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Hi, Im new to the sv scene. I'm looking to pick up a used sv650s soon. Found one on craigslist and the owner sent me some pictures. The only issue that it seems to have is brake fluid "stains" on the instrument cluster. He said it had been dropped and the fluid got all over it. He said that he tried cleaning it off, but its pretty permanent. Does anyone know how hard it would be to clean / how expensive it is to replace? Thank you!

 

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The plastic was permanently disfigured if it was brake fluid that did that. Ever seen what brake fluid does to paint? Only option is to replace the cover. If the rest of the speedo is OK, you can keep it, just swap the cover. That way your mileage will stay the same.

Except nobody sells JUST the covers, it's always the whole speedo. They go for ~$60 - $100 on this board, quite a bit higher on eBay. The good thing is that even though you have an '07+ bike there, a speedo cover from any 2nd gen. ('03+) will work. But if you want or need to replace the whole speedo, then you need an '05+ speedo for your fuel gauge to work properly.
 

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You may be able to sand and polish back to normal. If you do buy the bike, you could start with wet/dry 600 sandpaper using soapy water and work your way up to 1000, 2000 and finer. The plastic will appear opaque. Then, use a cutting agent such as clear coat polish, plexi polish or even toothpaste, rub until the plastic is crystal clear. If the brake fluid damage isn't too deep, this may work. Same procedure for restoring headlights on cars and bikes that oxidize with age.
 

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The case is part number #2-CASE SPEDO-34150-16G30. Looks like about 90 dollars for the part at Oneida. Could be cheaper if you shop around.
 

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You may be able to sand and polish back to normal. If you do buy the bike, you could start with wet/dry 600 sandpaper using soapy water and work your way up to 1000, 2000 and finer. The plastic will appear opaque. Then, use a cutting agent such as clear coat polish, plexi polish or even toothpaste, rub until the plastic is crystal clear. If the brake fluid damage isn't too deep, this may work. Same procedure for restoring headlights on cars and bikes that oxidize with age.
That`s a good tip, my GF`s car headlights are in need of some tlc.
 

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You can buy another cluster, and swap covers. Then sell the "new" cluster to somebody who has had an electrical failure on their cluster.
I did this and wound up with a net loss of only $20. If you got the "old" cover cleaned up a bit, so much the better.
As previously mentioned, the covers interchange, but there are lots of different part numbers for 2nd gen clusters.
 

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Before you buy another speedometer, and take the darn thing apart, try buying Plastix at the auto-part store. if you have access to a buffer, it will make your job even easier.

I would buy some 600 1000 and 2000 grit paper, wet sand the plastic gradually moving from 600 to 200 and then buff it with Plastix.
 
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