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post #1 of 13 Old 08-27-2018, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Speedometer and Instrument failure

I tried a search but the internet is really slow where I am. I am on a trip in North west Newfoundland (currently St. Anthony) and my speedometer quit. I have no dash whatsoever. I do get a right turnsignal indicator light but no left. I also get a high beam indicator. The tach doesn't work, stuck at 4,500, and nothing on the LED dash. I checked the fuses and I have felt the plugs under the fairing. They seem to be together but they are a bit rough to get to. Any Ideas? I have 4 days of riding left. Fortunately I can use my GPS for speed.

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-27-2018, 06:43 PM
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If you're 100% sure of the fuses then check the connector that goes into the dash hasnt come loose. If that's ok then corrosion in the connectors comes to mind. It would be worth checking them all including those above the radiator under the airbox when you get chance as they can mess with the instruments.
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Pulled all the fuses, looked at them plus replaced it with a spare to see if any difference. I tried to pull the connectors apart in the main rubber connector cover but I could not get them apart easily enough in a hotel parking lot to not chance maybe making it worse so I just wiggled them a bit to see if they may make contact but no better. I guess I'll finish the ride as is and fix it when I get home. I have a volt meter on the bike and full voltage, 14.4V, when running.

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I think the connector you seek is behind the cluster up high. It has a rubber boot on it to protect it, but I have read that it can fail allowing water in. You will need to take the upper fairing apart around the cluster and lean it back to access the plug. Use white vinegar and soak each half of the connector for 5 min(this cleans the contacts) then rinse with water, dry and apply dielectric grease to the contacts before plugging back together.

It's on the backside of the instrument cluster panel, #24 in the diagram and that panel can be removed without disturbing any of the other panels:
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-28-2018, 05:24 AM Thread Starter
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I was thinking something like this. It will wait till I get home for that surgery. I have the days planned out and can continue for now. Fortunately my brother's FJR1300 goes about the same distance on a tank of gas and the GPS can be a speedometer.

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Wow, never heard of this problem.

My guess would be water in the speedo connector or a problem with the wiring harness. Not fun.

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My wife and I just came back from Newfoundland/Labrador last week. I did see a few Stroms on the ride, usually accompanied by a non-Strom. In your travels did you happen to see a Red 2015 DL1000 Accompanied with a White Triumph Tiger 800 XRX?

Aren't people in Newfoundland amazingly nice?

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Don't think I saw you but you are correct about the people. We stayed in Cheticamp, NS and rode the Cabot Trail. We then took the ferry from North Sydney to Argentia overnight. Then did the Irish Loop to St. John's. From there we went west and north along the shore loop to Gander. Next up the peninsula to Twillingate. Down to Grand Falls Windsor, Corner brook and up to L'Anse aux Meadows and St, Anthony. From there to Rocky Harbour and then to Stephenville. I'll catch the Port au Baux ferry back to North Sydney Nova Scotia and Baddeck.

The bike is running fine except no instruments. The right turn signal indicator lamp was working along with the high beam indicator but they have both quit. Now with only 18,000 miles on the bike the front fork seals are leaking on both sides. I guess I have some work to do when I get back.
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... Now with only 18,000 miles on the bike the front fork seals are leaking on both sides. I guess I have some work to do when I get back.
Probably didn't see you but sure I saw a Strom or two between St. John's, Twillingate and Deer Lake.

Usually leaking fork seals just need some cleaning. Don't go out and buy new seals until you either try Sealmate or make your own seal cleaning tool.

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I lost my whole dash display on the way back from the Cache Rally in CO. The remnants of TS Bud had it pouring rain in some places. I checked all the wiring connections from the fairing on down but found no corroded connections. When I took the plug out of the back of the speedo there was some tracks of dried moisture inside the plug. I ended up ordering a new speedo from Partzilla and it took some time to get it. Make sure you keep track of your odometer reading because it starts at zero on the new part. $363 with free shipping from Partzilla.


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