'82 vs '83 speedo threads


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EyesWideShut
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'82 vs '83 speedo threads

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Looking at replacing my '82 speedometer gauge (found an '83). I think that there's a difference in the cable connectors, especially down at the wheel gear drive assembly but are they the same up at the top? Will a '82 speedo cable thread onto an '83 gauge?


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yes it should work fine at the top.
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Thanks for the reply. I was having trouble finding if the gauges were the same for '82/'83, just had different cables and gearbox. Also I need my gauge in kilometers/hour.
Now after finding a good link on cleaning the speedo, I'm going to give that a try before replacing.
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Here in the states, the 82 went to 85 mph, the 83 went to 150 mph.
Yes they will interchange.
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newday777 wrote: Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:00 am Here in the states, the 82 went to 85 mph, the 83 went to 150 mph.
Boy, gotta get an '83, it will go much faster!!
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Re: '82 vs '83 speedo threads

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The 85 mph speedos were born in the era of the '70s oil crisis, pollution controls, and 55 mph national speed limits. Mostly summarized as government overkill, over regulation, and ignorance. Cars of the era also had 85 mph speedos.
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OldguyGlen wrote: Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:38 am The 85 mph speedos were born in the era of the '70s oil crisis, pollution controls, and 55 mph national speed limits. Mostly summarized as government overkill, over regulation, and ignorance. Cars of the era also had 85 mph speedos.
And many a broken speedometer from it.
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My '82 has dual markings, 220kph max and in smaller text 140mph. I don't remember if here in Canada we followed suit with dropping the speed limit during the "crisis", but do remember when riding my new 72 CB750 "south of the border" (Canadian Border), since the mph text was too small to read, the rule of thumb was to take the mph road signs and double it for kph.

As for speedos breaking when pegging the needle, isn't the internal linkage magnetic which might save the breaking?
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Re: '82 vs '83 speedo threads

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EyesWideShut wrote: Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:30 pm
As for speedos breaking when pegging the needle, isn't the internal linkage magnetic which might save the breaking?
They broke when pegged
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EyesWideShut wrote: Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:56 am
Now after finding a good link on cleaning the speedo, I'm going to give that a try before replacing.
Do you mind sharing the link you found?
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Wilcoy02 wrote: Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:03 pm
EyesWideShut wrote: Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:56 am
Now after finding a good link on cleaning the speedo, I'm going to give that a try before replacing.
Do you mind sharing the link you found?
Here's the link. Ginsco in 2012. 5 pages. He cut the ring and JB Welded it back, I've seen others where they pry all around the ring to separate the halves and then squeeze the ring back. Just got mine out, tested rotating it counterclockwise and it's seized. Not sure yet what method I'll use to open, guess I'll find a coin for flipping...
https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2- ... r-fix.html
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Re: '82 vs '83 speedo threads

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"And many a broken speedometer from it."

...... Urban Legend ...........

Unless the rider was just paying too much attention to the speedo and crashed into a tree..... That could result in a broken speedometer.....
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Re: '82 vs '83 speedo threads

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indianakid wrote: Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:43 pm "And many a broken speedometer from it."

...... Urban Legend ...........

Unless the rider was just paying too much attention to the speedo and crashed into a tree..... That could result in a broken speedometer.....
Whatever you say boss


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