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So I just bought a 2007 zx6r 600, my first bike. The problem I'm having is the bikes speedo isn't working. The gauge lights up but dose not display any information including gears,speed, and RPM. Here's the real kicker though, before you ask have a checked the cables, yes, yes I have. I took the bike to a local bike mechanic here in my town and he's spent about 21 hours on the bike and has no clue what it is. He's changed the whole cluster, changed the relay to cluster, checked the cable integrity if voltage is going through. He's done pretty much everything you can think of. The strange thing is the backlight comes on but nothing is displayed. Once and a while the gauge will turn on while riding but more often than not it's off. My question to you guys is could it be the ECU?? Please help any suggestions would be much appreciated since I don't know much about bikes, only cars... Thanks!
 

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Hi,
I know quite a lot about how the gauge cluster works since i created the speedo adapter.
I can tell its not the ecu since your gauge would work but the FI light would flash due to no comms.

Since the gauge doesnt display but the backlight comes on then it must be the ignition wire to the connector or a broken ignition signal track inside the gauge or possibly the power reg (most likely) inside the gauge.

Since it sometimes works then its probably a bad cable crimp or bad circuit board.

Id test the ignition pin on the gauge plug first and see if thats ok. Then check the battery supply into the gauge second ( so there are effectively two 12v inputs to the speedo gauge)

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Thanks for the reply, I'll check the ignition wire to the gauge. The only thing is the mechanic checked every wire going to the gauge. He also changed the relay and put a whole new gauge cluster in that worked on the bike he took it off of. I can tell you it's probably not the gauge or the wires. But I could be wring of course. Why could it not be the ECU?
 

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ZX6R Cluster issue

Hi all,

New to the forum and forum's in general, apologies in advance for any etiquette mistakes.

I also have the same issue as above. Frustratingly I bought a 2008 ZX6-R, 1 owner from new, heated garage, (lived on it's own special rug). You know the sort, proper pampered.

Anyway, the ride home from his house was about 70miles and it poured all the way home. Next day I take her out for a blast and the tacho doesn't move- sits at 0 when I start her and the cluster, whilst lit up shows no information at all. Rode her for about 20 minutes without knowing how fast I was and decided it was best to go home before I got a ticket/ held up everyone riding at 11mph!!

I've checked the cluster electrics for obvious signs of corrosion/ bent cabling and also the battery but they look like new...

Could it be a fuse?

Any help much appreciated. She's brand new to me and broken already....

Thanks all.
 

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I'm sorry to hear about your problems fellas. I have a 2007 zx6r and I haven't had any problems with my gauge cluster thus far(it is a bit concerning hearing about this problem), and I ride in the rain pretty regular because I live in Portland. Sometimes I think the temp on my gauge isn't always correct but that is the worst of my problems. Have you considered taking it into a dealership and seeing what they could do? My guess is that it is a wire that is pinched or broken somewhere. I don't think it would be to difficult to replace the wiring for the gauge if you can manage to find one off another bike.
 

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Hi all,

New to the forum and forum's in general, apologies in advance for any etiquette mistakes.

I also have the same issue as above. Frustratingly I bought a 2008 ZX6-R, 1 owner from new, heated garage, (lived on it's own special rug). You know the sort, proper pampered.

Anyway, the ride home from his house was about 70miles and it poured all the way home. Next day I take her out for a blast and the tacho doesn't move- sits at 0 when I start her and the cluster, whilst lit up shows no information at all. Rode her for about 20 minutes without knowing how fast I was and decided it was best to go home before I got a ticket/ held up everyone riding at 11mph!!




I've checked the cluster electrics for obvious signs of corrosion/ bent cabling and also the battery but they look like new...

Could it be a fuse?

Any help much appreciated. She's brand new to me and broken already....

Thanks all.

Try checking the connection to the front sprocket(located just in front of your left foot, you should see a wire coming out of the middle of the sprocket cover). That's what reads your speed and it is just magnetic so it can pop out.
 

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Hi all,

New to the forum and forum's in general, apologies in advance for any etiquette mistakes.

I also have the same issue as above. Frustratingly I bought a 2008 ZX6-R, 1 owner from new, heated garage, (lived on it's own special rug). You know the sort, proper pampered.

Anyway, the ride home from his house was about 70miles and it poured all the way home. Next day I take her out for a blast and the tacho doesn't move- sits at 0 when I start her and the cluster, whilst lit up shows no information at all. Rode her for about 20 minutes without knowing how fast I was and decided it was best to go home before I got a ticket/ held up everyone riding at 11mph!!

I've checked the cluster electrics for obvious signs of corrosion/ bent cabling and also the battery but they look like new...

Could it be a fuse?

Any help much appreciated. She's brand new to me and broken already....

Thanks all.
If the whole cluster is 'bad', the problem is associated with wiring or a connector that is common to the whole cluster.

You say it lights up, but presents no information. That would make me think the plug that carries the data is the one that's hosed up. It must be getting some power, and some ground if it can get the back lighting to work.

I'd start unplugging connectors, and re-seating them. At the same time, I would flood each one I took apart with dielectric grease, so it cannot repeat the problem.

Either a connector is loose, or there is some spot corrosion between contacts in a connector. If a connector ever got wet, the moisture gets trapped in the housings, and eventually wets the male and female pins. Because they are so close together, the water evaporates out of those tight nooks and crannies very, very slowly. That long time water exposure sets up corrosive cells, and the rust that forms doesn't pass electricity as well as the bare metal did.

