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Old May 13th, 2013, 4:28 pm Thread Starter
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Sport Classic Instrument Cluster Problems - Solution

I just purchased a 2006 Sport Classic. I had an intermittent tach needle that would fluctuate upon power up, and during riding. It was not a wiring issue, and the bike would run fine. I did a little research on here, but did not really find a solution – so I came up with one.

In my case, the stepper motors were at fault. This seems to be the common problem with these bikes. Some of the members have sent in the instrument clusters to Mr. Whizard. This seems to be a great option, if you are not able to do a little soldering. Average repair price is around $260.

My option – replace the motors myself. The motors are manufactured by Switech / Juken. The model number you will see on the back of the motors is X15-689. There are also some other numbers, but these are just tracking numbers. X15 symbolizes the size and style (front mount). The 689 symbolizes the type and electronic portion. Switech doesn't make the X15 anymore, but have no fear, the X25 and X27 are fully compatible. So order the X27-689. The motors are $12 each. I recommend replacing both the speedometer and tachometer motors at the same time.

How to do this (if you can’t do any of these steps without pictures, send the cluster in):
- Pull your instrument cluster off the bike.
- Disassemble the outer housing.
- Carefully pry the needles off the motor stems.
- Pull off the white front gauge face.
- Remove the circuit board from the outer housing.
- You will see two white stepper motors on the back of the board (pictured).
- Un-solder the 4 connections for each motor.
- Drop in the two new motors, and solder them in place.
- Re-assemble the unit, except the front glass bezel. The white face should be on. Loosely put on the two needles.
- Connect the cluster to the bike.
- Turn the bike on (don’t start) – the needles should do a sweep.
- Rotate the needles counter-clockwise until they both line up with zero.
- Repeat turning the bike on and aligning the needles until proper.
- Firmly push the needles in place (but not too deep so they don’t turn).
- Finish assembling the gauge cluster.
- Install cluster.
- Done, cost = $24.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 7:48 pm
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I will copy and paste this in the Sport Classic forum here, I am sure everyone will appreciate this.

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Good one Scott. Now thats a very proactive move!
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I will copy and paste this in the Sport Classic forum here, I am sure everyone will appreciate this.
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Oh awesome! When I had my tach problem (I think I was the first to have it fixed) I looked around for a replacement stepper motor for hours, but had no idea where to find one.
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where did you order the stepper motors from? can you post a link? thanks
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A definite sticky! Nice work. Thank you so much for tackling this

Pictures are always nice but a link to where you got the motors would be very helpful.

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I wasn't sure if I was allowed to post the distributor, and contact info on here. There is only one distributor in the US. They were friendly and helpful. They sold to the public (me), and sold me two. They made it to Canada in about a week.

I could do a full write up with pictures, but figured if you weren't comfortable soldering and pulling apart gauges in the first place, pictures wouldn't likely help you. If there was doubt, sending in the gauges seemed prudent.
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I wasn't sure if I was allowed to post the distributor, and contact info on here. There is only one distributor in the US. They were friendly and helpful. They sold to the public (me), and sold me two. They made it to Canada in about a week.
You can post the distributor. We've done it for the electrical plugs and R/R units and haven't been slapped yet.

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I could do a full write up with pictures, but figured if you weren't comfortable soldering and pulling apart gauges in the first place, pictures wouldn't likely help you. If there was doubt, sending in the gauges seemed prudent.
You don't understand. As an example, in the very distant past I've pulled the gauge cluster of my Jetta multiple times for face changes, needle changes, lighting changes, and with the cost to replace it at the time I was never really comfortable doing it. But the pictures I took showing how to do it let others figure out if they could do it or not. I wasn't comfortable changing the belts on my bike but due to others explaining what they did, what to expect, and the pictures/videos by others I was able to gauge the level of work involved and figured I could do it (and I did...it was easier than I expected). I don't have the skills, tools, TIME, nor materials to build a Veyron but boy do I sure do love to watch how it's made!

You briefly explained what you did and that's a big help as you entered uncharted territory for us. Just sayin' that more pictures would've been nice, that's all.

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