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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-02-2018, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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I have bad news. My bike was attacked by a mouse. My bike was stored in a heated garage and was fine up until a month ago. I checked it yesterday and sure enough it chewed through wires. The only damage appears to be the two sets of wires near the tool kit. One is for the fan and one is for the taillights I think. I haven't started or even turned the ignition on. No fuses appear blown.

Will I need a new wiring harness or can they splice in new wires?

The bike has less than 500 miles and I am not happy. No riding for me right now and I am going crazy...
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-02-2018, 08:12 PM
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That doesn't sound good at all.


I hope you'll be able to splice in new wires.


Send us a picture and we might be able to offer suggestions on how to best repair the wires.


How did the mouse get in? did you have your seat off?


This calls for a good dose of poison, mice traps and maybe a cat?
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That doesn't sound good at all.


I hope you'll be able to splice in new wires.


Send us a picture and we might be able to offer suggestions on how to best repair the wires.


How did the mouse get in? did you have your seat off?


This calls for a good dose of poison, mice traps and maybe a cat?
Here's a link to the best pic I could get. The empty space is where the tool kit sits. The pink dust is insulation it used to build the nest...



But to answer your questions. There was multiple sets of traps and poison around. Never had issues with the 2 other bikes that have been stored there for years.

The seat wasn't off. Almost think I would have been better off because the mouse wouldn't have made a nest there since it would have been exposed.

I'm just really bummed. It isn't terrible but I want it done right so I am going to call the shop tomorrow. I'm praying they can splice in new wires as I'm sure harness would be $1000+ after labor. The new harness is $630 from BMW alone....

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get a couple of quick splice cable connectors and splice in new lengths of cables.


eg: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/10PCS-Ca...wAAOSw3Hxak96Z


these connectors fit perfectly with the 2mm bmw wires


or even better heat shrink connectors: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/100pcs-A...UAAOSwBOlaVIwG


and make the wires a bit longer so they can be properly routed around the tool pack

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Thanks for the response. I'll look into doing that. I'm going to see what the shop says and go from there. I don't want to do my own work if they will void my warranty.

Next year maybe I'll just bring my bike in the house. 😞
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Actually, if it's just the insulation and the wire conductors themselves aren't damaged, all you have to do is wrap each wire with electrical tape to keep them from grounding/shorting out. It won't be pretty, but it will work fine.

If the conductors are damaged, then you will have to splice in a small length of new wire. Not a major job if they are accessible, which they appear to be.

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Stupid me.
I was thinking we are the only ones liking the G310 😇
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-03-2018, 07:23 PM
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If it were my bike, I would cut the wires where they were stripped. Remove the sections, slip on some heat shrink wrap and add some new wire, solder the connections, then heat the shrink wrap and seal it watertight. Personally not a fan of black tape repairs.

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From the photo, a bit hard to see, but if that's the only place, it does not look that bad. If the dealer offer crazy solution (like replacing the whole harness) and that you're not comfortable doing it, then check non-dealer places or even car electronic shops, like radio/starters/alarm system installers. They are used to cutting and joining wires.
If there is big damage elsewhere and that you end up having to buy the harness, take note there is currently one on ebay (from a parted bike), open to best offers, already at a "better" price than retail: here
But labor would be costly for changing that, no doubts!
In all cases, good luck!

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To give everyone an update...

Spoke to the mechanic at the dealer. Told me that if I'm comfortable doing it, to use liquid electrical tape to seal it and then wrap it with black silicon electrical tape to protect it. I'm going to clean it up and apply some liquid electrical tape tomorrow and then wrap it the day after. I'm hoping for the best. If the fix isn't to my liking, I'll cut it out and splice in a new line. With it wrapped with the silicone tape it should look almost factory I hope.

And yes. I've been eyeing that wiring harness...

Now I have to get to my air box to check that as well to be safe.

Any help on getting to that? Can't find instructions anywhere...
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