Speedo again pulling my hair out!!!


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ram11397
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Speedo again pulling my hair out!!!

Postby ram11397 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:45 pm



Hi,
Ok I have replaced the speedo cable and the speedo gear box assembly, and the gauge still not working right speed registers from 0 to 55 no problem after that it starts bouncing again...........new gauge???
Rick


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Re: Speedo again pulling my hair out!!!

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:11 pm

Hey I have to tell you this story it might be related but I don't know,,I'm serious ok, not goofing off, I needed to pull my clutch cable over some to clear my stereo I had installed and I loosened the two small bolts on the back where the speedo house is, reach around the top and look and you should see them, well I took one loose to put a small washer bracket thing to it and it worked and I was able to pull my cable over but when I took the bike out for a spin the speedo was acting crazy, it was bouncing all over the place, got back took it off tried it again without the small bracket and it went away..So check to make sure those bolts are tight..Like I said it was weird.. Might help it might not..

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Re: Speedo again pulling my hair out!!!

Postby sw3dl1 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:35 am

Before I started building Goldwings, I put together several CX500's and GL500 Silverwings. They used the same Speedo and tach. The problem with these gauges is that they are internally lubricated with an oil impregnated brass or bronze bushing. Over time the bearing/bushing dries up. Here's a trick I found that works rather well. It will require you to pull your speedo off the bike and remove the rear casing so that all you have in your hand is the speedo housing. Locate the threaded portion of the housing where the Speedo cable threads onto the housing. This round cylinderical area is where the Bronze bearing lives. This next part takes a little nerve. Find a drill bit about the size of a WD40 straw. Drill a small hole in the cylinderical area of the housing just deep enough to go through the housing but not deep enough to drill in to the bearing. Once you have the hole drilled, use a quality oil or lubricant and spin the speedo shaft while placing a few drops of oil in to the hole you just drilled. Wait a few minutes and place a few more drops into the hole. Put the speedo back into the bike.
I've done this with several speedo's and cable driven tach's. They smooth out and stop making that annoying screeching sound. The fix will last until the oil dries up, about a year and a half to two years in Phoenix, AZ.

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Re: Speedo again pulling my hair out!!!

Postby SteveB123 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:31 pm

Try changing out the "gear box retainer". It drives the speedo gear box at the front wheel.
~$10 at dealer....fixed my speedo after also changing out my cable, to no avail.

I guess they wear down, and just drive the speedo drive some of the times....less so the higher the speed, and higher the load.

cheers.
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Re: Speedo again pulling my hair out!!!

Postby ram11397 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:32 pm

Hi,
Dumb question i got the new gear box retainer how do you get the old one out and new one in? i looked in my manuals and cant find anything on it. can anyone help?

Rick
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Re: Speedo again pulling my hair out!!!

Postby SteveB123 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:59 am

Remove the speedo cable from the front wheel.
Loosen the axle nut.
Remove the pinch bolts.
Remove the axle.
Remove the speedo gearbox. Good time to clean it out and give it a bit of fresh grease.
Jack up the front of the bike, and lower the wheel slightly.
Lever out the "seal".
Remove and replace the retainer.

I can't remember if I pulled off one of the calipers or not, but I don't think it was required. The wheel doesn't have to come off the bike, it just has to clear the fork ends enough to work a bit down there.

HTH.
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Re: Speedo again pulling my hair out!!!

Postby ram11397 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:22 pm

Hi,
Thank you will do it tomorrow.
Rick


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