Getting to the ECU is a PITA on this bike

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Re: Getting to the ECU is a PITA on this bike

Post by Palmer812 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:06 pm


I would love to find somebody close to me that can remove it that easily. That’s the only reason I haven’t flashed it already.
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Re: Getting to the ECU is a PITA on this bike

Post by UFO » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:33 am


Palmer812 wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:06 pm
I would love to find somebody close to me that can remove it that easily. That’s the only reason I haven’t flashed it already.
Honestly, it's not that bad, it's just not under the seat like a lot of bikes. :D

It's always good to break a bike down to this stage anyway (including taking the tank off) because you'll have to do it eventually. Good to learn.
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Re: Getting to the ECU is a PITA on this bike

Post by Snakes709 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:47 am


I should have removed my fairings while the temps were still in the positives. I wanna do some work over the winter but my garage isn't heated and I know the fairings will become brittle in the cold and snap parts
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Re: Getting to the ECU is a PITA on this bike

Post by vcyclenut » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:02 pm


I did make a document up in the garage section of the site to help out

https://www.vcyclenut.com/garage.html
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Re: Getting to the ECU is a PITA on this bike

Post by Champ87 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:19 pm


I agree that it is a PITA but it's not especially difficult. To me the pain was just the number of steps required and the time it takes. Accessing or removing the ECU isn't exactly a frequent maintenance task so probably wasn't high on Kawasaki's list of requirements.

The first time it took me about 1½ hours to remove the fairing panels/trims and maybe another hour to refit. As FJR919 said earlier, the front cowling doesn't have to come off - it can simply be loosened and pulled forward. However, by the time you get to that stage it's only a couple of small steps to remove it completely and put it out of harms way.

I've removed the nose fairing 3 times now. The whole process gets much quicker once you're familiar with the way the various pieces of bodywork and trim go together and where all the screws and quick rivets are located. Besides, I enjoy working on my bikes so maybe not such a big PITA to me.

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Re: Getting to the ECU is a PITA on this bike

Post by JMod45 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:10 pm


Just got an e-mail saying my full exhaust should be here this weekend. Forecast shows rain all week, so it looks like I'll be removing my ECU this week to get a Vcyclenut flash. Will already be pulling the side fairings for the exhaust install, taking the front off for the ECU is only a couple of extra steps by the look of it. Glad some of you guys have already tested this process out.
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Re: Getting to the ECU is a PITA on this bike

Post by Thunderdawg » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:11 am


Champ87 wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:19 pm
Besides, I enjoy working on my bikes so maybe not such a big PITA to me.
"The real cycle you are working on is a cycle called yourself" Robert M. Pirsig.
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Re: Getting to the ECU is a PITA on this bike

Post by cOoTeR » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:38 pm


Ok I decided to try an easier way and did a write up for it. Took about 20min including taking pictures for the write up.

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=848&p=7699#p7699
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