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How to Calibrate a Harley Speedometer

by Artesia Peluso

Harley-Davidson is a leading American motorcycle manufacturer; the company was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the early 1900s. Known for it's low-seated design and it's boisterous rumble, the heavyweight motorcycle is designed for mid-speed cruising. The Harley-Davidson company has a large and enthusiastic consumer base, and is one of the best-selling motorcycle brands in the country.

Step 1

Test your speedometer by driving past laser radar-monitors with a visible readout. These monitors are often located in high-traffic residential neighborhoods or school districts. Determine if your speedometer reading is accurate or faulty.

Step 2

Visit or call your local Harley-Davidson dealer, and provide the representative with your motorcycle's model information. The company usually carries the the proper speedometer drive gears to calibrate your particular Harley

Step 3

Remove the speedometer's faceplate off with a flathead screwdriver. Remove the speedometer from the housing unit in the Harley dash. Use the needle nose pliers to remove the retaining clip. Take out the broken speedometer drive-gear, and set it aside.

Place the new speedometer drive gear in the speedometer housing. Reinstall the retaining clip, place the speedometer housing-unit back in the Harley dash and reinstall the face plate.

Items you will need

  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Speedometer drive gear

About the Author

Artesia Peluso began her journalism career in 2006. She is the fashion editor at "PINK Magazine" and has also worked as the arts and entertainment assistant at "Creative Loafing," the associate editor at "Vita Underground" and at CNN as a Network Booking Associate. Peluso has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Ashford University.

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