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Gauge Information 26 Nov 2019 06:42 #814579

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Hi All: I would like to remove my tach and speedo and send them out for restoration. Besides the faceplates being somewhat faded out, the interior of the glass is quite dirty especially on the speedometer. Can anyone give me the lowdown on how to remove these from the gauge panel without damaging anything? I have the cover loose on the speedometer, but I don't think it will come off with the tripmeter knob in place, but I could be wrong on that. I haven't removed the directionals or headlamp yet because I am not sure how to go at this. My gauges have what looks like some aftermarket chrome dress up rings around the gauge that to be honest I don't care for and would like to get rid of them if I can. Last question, according to the service manual, which has almost no information on this procedure, if you position the tach and/or speedo in anyother position but "up" some dampening oil will leak out of a reservoir and ruin the gauge. How do you ship them to avoid this? Drive them yourself to the repair point?
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Gauge Information 26 Nov 2019 07:11 #814582

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Wouldn't the restorer know how to disassemble the meters & stuff? As for the tripmeter knob, you probably have to remove the crimp ring to separate the housing from the bottom, then use needle nose pliers to hold the trip meter shaft while unscrewing the knob, turning it opposite from the normal reset direction.

The speedo in this how-to has the tripmeter knob thru the side.
Restoring meters >> pg 1
Restoring meters >> pg 2

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Gauge Information 26 Nov 2019 07:40 #814585

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Contact the folks below. Tell them what you want and send the gauges. Don't disassemble the gauges more than the folks below tell you to. Ed

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Gauge Information 26 Nov 2019 07:43 #814586

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You shouldn't have to remove the trip meter knob. There are two nuts holding the speedo on the bracket. If you find you have to remove it turn it backward. It's a fine thread so it takes a while.
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Gauge Information 26 Nov 2019 09:07 #814589

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To remove your gauges you need to first remove your headlight and headlight shell. On the bottom of the lower gauge cover you will see a small JIS screw. Remove the screw and you can now remove the lower cover. Disconnect your cables. You will then see two nuts holding the gauge to the gauge bracket. Remove both nuts on each gauge. You can now remove the gauge from the bracket by pulling it upwards. It is a tight fit due to the bracket on the bottom of the gauge that holds the lower cover onto the gauge. Be careful to avoid damaging the threads on your cable attachment.

First photo below shows one of the tach the gauge nuts. It also shows the disconnect for your tach cable. Speedo has similar nuts holding the gauge to the gauge bracket.

Second photo is some restored gauges that I sent to Bob at ZResto. He does fine work.



I have a couple of Z1B's restored, an '80 KZ1000LTD restored, a 1981 KZ550 restored and a 2008 KLR 650 for off road fun. My wife has a 2019 Suzuki DR 650 for on and off road.
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Gauge Information 26 Nov 2019 17:30 #814621

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Thanks for the help guys. It clears this little task up quite a bit. So I do have to take the headlamp assembly out to get to the dismount nuts. My gauges have these after market(?) chrome top covers on them and they are dead tight against the vertical warning light panel and I was at a roadblock on how to loosen things up to get the gauges off. As tight as things are on mine I didn't know if the bottom cover would come off the speedometer and clear the trip meter reset knob similar to the one in the picture. I guess it must come off once the headlamp is out of the way. I have already talked to ZResto about doing these gauges for me.

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Gauge Information 27 Nov 2019 07:29 #814643

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+1 on the ZRESTO recommendation.

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Gauge Information 27 Nov 2019 07:57 #814646

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Is it true that if these gauges are left upside down on laying on their side that oil will leak out of them and they will be kaput? If so, how do you send them in for restoration?

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Gauge Information 27 Nov 2019 10:09 #814658

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When you pack them just make sure they are right side up. ZResto will send them back that way. Don't worry too much about them being upside down for a few days as they will not leak fast enough to lose their charge. But if you plan to store them....be sure they are right side up.
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Gauge Information 27 Nov 2019 10:34 #814660

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Okay, thanks for the help and information...
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