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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Speedometer not working

Has anyone else had their speedometer / odometer stop working?
I thought it might be the cable was bad, so I changed it. And still nothing.
Could it be the gauge itself or possibly something in the rear hub?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated...

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 10:24 AM
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Did you spin the cable by hand before you put it on to make sure the cable was good?

If you unhook the speedo side of the cable and turn your wheel, is the cable spinning?

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I checked the new one by hand before conecting it and it did spin. I will check and see if it spins when i turn the wheel when i get home today. So the dumb question is, if it does spin by turning the wheel, i can assume its the gauge?


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It's a good place to start. As for if there is a fix for the gauge I do not know. Will have to wait for someone else to chime in.

And make sure it is not kinked up or in a bind.

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Thanks for the advice.... At least i have some direction now...


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Just out of curisosity, how do you like the bike with the bobber kit?

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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I really like it. I just put some new Biltwell Frisco bars on it. It's really fun to just cruise around town on.


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If the cable is good, the next step would be check the speedomemter receiver in the rear wheel. If not properly seated when the wheel is reinstalled, this part will not allow the cable to spin. May work for awhile then stop. Happened to me. simple fix is, remove from wheel and set in a socket just small enough to jold it and lightly tap it back to streight. The flange will not be at a 90 degree angle to the center. In the following link look at part 41064.
http://www.cheapcycleparts.com/model...ar-wheel-chain
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thanks Rick. I will defintely give that a try. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks again.

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 10:03 PM
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Here's what I found when my speedo quit. The receiver was mangled as you can see, compared to the new part. I don't know what caused it, it worked fine for 9K miles after I bought the bike.


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