95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable


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95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby rampal55 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:26 pm



I am a sorta new owner of a goldwing. Last year I replaced the speedometer drive gear, (thanks to the how to articles). I have got to replace the same part again. I have been reading that I should have cleaned the speedometer cable when I replaced the gear. Now my question is, If i pull out the inner cable, how hard is it to put it back where it belongs? I don't really want to take the entire cable from the speedometer if I don't have to. I plan on squirting pb blaster in to the outer cable until i get things cleaned. I plan on cleaning then coating the inner cable with a type of grease (moly?). I have not been able to read how hard it is to fit the inner cable into the back of the speedometer. Am I better off removing the entire cable or what? Any and all information/ideas would be appreciated.
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Re: 95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby Mh434 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:02 pm

I haven't tried this on my GL1500, but on other bikes/cars/trucks etc., I've always just disconnected the bottom end & slid the inner cable out. Generally, after cleaning the old cable or getting a new one, I've just slid it back in, and gently rotated it until it slips into place in the driver wheel inside the speedo.

I don't know that I'd use a heavy lubricant, though, or anything particularly oily or greasy, as they have a tendency to attract dirt. Perhaps graphite (dry), silicone spray (dries quickly, slippery, displaces water), or something similar. In addition, heavy lubricants can put quite a strain on the fragile parts (especially plastic bits) in a speedo system, so I'd avoid those.

Hope that helps. I suspect WingAdmin will chime in here shortly with actual accurate information, as opposed to my foregoing suppositions! He will know, for sure.

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Re: 95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:35 pm

If you have had to replace two speedo drive gear units, either your speedo cable is binding (bouncing/twitching speedo needle), or there are other issues. Usually the inner cable breaks 1st, but not always
If your speedo needle is bouncing/twitching, then get a whole new speedo cable assembly, as the inner sheath of your present one is worn and is binding the speedo cable, which cause the twitching/bouncing speedo needle.

Cleaning/lubing the inner cable is a waste of time if inner sheath is worn through and causing the cable to bind, (resulting in the twitching) as either the cable, or drive gear will soon break!
Easy enough to remove the inner cable. Just disconnect the speedo cable from the drive gear at the front wheel and pull out the cable. To install it, just slide it back in.
Clean/lube it with a light oil, yearly to prolong it's life.

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Re: 95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:07 pm

How many miles does your bike have on it?? The cable is maybe 20 years old now and likely hasn't been shown a lot of love. In the time it takes to pull out the inner cable, clean it and re-lube it and then clean the inside of the outer cable, which isn't easy unless you remove it from the bike, you can install a new one for $20. Then you have a new cable which you can give attention to as Dusty suggests.

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Re: 95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby rampal55 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:19 pm

Thanks guys for the good information. I will go ahead and purchase a new cable... btw, my speedo needle did not bounce. I am so glad I found this site.. Take care and hope to see ya'll on the road...

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Re: 95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby Wingryder1 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:12 pm

Just note.. if you have not over tightened the knurled nut on the back of the speedometer, (like I did) you can just reach it with your fingers under the dash. Drop it out the bottom and replace or service without removing everything it takes to get to the speedometer the normal way.

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Re: 95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:52 pm

Wingryder1 wrote:Just note.. if you have not over tightened the knurled nut on the back of the speedometer, (like I did) you can just reach it with your fingers under the dash. Drop it out the bottom and replace or service without removing everything it takes to get to the speedometer the normal way.

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Yes, and once you do get it off, make sure you don't overtighten it so you can do this again in future.

As for lubrication, I will lubricate a NEW cable with dry graphite lubricant.

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Re: 95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby rampal55 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:05 pm

Thanks for all the information. I have a new speedometer cable ordered. Hopefully one day I will have some information ya'll need... thanks again.
BTW.. any particular grease should I use for the speedometer drive gear housing?

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Re: 95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:45 am

I am not sure, but I personally would clean that lower drive gear, let it dry out real good and loud it with DRI-SLIDE, grease and even oil will attract dirt and dust and whatever, and you are back to square one.

I also would use DRI-SLIDE on the cable after a good cleaning and drying time.

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Re: 95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby seelyark1 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:09 am

We used to use Dri Slide on our rifles in Viet Nam. Matter of fact, I still have 2 cans of it that I use to this day. :) This is good stuff! ;) I just checked out their site. What I have is 8oz metal cans. They don't even make those cans any more. :lol:
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Re: 95 gl1500SE inner speedometer cable

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:42 am

Interesting stuff - it's basically Moly (the same lubricant we use in the final drive splines on our bikes) with a solvent carrier. The carrier evaporates, leaving behind a dry film of Moly, which is very slippery. I would expect this would work at least as well, and probably better, than graphite.




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