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    K-Bike Odometer fix FYI

    I had the odometer on my K75 go out twice due to worn and broken gears. There are 4 plastic reduction gears that allow the small electric motor in the odometer to turn the numbers over. I had to replace all of my gears as several teeth broke off. I asked Jeff at www.odometergears.com to make a set for me and he now has them for sale.

    I know I saw a few threads recently with people who had the same problem with their odometer that I have, so I thought I'd let everyone know that there is a fix out there that doesn't require buying a new gauge pod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarren Shaw
    I had the odometer on my K75 go out twice due to worn and broken gears. There are 4 plastic reduction gears that allow the small electric motor in the odometer to turn the numbers over. I had to replace all of my gears as several teeth broke off. I asked Jeff at www.odometergears.com to make a set for me and he now has them for sale.

    I know I saw a few threads recently with people who had the same problem with their odometer that I have, so I thought I'd let everyone know that there is a fix out there that doesn't require buying a new gauge pod.
    Terrific to hear! I'm making this posting a sticky!
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    Speedometer

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarren Shaw
    I had the odometer on my K75 go out twice due to worn and broken gears. There are 4 plastic reduction gears that allow the small electric motor in the odometer to turn the numbers over. I had to replace all of my gears as several teeth broke off. I asked Jeff at www.odometergears.com to make a set for me and he now has them for sale.

    I know I saw a few threads recently with people who had the same problem with their odometer that I have, so I thought I'd let everyone know that there is a fix out there that doesn't require buying a new gauge pod.

    I recently asked about the subject. The results were good but a problem showed up. It takes a special tool to remove the needle without distroying the needle, shaft or face.

    I got it fixed in Houston at a place - cost was $165.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by n5xwb
    I recently asked about the subject. The results were good but a problem showed up. It takes a special tool to remove the needle without distroying the needle, shaft or face.

    I got it fixed in Houston at a place - cost was $165.00
    Donn - who told you a special tool is needed?

    Gently prying from beneath the needle, with the jaws gently closed around the speedo shaft - using needlenose pliers works quite well. A bit of padding under the pliers will keep from marring the face.

    BTDT more than once on lots of needle type instruments. The needles are a press fit on the shaft.

    Just curious where you heard/found out a "special tool" is needed..
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger
    Donn - who told you a special tool is needed?

    Gently prying from beneath the needle, with the jaws gently closed around the speedo shaft - using needlenose pliers works quite well. A bit of padding under the pliers will keep from marring the face.

    BTDT more than once on lots of needle type instruments. The needles are a press fit on the shaft.

    Just curious where you heard/found out a "special tool" is needed..

    I tried your suggestion and it didn't work here. That was the reason for taking it to a local place. I did note a small metal tab that I thought was the needle lock. I did push up and down while lightly pulling up on the needle with no luck. I was worried about damage to the face or the mechanism.

    I invision a tool with a like pliers with a v cut out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarren Shaw
    I had the odometer on my K75 go out twice due to worn and broken gears. There are 4 plastic reduction gears that allow the small electric motor in the odometer to turn the numbers over. I had to replace all of my gears as several teeth broke off. I asked Jeff at www.odometergears.com to make a set for me and he now has them for sale.

    I know I saw a few threads recently with people who had the same problem with their odometer that I have, so I thought I'd let everyone know that there is a fix out there that doesn't require buying a new gauge pod.
    I had occasion to try to help a fellow in AUS and found that the gears in a KM speedo are different...naturally. Is there any interest in making this set as well?
    Jack Hawley

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    K bike speedo fix

    Some guy on Ebay suggested:
    Speedometer.com - Home of Overseas Speedometer & Instrument Service

    Has anyone else found similarly beemer friendly outfits for speedo rebuilds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandallIsland
    Some guy on Ebay suggested:
    Speedometer.com - Home of Overseas Speedometer & Instrument Service

    Has anyone else found similarly beemer friendly outfits for speedo rebuilds?
    Overseas Speedometer is a great place in our experience. We sent a clock there which they told us was not economically repairable but we wanted to repair it anyway for the face color, etc. The owner said if anyone could do it, it would be him. And he did a fine job.
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    Speedometer parts

    Hey BMW Kbike folks;

    By looking all over the net I came up with a source for the gears on my 1987 K100lt. It was very easy to fix and is working. I found out from him NOT to lubricate any parts because oil eats the gears.

    The hardest part of the work was getting it off without removing the fairing.

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    Great information and I see that this is also good information for the Airhead riders. Thanks, I hope that I don't have to use them, but just in case... good to know....
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    I got it fixed in Houston at a place - cost was $165.00

    I live in Houston with a dead speedo on my K75. Where is that magic place?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorongrudo View Post
    I live in Houston with a dead speedo on my K75. Where is that magic place?

    Thanks
    What is dead on it? Usually the contacts inside which can be fixed by soldering jumpers around them (the only permanant fix). Or if the needle sticks, then it is the face plates warping. Time consuming, but fixable. Lastly it would be the gears and then only the odometer quits working.
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    Sure hope it wasn't done by Austin Speedo

    Quote Originally Posted by dorongrudo View Post
    I live in Houston with a dead speedo on my K75. Where is that magic place?

    Thanks
    I had mine fixed by Austin Speedo and it lasted about 2 weeks before their sorry part broke again. It also cost me $165.00 and had zero warranty. I will never recommend Austin Speedometer in downtown Houston again.

    I finally fixed it myself with gears made by a guy I found on the INET. order@odometergears.com 757.593.3478.
    Jeff Caplin Please tell him I mentioned him to you

    Donn Washburn aka N5XWB

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    Help needed on speedo light.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarren Shaw View Post
    I had the odometer on my K75 go out twice due to worn and broken gears. There are 4 plastic reduction gears that allow the small electric motor in the odometer to turn the numbers over. I had to replace all of my gears as several teeth broke off. I asked Jeff at www.odometergears.com to make a set for me and he now has them for sale.

    I know I saw a few threads recently with people who had the same problem with their odometer that I have, so I thought I'd let everyone know that there is a fix out there that doesn't require buying a new gauge pod.
    Help needed on somewhat the same subject.
    I have a 1985 K100RT I am reserrecting. Problem, the dash lights stay on after
    the switch is turned off. If I pull the pos cable on the battery, light go off.
    What would keep the dash lights on after engine shut down???

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