When I bought the 2003 XT. The speedometer cable was broken and a section of cable was missing. Good connection behind the display and cable runs about 18 inches to near the fork. The end at the caliper / wheel location is installed but is about 3 inches long. I will try to upload a photo.

Both ends attach ok but not at the same time. The orientation at the wheel looks odd. If the cable was long enough to reach both ends, the arc of the cable at the wheel would be exposed to allow any brush to grab. Would take a pile of ziplocks yo secure

J A Morton