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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-18-2018, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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GL1500 speedo again

Lost my speedometer a while back, and had the local shop repair it. I don't have my receipt handy, but the notes I kept say "speedometer sensor replaced."

Now just over 1,000 miles later, it's failed again. I'm going to try to deal with it myself this time. Where to start: at the wheel, or at the other end?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-18-2018, 12:01 PM
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I'd disconnect the speedometer cable at the wheel end and try to turn the cable inside the sleeve to see if it's binding. I haven't had a 1500 speedo cable apart, but if it's like the 1100 there's a slot in the wheel end of the cable that mates with the drive unit. You could try to turn it with a screwdriver to see if the cable or speedometer itself is binding, that would wear out the plastic drive gear in short order....
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When the speedometer sensor is bad, you will lose cruise control, radio auto volume, turn signal auto cancel function but not the speedometer, because it is totally mechanical.

So you should recheck the work done by the shop.

The problem may be because of the plastic gear in the front wheel, speedometer cable or the speedometer itself.

In order to narrow down the problem, you may disconnect the speedometer cable from the front wheel gear box, and try spinning it using a power drill rotating counterclockwise. Then you may find the culprit.
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When the speedometer sensor is bad, you will lose cruise control, radio auto volume, turn signal auto cancel function but not the speedometer, because it is totally mechanical.

So you should recheck the work done by the shop.
I've lost all of the above, as far as I can tell.

Really wishing I had a lift, too.

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I've lost all of the above, as far as I can tell.

Really wishing I had a lift, too.
You don't need a lift to troubleshoot this problem.
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You don't need a lift to troubleshoot this problem.
No, but it would make a few things easier. It's not nearly as simple to get up and down from the floor as it was 30 years ago.
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I like the idea of working "smart" not "hard"......!!

Don't "cut off the horses legs"...."raise the barn door opening".....OR....."lower the door sill".....!!!

Don't raise the bridge.........lower the water............!!
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I like the idea of working "smart" not "hard"......!!

Don't "cut off the horses legs"...."raise the barn door opening".....OR....."lower the door sill".....!!!

Don't raise the bridge.........lower the water............!!
So, you suggesting he turn the bike over so it's sitting on the trunk and windshield, to ease working on the speedometer cable?
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Some take shortcuts and leave the housing in place. They just change the internal cable only. The problem is if the housing is worn the new cable will bind in the old housing and fail. Is this possible? Always change the housing with the cable.
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So, you suggesting he turn the bike over so it's sitting on the trunk and windshield, to ease working on the speedometer cable?
Start with the speedo cable and build a bike around it.
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