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post #1 of 3 Old 05-04-2020, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Speedometer Drive Rebuild - Suggestions Please

Hi all. I am the third owner of a 1997 gen 1 KLR650, new to me as of a week ago.

I purchased it from a self admitted "I'm not a mechanic" type of guy. Doohickey mod done, he terminated the side stand switch wiring (not sure why), and it had a non functional speedo/odometer.

After reading user campfire's 2018 post, I sort of knew what to expect.

Basically the hub lip got destroyed. Has anyone used this product to fix this problem? Thanks

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-05-2020, 01:18 AM
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I'd think a more thorough description of the speedometer problem might be necessary to evaluate the likelihood of repair from the kit linked.

The most common cause of KLR speedometer malfunction (IMHO) is, bent "ears" on the winged washer (RECEIVER-SPEEDOMETER 41064-1051) in the hub, failing to engage the corresponding slots in the hub (the bending a result of improper reassembly of front wheel and axle after removal). The repair: Flatten the wings (with vise, and/or hammer and flat hard surface), re-assemble with ears in slots.

Beyond this common malfunction/repair, a lot depends upon the speedometer drive (does the speedometer cable turn when the wheel rotates?), and the speedometer instrument itself (when the speedometer cable shaft is chucked in an electric drill, and the drill chuck rotated counter-clockwise, do the odometer and speedometer needle register anything?). If the problem's in the hub, the kit may or may not fix it; impossible to predict without further examination, IMHO.

BTW; pictures would help diagnosis; you need 15 posts before the website judges you worthy of posting images!

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-05-2020, 07:22 AM
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Did you remove the front wheel and take apart the assembly to see the issue? I just had a similar issue, I thought I would have to replace a lot of parts and my fear was the same as yours. Luckily like Damocles said the tabs or ears on the winged washer were just bent from the previous owner not reassembling things correctly. I bent mine back and a temporary fix, ordered a new one from the dealership and installed it yesterday. Bob's your uncle, everything worked as it was supposed to.
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