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Old 06-13-2008, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to replace the speedo cable on a GL 1200 Wing and, frankly, I cant see how to do it without dismanteling the fairing. I was hoping maybe I could reach up from under the triple trees but - no deal.

What is the proceedure for replacing the speedo cable? If the fairing has to come apart any pointers on that subject would be greatly appreciated too. I have a Clymers book but is says nothing about how to replace the cable........

Obviously, it is an Interstate with the mechanical speedo unit.

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Old 06-13-2008, 04:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have an apencade sei but quoting from the 'Haynes' manual you need to remove the headlight - its apparently the three screws on the front rim. Headlight removed undo the speedo cable and replace. Easy! (I hope) good luck
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Hi dubcross, In the clymer manual that cover the GL1200 for 1984-87 go to chapter 8 page 214 and follow the instructions for removing the instrument cluster. the speedometer cable is on the rear of the cluster. i changed mine and you only have to go as far as you need to get acees to reach the cable and unscrew it, thread the cable down from the top to the front wheel. Be careful not to drop any screws as they will dissapear into the fairing never to be seen again.
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you dont have to physicaly take off the fairing, but you have to take quite a bit of stuff off to do it, before you start, have a torch handy, and follow the cable route the the clock, you will see where it passes between the fairing brace and the fairing,, take the mirrors off, remove the windshield trim and screen, take of the speaker grilles, under the speaker grille, the screws that hold the clocks in place uses the same screws to hold the speakers in place, you will have two screws either side of the clocks, remove the two on either side, the headlight has to come off, look behind the headlight and you will see some 10mm bolts, two are a pig to get to, you manual should tell you how to remove the clocks,its awhile since i did this job, but i can tell you, its a time consuming job and may take a few hours, before you start pulling it apart, check to see if all your dash bulbs work ok, if not nows your chance to fit new bulbs if needed, you cant change the speedo cable by pocking your hand where the radio is, the dash has to be moved, so there is no short cuts, i myself didnt take off the fairing, i took off the lower fairing panels remove the four 10mm bolts, two either side side that hold the fairing to the bracket, and the the four bolts the hold the fairingunder the nose, i didnt remove any plugs or wires, i just moved the fairing forward enough to get the cable through, but if you look at the fairing where the cable passes between the bracket and fairing, there is an indent, i thing you can get the cable through without taking the fairing off, i think you can pass the cable through from the top, starting with the bottom of the cable, if you can make any sence of this you a good man, even i'm getting confused now, have fun and have a swear box handy, it may be full by the time youve done it, it must have took me 4 hours first time i did one
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How do you get the "trim" off that goes from each mirroe to the headlight? I may be able to get there through the headlight, maybe?

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I replaced mine on my 85I last year.

To get the chrome accent piece off, take off both mirrors, and then use a screwdrive to gently pry up the chrome from over the piece over the headlamp. I you leave one bolt in the mirrors, the chrome piece will pivot up after you have unhooked if from the piece over the headlamp.

I took my light out to be able to get to the back of the speedometer.
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Yeah, I'm going to give it a try through the headlight opening. So from what I am hearing the trim piece that goes across on top of the headlight just snaps into place, right?

It's a shame I didn't know this before because I just put new mirrors on this bike about a month ago.

On another subject, the clutch has developed a leak at the slave cylinder too, is this something that happens often? Looks like a bad gasket between the slave cylinder and the "bell housing".

(This is a good group, thanks much)!

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you should be able to pull up the windshield trim with your fingers, if its hard to pull, use a screwdriver but cover the top of the headlight with a rag or something, you dont want to break it, the bracket that the trim snaps too also has to come off, and there two more bolts at the bottom behind the nose grille unit the headight, that little grille is held in with two small star head screws, just undo the top bolts of the mirrors and loosen the bottoms if you dont want to take them off, its easier to take the screen off, than mess around it, its not a bad job to change the cable just time consuming, like i said earlier check your dash bulbs, if any have blown, nows you chance to do them
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I should have known I'd get some good advice from a fellow ham radio operator! Thanks Ted (and everybody else too) .....

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