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Out riding my bike. Speedo was jumping as usual with a 5 MPH margin. Then quit working. Later in my ride on two occasions the needle went crazy, pinning from side to side then quit. Checked the connection at the speedo, seems tight and in place, pulled the cable at the transmission, spins freely. Needle doesn't move when I rotate the cable by hand. There is a noise at the speedo as I turn it by hand.

New bike to me. Previous owner claims speedo was rebuilt. Any ideas or suggestions?

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Sounds like the previous

Sounds like the previous rebuild of the speedo didn't go so well. Do you have info on who/when the speedo was rebuilt? There's not much to do with them but to send them off...also disconnect the cable in order to minimize future damage.

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Are you sure it's not the

Are you sure it's not the cable? Disconnect it and see if the internal braided wire is connected end-to end or if they turn independently of each other. Hopefully the latter, meaning a new cable will fix it.

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Cable is good. Spins freely.

Cable is good. Spins freely. I have the name of the shop that did the work. Wrote an email. No response as of yet. I'll try calling early next week, giving them some time to respond to my email.

Any recommendations on a speedo shop? The current rebuild only lasted a year and maybe 750 miles.

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Here's a couple of past

Here's a couple of past threads on speedometer repair:

http://vintagebmw.org/v7/node/13693

http://vintagebmw.org/v7/node/12615

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Heard back from the repair

Heard back from the repair folks. The warranty on the repair does not transfer to me. However they are offering to repair it at reduced price. Looks like I will be pulling it out when the weather gets to cold to ride here in Michigan.

Any tips or tricks in removing the speedo?

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The headlight and ring has to

The headlight and ring has to come off...be careful so the lens doesn't fall out. You'll in the back where the cable comes in from the bottom. Unscrew the knurled nut to release the cable. There will be some electrical connections. Finally there's an upside down u-bracket holding the speedo up. You'll need to undo the nut that holds the u-bracket in place. Take pictures.

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Thanks, will do. Pictures

Thanks, will do. Pictures will be the key. Appreciate all the advice and wisdom.

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