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 on: Today at 12:32:50 
Started by DrifteRizzo - Last post by tnwareagle89
Totally agree with sticking with OEM brake pads

Rear pads were gone - lots of squeaking; during regular dealership service the pads were replaced...squeaking still there, even when rolling the bike around in the garage (not running)

Replaced the front pads to remedy the noise - didn't help, actually even more pronounced (brake cleaner helped for a few days, then noise came back)

Dealership finally replaced both sets with OEM pads (at no cost) and the noise is totally gone

The aftermarket pads worked well, no fade, etc - just drove me nuts

Now all good - will replace the pads with OEM from now on

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 on: August 04, 2020, 03:29:57 AM 
Started by Jobi - Last post by mittico68
Too bad...
I can't imagine the feelings for such a sad decision. And I hope I'll never have to take it.
Ride safe, anyway!

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 on: August 03, 2020, 16:57:22 PM 
Started by Jobi - Last post by JagLite
It is sad to see a loved motorcycle go to someone else.
Sad we can't keep all of the bikes we have ridden.
Even the bikes we don't like...

Ride on brother!
(I also have three dual sports to enjoy dirt roads and trails)

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 on: August 03, 2020, 14:40:28 PM 
Started by Jobi - Last post by Jobi
With a heavy heart I had to let the girl go and watched as my dear 1999' Drifter 1500 was driven away into the night by another owner.

(quite literally)

I may have possibly even cried a bit. Been through a lot with that machine over the last 7 years. Although not much of a poster, always a lurker here :D

Thank you all for the heaps of info and great reads. Stay safe out there. As for me, I heed the call of fire roads and doubletracks...

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 on: August 02, 2020, 04:12:21 AM 
Started by basilbug - Last post by Troll
Did you disassemble the speedo head? The ribbon cable extends from the circuit board to the actual instrument, itself. As far as contact cleaning,  there are chemicals designed for this very thing. Used to get it a radio shack, but now It's more of a hunt....In a pinch, WD-40 seems to work but not as reliably as the real thing.

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 on: August 01, 2020, 10:37:33 AM 
Started by basilbug - Last post by basilbug
So, how many wires are there? Do you know which are the two that you speak of, or are there just 2 wires going in to where the speedometer is located? I'm having a hard time imagining what this looks like I have taken everything apart because most of the stuff was not working on my bike so I took off the tank and replace the fuel pump. Whats the best way to clean the wires, contact cleaner? Some sort of grease?

Thanks for your help, this is very frustrating not knowing how fast I'm going.

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 on: July 31, 2020, 10:25:53 AM 
Started by gdrudd13 - Last post by gdrudd13
Chain sounds a bit more involved than disassembling my tail light. Glad I didn't have to do that.

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 on: July 31, 2020, 07:53:29 AM 
Started by basilbug - Last post by Troll
Inside the speedo head itself, there is a ribbon cable that feeds the various functions. Normally a air core gauge doesn't "go bad" just sitting, but the connections to the core could corrode. Since the turn signal canceling and the odometer are working, there are really only two wires to worry about. One is the positive power feed, and the other is the variable ground. Both of these would be located inside the speedo head.

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 on: July 30, 2020, 15:24:43 PM 
Started by basilbug - Last post by basilbug
The clock and odometer work fine, just not the speedo..... Even the self counseling signals work fine,

So you think just a good clean where the terminals plug into the speedometer on top of the gas tank?

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 on: July 30, 2020, 02:44:18 AM 
Started by gdrudd13 - Last post by mittico68
Me too, I had to reistall the chain. No tools needed but my own hands.
But fortunately it was in the daylight of a sunny day...

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