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Old September 30th, 2011, 11:32 AM
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Speedometer Cable question?

Atlantic British has upper and lower listed.

Roversnorth only has speedo cable listed?

Did they switch to a single cable?

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Old September 30th, 2011, 11:52 AM
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Did they switch to a single cable?
My 1985 Defender 90 had only one cable going from the transfer case to the speedometer gauge.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 11:53 AM
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original cables are expensive ... it's almost cheaper to get a new electronic speedo and sensor ...
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Atlantic British has upper and lower listed.

Roversnorth only has speedo cable listed?

Did they switch to a single cable?

Thanks in advance.
depends if you have NAS, ROW, RHD, TDI, V8
I just went through this. Tell us the specifics and I'll see if my recent experience can help.

I can tell you that RN was 3X the cost of what I ended up getting shipped from UK for my RHD 1984 TDI (single cable).

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original cables are expensive ... it's almost cheaper to get a new electronic speedo and sensor ...
Agreed....when you buy from RN or LRNA. I was quoted $130 from RN for a cable that should sell for under $50. Ended up ordering an aftermarket cable from UK for around $50.00 USD (shipped).
The good news is that it is a 20 minute job to install it (at least it was for me).
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Old September 30th, 2011, 12:04 PM
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Answers.

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Old September 30th, 2011, 12:08 PM
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I think the NAS is different and is about 100GBP as well

a VDO speedo is about $110 and a transducer about $30. AB sell wiring harness I think.

I ended up replacing the in-side of my cable with a replacement cable from auto zone for about $5 ... not ideal but it works.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 02:34 PM
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93-95 NAS have 2 cables. One from the TC to the VSS and one from the VSS to the speedo.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 05:33 PM
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Thanks for the help.

I found a guy local to make one for $50.00.

I think I will go that way.

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Did you confirm the cable is busted vs the transducer? I had to replace the upper b/c it was trashed where it connected to the speedo. The transducer itself was shot too.
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Cable is shot for sure.

It pulled right out of the cable housing.

did I read that some of you were able to get the cable off of the rail by hand? Mine won't budge!
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What a mess this has been.

History:

Speedo dies. Pulled speedo out went on drive, cable not spinning. Pulled upper cable it was broken. Replaced upper. Still not working. Check engine light popped on: error code = Speed transducer. ARGH, replaced transducer and lower cable while I was there. NO GO!!

With lower removed noted position of drive gear at the transfer case, went on drive. Gear in same position!

So looks like the drive gear is dead?! How hard is it to replace. It is a tight fit in there and was wondering if anybody had any tips.

As always, thanks in advance!
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Old November 7th, 2011, 01:55 PM
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Get a VDO speedo. They are a lot nicer visually and you can program them to be exact with any tire you run.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 02:12 PM
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I may go that route but that wouldn't change the fact that I would need to replace the gear drive would it?
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Old November 7th, 2011, 02:59 PM
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Speedo dies. Pulled speedo out went on drive, cable not spinning. Pulled upper cable it was broken. Replaced upper. Still not working. Check engine light popped on: error code = Speed transducer. ARGH, replaced transducer and lower cable while I was there. NO GO!!

With lower removed noted position of drive gear at the transfer case, went on drive. Gear in same position!

So looks like the drive gear is dead?! How hard is it to replace. It is a tight fit in there and was wondering if anybody had any tips.

As always, thanks in advance!

Drive gear is easy to replace... remove the cable from the transfer box, then the gear unit (along with an aluminium housing) pulls/levers out. gear then drops out the back of that. they only have plastic teeth, so could be stripped.

Also, drop the rear propshaft and make sure the large nut on the flange (in the middle of the handbrake drum is tight. as the gear that turns the speedo drive is squeezed between that flange and the rest of the output shaft.... if it's loose the gear won't spin. although usually it spins a bit, and makes the needs wave around.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 05:23 PM
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That is an interesting point, I wasn't able to spin the gear drive by hand, it seems that if the teeth were worn it would spin freely?
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Old November 12th, 2011, 06:42 PM
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To conclude this thread. Replaced drive gear. Speedo worked! But bouncing speedo. Dropped the prop shaft, tightend GIANT nut. Speedo is perfect!

Thank you for all of the help!
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