Speedo Stopped Working


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Speedo Stopped Working

Postby Nickel1 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:01 pm



I had my front tire replaced and when I got my wheel back the speedo doesn't work. The piece the cable goes into is correctly plugged in and screwed down, but the actual wheel unit wants to rotate now by the wheel? Did something get broken at the tire place or do I need to hook something up correctly to the axel?


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Re: Speedo Stopped Working

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:06 pm

It was a improper reinstall of the front wheel.the spedo gearbox should not be turning,just the inside.

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Re: Speedo Stopped Working

Postby Nickel1 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:28 pm

I'll pull it tonight, I take it that it "locks" to the fork and doesn't move?
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Re: Speedo Stopped Working

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:47 pm

Correct.The spedo gearbox is tied to the axle.it does not turn.the wheel couples to a ring gear in it.
as the wheel turns,it should only turn the gear and the spedo cable coupler.There may be a spacer missing between the wheel bearing and the spedo box.

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Re: Speedo Stopped Working

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:10 pm

Here's a picture from the manual if it might help...

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Re: Speedo Stopped Working

Postby Dusty Boots » Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:42 pm

The little tab on the sending unit

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snubs up against the tab on the fork


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to stop it from spinning around.


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I'd suggest you pull just the inner cable out and lube it well and then slide it back in and reattach the speedometer cable assembly to the sending unit after you fix the sending unit issue.


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Re: Speedo Stopped Working

Postby Nickel1 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:07 pm

Thank you guys so much!
I looked at the photos, went back and took it all apart again. Looks as though the axel nut was not tightened all the way. it did not put enough pressure on the gear box housing to keep it locked into the Gear box retainer. Once I tightened it up correctly we had functioning cable.
Thanks again. Honestly I don't know what I would do without this all of you on this site.
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Re: Speedo Stopped Working

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:42 pm

Dusty did an outstanding job with those pictures. Excellent work.

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Re: Speedo Stopped Working

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:47 am

Nickel1 wrote:Thank you guys so much!
I looked at the photos, went back and took it all apart again. Looks as though the axel nut was not tightened all the way. it did not put enough pressure on the gear box housing to keep it locked into the Gear box retainer. Once I tightened it up correctly we had functioning cable.
Thanks again. Honestly I don't know what I would do without this all of you on this site.


That's SERIOUS. You need to call your bike place and tell them that they released your bike to you this way. There is a reason there is a huge amount of torque on that bolt - it's to keep your front wheel from falling off! The fact that their mechanic FORGOT to torque your axle bolt is serious, and could have had fatal consequences. They need to know about it.

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Re: Speedo Stopped Working

Postby Dusty Boots » Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:17 pm

I have seen this happen before with dealers, as they seem to be in a rush to get the bike off the lift for the next one in order to make more money.

Hawggy brought his bike over to me for new brake pads, tire change and new front wheel bearings. When I went to remove the front wheel, the axle nut wasn't even hand tight :o , where other bolts that should have only been torqued to 7 ftlbs were on so tight I thought I was going to break the bracket before the nut loosened up! :roll:


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