SL100 Speedometer Restoration – Motopsyco’s Asylum Loopy about bikes!

We’ve all seen it earlier than, perhaps even on our personal bikes, lovely paint, shiny new chrome, extremely polished aluminum and boring pale out hazy wanting gauges. Granted for customized bikes it’s fairly straightforward simply to swap in a brand new speedometer, heck it would even be cheaper than fixing your authentic. I made a decision to carry out this speedometer restoration for two causes; to maintain the unique right low odometer studying on this bike and I had by no means tried speedometer restoration earlier than and actually wished to strive it. Certain I did make a few errors alongside the best way however general I’m more than happy with the outcomes. Subsequent time I do that it’ll be even higher.

Honda SL100 Speedometer Restoration


On some devices the bezel that surrounds the face and mechanism is crimped to the bottom with a metallic ring that must be rigorously eliminated & re put in to entry the within of the gauge.  On this little Honda the bezel was a one piece plastic half that appeared to have been both over-molded onto or completely glued across the base of the mechanism. Step one after eradicating the chrome trim on the underside is to chop away the plastic that’s folded over the metallic a part of the gauge. Minimize all of it the best way round so that you could rigorously pull the gauge straight out of the housing. Initially I simply tried slicing it a part of the best way round pondering that it might make it simpler to re-seal once I put it again collectively, large mistake as I bent the skinny aluminum gauge face once I tried to tug it out and needed to rigorously straighten it out. Slice it free all the best way round pull the gauge straight out so that you don’t injury it.

Honda SL100 Speedometer Restoration

After getting it aside, rigorously grasp the needle the place
it’s hooked up to the shaft & pull it straight up and off then set it apart
in a secure place. On this specific bike 2 screws held the face plate on to the
speedometer. There are additionally 2 tubes that the impartial & excessive beam lights
shine via which have little rubber boots which are glued to the again of the
face plate, minimize these away rigorously.

Beauty enhancements

For some extra widespread bikes speedometer restoration is
simpler as a result of ready-made gauge faces can be found for them, what I did for
this one was to go to my native display screen printing & graphics store and had them
scan the previous face in and print me a brand new one on a vinyl decal that was caught
into place over my soiled pale speedometer.

Honda SL100 Speedometer Restoration
The additional one is on the market $18 shipped in North America.

Because the speedometer needle was very pale I gave it a
fast shot of white paint. After the white paint dried a bit little bit of pink was
utilized to the tip of the speedometer needle. One essential factor to
keep in mind particularly with magnetic drive speedometers & tachometers is that
an excessive amount of paint will make the needle heavier inflicting it to be slower to reply
and have an effect on the accuracy of the gauge. Use absolutely the naked minimal of paint
essential to make the needle look good once more.

Honda SL100 Speedometer Restoration

The clear plastic lens on this one was a bit hazy &
had quite a lot of scratches on it so I spent about 15-20 minutes sharpening it with
toothpaste & a humid paper towel. This eliminated the haze & quite a lot of the
scratches. It’s not excellent but it surely seems to be actually good.


I assembled the face plate to the speedometer rigorously lining up the sunshine tubes to the again of their respective lenses sealing them in place with a small quantity of my favourite adhesive/sealant, Automotive Goop. Since all the present nuts and washers have been rusty they have been changed with new {hardware} at the moment.

Honda SL100 Speedometer Restoration

With a bit cautious work, on the third strive I used to be in a position to
slide the speedometer needle again into place in order that when seen head on at
relaxation the needle indicated precisely zero miles per hour. Simply use a bit
persistence and take your time when doing this and every part shall be okay.

Honda SL100 Speedometer Restoration

Subsequent I made positive every part was as clear & mud free as doable inside & out and dropped the speedometer into the bezel. Once I minimize it free I left sufficient plastic in order that it snapped again into place. Then I took an excellent take a look at it and since I used to be happy with the best way every part appeared it was time to tug the gauge again out of the bezel simply sufficient in order that I may run a thick bead of the Goop adhesive all the best way round it after which snap it again into place for good, then it was time to reinstall the chrome magnificence ring on the underside.


Honda SL100 Speedometer Restoration

Right here’s an image of the completed meeting mounted on the
bike. Even when you by no means plan to do speedometer restoration your self not less than
you understand how it may be accomplished. There are just a few specialist restore outlets on the market
that do nothing however restore & rebuild gauges. Actually in case your gauges are
inoperable it is best to discover certainly one of them to do your restore & restoration for
you. In the event that they’re simply pale & ugly you are able to do them your self as I’ve proven
right here or you may ship them to me and I’ll do it for you for a really cheap