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I have 1981 yamaha maxim xj550. just replaced speedo cable for second time in 9 months. how do I know if speedo gear is bad or should I just replace it??

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Probably its the bushing it the speedometer. Look where the cable spins in the speedometer...and where the cable sheath screws on.
You need to get some light grease sparingly into the space between the rotating head and the stationary part...I use white grease on my fingertip to push some in.. If the bushing is dry....it slows down the rotating head and the cable starts twisitng till it snaps. Normally a dry bushing starts making noise though.

When you say you replaced the cable....you meant the cable and the outer sheath correct....if the cable only was replaced there may be an issue in the sheath that is snagging the cable.

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

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