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George Kehas
(@magge52)
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My speedo gave up the ghost so I'm removing the gauge cluster however there is a cable running in the back, electric tach I assume as there is no tach cable. Can't see a visible way to disconnect. Didn't find any posts on this, is it an easy task? Also any recommendations on repair shops is appreciated.

Thanks, 

George 

 

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Topic starter Posted : 07/13/2021 12:10
Larry A. Chabira
(@2659)
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Overseas speedometer repair in Austin tx fixed mine for 150.00    there is a very little Philips screw in the middle of the black wire block on back of the gauges, It sinks in over the years and is hard to see.   Palo Alto speedometer also fixes Airhead speedos.

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Posted : 07/13/2021 13:36
Richard Whatley
(@wobbly)
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Posted by: @2659

There is a very little Philips screw in the middle of the black wire block on back of the gauges. It sinks in over the years and is hard to see.  

  • It's like a #4 Plastite screw. You'll need a #1 Phillips to take it out.
  • Because the screw can't "bottom out" on the soft rubber of the connector, it can easily bury itself in the "rubber".
  • After the screw is removed, the connector is pulled straight out. It's a very snug fit into the gauge housing.
  • I like to add a dab of anti-oxidation compound to the 8 connector pins you'll see there.
  • I often add a #4 countersunk washer to the screw on re-assembly.
  • Because the thread-cutting nature of the Plastite screw, you can't simply start tightening the screw. The screw will simply make new threads and after 3 or 4 times like this, there will be NO threads remaining. Instead, turn the screw in reverse and you will feel the screw pop into the existing threads. THEN you can tighten the screw. The torque is far less than 1 ft-lb. Stop at the first suggestion of resistance.

Hope this helps.

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Posted : 07/14/2021 04:33
George Kehas
(@magge52)
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@wobbly 

Checked out the speedo tonite. Turns out there are two screw holes in the back of the unit, neither had screws in them so I just pulled the connector out. If those tiny screws aren't available I'll probably just cover the back with gorilla tape. 

Thanks for the tip.

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Topic starter Posted : 07/16/2021 17:21
George Kehas
(@magge52)
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@2659 

 

 

Larry,

Ahh, Overseas, I vaguely recall sending them the speedo off my 850 Commando many moons ago. I'll give them a shout in the am. Thanks for jarring my memory.

George

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Topic starter Posted : 07/16/2021 17:27
Frank Jarrell
(@frankj)
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I sent mine to Joel Levine in Georgia. He is not cheap, but turned it around in 10 days as he said he would. He makes his parts so part obsolescence is not an issue. Mine needed bearings.

https://joellevinecompany.com/speedo-tach-repair/

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Posted : 07/21/2021 09:58
Richard Whatley
(@wobbly)
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Posted by: @frankj

I sent mine to Joel Levine in Georgia. He is not cheap, but turned it around in 10 days as he said he would. He makes his parts so part obsolescence is not an issue. Mine needed bearings.

https://joellevinecompany.com/speedo-tach-repair/

I know Joel and he's been rebuilding Brit bike gauges for decades. I had no idea he also did Airhead gauges.

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Posted : 07/29/2021 04:29

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