Speedometer Cable Replacement


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Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby bstig60 » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:36 pm



I wnet thru the how to's and both my service manuals and I cannot find a reference to replacing a broken speedometer cable.
I did a Toy run last Saturday and noticed my speedo quit working about 10 miles into the trip. I am assuming the cable broke, so I ordered a new one. I notice the cable housing has a crack in it so I ordered the kit. I am pretty sure I have to remove the headlight to get to the back of the speedometer to remove the cable. I would prefer being able to locate the procedure in the book. Comments appreciated........


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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:48 am

It can be done, even with my big hands, with just the bars turned to the left. No, its not easy. Especially if the old one is very tight. And when putting on the new one, make sure you're actually turning the nut and not just the rubber boot. Ive wasted more than a few minutes like that.

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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:26 am

+1 on above..............................
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby Dusty Boots » Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:44 am

It helps to have someone with small hands to reach in behind the speedometer to unfasten the old one

When you get the speedometer cable unhooked from the rear of the speedometer, unhook it from the drive unit and tie a short piece of heavy string to the new one. Then remove the old one slowly and the new one will follow and have the correct routing

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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:02 pm

Not a lot to it. You remove the left wheel cover, then unscrew the cable:

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Then pull it free:

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I then remove the steering stem under cover:

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I can then reach up from underneath and unscrew the speedometer cable from the back of the speedometer:

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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby bstig60 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:34 pm

Thanks for all the reply's... My new cable shipped today from Partzilla. It should be here by the weekend. I will replace it and report back.
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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby bstig60 » Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:12 pm

Got the job done from the top. Someone once said in another thread that it was about a 10 minute job, took me about an hour. Old cable was broken about 15 inches down from the top.
Removed the cover over the radiator overflow tank and turned handles to the left and was able to get my Big hand in there and finally get the nut loose. Got the nut off and put a string on the old cable and pulled it down and out the bottom. Use the string to guide the new cable and sheath back thru the proper routing and connect the new cable to the speedometer head. PIA, but it worked. If the weather warms up in January, I'll take it for a ride....
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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby millerized » Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:16 pm

bstig60 wrote:Got the job done from the top. Someone once said in another thread that it was about a 10 minute job, took me about an hour. Old cable was broken about 15 inches down from the top.


Same place mine did.
Did you grease the cable before you slid it into place?
(hint, that'll get you a few more years out of it)

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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby bstig60 » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:33 pm

millerized wrote:
bstig60 wrote:Got the job done from the top. Someone once said in another thread that it was about a 10 minute job, took me about an hour. Old cable was broken about 15 inches down from the top.


Same place mine did.
Did you grease the cable before you slid it into place?
(hint, that'll get you a few more years out of it)


Doh!!!! No I did not, but since I won't be riding much this winter, I will pull it out and fill it up with some silicone grease...
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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby MikeB » Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:48 pm

bstig60 wrote:
Doh!!!! No I did not, but since I won't be riding much this winter, I will pull it out and fill it up with some silicone grease...

Silicone grease may not be the best idea. I'd suggest that you use graphite such as Lock-Ease Graphite Lock Fluid. It is really easy yo apply and readily available. Most will probably recommend a speedometer cable lube such as the Dorman Products 9-1812 - Dorman Grease and Lube.
But I'm pretty certain that Lock-Ease is the same stuff.

Heavier greases will only gum things up in the speedometer cable sheath.
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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:30 am

I agree - grease of any kind is going to gum up over time.

I use dry graphite lubricant - you spray it in, it fills it up with graphite, then the volatile carrier evaporates, leaving behind the dry graphite, which is an excellent lubricant.

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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby bstig60 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:57 am

Yeah, after thinking about it, I will use graphite. I think I have some of that.
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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby millerized » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:48 am

WingAdmin wrote:I agree - grease of any kind is going to gum up over time..

Which is why greasing things (like most maintenance) isn't a set it and forget it kinda thing.
Greasing things at a maximum effort of during maintenance intervals like oil changes, you'll never gum up a speedo cable...less than that interval wise and you're probably golden. Even once or twice a year as a side note, you'll never gum it up unless you use crap grease that's not designed for that type of service. Even bacon grease is a better lubricant than some of the crap on the shelves at sprawlmart....and if it weren't for the salt ;)

At least that's what I do, and what's worked. Takes longer to remove the disk cover and Philips screw holding the cable in than it does to remove, wipe, re-grease and reinstall the cable. Of course, I greased all the cables, from throttle to choke to now reverse and the adjustment cables on the dash. I like working on my bikes to make sure I don't have to work on my bikes when I don't have to....like along a road in the pouring rain.

And if this is a common occurrence breaking at that point (like the Concours consistently breaking them at the bottom loop attached to the fender) you fix the problem so it doesn't happen again. Guessing that the common breaking distance on these is right at the frame loop/sleeve or is it a bit lower...(I'll have to look at the bike to verify)

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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby bohdan » Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:14 am

Yes it is a fun job. I had my cable go out and a few months later the wheel sensor went out. Did you check the sensor on the wheel?

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Re: Speedometer Cable Replacement

Postby bstig60 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:17 pm

Yes, but the last time I had it off was when I installed new tires about 16K miles ago. It was lubed then. In this case the cable broke where it has the most movement and that was about the support mounted on the frame that the cable goes thru or about 15 inches down from the speedo connection.


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