Touring Gauge Cleaning

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by sgrand71, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. sgrand71

    sgrand71 Member

    There's plenty of information regarding moisture getting inside the gauges of faring bikes. I haven't seen any information on cleaning the film out of the gauges. Has anyone disassembled the gauges far enough to remove the lenses. I have white residue on the bottom of the rings inside my lenses and was thinking of disassembling the to clean it out. Am I nuts?
  2. Crusierbob

    Crusierbob Member

    Good quesiton. I too have a haze on the glass and want to see what it takes to get in there and clean it. :D
  3. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

  4. Spearodafish

    Spearodafish Banned

    I get the fog in the gauges on chilly evenings when leaving work, but are you saying that you have accumulation inside the gauge? Mine dries out after a few minutes on the road. Hate to think it's going to build up and then warp the paper element inside making it look all goofy.
  5. sgrand71

    sgrand71 Member


    Thanks for the link. I read through it prior to starting this thread and am familiar with it's contents. I'm not expecting the mothership to address it at this point, the bike is older and I'm sure they won't cover any thing at its age. I want to know if I can dismantle the gauge and the clean inside.


    Yes , I have an accumulation inside the gauge. It is not on the gage face though. It is actually on the plastic ledge between the glass and the gauge face and looks somewhat liike hard water residue. I don't preasure wash my bikes, like you I get a fog in the gauges. The bike is a 2002 and gets used so the build up has occured over time.
  6. Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart Active Member

    I have not had this problem since we live in a fairly dry part of the country. FWIW the chrome gauge trim ring is crimped around the front of the gauge. It would be fiddely to get the ring off, and once removed it would be near impossible to get it back looking right. They are not made to be user serviceable.
    The moist air gets in through the gauge light socket from the back side of the gauge over time, especially if you live in a moist climate, and/or the bike sits in the rain a lot.
    I like the suggestion of drilling a small hole in the bottom of the gauge case, as was suggested in the 2009 thread. This would at least allow the moisture to equalize, and should prevent a buildup.
    If the damage is already done however, I think you are hooped.