speedo cable broken


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speedo cable broken

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:14 pm



My speedo stopped working..pulled the wheel end off and found a broken end..So is there an easy way to put a new speedo cable in I really don't want to have to pull the dash off to get to the back to unscrew the old cable any other options could a small hand reach up underneath and get to it??????

Thought about trying to get the broken end out far enough to just pull the old cable out and when I get a new one shove/feed the new cable into the old tube..???


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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:59 pm

For the cost of the new speedo cable (including a new outer) it is worth replacing the whole thing.

You don't know what condition the inside of the outer sheath is. Depending on how it has broken - there could be small metal fragments pieces inside which might not make the new one last.

Just replaced mine - even though mine is a 1100 - does the 1500 still have cable - not electric?

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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby dingdong » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:15 am

It's a tight fit but you can replace the cable without removing anything and you have to hold your mouth just right.
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:30 am

SOOOOO how do you get at it..up from underneath behind the fairing?? I haven't looked yet..too afraid..:)!
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:19 pm

Ok I got my hand up and into the bottom of the meter pod and I can touch where the cable goes into the back of the speedo but there is no way I will be able to grab on to the "nut" with my fingers or hold a pair of pliers and get them up in there (let alone know what I am grabbing even if I did get the pliers up there!!) and loosen the cable. Any ideas on that??

Or can one remove the instrument pod from the front w/o taking the whole fairing apart any of the how to's cover that even if they have another purpose??? I found replacing your dash lights which seems to cover this operation..so now do I replace all the bulbs with LEDs, while I have it apart and change out my speakers ( the right one hums sometimes) too!! This broken speedo cable is leading to a much bigger project and more $$$!!!..

Still hoping for an easier way to get the cable out and back in..ANYBODY????

Would removing the headlight(much easier process) get me access to the back of the speedo??

I still think engineers/designers hate DIYers!!!

HELP!!!!
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby Bigbiker0 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:43 am

I just replace mine yesterday took me 15 min. remove the switch cover and the black part on the left ,I did use a small vise-grip to use the cable and then I used my left hand to unscrew the cable .I did attach a rope before pulling it out to make sure to fellow the same path to reinstall the new one.
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:29 am

Great, thanks..I was trying to reach up from under the front..your way sounds like a winner..
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby Bigbiker0 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:26 am

It's work for me, good luck.
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:07 pm

That worked out the old cable out now waiting for the new cable to arrive..note the inner cable seems to be stuck in the outer sleeve.can't pull it out..must have pop and dug itself into the outer tube.
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby Bigbiker0 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:44 pm

You must replace the cable completely not only the inside.
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:50 pm

Probably a good idea but not true..they do sell just the inner cable..most speedo and tach cables do slide right out...
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby Bigbiker0 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:56 pm

Yes but if the inside cable is rusty the inside is too. The complete cable cost $17.00 .
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:12 pm

I am gettign the whole thing as mine is definitely stuck in place.
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:39 pm

OK..still waiting for the new cable..BUT!!! my turn signal cancel quit working after I removed the old cable. Only took me two days 8-) to connect my removing the cable and the turn signal cancel suddenly not working. I must have pulled a wire/connection loose. Any thoughts on where exactly it is, which connector. I guess I will fish around for a loose wire. But it would be nice to know which connector it's in or is it a separate bullet connector?? My AVC also stopped working but I figured that was because I had no speedo to tell the system how fast I was going and thereby raise the radio volume..but maybe it's all in the same plug..turn signal off, AVC volume control????..any thing else I haven't noticed????


OK NEVERMIND..I LOOKED IN THE manual what a concept..turn signals cancel is run by the speedo too!!!
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:22 pm

Your cruise control won't work either if the cable is broken or missing.
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby Bigbiker0 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:16 am

I am not sur about that!
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:55 am

Yep, no cruise..I figured that ...............
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Re: speedo cable broken

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:48 am

Ok, got the cable, got it installed everything working again!! But I am sure bike designer hate mechanics. It took me 15 minutes to get the nut of the cable started on the speedo. I finally held my tongue just right and it caught!! Ps I found the old o ring stuck in the hub..and had to pick it out before the cable would slide all the way in...


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