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Re: With interest, I will explain a good way to open GL gauges

Post #106 by JohnBaxter » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:50 am

Count me in the list, I'd be extremely interested in how it's done, and if it can be done without looking like a train wreck. :8)
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Post #107 by ianstaley » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:30 am

I didn't clean them up, on mine they were beyond repair. New ones don't exist any more, so I looked around and as I had white faces I went for some VDO gauges, they are in white and look old fashioned, I think they are called Cockpit Royale. The faces are whit and the they are 12 volt so the 7 volt thing is only used for the main clocks.

You can view and get the clocks here ---> http://www.vdo-gauges.com/instruments-d ... oyale.html

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Re: With interest, I will explain a good way to open GL gauges

Post #108 by warhead_71 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:30 am

For the trip boot, I wonder if a wheel valve stem would work. You'd have to remove the valve core, or pull the rubber from the brass tube. But the diameter looks about right, and you can get a free or cheap used one at any tire store.

Mine is dry rotted, so I might give it a go.

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Re: With interest, I will explain a good way to open GL gauges

Post #109 by Whiskerfish » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:43 am

Interesting idea. I think just about everyone I have ever seen has dry rot issues.
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Post #110 by Sandy » Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:57 pm

warhead_71 wrote:For the trip boot, I wonder if a wheel valve stem would work. You'd have to remove the valve core, or pull the rubber from the brass tube. But the diameter looks about right, and you can get a free or cheap used one at any tire store.

Mine is dry rotted, so I might give it a go.

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That's what I did on the one of the rebuilds.
The tire stem fits but does not have the slight offset of the original making bind a bit on the shaft.
Still acceptable.
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Re: With interest, I will explain a good way to open GL gauges

Post #111 by warhead_71 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:10 pm

My other option is to simply put some heat shrink over the existing rotted boot. The dry rot will still be there, but it will look prettier. I could even do a couple layers to beef it up a bit.
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Post #112 by Sandy » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:27 pm

warhead_71 wrote:My other option is to simply put some heat shrink over the existing rotted boot. The dry rot will still be there, but it will look prettier. I could even do a couple layers to beef it up a bit.

Did that on the first one I repaired.
Worked well and still in operation.

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Post #113 by Johnnygoesnaked » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:33 pm

Right. Thanks for the links and thoughts guys. Some playing aroudn to do this weekend but I think this one's toast eitherway. Might as well try Pete's method and see if I can get anything working
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Post #114 by BikeMaine » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:06 am

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Post #115 by tlbranth » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:14 pm

Been messing with gauges using Pete's method. I'm terrible at removing the ring but I must say the #12 copper wire caper is brilliant. I think I found a better way to reassemble though. I got this from a Youtube video. The wood jig takes the clamping strain off the lens piece. The ring is tapped down using a hardwood dowel, tapping done in increments. The part of the ring that you see when the gauge is on the bike remains unmolested.
I made this jig from 3/4" plywood and glued on 3/4" plywood feet. If you're inclined to make one, I would add a 5th foot under the saw kerf. The thing flexes there. I glued on a strip of hardwood but a foot would be better.
I'd like to say my project was successful but I managed to bugger it up in so many other ways.......
The ring jig is good though and I think it's an improvement over Pete's original reassembly method.
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Re: With interest, I will explain a good way to open GL gauges

Post #116 by pidjones » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:56 pm

I rescued a '79 CB750F last winter that had been outdoors since at least 1999. Both the speedo and tach needed opening, lubrication of the needle pivot (I use silicone spray lube - very thin and lasts a long time). But, before opening the speedo I took the bike for its first test ride and returned with the speedo needle shattered (I swear I didn't ride that fast)! This was to be a rat bike that performed well but looks did not mater, so I replaced the broken needle with a strip cut from a 90 degree angle along a piece of clam shell packaging. I put some fluorescent orange paint on the inside of the angle, then glued it to the remaining center of the original needle. Worked great!
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Re: With interest, I will explain a good way to open GL gauges

Post #117 by 5speed » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:53 am

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Re: With interest, I will explain a good way to open GL gauges

Post #118 by adecood » Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:37 am

I thought I would add another "you tube" video to your link. I found this video and it show a lot of the same suggestions as Pete did in his tutorial in this conversation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLU2sCFx6qU
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