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Offline Bub

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instrument cluster mounting
« on: August 02, 2014, 11:22:14 am »
Just bought my first Connie and I love it, it's a 91 model, the PO removed the complete fairing and the instrument cluster, I kinda like the look of the bike as it is but I would like to have the instrument cluster back on, does anyone have any suggestions as to the best way to re-mount this without using the fairing.
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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2014, 04:39:42 pm »
Welcome to the group!

I don't have any suggestions that might help but I am exceedingly curious what that looks like. Would you mind posting a couple pictures?
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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2014, 07:15:32 pm »
A street bike with no instruments? That seems...dangerous, and probably illegal in all 50 states.
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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2014, 10:05:47 am »
I suppose you could use the fairing stay and chop off all the unnecessary parts and just use it to mount the instrument cluster.  Though it would make for an interesting look.

But if you're going to do that, and your fairing stay was removed undamaged, you might do well to sell/trade it with someone here that is looking for an unbent fairing stay after dropping their bike.  They'd appreciate it, and since you'd be hacking one up anyway, might as well hack up an imperfect part.  (getting a bent fairing stay properly straightened is pretty much considered impossible.)
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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2014, 05:37:07 pm »
Bub Bob:

Search Cogzilla. You'll find info on gauges used in a member's naked  10 build.

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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2014, 11:56:05 pm »
Will post a pic soon as soon as I get one I can upload, the ones I have now are too large, I am using a phone app right now for the speedo, but I do want the original gauge cluster re-installed, great idea about trading my fairing stay to another member, probably will go that route. I am coming from a 35 yr plus background of  cruiser riding, I happen across this Connie for a price I couldn't turn down, 46,000 miles w/all of the original luggage, the bike rides and runs great, did abt 150 miles two up yesterday and I couldn't be happier with the bike, my only regret is that I didn't get a concours  years ago.

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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2014, 12:29:24 am »
Welcome to the forum!

Considering the 'less than finished' look of the back of the gauge cluster, you might
need some type of nose piece to cover it.  I also wouldn't bet on it's degree of weather
resistance, as it was originally protected by the front upper faring.  So how it holds
up to wind/rain is an unknown.  (to me anyway!)  Just food for thought....

Perhaps a set of traditional 'cruiser' type gauges would be easier to install? 

I look forward to seeing what degree of engineering intrepidity will be required.   :great:
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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2014, 12:52:20 am »
I also have some concerns about weather exposure,  would really like to use the original cluster. Gonna do some research and see what I can come up with, hopefully I can figure something out before winter, thought abt trying to fabricate some type of housing for the cluster, and maybe going with some sort of short after market windshield to deflect the weather elements away from the cluster. Fishing for suggestions, and all responses are greatly appreciated.
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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2014, 01:21:40 am »
Forgot to mention that I purchased this bike for $900.00  :)

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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2014, 11:34:56 am »
Pic without luggage

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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2014, 07:38:05 pm »
I had been researching a couple clusters because I had been considering doing a naked project at some point.  The ZX6E cluster looks almost the same as the later model C10's (after 94) but I think they still have a naked back.

One interesting thing I had been looking at was a simple motorcycle computer, which would keep the trim lines of a naked bike without getting all up in your business.  I had this one earmarked on Amazon but hadn't completed all the research to see if it would actually work:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KOKNF2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001KOKNF2&linkCode=as2&tag=theborkeduniv-20&linkId=LBM23J7GL5222ZVG

I know there are ones which are tons more expensive out there, like this: http://www.dakotadigital.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=results/category_id=544/mode=cat/cat544.htm

But I don't have $500+ to blow on a gauge, ever.

You may be able to rig up something from a Vulcan 750 or the like.  When I had a 04 vn750 it looked like a lot of parts crossed over (the brake calipers were the same as my 86).  Could be worth a shot.
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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2014, 01:13:57 pm »
It's possible that the minimal cafe fairing and cluster from an old GPZ bike might fit too. I had a 550 and I thought the lines on that bike were quite nice.
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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2014, 01:20:38 pm »
Thanks, Paul, I'll look at those

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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2014, 03:43:53 pm »
Check out the Cogzilla bike.  It was built by Man Of Blues and he used ZX1000r Ninja gauges which have a bit different shape and more finished look on the back side for such an application.
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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2014, 03:49:00 pm »
Here is COGzilla (credit Man Of Blues):

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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2014, 06:06:33 pm »
Dime city cycles has some small traditional naked bike guages with LED lighting for cheap. Both with cable operation (in various ratios) and electric signal operation. Found the ones for my XS650 and they look and work great. Just wired up the LEDs and hooked up the speedo and tach cable (the xs still has a cable operated tach). If I remember right it was under 200 for both. Both the tach and speedo are dead on. I am still very happy about the purchase.

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Re: instrument cluster mounting
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2014, 06:10:18 pm »
Thanks John, will check them out right now