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post #31 of 68 Old 12-24-2002, 02:10 PM
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I got my recall letter in the mail today but it's funny Kawasaki doesn't mention anything in there about potential fires. I thought I read where a couple of 12's got toasted because the leaking oil caused an electrical fire. Now if Kawi could get even a larger set of balls and recall all factory clutches!!!
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Got my letter today too, I am not going to take my '02 in for it since I have just checked the connector and dry as a bone. I don't want to take the risk of our dumba$$ local dealer's mechanics damaging anything. I will just keep an eye on it and if I have any trouble will just seal the harness myself since that looks like what they are doing. If it was something major I might take it in for the recal but it isn't worth the risk over something I can do myself.

If I was to take my bike in I think I would remove ALL the plastic on the bike, take all the bolts out of the stator cover and duct tape it on. That way the dealer cannot damage any of my plastic or strip out the screws on the cover. That is how bad Struthers Brothers service dept. is. I witnessed a guy picking up his sportbike and the plastic had gotten broken from someone tipping it over at the dealer (they push all the bikes that are done outside every day). They did not deny it happened there, they just said if you look on the service ticket it says they are not responsible for damage while it is in their hands. What a crock!!! I will take the risk of fire over that!!!!

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Hey guys, and gals,

I just got a letter from father Kawasaki regarding a factory recall for leaking oil. I read some earlier comments in the forum about oil leaking from around the alternator wire harness. Evidently the leak can cause oil to drip onto the rear tire and cause the loss of traction. Kawasaki will do the modification free of charge and is suppose to take only fifteen minutes. If you haven't received a letter, you might want to call your dealer to see if your model number is included in the recall. I have a 2002, so I am sure all of the 2002, 2003 models are included.
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Posted: 27 Dec 2002 05:17 Post subject: recall

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Seems loads of others are getting recall notices in regarding this problem.I have just sent an e-mail to kawa uk to see if they intend to do the same but knowing them they most likley wont bother .

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I've read that there fix is to put some silicon or other kind of sealant around the wires. I am very curious to see if this actually fixes it...
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Posted: 24 Dec 2002 17:38 Post subject: recall

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got my recall letter for the stator connector today. it says a 1/2 hour fix to use sealant on the alternator lead wire`s. i bet it won`t work. ...killer

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went to mail box today i also got the same recall and i call the dealer and he told me to bring it in and they would fix it in 1/2 hour
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Got my letter too. It says "the parts to complete this repair will be available to dealers the fourth week of December". What parts are they talking about? "The correction will consist of sealing the alternator lead wires". Are they going to put some silicone on the thing? I haven't had any problems with mine so far. Should I take the bike to the dealer? What do you guys think?
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You are right on that Richard. Letter says "your Kawasaki dealer will correct this problem for you at no charge". The only thing is, if they are going to apply some silicone on the connectors, I rather wait until I have the problem. If they are going to replace the connectors for a better ones, then I'll take it.
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The parts they require are the stator or alternator cover gasket. They take the cover off and are nice enough to replace tha gasket with a new one.
A lot better than using that tube of silicone they already have out and handy to seal the cover with the old gasket.
I have seen that before.
Wait a minute, I think I even tried that before.
I know I had a good reason for doing it that way though. Funny how it slips my mind for now though.
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I think I will take my stator and cover off of the bike, take it to the stealer, have them fix it, and then put it back on myself.

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recieved my recall in the mail for my 03 which i havent even ridden yet! its at the dealers shop right now and its getting all the mods done to it for the last 8 weeks and since my bikes there they will fix the connectors why they do everything else. glad that worked out ok! lata zx12r fans!
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I also got my letter, 2 of them!!!...Neither of my 12s are leaking, so I will not take it to the dealer to fix what isnt broke!!!...Never brought my 2000 to fix the tank and still no problem!!!

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Guys I have done this recall on customer bikes, the new 2003 model on our showroom, & my own ZX-12. It is bulletin #MC 02-11 dated Dec. 13, 2002. It is a cheap repair that I don't think is going to hold up if it works at all. It involves putting adhesive on the ends of the wires & "ensure the adhesive runs down into the wire cores." I won't run thru the whole thing as I have a crappy ISP & keep getting disconnected. But it involves cleaning the wires & connectors three times with contact cleaner adhesive etc. Go to a dealer & ask to read the bulletin for yourself. I think Kawasaki ought to be paying to pull stator covers to fix this prolem there instead of at the top of the wiring harness at the altinator connector. This is a very cheesy fix. :oops: My question to Kawasaki is: How do we ensure the adhesive runs into the wire cores when the wires are crimped to the terminals already???????
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recall 2003

just got mine for my 2003, they fixed it already in a half hour or so. later
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I finally got the Recall notice and some other related threads up in the ZX-12R Recall section.
Just go to the above menu under Kawasaki Sportbikes >> ZX-12R Section >> Maintenance and you will find it on the top right side of the page under RECALLS

There are some great pics from Ted of the connector and the Stator and the original Notice from Kawasaki

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The pics in here are from my bike. I saw a couple red x's in there because I moved some pics around. I still have them here. If you need some more pics of the connector I could e-mail them to you, just let me know.
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Posted: 01 Jan 2003 17:35 Post subject: Recall Notice

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Any of you guys get one of these?



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I guess that means "yes".......I've been out of the country(mainland), and haven't had time to research old topics.

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Reading the thread I see it is only US and Canadian models being recalled.

So does this mean that these are the only models with a problem ( i doubt it )..... or is it because you guys made enough noise so Kawasaki are being seen as addressing the problem?
Hmmm... this is interesting.

Is there anyboby here not in the US or Canada who has had this problem?
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I got the letter,also my dealer called me to ask me to come in. I made an appointment for saturday morning,he said it will take about an hour. Im dangerous in a motorcycle dealership for an hour !!!
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I'm going to my dealership and 'talk' to them for awhile before I let'em start wrenchin' on my bike. If they say too much 'dumb' stuff... I'll just sneak away.
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They told me that they wouldn't have the kit to fix the problem until mid January. That was in the Kawasaki Canada letter and not from the dealership. Since we have about a foot of snow on the ground I don't think it is a problem right now...Brrr....

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The fix that Kaw. talks of is nothing more than 3bond glue on the wires at the connector, it stops the oil from comming out at the plug, the oil that has traveled up the wires will stay. I don't know if thats bad or good, its cheaper than replacing a stator.... from the eyes of Kaw.

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I also have some fair quality pictures of the old stator and the new one , and my silicone job , I just need someone to post them :) . I have not had the bike running yet to see if the silicone did the trick, I feel that it should work... but you know how that goes, I might also do the glue thing for the hell of it .... couldn't hurt! :wink:
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Here is a pic of my old stator, to the right of the twist tie is where the oil is entering the wires. The wires are connected to the stator about where the twist tie is, the black part is wide open at the end, which allows the oil to travel up the wires.
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