1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.


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1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.

Postby Gusbike1987 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:42 am



My 87 Aspencade will not display the gear setting on my display. I went to the connector and performed a test by grounding each of the six wires and it did display correctly. But that was the display part of the connector. I was told to follow the cable and the sensor was located on the right side of the transmission. When I traced the cable, it appeared to go right into the timing belt cover. I see these sensors on EBay and they look like they are attached to the outside. I am stuck. Please help.



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Re: 1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.

Postby aj1500 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:49 am

the sensor is in the timing belt cover on the right side. it mounts into the front motor housing

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Re: 1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.

Postby Gusbike1987 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:24 am

Thank you for your reply. So does that mean I have to remove the cover? I understand that it is a tough spot to get a good look at with the radiator close and the low clearance. You did mention it is on the engine cover. I see the cable going into the cover with either what looks like a grommet or a strain relief and it seems to disappear into the timing cover. I used a powerful light to verify this. Thank you for your time and patience.

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Re: 1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.

Postby aj1500 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:54 am

yes you have to remove the cover to get to it, it is held in the engine cover with, if memory serves me 1 or 2 little bolts.
the harness does run through the cover through a grommet
it's not to terrible to get to, I had to replace mine once when I broke it while replacing my water pump

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Re: 1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.

Postby Gusbike1987 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:02 am

Thank you. You have been very helpful

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Re: 1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:04 pm

It's very similar to the 1100, you can see pictures of it (along with the steps to get to it) on this page, starting at step 73.

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Re: 1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.

Postby CrystalPistol » Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:56 pm

Where was the connector you checked at?

There is a connector in the wire leads up near the steering head area that once worked loose on my '85 and the indicator stopped working ..... examining the lead I came to that connector and at some point when last connected one of the male contacts had been pushed part way out back of the connector and in time, just stopped making contact with the female portion. I think the connector is red .... that was a few years ago I just unpleggedm reinserted the errant male pin after slightly tweaking it's lock tabs and reassembled with dielectric compound making sure all contacts stayed in the connector.

In my case it caused the bike to run poorly in some gears as the ECM or PCM or "computer" didn't know what gear it was in and fell back to less spark lead. Timing curves are more aggressive in lower gears where engine can spin up faster.

But yeah .... the actual sensor is located inside the front engine lower cover.
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Re: 1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.

Postby Gusbike1987 » Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:59 pm

Now let me clarify something . The sensor is connected to a 6 pin connector .on some bikes it is a 4 pin The function of this sensor is to display the gears "N through o/D. Electrically it acts by knowing what gear the bike is in and activates the gear dash display by simply completing the ground for each gear and N, It also by way of grounding turns on the green N and the N display on the dash. How hard of a job is it to replace that sensor.?

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Re: 1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:46 am

Gusbike1987 wrote:Now let me clarify something . The sensor is connected to a 6 pin connector .on some bikes it is a 4 pin The function of this sensor is to display the gears "N through o/D. Electrically it acts by knowing what gear the bike is in and activates the gear dash display by simply completing the ground for each gear and N, It also by way of grounding turns on the green N and the N display on the dash. How hard of a job is it to replace that sensor.?


The whole front engine cover has to come off. The switch is mounted to the inside of the front engine cover.

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Re: 1987 Aspencade. Cannot find the Shift indicator sensor.

Postby Gusbike1987 » Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:09 am

Thank you. I know exactly where it is.




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