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#489631 - 05/10/13 4:16 pm Speedometer Repair UK  
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Who does the best magnetic speedo repairs in the UK and for how much?
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#489755 - 05/11/13 1:43 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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Don't know if they are the best but mine came back looking better than new and are working 4 years later, cost was approx 100 per clock.

http://www.speedorepairs.co.uk/

#489802 - 05/11/13 8:41 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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Hi Dave. I used speedo repairs aswell. He took my clocks that were not even for my bike. Speedo was for a naccel bike and tacho was for a BSA. He rebuilt and converted them for 170 quid and they look stunning and are still working well 7 years later. I dont think you will find better. Oh, he also did my mates clocks in the mid 80's and they still going strong aswell.

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#489872 - 05/12/13 9:15 am Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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Yes, for mine too he took the cores and converted them to the correct faces, so give him a 1600 speedo and he will fit any 1600 face to match the bike you are restoring.

#489874 - 05/12/13 9:35 am Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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Thanks for those answers. How long did it take to get your clocks back?
Thanks
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#489875 - 05/12/13 9:42 am Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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2 to 3 weeks from memory but it was 4 years ago.

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About the same for me.

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#489929 - 05/12/13 5:51 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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Ok, thanks.

#489946 - 05/12/13 7:48 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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I used John Heywood.

I believe he is an ex smiths employee. I sent off 2 really crappy magnetic instruments. The worst cost 60 and the cheapest was 50. You get fact sheets about the cabling and how to route them correctly and clean and grease them correctly. You also get a sheet giving you the date and accuracy of the instrument. My speedo has about 2% at 100mph. And my tacho shows 100% accuracy up to 8000 rpm.

They look like new again and I'm really pleased, my friend has done many miles on his instruments and when checked the bikes max speed at 90 something mph the speedo is less than 2% out.


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#490014 - 05/13/13 8:01 am Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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I believe John Heywood has now retired.

#490540 - 05/17/13 6:45 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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that's a shame. I may lever mine apart and fix it myself. What happens is is that the odometer numbers suddenly go at an angle and the speedo reads high. When the odo settles back it reads ok again! I suppose that the whole odometer is meshing and unmeshing with its drive gear as it falls out of place.
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#490585 - 05/18/13 1:14 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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Had the same problem with mine, took it apart and glued it back together with the base. A hole in the base is getting bigger with use and finally gives up.
A book "Magnetic speedometer repair" by Mr Blighe was very helpfull in this.

#490588 - 05/18/13 1:47 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: Adam M.]  
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Glad its not just me. I don't know how long they should last but this one starte falling top pieces after about 15,000 miles. It looked to have been rebuilt when I bought the bike. I considered getting a reproduction but why couldn't they have made them the same size as the original ones?
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#490592 - 05/18/13 4:09 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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thats funny, I had a perfectly good working speedo (eBay purchase) the accuracy was very good and when that got near the 15000 mark it just went nuts.


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#491943 - 05/27/13 9:32 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: Allan Gill]  
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Allan,

Do you have any contact details for John Heywood ?

#492276 - 05/30/13 8:30 am Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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I phoned up John Heywood and he said that he was definitely retiring this week so just missed out!

I have bought a replica speedo to use while my Smiths one is repaired.

I had a go at repairing mine. The spindle that holds the odometer wheels had completely worn away at the ends so wasn't held in the chassis. I sorted this out by drilling into the ends and fitting new pins. I was very pleased at this point until I found that the actual speedo mechanism had gone stiff from me removing the needle to get the face off! I read after that you have to gently turn the needle from side to side until it is loose and not just yank it off like I did! I suppose I could have gone in and fixed that but as the bezel looked a bit manky too I gave up.

I will use the other chap recommended earlier for the repair. He said that he replaces the whole odometer fixing because the original is too weak.
Dave

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You wont go wrong Dave, 20000 miles on mine now.

Rod

#492279 - 05/30/13 9:35 am Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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gaggs have sold off their bike spares business but I think they concentrate on speedo repair now?

#492410 - 05/31/13 9:28 am Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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Gaggs certainly still do speedo repairs but I am sending mine to the speedorepairs place.

I have put my temporary replica speed on while my Smiths one is repaired. It looks ok from the riding position but is miles taller than the rev counter and to me sticks out like a sore thumb. Will get back with how steady the needle is, etc, after my next ride.
Dave

#492458 - 05/31/13 4:21 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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Went out for a ride to test the replica speedo and I was very impressed by the completely steady needle. It read the same speeds as the Smiths per rpm and it was nice to have a working odometer and trip for the first time in several years! was just a 25 mile run so I will have to see how it goes after a few rides.

If you have a bike with no tacho you wouldn't notice the size or you could by the matching tacho, too! Am looking forward to my repaired Smiths coming back. there's something good about the real thing.

dave

#492470 - 05/31/13 5:46 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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It's really surprising for me that John Heywood has now retired.Repair and maintenance is vital for good performance.I am a great fan of bike logos of different companies.Anyone with some sharing about this will be welcome.

#492473 - 05/31/13 5:58 pm Re: Speedometer Repair UK [Re: dave jones]  
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I have a replia clock, the damping of the needle is a lot better than a smiths.


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