Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Year/Make/Model: 2004 VN2000
Color: Metallic Dark Purple Prism
Ok, that seems to have done it. I first turned on the ignition and could verify that the speedometer needle did NOT move during the startup procedure. I then took the meter housing apart - without removing the tank. But it was VERY tight in there and it was a bit tricky to get to it. The cables all seemed to be correctly seated, but I pushed them gently in one by one. The multiconnector attaching the cables to the PCB did not look like it was removable so I held off on using force. The zip tie holding the cable bundle in place using the metal ring did seem too tight, pulling the cables away from the meter. I replaced it with a new one, leaving a bit more slack.
After reinstalling everything and turning on the ignition again, the needle did move. I took the bike for a very short spin, and the meter seemed to be functioning, even after turning the ignition on and off a couple of times. This morning I tried again, and it was still functioning. So for so good.
In case anyone else have this problem in the future, here is how I did it:
1. Make sure the ignition is turned off.
2. Put the bike on the side stand with the wheel pointed straight forward.
3. Remove the single bolt at the bottom of the meter housing.
4. Push the entire meter housing towards the rear of the tank. There are two pegs on the tank holding two holes with grommets in the meter. Be careful not to scratch the tank, keep a towel nearby to put between the tank and the meter housing.
5. Move the meter housing to the left of the tank - turn the handlebar pointing to the right if needed.
6. On the inside of the housing there are two bolts about midway up, holding the meter assembly and the black bracket to the housing. These need to be removed, use a small spanner if you have one.
7. After the bolts have been removed, you should be able to remove the housing from the inner assembly.
8. Remove the black bracket from the assembly. It is held in place with pegs and grommets.
9. Carefully turn the meter assembly around to reveal the cable bundle.
10. The cable bundle is held in place by a metal ring. Remove the two screws holding the metal ring in place. Note that this metal ring is also held in place by a zip tie fastened to the cable bundle. Removed it and replaced it later.
11. Lift the rubber boot and inspect the connectors with a flashlight. Look carefully on every pin, barely visible above the plastic connector. They should all be the same height. Inspect both sides of the connector.
12. Gently push each wire down if possible, then the entire connector.
13. Place the meter assembly so that you can see the meter, then turn on the ignition. Make sure the needle is moving during the self-check phases. Also verify that turn indicator, full beam and any other lights on the meter is still functioning.
14. Turn off the ignition.
15. Put the rubber boot and metal ring back in place. Attach a new zip tie around the cable bundle and through the metal ring attachment.
16. Put on the metal bracket, then attach the meter assembly to the meter housing again.
17. Point the handlebar straight ahead and put the meter housing back on the tank. Make sure that the bracket grommets are both attached to the tank pegs.
18. Reattach the single bottom bolt.
19. Turn on the ignition, check everything as in step 13.
20. Take a test ride and verify that the speedometer is functioning correctly.