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1977 harley sportster mechanical speedometer registering wrong speed

The speedometer is register speed faster than I am traveling. Per the other vehicles and other riders.

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Hi Catherine, you either have the wrong speedo drive or someone has chainged the countershaft sproket to more/less teeth. Check with your local parts department for options. Good luck

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SOURCE: sportster sport sppedometer problem

replace TSSM this module uses speed sensor to trigger cancel.

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SOURCE: Sportster 883 speedometer issue

Check the grounds the are known to vibrate loose.

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SOURCE: Speedo has stopped working on my Honda VTR 1000

if mechanical, remove cable at front wheel spindle, pull out metal square, see if its snapped.

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SOURCE: diagram for 1984 harley sportster

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