions for the recall from Suzuki? If I knew exactly where to look for what I would certainly tackle it myself. I don't understand why dealers are so incompetent in my area. I seriously don' trust any of them. At least if I screw it up I know it was my fault lol.
 

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Not an overly complicated DIY project, but your bike's VIN will remain with an outstanding recall filed against it unless an authorized dealer performs and records the work, no?

Resale value concerns? Liability issues? Dealer territory for me!
exactly my thought. Not to mention if you ever have an issue with the wiring harness suzuki would never cover it with your diy repair.
 

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No I signed a job card at dealers so all legal.
Wouldn't that be fraud? the dealer is billing suzuki for the warranty repair that they didn't complete.
 

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I'm still waiting and no recall here in Portugal, yet. That's why I'm thinking about doing it myself before it gets to the point of needing new harness or leaving me stranded on the road. I've already solved chaffing wires problem bellow the tank, a year ago.
The bike can later go to dealer to perform the recall work again, if they want, if the Recall letter ever comes.
 

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Wouldn't that be fraud? the dealer is billing suzuki for the warranty repair that they didn't complete.
To be honest I don't really care. I I've the bike sorted without having to leave it in, as I signed for the work the dvla will be informed and my dealer can charge suzuki whatever he likes as they should have had the bike right in the first place.
Plus I made a better job of it anyway, I sleeved all the connectors not just the one.
 

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So if we are tackling this ourselves, what all are we looking for? The clump that was shorting on the tank I have moved down a bit and put a rubber pad on the tank for JIC. The ground I will get free (it is really almost welded in there) with an impact, clean, goop with electro grease and reseat when I switch out my front sprocket. There's a connection somewhere that can corrode and needs to be seen to? Where exactly? Anything else?
 

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So if we are tackling this ourselves, what all are we looking for? The clump that was shorting on the tank I have moved down a bit and put a rubber pad on the tank for JIC. The ground I will get free (it is really almost welded in there) with an impact, clean, goop with electro grease and reseat when I switch out my front sprocket. There's a connection somewhere that can corrode and needs to be seen to? Where exactly? Anything else?
Again, these are the fixes:
Suzuki recalling V-Stroms (for three separate electrical issues) - MoreBikes

I really think too much has been made of this. I'd bet that the number of bikes that have had any problems is quite minimal; and I'm guessing most of them are in places where the weather tends to be 'wet', causing the connections to get corroded.
I took a look at the problem areas on my bike and did not find anything wrong, so I took some measures to waterproof the connectros and lower the wires under the tank. The ground wire is fully accessible and can be loosened and cleaned very easily if need be. Some AFC-50 once in a while will keep the corrosion at bay – if any.

I agree that ideally the work should be done by a dealer, and I will get them to take a look eventually (I believe recalls on vehicles do not expire). But right now they are busy delivering new bikes and getting their spring work done, and leaving them the bike for a week or two to do some work that I can easily do, just doesn't make sense to me.
 

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Ground Wire

The stated reason for moving the ground wire is it's attached to a painted surface, meaning connection is just made via the screw through the threads to the engine case. Seems you could remove the terminal and scrape the paint? Maybe it's just in too awkward of a location to do that. I would think maybe another problem is that it is where it could get road spray from the rear tire and moving it up behind the sprocket is better protected. If moving the wire yourself you will probably want to scrape or sand the new mounting location thoroughly if it is not already bare metal.
 

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Still waiting for oficial recall here in Portugal. But my dealer looked closely to technical discription of recall from this forum and said he couldn't understand moving the ground wire because new location looks the same as the old one - painted engine casing. And on my bike road crap doesn't get to actual location as I have rear hugger.
 

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The new location on my bike was not painted so should be a better earth. The heat shield suzuki give with the kit is a bit of a patch up job, looks like something I had done rather than one of the world's biggest motorcycle manufacturers! But if it works then ok but im keeping my secondary earth lead under the seat just in case, once bitten twice shy.
 
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