Help to dissamble R100GS instrument panel

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Mane, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. Mane

    Mane Been here awhile

    Apr 16, 2002
    Hey guys,

    I need to disassembly the instrument panel, in order to paint it a see if I can fix the speedo or replace it.

    Could somebody please post some instructions on how to disassembly it?

    Here is a picture of the piece I want to work on.


  2. bcostell

    bcostell Been here awhile

    Jun 8, 2005
    San Fran Bay Area
    Disconnect the battery
    Remove the gas tank

    First the side panels.....
    Remove the indicator lens's and reflector
    Undo the clamp that holds the indicator head to the stem, remove the indicator head - both sides
    Remove the plexi screen and the special bolts that secure the side panels the the dash that the screen screws bolt in to.
    On the dash at the rear corners - remove the the securing screws that attach the dash to the side panels
    On the front/lower face of the side panels - remove the recessed socket head screw - one each side
    Look underneath the big hex head bolt (at the front) that attaches the roo bar to the frame support......there is a small screw that holds the two halves of the side panels together - remove it
    There is also a small screw that holds the headlight frame the the same frame support - remove that also.
    On the left side, from underneath the side panel...unclip the speedo cable from the clip on the side panel
    Now, wiggle the two side panels off over the indicator stems and clear
    Have a cup of tea, abou half way done

    Now the dash........
    Underneath the tach and speedo, there are two small nylon nuts that clamp the clocks in place, 4 total - remove them
    Disconnect the speedo drive cable
    Lift the speedo up a bit and pull out the light in the back of the speedo
    From each side cut off every tie-wrap you see - note how the cables were secured - take photo's if possible
    Identify the tacho sensor wire and disconnect it from its connector
    Remove the tacho light and the tacho
    Unscrew the hex bolts that hold the indicator stems to the dash frame
    Remove the wires from inside the indicator stems
    Identify the cable that runs to the idiot warning light cluster - disconnect
    Disconnect the headlight connector

    The ignition switch is a bit sneaky!...
    Rip off the trim piece around the switch ('on-p-off-ignition') - you will need a new one
    With a small electrical flat screw driver unclip the ignition switch - you will need to remove the trim above the get at the little lugs....wiggle the screwdriver down the slots from above, at the same time push down on the switch - it will pop out

    Now, unscrew the 4 hex head screws that attach the dash to the rear of the roo bar
    Remove the dash and ask...was it worth it?
  3. Fraulein

    Fraulein Chicken

    Jun 14, 2005
    Mid Hudson Valley
    I hate getting in the instrument panel with the white hot heat of a thousand suns. what a PITA.
  4. hogmolly

    hogmolly Dude

    May 28, 2003
    McKinney, TX and San Jose, CA
    I've had my speedo out a few times. Remove the side fairing by removing the windshield, windshield bolt holders, and screws front/rear. Now you can undo the speedo hub and holding bracket. The speedo light just pulls out.

  5. OrmondGS

    OrmondGS Been here awhile

    Jan 27, 2004
    Central Florida
    Can you do the same on the right side to get at the tach and remove it?
  6. Mane

    Mane Been here awhile

    Apr 16, 2002

    Thank you for the instructions. Sure it looks like a lot of work. I guess I'll take the short path and see how it goes.

    I'll let you know when all it's finish(and hopefully working!).

  7. sharkey

    sharkey XLV750R

    Apr 30, 2003
    Melbourne, Australia
    BMW's Erector Set mentality really fucks it up here. Sure, it's
    nice that the same components work on practically any BMW, but
    sometimes it's more hassle than it's worth: the clamp-on fairing
    is one of those times.

    Once I finally got mine apart, I modified it so that I can remove
    it in one piece, with the indicators, screen and speedo cable still in
    place. Much less annoying, but took a fair bit of pissing around with
    the wiring. I was adding headlight relays anyway, though.

    I'd just gotten it all back together and now the speedo cable inner
    has broken -- I'm still not sure how it's meant to be routed
    to prevent this happening. Here we go again!

    I think the bike is likely to go nude some time real soon.