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Question About Ivan's ECU Flash

If I were to get this done, would it void my warranty?


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Only if they could demonstrate that any issue you experience is a direct result of the flash - so no. I can't think of a single problem a bike could potentially have that would be caused by the ECU?

And how would they ever know it was flashed anyway?

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Maybe by just looking at it....lol, didnt he place that big sticker in yours?....LOL
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Only if they could demonstrate that any issue you experience is a direct result of the flash - so no. I can't think of a single problem a bike could potentially have that would be caused by the ECU?

And how would they ever know it was flashed anyway?
I'm certain If they hooked it up to a computer they would quickly find out that the ECU is not programmed to factory settings, much the same as the vehicle programmers that some people run. Chances are they wouldn't be doing that anyway tho.

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I'm certain If they hooked it up to a computer they would quickly find out that the ECU is not programmed to factory settings, much the same as the vehicle programmers that some people run. Chances are they wouldn't be doing that anyway tho.
The way I understand things the kawasaki dealers can't get into the ecu like car dealers can. That being said Ivan puts a sticker and engraves a number on the ecu before he sends them out.

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Maybe by just looking at it....lol, didnt he place that big sticker in yours?....LOL
I've never heard of a dealer pulling and inspecting an ECU for an unrelated warranty issue... * Why would they look at it?

They have no equipment to be able to hook up to the ECU if they wanted to - I'd say Ivan's alone with that sort of gear. It's not a serviceable item anywhere I can find in my manual, which sort of brings us back to the first question *

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The main reason I am asking is because I plan on buying the extended warranty and I should have over 150k on the bike by the time the 6 years is up, so I want to make sure I don't do anything to void the warranty.


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I've never heard of a dealer pulling and inspecting an ECU for an unrelated warranty issue... * Why would they look at it?

They have no equipment to be able to hook up to the ECU if they wanted to - I'd say Ivan's alone with that sort of gear. It's not a serviceable item anywhere I can find in my manual, which sort of brings us back to the first question *
I'm sure the dealer can't access it, but if for some reason they had to send the ECU back for a warranty issue (highly unlikely), Kawasaki would be able to tell as someone has programmed it originally from the factory. Regardless, I wouldn't waste time worrying about it....just ride the hell out of it and enjoy it

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The main reason I am asking is because I plan on buying the extended warranty and I should have over 150k on the bike by the time the 6 years is up, so I want to make sure I don't do anything to void the warranty.
Here's a post from Ivan on another forum in relation to the same warranty question... I won't say what forum, 'cause they get grumpy about that over here. Just go googling, these reviews are easy to find...

"Self diagnosis is intact...

I doubt that the entire warranty would be voided even if they did know...

The problem would have to be directly related to the ECU. A burned stator or regulator, or something unrelated should be covered.
Look up "magnuson moss warranty act"

The rev-limiter is still stock, I see no need to raise it on this bike with a stock, un-modified motor.

Ride more and worry less

Ivan
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If you are overly concerned about it you can purchase another factory ECU to have whenever you take the bike to the shop. It is a simple plug and play operation.

Keep it on the bike so if you breakdown and need to be towed to the shop you can switch it before the tow truck even shows up.

A while back I saw a used one on eBay for sale.

I would not let this worry me and keep me from having it re-flashed.

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