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post #1 of 9 Old 05-28-2012, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Gauge cluster rattle

I've been working on my brother's 919 and one of the niggling issues the the floppy gauge cluster. I haven't dug into it yet but I wanted to ask here if there is any trick to tightening it up.

He has an early 919 and it looks like it bolts to the bottom of the top triple tree? I also assume there are some rubber bushings that need to be replaced. Will I have to buy these from the dealer or has anyone just used rubber washers or a piece of fuel hose?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-28-2012, 05:59 AM
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Go to one of the online parts sites and pull up the parts diagram. You will see all the parts there. I doubt very much that the rubber bushings are worn. They last forever.

Can you describe the problem? Is it a rattle like the title of the thread, or is it physically loose? There are tricks for fighting the rattle that we can share with you if that's what it is.

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post #3 of 9 Old 05-28-2012, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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Got a link for the parts diagrams?

It rattles around- maybe 1/8" in any direction. My guess is that the previous owner disassembled and never put the bushings back in place. there's an aftermarket headlamp assembly so I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case. The previous owner hacked a lot of stuff on this bike. Right after my brother bought it hey first order of business was to remove the floppy rearsets- they were held on with crappy galvanized hardware from home depot!

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There are only 4 mounting points for the cluster.

There are 2 rubber bushingson the bottom of the cluster. They mount on studs that tie into the headlight brackets. There are also 2 bolts on the bottom of the upper triple. These tie into to white plastic arms that come off the cluster housing, these are easily broken in a crash.

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post #5 of 9 Old 05-28-2012, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
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Ah- I see. I wouldn't be surprised if the white arms are broken off- the bike is at the garage. I'm sure the bike has been laid down at least once, maybe more (it was laughably inexpensive- at first i thought it was a craigslist scam).

Is there any fix for broken white tabs or should i go to my first instinct of 1/4" rubber sheeting zip tied between cluster and triple tree?

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take it apart first and give it a look over. its very possible that one of the screws could be loose itself which might cure the problem. with the 919, apply the KISS principle and move forward when you gather new info. good luck and keep us posted.

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-03-2012, 09:19 PM
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Ah- I see. I wouldn't be surprised if the white arms are broken off- the bike is at the garage. I'm sure the bike has been laid down at least once, maybe more (it was laughably inexpensive- at first i thought it was a craigslist scam).

Is there any fix for broken white tabs or should i go to my first instinct of 1/4" rubber sheeting zip tied between cluster and triple tree?
Been there, done that: https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...are-28981.html

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- pretty much stock... <-- haha
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-05-2012, 06:47 AM
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Having just removed my guage to replace the cover due to a crash, ugh!
The rubber bushings have a metal sleeve in them. The gauge is designed to have some flex to compensate for vibration. If the metal sleeves are missing the guage will flex more than it should.

There are also two rubber bushing on the back of the gauge that the mounting brackets slide into. If they are missing that could be where your rattle is coming from.

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I had the same problem, take the bolt from your front fender reflector to lowes and size it up in their bolt sizer, I think it was a metric 6. Then get one of those at about an inch 1/4 i think and screw it through the rubber spacers into the triple. I figure mine wiggled loose and dissapeared or something since mine started wiggling and I realized it was missing two bolts :S

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