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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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New to this Forum, need Speedometer for 650 Vstar

Hey, Guys n Gals. I'm new to this forum, but I've been riding for several years. I'm a retired military mechanic.

First bike was an XVS650 Custom. I've had Harleys, several Yamahas, a Kawasaki and a Honda since then. I fix them up, ride them for a bit then sell them. Rinse and repeat. I just picked up a 99 XVS650 Classic in really bad shape from having sat outside for years. I have her torn down and I'm going to do a full resto mod, fully personalized to me. I'm keeping this one. She's going to be Army green with large ammo cans for saddle bags. I'm going to do the details like the ground support equipment I used to work on. I'm not doing a WW2 Harley replica or anything like that. Pictures to come later.

So, the main reason I joined the forum is my speedometer was severely sun damaged - the plastic inside was peeling up really bad and blocking view of the Odometer, so I opened it up to get all the loose plastic out of there and the speedo needle just dissolved. So... I either need a new needle or a whole new speedo, and I'm hoping someone here has one sitting around, cause I'm not finding one on ebay.

I have Paypal and I'm ready to purchase now if anyone has one available. Thanks!
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I don't need a speedo. I shaved the plastic remains of the needle off the mount and glued a second hand from a clock in its place. Looks decent and should work just fine.
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Welcome from Atlantic Canada. Sounds like a cool project. Nice fix on the speedo. Love to see some pics when you get it done, or even during the build (we're kinda big on pics here).

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the best way to ruin your speedo is to put a windshield on the bike, and then park the bike so the front is pointing away from the sun.

the windshield acts like a parabolic reflector and focuses all the light from the sun right on your speedometer.

Not so great to have all that heat on your gas tank either.

With a windshield always point your bike south when you park it for a full day, unless you live below the equator.
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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Keep us posted on your progress. Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ms-bike-month/

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ighlight=Yammy

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...where-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...enced-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ature-you.html

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the best way to ruin your speedo is to put a windshield on the bike, and then park the bike so the front is pointing away from the sun.

the windshield acts like a parabolic reflector and focuses all the light from the sun right on your speedometer.
I think that's exactly what happened. I don't use windshields, even during lovebug season.
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Pics of what it looked like when I got it.
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First thing I do is remove the air induction system. There's no cat on the 99, so it just makes it pop and backfire - no positive effect on the environment and it looks better without the tubes and filter assembly. BTW, a .45 brass empty shell press fits on to the nipples near the exhaust. I used a dowel and a hammer to put the shells on. Otherwise, cut off the end of the stock tube and weld up the hole.
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Tearing it down to inspect and thoroughly clean and repaint.
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