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Speedometer hook up

My 87 sportster has new front disc and does not have cut out for speedo. can I drill a hole or cut a slot without damage or anything?

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Basically, the only difference is a notch in the center hole for the speedo drive.

With notch:

Without notch:

If you know what size to cut it to, deburr everything when done, and are VERY careful, you probably could get away with it.

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SOURCE: speedometer wont work

check the end of the cables - had similar problem on my bike and found end had snapped off cable

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Gap your plugs to 38 thou. Check all your bulbs (one burned out will affect the rest) Take a look at all your fuses and make sure they are all ok. Otherwise you are probably looking at a wiring short which will require trouble shooting of the elctrical system. Buy your self a service manual for your bike, this will help you a lot.

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SOURCE: I bought a 1992 1200 Sportster and it didnt have a

The is should be a speed drive unit on the axle that has a tab that sticks into a slot on the wheel. The lower end of the speedo cable screws into this unit.

Good Luck

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