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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-12-2006, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Speedometer not working

So I took my bike out on the road for the first time and noticed immediately that my speedometer, odometer, and trip odometer were not working. The tach works great but nothing from the other gauge. Anyone have this happen before on their SV or other bike? What should I check/fix? Or should I just take it in to the shop?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-12-2006, 03:11 PM
 
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My Honda's speedo reads through a cable attached to the front sprocket. It's rare for the instrument to go bad, but the cable or attachment to the sprocket often break. In 50K miles, my cable has never broke, but the plastic connector between the cable end and the nut on the sprocket has broken twice. The connector is only $4, but to get at the sprocket the gear shift lever and the hydraulic clutch slave cylinder have to come off. For your Suzuki, you will have to look at a manual. Maybe it reads off the front wheel like my GS1000.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-12-2006, 08:58 PM
 
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thats right NW, the speedo sensor is on the front wheel. And they can get nastied up and damaged there. Mine stopped working a while ago in a rain storm, but since im gonna remove it all together i havent bothered with it. R1upON1 may still have his if yours is nolonger serviceable.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-12-2006, 10:48 PM
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With the SV being front wheel/cable driven.... The possible fixes are much easier and less technical.




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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2006, 06:21 AM
 
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My 92 GSXR runs off the front wheel as well. Plastic very easy to damage when removing/installing front wheel.



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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2006, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well I think I narrowed down the problem. Just on a hunch I messed around with the wiring harness up by the cluster and jiggled it back and forth, unplugged and plugged it back in etc. It started working...then after I got home I had to leave again and it had quit working again. So at a stop I kinda tapped on the speedometer with my hand and it started working again. It was still working this morning when I rode to work. So I'm pretty sure it's electrical, probably just a loose wire or connection or something. Any thoughts?
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2006, 09:03 PM
 
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Oops, didn't see that someone posted that it is driven from the front wheel.

Just remove the speedo cable and see if it spins freely, hang it from something and drip 30w oil through there, let it sit overnight and then test again. Worse comes to worse, they're not expensive, just replace it.

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2006, 10:35 PM
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I would then say start at the speedo itself and work your way down to the pickup.

If you have a set of stands that will help and allow you to work on it without riding it.




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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2006, 10:35 PM
 
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sounds like you got a bad conector if you have to tape it up and it works, try pulling it off, you souldnt beable to until you press the release tab. if it stays there you might have a bad conetion form wire to wire.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-16-2006, 09:56 PM
 
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Glad its working again Hunter. You inspired me to atleast take a look at mine... lets say its not an electrical problem. I'll post a few phone pics of the silliness for posterity.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2006, 11:32 AM
 
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Broken SV speedo

heres what my speedometer is supposed to look like. Notice part #29-


heres what mine looks like. The tabs on the magnetic rotor were pulverized and a pain to clean out. Looks like i need to spend a little money. Im not sure how i happened unless whoever put the previous tire on didnt line up the tabs to the wheel and crushed them. I dunno if grime can do all this.-

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2006, 12:01 PM
 
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I'm not even sure if I still have the speedo sensor from the SV. I still have a box of parts sitting at the shop, I'll have to look thru it to see what I still have. I know I still have the frame sitting there.
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I'm not even sure if I still have the speedo sensor from the SV. I still have a box of parts sitting at the shop, I'll have to look thru it to see what I still have. I know I still have the frame sitting there.
if youre really bored can you go have a look?
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2006, 12:48 PM
 
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if youre really bored can you go have a look?
I should go up to the shop to check on a museum media file to see if it's still running....if not then there something wrong with the media again...also I could wash my bike while I'm there.
I donno...it's so hot - 90 now, I really don't want to stand in the sun.
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