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post #1 of 8 Old 01-02-2016, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Speedo cable routing.

I installed a Eagle Mike fork brace, and moved my fender down to the top of the brace to see if it would make any difference in handling, and/or limiting mud on the front of skid plate.

My question is the routing of the speedo cable.
In the pix below, it looks like the fender mounted guide is not even needed. The fork guide looks like it would be all I need. The bend in cable is about the same as with the fender in upper position.

Any thoughts, pro / con?


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I don't think it's necessary. I routed mine through a cheap cabinet handle attached to the new fender when I changed fenders. I was just bored though. You're right. It won't be an issue, IMHO.




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Can't see the hub in your picture; is the housing anchored by the tab on the housing set between the notch on the fork? Puts the cable connector close to parallel with the fork in orientation.

If so, that is, if the speedometer drive housing is indexed by the casting details mentioned, doubt you'll have an issue with the speedometer cable.
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My question is the routing of the speedo cable.
In the pix below,......... The fork guide looks like it would be all I need. The bend in cable is about the same as with the fender in upper position.

Any thoughts, pro / con?

larry31,
Looks like one is sufficient to my eyes also, but I do have a suggestion for all Gen 2 riders.

Might I suggest that when we re-install the front wheel and speedo drive, that we Purposely Re-Index the speedometer cable drive to point at 9:30 position, instead of 11:00 position.
This gets rid of the "S" bend, which just gets worse with fork compression. Kinder to the cable, imo.

Yes I know, one must then use a long nose/needle nose plier to loosen and tighten the cable nut!

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Can't see the hub in your picture; is the housing anchored by the tab on the housing set between the notch on the fork? Puts the cable connector close to parallel with the fork in orientation.

If so, that is, if the speedometer drive housing is indexed by the casting details mentioned, doubt you'll have an issue with the speedometer cable.
I put it on like my manual said.

BTW: Here's a little larger pix showing the speedo housing, and I routed the cable through the fender guide in this pix.


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I turned down the drive too. One long curve now with no sharper bends.
Packed the drive with grease, oil in the cable housing.

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Here's a Generation 1 with the speedometer hub indexed by mating the corresponding protrusion and slot:



Would another angular orientation of the hub put the housing in a bind?

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Here's a Generation 1 with the speedometer hub indexed by mating the corresponding protrusion and slot:



Would another angular orientation of the hub put the housing in a bind?
Damocles,
On the Gen 1 bikes, the cable is not 'long enough' to rotate the speedo drive unit.
But Gen 1 has a different problem. The 'rigid plastic anchor' for the speedo cable (on the lower fork tube) causes the cable to break just above it!
I recommend replacing it with a KLX400/DRZ400 speedo cable guide. Installed "Vertically" hanging down, just like in the parts schematic (with meter and cable). Part #13070-S021, $8.09 USD.

May have to do "just a little custom bending" of the Suzasaki cable guide to work on the KLR.

Speedo cables last a whole lot longer on both Generations with my 2 separate alterations.

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