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1981 XT250 How to open speedometer assembly?

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Hello all,

I am new here to TT. This site has been a wealth of information already, but I need some info I haven't found covered yet. I bought a 1981 XT250 some months back, and I have slowly been restoring it.

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After the speedometer cable broke, I ordered another. In the meantime, the faceplate came loose and unscrewed itself from the assembly (possibly from engine vibration).

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My question is, how do I access the faceplate? I have already taken the assembly apart. After removing all the Phillips head screws from the back, it appears the plastic housing is press-fit together.

Any suggestions on how to access the faceplate? Clymer manual doesn't appear to have instructions either, but maybe I missed something. Help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

GDK

The pictures seem small in the post preview. I'm not sure how to increase their size.

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Not press fit , glued together .

 

And the pics in your post are thumbs . Just click on them to enlarge .

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Sure . Any of those should do . :)

 

I'd try the least destructive first .

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Happy Easter to all. For posterity I thought I would post pictures of how I got into the speedometer and what I found inside.

I took a diamond blade Dremel attatchment and cut around the bezel at the seam. I did not cut out the trip odometer faceplate. Only the speedo side.

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This is what I found...

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Metal shavings, the needle point, and the faceplate screws.

I removed the speedo needle by *gently* ;-) prying it up from the faceplate.

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Got a little doodad under the faceplate and voila.

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After removing the screws from the back of the speedo, pushing it through, then pulling loose the connecting rod from the trip meter this is what I found.

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The gear teeth are shredded. So...

Does anyone have a speedometer for a 1981 xt250 they would like to sell? Or know how this one can be salvaged?

Thank you.

GDK

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Try this guy out. Have found a ton of stuff from this guy in town and great prices. Closed Sundays & Mondays.

Cycle Salvage    

1604 Trinity St,

 

Redding, CA 96001

(530) 246-9135

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I had a 1981 XT250 for 27 years, bought it new, had the same problem but found one on ebay.   If these have become rare, have you tried the Baja Designs unit that I use on my Honda XR650R, it has the same type of speedo cable. Works on any unit with a 21 inch front wheel.

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I definitely would not mind switching to an after market speedo I would actually prefer it. Does the Baja Design speedo work on a 6 or 12 volt system? The issue I am running into is I cannot find anyone who makes aftermarket speedos that run on a 6 volt system.

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Try www.trailtech.net I put one on my 1986 tt600 and worked fine. You have to call them to get correct won I think mine was a universal one.

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