When you pull the connector apart, the wiping motion breaks up the corrosion and puts metal to metal again. If you flood the connector with the grease, it will prevent any water from making contact with the metal.

As you go through looking for all the connections, inspect the wiring harness for melted spots, or chaffed wires -- exposed copper can ground to the frame and short out signals.

You also need to check the ground connections to the frame, to make sure they are clean and shiny as well.
 

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Hi guys. I just bought my self my third motorcycle. This time its this 2008 zx6r Kawi. I am facing the same issue. Gauge cluster is not working. If anyone found out how to solve this problem kindly share with the rest of us. Thank you in advance.
 

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Dkim



your name is not danny kim by any chance is it?

The sue happy guy who crashed from his own lack of skill but blames everyone else?
 

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i just pulled my bike out of winter hibernation and boom! im also faced with the same issue!

i unplugged mine, left it for 5 mins and then plugged it back in and it worked :O god knows what the problem is and im not holding my breath that its fixxed ether. Does anyone know if the clocks store the milage or if its just a disply ? IE if i was to go and get some new clocks would the correct milage be shown on them ?
 

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Hi guys. I am in need of your assistance. If you had similar issue and figured out how to solve it please share the solution. I will highly appreciate it.

Everything else in the gauge cluster like the light emitting diodes for turn signals, full light (headlight) and fuel gauge are working, even the back light on the gauge comes on. The things which are not working are, the digital display and the rev stick (counter). What could be the problem. I have checked all the fuse and they are fine. Even the magnetic sensor next to the front sprocket has been checked and cleaned.
 

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Well my day went from bad to worse, clocks havnt fixed them selfs after a simple un plug and plug in, so i decided to take it apart, nothing i could see in the terminals that looked like corrosion. Did how ever find browny marks and fluffy white oxi marks around 2 pins, carefully gave them a scrape with a jewlers screw driver and cleaned away all the mess with a fine paint brush, iv ordered contact grease and electrical cleaner and will give the plugs both male and female a clean.

Clocks 2 by Jack Strathdee, on Flickr

Circled red is the pins i had cleaned around.

Went for a road test and 5 miles in a met up with a pal and found my radiator had gotten stone chipped and i was now loosing coolant :( so back home it was for me. Not sure if the clocks are fixed but for that 10 miles it was ok.....
 

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@jackstrath

I have decided to dissect the dashboard and take it to a phone repair shop so that they can deep it in benzene solution in a sonic dryer machine. This will remove any un wanted moisture from the circuit board and lcd display unit. If this does not resurrect the gauge cluster, I have no choice but to purchase a new one.

Earlier before I troubleshoot the gauge cluster using the instructions from the 2007-2008 kawasaki zx6r owners service manual. The troubleshooting instrusctions can be located from pg.574 to pg.590. I removed the gauge cluster from the its housing on the bike and tested the pins according to the troubleshooting steps. I found out the pins responsible for the lcd display and tachometer reading does not allow current through them meaning that there is a fault either on the pins or something else in the circuit board hence, the moisture removal procedure above.

Will keep everyone updated if there is any progress.
 

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There are two supplies that go to the gauge. One is direct from the battery and works the electronics of the gauge circuit board. The other is from the ignition switch and both activates the circuitry and drives the backlight leds.
The turn signals, high beam, oil light are all independent leds and work regardless of battery and ignition, but do need the Ground return to be connected.

So to make the gauge power up you only need to connect Battery+, Ignition, Ground (battery-).

Your symptons suggest Batt+ is not getting through to the gauge circuit, either because there is a break somewhere or there is a fault in the gauge power regulator.

The Kawasaki gauges have some protection circuitry in them that stops alternator voltage spikes from causing dammage to the electronics. They are usually very reliable, however its possible they can fail. A mobile phone repair shop should have the skills to test the power supply components in the gauge circuit board. They would need to know what pins are the batt+, ignition, Ground. If you have a digital multi meter with Ohms resistance test function I could tell you what components to measure on the gauge circuit board. Its basic electronics!


Hi guys.

So updates on the cluster gauge. Even after all the cleaning, the lcd and tachometer didnt work. Only solution is to order a new one off Ebay.
 

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I tested all the pins accordingly and as explained in the manual book before. There is a test for the tachometer, test for the lcd and many others. I tested the two important ones, tachometer and the lcd, and they both failed. I have attached a screen shot of the manual book instructions on how to trouble shoot the gauge cluster.
 

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So I just bought a 2007 zx6r 600, my first bike. The problem I'm having is the bikes speedo isn't working. The gauge lights up but dose not display any information including gears,speed, and RPM. Here's the real kicker though, before you ask have a checked the cables, yes, yes I have. I took the bike to a local bike mechanic here in my town and he's spent about 21 hours on the bike and has no clue what it is. He's changed the whole cluster, changed the relay to cluster, checked the cable integrity if voltage is going through. He's done pretty much everything you can think of. The strange thing is the backlight comes on but nothing is displayed. Once and a while the gauge will turn on while riding but more often than not it's off. My question to you guys is could it be the ECU?? Please help any suggestions would be much appreciated since I don't know much about bikes, only cars... Thanks!
Did you ever get that sorted mate?
 
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