Speedo cable oilingness

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Pip, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. Pip

    Pip Guest

    I was forced to get at the back of the RF speedo today, by virtue of
    the last bulb in it giving up the ghost on Sunday night. I've not
    been up round there before missus, so it was a bit of a
    gynaecologist's adventure. Anyway, I ripped off the fairing inner
    panels (most of them by cutting the cable ties and standing back three
    paces) and found a pair of little grey and black wires sticking out of
    a rubber lump. Bulb #1, no probs.

    When I grabbed the bulbholder, my fingers slipped off and on
    inspection they were covered in old black oil. The speedo cable and
    especially the knurled locking ring were covered in a good layer of
    the stuff - as were my hands, long and short-nosed pliers, bits of
    wire and most of my toolbox by the time I'd done the job.

    The question is - is this normal or acceptable?

    I assume that somebody at some point has oiled the cable, and last
    time I had the wheel out I packed the drive with Lithium grease - in
    this hot weather could the grease liquify and make its oozing way up
    the cable, to emerge at the back of the speedo?

    The seondary question is - should I be worried and/or be worried
    enough to do something about it - and if so, what?

    I await your response, as ever, agog.
    Pip, Sep 7, 2004
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    Alan Crowder Guest

    Nah, leave it alone, if it wants to work it will. If not, who gives
    a toss?


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    Alan Crowder, Sep 7, 2004
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  3. Pip pretended :
    Yes, it will eventually find its way into the speedo head.

    You are only supposed to apply grease on the inner cable stopping at a
    point 6" below the head. I would be inclined to suggest washing out the
    oil and/or grease from both the inner and outer cable, drying it
    thoroughly then re-apply grease to all but the upper 6" of the inner.
    Harry Bloomfield, Sep 7, 2004
  4. It was somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
    <dons brown overalls>

    It possibly could and it'd be a good idea to clean off the top 6" or so
    of cable inner to prevent any more crap getting into the speedo innards.

    <quickly whips off overalls and peers over top of specs>

    Just take two of these pills every morning and see the nurse for an
    appointment for the big green syringe.

    Dear Mr Agog,

    Having read your letter, we find ourselves in complete agreement.
    However, at this moment in time we are unable to accede to your request,
    as it would necessitate the importation of some very unusual apparatus.

    Yours sincerely

    Mssrs Grunge, Flaggit and Burnem



    GS 850 x2 / SE 6a
    FUB KotL OSOS#12? UKRMMA#19 COSOC#10
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Sep 7, 2004
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    Catman Guest

    <direct contradiction of other poster>

    We have cable drive speedo on the Sprint. It also has a good layer of crud
    at the bakc. After 98000 miles no issues at all.

    Of course it *might* get into the head but.......


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    Triumph Speed Triple: Black with extra black bits
    Catman, Sep 7, 2004
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    Paul Guest

    <snip a load of crap>

    Stop cross-posting yer prat.

    This is an Amateur Radio newsgroup, not motor mechanics.
    Paul, Sep 13, 2004
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    gomez Guest

    Sort your attributions out. Pip was not the one cross-posting.
    gomez, Sep 13, 2004
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    Pip Guest

    (Paul) struggled to ejaculate:
    Look to yourself, fuckwit.
    *I* did not crosspost it, you misbegotten no-brain.

    I posted the original to uk.rec.motorcycles - do you have a problem
    with that? The thread was susbsequently crossposted by a rather
    amateurish self-styled troll who has taken a dislike to one of your
    regulars, I surmise. So don't blame me, you thick ****.

    If you want to take your amateurish attempts at usenet flameology
    elsewhere, please do so - if you want to try again I'll be delighted
    to shove them right back up your arse.
    Pip, Sep 13, 2004
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    Pip Guest

    Thank you Mr. Gomez. Fortunately somebody can see past their
    nose-end, unlike Mr. Hamfist over there.
    Pip, Sep 13, 2004
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    tallbloke Guest

    <eyeballs skyward>
    I dunno. Bleedin Amateurs. Tch.
    tallbloke, Sep 13, 2004
  11. It was somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
    Pah. Not even good enough to get paid for it.



    GS 850 x2 / SE 6a
    FUB KotL OSOS#12? UKRMMA#19 COSOC#10
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Sep 13, 2004
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    ah Guest

    Probably unsalted ham, anyway.
    ah, Sep 14, 2004
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