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Old 09-30-2007, 12:19 PM
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Okay, you talked me in to it. More to come, including how to bench test calibration, set an odometer to the proper mileage,and restore the appearance of faded needles. Don't you all be usin' my info to roll back the miles, though! And no rolling them forward, either. You all will just have to wait for your mileage badges, and earn them the right way.
Who'd be rolling them backwards?: Dealers?

Who'd be rolling them forward? Those who want high mileage badges?
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Old 09-30-2007, 12:25 PM
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It is not that difficult to disassemble the speedo, especially now that KAdams laid it all out with pics. For me the knowledge and experience of fixing something is more important and enjoyable than sending it out to be fixed, often at a price I am not willing to pay (unless I can't do the job due to lack of knowledge or specialty tools).

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Yup you are right - I want to pay someone to do this for me.

The question I have from both your great description and DieselGiant's is what you do with those plastic gears. If they are stripped or broken, can you buy new ones?

If I found a speedo/odo at a junkyard that was properly geared could I just swap it out of the cluster? That seems easier that a rebuild, but then I still would need to change the mileage - would that end up costing me the same as having my existing one rebuilt?

I am weiging my options, but I am now pretty convinced that I don't want to disassemble the odometer myself!
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Old 09-30-2007, 12:34 PM
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Just wait until I get to the part about removing the spring. I wasn't too worried about it, because I didn't have anything to lose. It's scary looking, though. That tiny, hair-thin spring all coiled up that has to be pulled off without tweaking it, and then replaced in the exact same orientation is a delicate operation.

I should have been a surgeon! What was I thinking?
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:47 PM
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Nice write up & great pictures.
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