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Gauge pods are separating...

So, the speedometer pod seal is broken. Is there a fix for this or do I need to replace the whole pod?
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So, the speedometer pod seal is broken. Is there a fix for this or do I need to replace the whole pod?
Those are the nicest I've seen. Did the screw loosen under the "pod"?

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The screws are firmly seated in both pods. Some liquid has gotten into the speedo and left water stains on the acrylic lens
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So, the speedometer pod seal is broken. Is there a fix for this or do I need to replace the whole pod?
Back out the screw on the back end and reseat the seal (which looks like it is different from the original, too thick) and put it all back together.

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I took the screw out, and despite some assertive tugging, twisting, and squeezing I wasn't able to budge anything. It looks like the headlamp will need removed and the cables unhooked to get good working access to the pods. I'd want to disassemble the speedo unit entirely so I could clean the staining on the inside of the lens.

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I took the screw out, and despite some assertive tugging, twisting, and squeezing I wasn't able to budge anything. It looks like the headlamp will need removed and the cables unhooked to get good working access to the pods. I'd want to disassemble the speedo unit entirely so I could clean the staining on the inside of the lens.
You don't have to remove the headlamp so don't start there. There are two black bolts one on each side (speedo and tach) under the meters I believe. Remove those bolts first then it will be clear what you need to do next. the bracket that holds the meters need to be taken apart as the pod needs to move over the bracket to seperate it from the actual meter. here's a picture.

http://www.kawasakipartshouse.com/oe...78c645d6/meter

I'm not sure how you are going to get the lens off the meter as it's sealed. The fact that the pod (bottom) came off doesn't facilitate seperating the lens of the speedo from its plastic case. It's sealed unless I missed something when working with it. Good luck. Hope this helps

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$800 for a gauge cluster assembly! $250 for the speedo! Good lord!

Yes, that helped. I really wanted to get at the inside of the lens and clean it off as noticeable cosmetic blemishes irritate me. I wasn't terribly annoyed by the fact that the pod has separated a bit since it's invisible when riding and the unit is in no danger of actually coming apart... and I don't ride in foul weather and I keep the bike garaged or covered when not in use so water getting in isn't a concern

Sounds like I'm going to be laying down some bucks for a speedo if I want to "fix" it. I don't use Ebay; don't trust their sellers, don't trust their data security.

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$800 for a gauge cluster assembly! $250 for the speedo! Good lord!

Yes, that helped. I really wanted to get at the inside of the lens and clean it off as noticeable cosmetic blemishes irritate me. I wasn't terribly annoyed by the fact that the pod has separated a bit since it's invisible when riding and the unit is in no danger of actually coming apart... and I don't ride in foul weather and I keep the bike garaged or covered when not in use so water getting in isn't a concern
You will never be able to live with those blemishes as it will drive you crazy. The fact you won't take off the "pod" and find out why it won't close is going to drive me crazy. Hahahaha.

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The chrome cover is an after market part. The gauges came chrome front ring with painted housings.
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You will never be able to live with those blemishes as it will drive you crazy. The fact you won't take off the "pod" and find out why it won't close is going to drive me crazy. Hahahaha.
I'll mail you the pod when I get the replacement for it

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The chrome cover is an after market part. The gauges came chrome front ring with painted housings.
I've been looking at pictures of other VN750's that I can find online and it looks like stock has a fully chromed pod... not sure where you see them painted at?
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