[OntVFR] speedo joint follow-up

Lisa geekgrrrl at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 13:14:29 EDT 2015


Problem is out in hunting country lamp posts are few and far between

Lisa


> On Sep 21, 2015, at 11:33, J Tam <jordantamlists at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Yes, it was designed to be the cheapo, easy access, weak link.  Imagine all the other possible damage if that plastic drive were made from steel!  The horror!  15 bucks and 15 minutes of wrenching, seems like a great maintenance design idea from those developers. And if you get it busted out in hunting country,  you _could_  whittle a replacement, if you brought tools...or ride by eye and ear for speed feedback.  I reckon 13 to 17 lamp posts per minute equals 120 kph ;))
> 
> 
>> On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 10:50 AM, Robyn B Landers <rblanders at uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
>> I replaced the speedo joint yesterday.
>> It wears on the side that fits over the hex-head bolt on the
>> countershaft sprocket by rounding out enough to skip over the bolt.
>> 
>> Jordan's ideas about casting one or strengthening a stock one
>> are interesting, but I'm wondering if the joint is deliberately
>> the weak link, i.e. it is intended to be the part that fails
>> if anything is going to go wrong.  It's relatively inexpensive
>> and easy to get to.  If it were really strong, and something
>> else went wrong from insufficiently free motion, then you'd
>> maybe be replacing the speedometer or some other more expensive
>> part in the system.  Or maybe I'm overthinking it.
>> 
>> Anyway, I took off the drive fitting from the end of the cable
>> and drizzled in a fair bit of cable lube before reassembling.
>> I'll let you know in another several thousand kilometres whether
>> this seems to have made any difference.
>> 
>> 
>> Robyn
>> '93 VFR "Snow White"
>> 
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