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post #1 of 84 (permalink) Old 04-13-2009, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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How to: Fix Gauge Cluster Buttons

Many of us have had a problem with the buttons on our gauge cluster. I decided to do a definitive write up to help people out. For this method you will have to remove the upper cowl and pull out the cluster. You can find out how to remove the upper here. Once you have the cluster out follow these steps to get those buttons working again. For this project you will need a smaller size phillips head screwdriver, utility (exacto) knife and two ball point pens. The older the pens the better as you will be using the ink tube and don't want ink in the section you use.


Step 1 - Flip the cluster over and remove the 6 screws on the outside edge. Do not remove any of the other screws.


Step 2 - Pull the front and back part of the gauge cluster apart. As you can see in the next picture the two white actuators had completely come off the buttons and were flopping around inside my cluster. You can take these out and throw them away if you want...you will not need them following these directions.


Step 3 - Pull the rubber buttons out from the front part of the gauge. Don't be afraid just pull it right off...its rubber!


Step 4 - Place the front and back of the gauges back together but do not screw them together. Now take one of the pens and stick it through one of the button holes and into one of the button pieces on the circuit board...it should fit perfectly into the top of the white button piece. Mark the ink tube so you can cut it flush with the top cluster piece. Now you can remove the ink tube and using your knife cut it. Now take the piece you just cut as a template and mark and cut the other ink tube exactly the same size.

If you removed the top gauge cluster piece here is what you have:


Step 5 - Now take the rubber button and pull back on the edges to cut the stick like part of the button off. It is hard to explain but you will see what I mean in the following picture. In essence you are cutting the part out to make a pocket for the ink tube to go in.

You will now have this:


Step 6 - Now put the front and back of the cluster back together. Put the rubber button piece back on using the screwdriver to move the ink tubes into place. If you notice the rubber button doesn't sit flush you can trim the tubes a tad or trim more of the rubber inside the pocket on the rubber button.


Step 7 - Flip that bitch over, screw those 6 screws back in, call it a day! Now both buttons should work. You can once again set your trip and clock...HELLZ YEA!


Hope this helped everyone with this oh so common problem.

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post #2 of 84 (permalink) Old 04-13-2009, 09:40 PM
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That's a cool idea! Did you try replacing the white actuator buttons? When mine kept falling off I just bought the new white buttons and that fixed the problem. I was able to change them with out pulling the gauge, windscreen or cowl.
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That's a cool idea! Did you try replacing the white actuator buttons? When mine kept falling off I just bought the new white buttons and that fixed the problem. I was able to change them with out pulling the gauge, windscreen or cowl.
I thought about just buying new actuator buttons but then I read about a guy who had his whole gauge cluster replaced and the same thing happened again. I wanted to fix the design flaw with something I knew wouldn't fall apart inside my cluster again. Hopefully for you the new button actuators work great and never fall out but for many its a reoccurring nuisance.

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I thought about just buying new actuator buttons but then I read about a guy who had his whole gauge cluster replaced and the same thing happened again. I wanted to fix the design flaw with something I knew wouldn't fall apart inside my cluster again. Hopefully for you the new button actuators work great and never fall out but for many its a reoccurring nuisance.

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Ah, well I haven't seen that bike in 4 years so I'm only assuming it wasn't a reoccurring issue. The new actuators I bought noticeably *clicked* into position while the old ones did not. There was definitely a batch of bad actuators or something. It would be interesting to see what bikes suffered from this. I had another 03 and didn't have this problem at all with it.
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nice way to improvise good write up..
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Yea I've heard of the method before so I can't take credit for the idea. I just thought a good clear write up needed to be done so people weren't nervous about what to do. Once you get the cluster out it is honestly a real simple and fairly quick process. Let me know if any of you all have questions.

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Nice! I've been waiting to do this on my '04 for a while, maybe tonight if it's nice out. Seems easy enough, thanks-

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Did you have to glue the ink tubes in place or do they lock in place?

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Did you have to glue the ink tubes in place or do they lock in place?
No glue is needed. The tubes sit in the button actuator piece that is mounted to the circuit board (second picture on step 4). The other end of the tub goes inside the pocket you make on the rubber button piece during Step 5.

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That is awesome. I've been pulling off that rubber thing just and using a paperclip to reset my tripometer. I'm gonna do this this next weekend but I'm gonna try to do it without taking off my front cowl. I'll just live with those white things rolling around in there, haha. Great write up.

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Excellent write-up. I just did it and it worked perfectly. Thanks!
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Thanks!!! worked great! im excited to actually be able to use my trip meter and clock!
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Wow you sir are my hero. I cannot wait to have an accurate clock
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Thank you sir! it was a very nice writeup. I thought I was the only one had that problem. My buttons stayed broke for 3 years, not any more.
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hahha up until now, i just thought i was retarded and didnt know how to work the gague cluster

guess im still pretty retarded for thinking that hahhha, great write-up. thanks

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Searched, Found, Tried, Works!!!!

i actually just left the cluster on the bike, and left the white pieces inside the cluster. helpful hint if doing it this way cut the ink tube a little longer than flush with the cluster so you have some room for error. i cut one a little too short now i have an extra ink tube laying in the bottom of the cluster haha but no big deal to me. THANK YOU for the writeup Idrove. I can now use my trip meter.
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Glad you all are finding this so useful...I bought my bike used over two years ago with this problem and if you are like me the one thing that always nagged me was the wrong time and not being able to reset the trip at gas fillups! Not having to pull out my phone at stoplights to check the time is so sweet...haha.

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Just did a variant on this today. Instead of using the ink pen tube, I didn't have any ink pens in the house, I re-used the white oem buttons and put some small dabs of superglue on them. Put it all back together and so far so good.... Much rather would have done the ink pen mod though.

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Maybe this is why my buttons don't work. I also thought I was just dumb and wasn't doing something right with the buttons. I thought there was some sort of trick to it and I don't have a repair manual to look at yet. I am checking mine today when I get home from work to see if they are broke. Thanks Idrove. It will be so nice to have a trip and clock.
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Glad to hear the fix is working well for everyone!!

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I missed this thread until just now.
Thanks Idrove for the quick and easy fix.
I did it leaving the cluster on and it took about 10 minutes. I just left the little white plastic pieces in the gauge cluster.
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This is exactly what i did when I had my 03 great write up

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thanks i've done it tonight and the result is good so far !!! you should work for honda research and developpement lol!

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I saw this mod a while ago and assumed you had to remove the cowl and cluster. Something I have done before, but was not about to embark on again for this fix alone. Then I realized I could still do this and just leaved the old peices in there until I took the front end off again at some point. Going to do this when I get home tonight! Im pissed I waited so long

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Thank you ldrove for a great how-to. I'm happy to now have a working trip meter and clock on my '03.
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Thank you sir! I just bought an '03 and just thought the cluster was messed up cause it had been wrecked. I actually almost bought a new cluster for it. So again,thanks alot!
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