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    Speedometer / FD Compatible Numbers R60/5

    Hi Gang

    Wondering if there's an original owner in our community who can confirm if my Speedo is compatible with FD

    Speedo on my R60/5 is a bit optimistic. I recently had the instrument serviced but my resource forgot to ask for my FD number and the idea of providing it to him wasn't on my radar screen.

    W=1155 and # on FD is 37/11

    One other question: in the 60-70 mph range, the speedo needle "wags" just a bit - is this normal for this instrument? Tach needle is more stable - since instrument was serviced, was wondering if the speedo cable might be kaput.
    Ken Tuvman
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    K75s, R65LS, R60/5

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    Ken -

    Check Snowbum's site for gearing info. Most likely your cable is coming apart internally. You could try a graphite lubricant...if it helps, you'll know the answer.
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    Most likely your cable is coming apart internally.
    +1.

    Ken, immediately disconnect the cable at the transmission, or at the instrument. That's what Palo Alto Speedo recommended that I do when I mentioned my speedo was doing the same thing.
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    Thanks, Guys

    Since I've got the U Joint issue to figure out, I'll furlough this one for awhile.

    Spoke to Mr. Henderson today who works on driveshafts - he says if the connectors are "V" shaped on top of the U Joints, they may be shot - will make sure drive shaft nuts are tight - they sure should be - will check.

    Will order a new cable - thanks as always!
    Ken Tuvman
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    It's supposed to be optimistic.

    It is by design optimistic.
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    Not entirely sure on the inards of your speedo assembly, but mine displayed the characteristic jumpiness and cable checked out fine - but little nylon gearing within the speedometer head were not (and dry)
    I found replacement gear set on inward level from local shop and replace. The wear pattern on those was rather subtle, almost needed a mag glass to see the damage. I don't remember reading any other people's advice on lube service for those, but I have added to my routine long term list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R100RTurbo View Post
    Not entirely sure on the inards of your speedo assembly, but mine displayed the characteristic jumpiness and cable checked out fine - but little nylon gearing within the speedometer head were not (and dry)
    I found replacement gear set on inward level from local shop and replace. The wear pattern on those was rather subtle, almost needed a mag glass to see the damage. I don't remember reading any other people's advice on lube service for those, but I have added to my routine long term list.
    Speedo/Tach unit was serviced in December by Terry Vrla - he does good work - will try servicing cable first - bike has 80k on it and is 40 years old (she runs & looks good for 40 )
    Ken Tuvman
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    Spoke to Mr. Henderson today who works on driveshafts
    Mr. Henderson. This Mr. Henderson??
    "It is what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmo1131 View Post
    Mr. Henderson. This Mr. Henderson??
    Yes
    Ken Tuvman
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    In my book, he da Man.

    An old thread -> http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...-U-Joint/page4
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    Lew Morris
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