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Old 07-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Question speedo cable head came off...tough fix

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Kawa EX 500s are notorious for this problem: the speedometer cable head works loose and comes off and you look down and voila: zero mph. This happened this morning to me on hwy 90 in Rosenberg. To avoid the possible cable drag I tore some kerchief cloth and tied the cable and continued to enjoy my ride. Coming home in the garage I attempted a fix. Wow, that is a tight space. I got the cable head in, but could not effect a full tight connection. The next step I suppose is pulling the front fairing: something I have not done. I admit the heat and humidity limit my enthusiasm for garage repairs.

Even with the fairing off, it looks like a difficult fix without some special tool or the bike up on a lift. I have a feeling I may have to take the bike in to Mancuso (avoided that for over a year now), and pay the piper for a repair.

Thoughts or advice?

Man, it was great to ride this morning. Just as I pulled in home: heavy rain though.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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Just pull the front fairing off to get to it. Not hard to do and it'll expose the backside of the cluster. You may even be able to get to the backside from under the bike.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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The ex-500 forum had the answer--the fairing pull is pretty easy, I think. Some are able to get the nut screwed in, but I think they have triple joined arms and hands. I will give it a go tomorrow night I think and add some blue locktite. I like solving these little problems myself, but hate the sweat dripping down into my eyes....
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That's what a bandana or headband is for. I can't work without one due to how much i sweat.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:43 AM   #5
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Yeppers....sweat band city tonight...I may need my wife to help with the fairing lift while I release the two electrical connections....
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