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i have a '95 interstate 1500 & the speedometer cable apears to have broke the other day. i was going down the street & the speedometer dropped ot 0 mph & it quit coulding miles on the odometer & tripometer.



1. am i on the right track?

2. how do i fix it? i didn't see anything in my climber manual about the speedometer.
 

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Seems like you're on the right track -- only 3 parts to that system: the cable (you got that one) the wheel take-off & gear, then the speedo-head itself.

Look at the manual on how to remove the front wheel, there will be spscific reference to the speedo pick-up and its removal. The pickup has a small plastig gear that can go bad and also cause these same symptoms.

The outter cable jacket is held into the pickup with a single screw. Removing that screw will allow you to pull the cable out of the pickup -- the inner part of the speedo cable can be replaced by itself but you've gotta ensure that you've got all of the old cable removed from the cable jacket first. If there's any connection part left in the cable itself you sshould be able to draw the old cable out of the bottom without removing the cable from the speedo-head itself... If yourcable is fully severed - often it all won't come out with a simple pull from the bottom and you'll need to dig bak behind the speedo-head itself to remove the cable housing and fish-out all of the cable parts, or alternately to replace teh complete speedo cable assembly (jacket and liner)

You can check the take-off and its gear by hand (wheel removed) or by spinning the front wheel and watching the 'otuput' side of that take-off (cable housing removed).
 

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No need to take the wheel off until you know for sure that the plastic gear is bad. You can put the motorcycle on the center stand then take of the disk cover on the left side( a little plastic piece on the fender pops off and exposes a third bolt for the disc cover). You can take off the speedo cable with the one screw. You can jack the front of the bike up to take the front wheel off the ground and turn the wheel and see where the cable goes in is turning. If this is not turning then you need a new gear. The gear is about $28.00. You can also put a flat blade bit into a reversible drill and insert it into the cable and turn the cable counter clockwise to see if the speedo works. From this you can pretty much determine what is wrong. If you need to replace the gear then the wheel needs to come off.
 
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