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Support motorcycle by placing block or jack under engine. Use a wood block to protect sump. Disconnect the speedometer cable by removing the phillips screw located just below the cable at the axle. Remove the brake caliper by removing the two allen screws that hold the bracket to the fork. The brake caliper will come off with a little effort. Don't let it hang free, tie it up. Be sure you don't move the brake lever at all while the brake is off of the disc. Loosen the two small bolts at the front of the forks. Remove the nut on the right side. Pull the axle out the left side. When re-installing the wheel, be sure the speedometer housing is installed exactly as it came out, (watch out for this)
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Check your speedometer cable where it connects to the speedometer. These often come loose. You can also disconnect it and see if it turns when your front wheel is raised off the ground and spun. If the cable turns, your speedometer is likely bad. If the cable does not turn when the wheel is spinning check the other end of the cable at the front wheel. Remove the cable at the speedometer drive unit on the front wheel. Inside where the cable connects there is a flat pin in the center that should turn when the front wheel is spun. If the drive unit is not turning, you will need to remove it for inspection and likely replacement. On the front wheel you will want to make sure the tabs that turn the speedometer drive are not damaged as well. Good luck
Had the same problem with my GL 1100 I. A rock had kicked up and hit the speedometer cable mount at the fork and split the plastic screw mount. The cable terminus started to back out from the fork. Any way went to Honda spent $12.00 on a new speedometer cable and installed it in about 10 min.
There should be a speedometer drive cable that runs from the instrument cluster to the front wheel of the bike.
- Make sure the cable is connected both at the instrument cluster, and at the speedometer drive gear on the front axle, between the wheel and the fork.
- Ensure the drive cable is not broken - this may not be apparent by simply looking at the outside of the sheath. You may need to remove the cable and ensure that there are no breaks inside the sheath.
- Ensure that the speedometer drive gear is not worn or broken. This will require removing the front tire and disassembling the speedometer drive gear box.
- If all the above items check out, the problem is likely in the instrument cluster, and will require repairing or replacing the instrument cluster.
there is no heater. remove the cable from front wheel to speedo, lube it with 3 in 1 oil (or any other thin oil), remove speedometer and put a few drops of oil where the the cable goes into it. my first bike was a brand new 1982 xs400 when i was 17, ah the memories
I hope i responded quickly. The speedometer needle movement is caused by the speedometer cable that runts to your front wheel's gear unit. Check for the cable that goes near the axle of your front wheel and check that its properly screwed. Put the bike on stand and spin the wheel, if it still doesnt responed. Remove the cable, unscrew it near the front wheel axle first and try spinning the small "squared wire" inside, if you still can't get any action on the speedometer. Then chances are either your speedometer cable is cut in the middle or the speedometer display is jammed (unlikely). Remove the cable from the speedometer unit and check that it is freely rotating. Oil it and put back. Next, we need to check for the gear near the axle of your front wheel. Screw the speedometer cable to the gear unit near the axle with the other end removed from the speedometer unit. Spin the wheel and check that the inner cable is responding or spinning.. If it doesnt, then your speedometer gears are worn out. Disassemble the front wheel and bring the gear assembly to the nearest parts dealer for purchase. Normally, they don't sell a repair kit so you'll need to purchase the whole gear assembly.
whichever the case, either you purchase a speedometer cable or the gear unit. Seldom will the speedometer unit be destroyed.
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unhook speedometer cable from transmission and spin cable by hand it should turn smoothly if it des hook end to a low sped drill and see if it holds at a steady speed if it does the the problem is in the plastic speedo gear in the trans if it dos not remove the dash and inspect the connection on the speedo head