Pictures of how I lubricated the speedometer cable on my 1985 1986 1987 Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle.
But first, lets pay some bills:
The speedometer cable goes from the front axle to the instrument cluster.
It unscrews pretty easily by hand at both ends.
Since it is the only cable going to the instruments,
it is the tachometer and odometer cable as well.
I unscrewed the cable from the bike, and the inner cable fell right out.
I wiped off most of the black sludge, and gave it some WD-40 to clean it up.
To clean the inside of the outer cable, cable housing, jacket, sleeve, thinger,
I took some thin wire and looped it around a piece of paper towel.
I soaked the paper towel in WD-40, and snaked it through the outer cable.
Just like cleaning a rifle barrel.
Then I hung up the outer cable and sprayed some more WD-40
and let it drip for a while.
The Factory Service MAnual (FSM) calls for oil, not grease.
So I poured some 10-40 motor oil into the cable.
The bottom end of the cable is notched, so when I installed it into the axle,
I turned it until it seated completely before I screwed on the outer cable.
- Next I sold out to make 02¢
so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.
But no minivans!
- Then I finished my beer.
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