- Dec 3, 2009
- Reaction score
- Duncanville, Texas
- My Bike Models
- 1981 GL1100 Innerstate("The Turd")SOLD!!, 1996 GL1500 Innerstate
Webster's":2teqj5ok said:A domino effect or chain reaction is the cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events...
So...here was the plan...
On the 1500, I needed to disconnect the speedo cable from the instrument panel so I could clean the cable housing, and get the housing and cable lubed up some. The skweeling noise has gotten worse, and more consistent, so now is the time. Getting the cable disconnected from the gauge was easy enough... after a couple of hours of cussin. Cleaned the housing out, poured a little MM oil down it, and blew it out with air. Then pushed some moly lube down thru it, and blew that out. Lubed the inner cable up, and spun it up into the housing from the bottom, spreading the lube all the way up the housing to the top. That's when the dominos started falling....I could NOT get the dang cable screwed back into the gauge cluster. Tried from the top, from underneath, left hand/right hand/standin on me head...not gunna happen. :rant: :builder:
I wound up having to remove:
top compartment cover
air vent louvers from the dash panel
So....."since yer there" took over, and I replaced all of the bulbs in the cluster, leaving off the silly green tinted rubber bulb covers....which makes the gauges much mo easier to SEE now. Plus, the O/D indicator bulb burnt out on me last week, so replacing it was on the menu from the start....but that can be done without removing the cluster...or anything else. Of course, while it was that far apart, might as well clean some of that stuff up. Put a small amount of lube up into the speedo gauge connector from the bottom so it would have some lubrication, too. Also might as well see if the Sony speakers I had in a box would fit(they dint). I was able to actually put some screws in the speakers that were there so now they will actually be held to the dash properly, instead of relying on GLUE to hold them in(PO did that...not me). "While I was there"....I installed some acoustic foam behind the speakers too, just because I could. I know I should prolly go ahead and change the air filter while I got it that far opened up, but I just know if I start that job, I won't get it put back together in time to ride Monday.... :blush:
In the end, a simple 30 minute job turned into an all day sucker, and I ain't even got it back together yet...I still got to put all that crap back together on the bike, and then hope I have time to clean the whole rig up. :doh:
(sure hope that fixes the dang speedo noise.....I was also intending on pulling the front wheel so I could lube up the speedo drive gear on the wheel, just in case it was making the noise. I lubed that set-up once before tho, so it should still be good, but who knows..... :whistling