Harley Speedometer Cable

Question I have a 1995 FXDWG and the Harley speedometer cable is making noise. Can you tell me how to change it?

Answer It is pretty easy to replace a speedo cable on your make/model m/c. Remove your dash. Look under your speedo head. You will be able to see where your cable screws onto your speedo. A stock speedo is held onto the dash plate with 2 E clips. Carefully remove those clips with a needle nose pliers. Now you can pull upwards on the speedo head and unscrew the cable with a pliers. Once the cable is free, you will be able to slide it down through the frame of your m/c. Now you can unscrew the other end of the cable from your speedo drive (you may need to use a pliers). Before you install the new cable; install a tie-wrap beneath the nut that secures your new cable to the speedo first. This is helpful to keep the nut from falling into the frame upon installation. Next run the cable through the frame. Thread it into the speedo drive. Secure the nut, on the top of the cable, to the speedo. Re install speedo head. Re install dash. You are on your way.
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32 Responses to “Harley Speedometer Cable”
  1. Michael Shaw
    Michael Shaw

    I’ve got a 86 electra glide classic and I replaced the speedometer head unit on the rim but the other day it started making a whiny noise so I’m going to replace the cable next week. So if that’s not it can I rebuild the speedometer head unit under the fairing? Or do I need to replace the unit cause it’s still all original with 17,898 miles.

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    • Customer Service Techs
      Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Michael. Unfortunately, there is no rebuilding the speedo head. The unit would need to be replaced, if bad.

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  2. Mike
    Mike

    I’ve got a 92 XL1200. The speedo cable broke. I purchased a new cable, but discovered that the end of the inner cable must still be in the drive gear, so I can’t get the new cable to fit in. Any suggestions?
    Thanks.

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    • Customer Service Techs
      Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Mike. That is not uncommon. You can usually pull the broken end out with a small needle nose pliers, or a small pick.

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  3. Walter sylvia
    Walter sylvia

    2006 dyna low rider speedometer needle will wonder from 30 to 70 on occasion when on highway cause ?

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  4. john
    john

    93 electra glide classic I need to see a video on how to remove the fairing to replace the speedometer cable and how to replace the driver on the wheel

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  5. Travis
    Travis

    I have a 1995 Heritage Softail FLSTC and my speedo meter acting up going down the road, it may run up to 80 mph and i’m maybe doing 60 and as I level out it seems to level out, is there something I can do here to fix this

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  6. Gene
    Gene

    Last year I had a Harley dealership replace the clutch in my 97 heritage I trailers the bike home and just rode it down thee road once to make sure it was working on, it was so I put out in the shop, and that’s where it’s been since last year, I’m a trucker and I’m gone quite a lot, well I got it out last weekend and went for a ride that’s when I noticed the speedometer wasn’t working , it worked fine before the clutch was installed, and since it’s been a year ago it was installed , yep you guessed it they won’t do anything about it, so I’m wondering what it could be and could I possibly fix it my self do you have any ideas ?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Gene. You will find that the clutch replacement does not have anything to do with your speedometer issue.
      You, most likely, have a bad speed sensor. Remove the sensor from the transmission and try cleaning it. This will sometimes work. Otherwise, inspect your speedometer harness & connections. Verify that the speedo is being powered. If everything looks good, try replacing your vehicle speed sensor.
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/videos/electrical/
      https://www.fixmyhog.com/post/videos-harley/
      Thanks
      Mark-FMH

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  7. Tommy George
    Tommy George

    Asking for a friend, does a 94 electra glide have a speed sensor and a fuse?

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  8. Dennis
    Dennis

    What is the correct length for a speedo cable for a 86 FLSTC. I just busted my 2nd cable which is 38 1/2 inched long

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  9. David
    David

    I have a 1991 FXSTC. I was trying to remove the speedometer to do some unrelated wiring, but I can’t seem to get the speedo off with removing two additional wires besides the main speedo cable. One is screwed into the back of the speedo, the other seems to be soldered on. Is this normal?? Also, the 2 wires seem very short and since I can’t remove the speedometer, I can’t see where those 2 wires go.

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  10. Mark
    Mark

    I have a 1999 Electra Glide FLHT, not sure if speedometer is bad or the cable. How should I trouble shoot the problem? Thanks for your time and help

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  11. Rex allen
    Rex allen

    Speedometer mileage counter not working on 1993 electraglide sport speed works just not counter please help!

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  12. Randy White
    Randy White

    I have a 1990 Heritage Soft tail it looks like the cable is attached to the front wheel. Do I need to remove the wheel to replace the cable?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      David,

      We’d love to assist! Would you be able to supply us with the year and model of your bike and we’ll forward on your issue to our experts!

      Sincerely,

      Jessica
      Fix My Hog Video Membership

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello David,

      We’d love to assist you! Would you be able to supply your year and model of your bike and we’ll forward it onto our experts!

      Sincerely,

      Jessica
      Fix My Hog Video Membership

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