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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-25-2009, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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nothing on the speedometer is working

a few weeks ago a couple buddies and I painted the rings on my gauges and installed new front blinkers on my '93. After we put everything back together, nothing works on the speedo works.... no speed, no mileage counter... (the light still work though)

The cable does not appear to be broken and it appears to be attached correctly at the wheel and at the base of the actual gauge.

Any suggestions as to how I should proceed?!?!?!?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-25-2009, 10:29 PM
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Remove and re-attach the speedo cable. It is probably not going all the way into the fitting.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2009, 07:07 AM
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What he ^ said; try the easy stuff first. And welcome to the group.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2009, 12:26 PM
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i had a similar problem with an old car...i didnt realize how far the cable had to slide in before it would function

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2009, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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hmmm.... thanks for the help! ...I will try that.
After reading on some other post, I removed the speedo cable from the wheel as well and cleaned the brake dust off of the end. As I understand it, there should be some grease on the fitting that connects to the wheel... mine is very dry. Should I grease it before putting it back on? and if so how? and with what

Also I checked the cable to see if it was broken... any advice on how to detect breaks? The black wrap around it is so thick, I can't really tell if there is a break. ANy advice would be great.

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by the way my bike has 25,504 mi and holding ...I noticed some guys were replacing the cables as early as 4 and 5 thousand miles... I don't mind replacing it if that's the right thing to do.
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If it is broke it will be easy enough to check since one end will just slither out of the casing (well unless the entire cable to bone dry then it may be stuck.. )

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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with the help of your post and others (and my Dad's brain), I was able to troubleshoot enough to find the problem. After 25,000 miles the speedo cable had in fact broken and YES it was around 5 inches from the "forked" part that connects down at the wheel. The inside of the cable had snap and bound up the inside and I was not able to turn it freely within the housing. Unfortunately, I will not be able to use the housing since part of the cable is still inside. I ordered one from DennisKirk.com (I noticed that a lot of guys on this site use DennisKirk for parts) that is manufactured by Parts Unlimited. I hope they make good parts... It was only $11. Thanks again for the help.
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Parts Unlimited resells a lot of parts. My dealer ordered my new stator from them and it was a Rick's stator. Nice thing is, at least for the dealer, it was overnighted at no additional cost.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-28-2009, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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FYI... "Standard UPS shipping on orders under $100 is a flat rate of $7.99." at Dennis Kirk. I personally think this is a rip off They would not tell me the shipping rate at check out, and I figured it wouldn't be more than $4 or $5. I could have gotten a Motion Pro cable on eBay for a lower price with shipping... oh well... You live and you learn.
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