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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2012, 09:40:46 pm »
That looks really good in there, WG.  I'll admit I was dubious when I first saw it on the manufacturer's site, but it looks great sitting there in your dash.

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2012, 10:50:54 pm »
The hardest part was running the wires back to my fuse block, but, since I'm gettin' ready to do an off-season valve adjustment, she's all laid bare anyway.  Just a 1/4" hole to drill in the dash.

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2012, 02:40:27 am »
Fred

Looking at the picture of the voltmeter install I see that you have installed the tubular handle bars, where did you find the adapter plate for the change over.

Have a safe ride down south

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2012, 11:00:25 am »
Fred

Looking at the picture of the voltmeter install I see that you have installed the tubular handle bars, where did you find the adapter plate for the change over.

Have a safe ride down south

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When I bought my bike it had Heli Bars, so the adapter plate came with the bike.  When I changed the bars, I needed that adapter plate but I wanted to sell the Heli Bars with an adapter plate.  I found someone in the forum classifieds that was selling a used one so I bought it.

I believe Murph is still selling them.  When I was looking for one, he was out of stock and there was a delay in getting the new ones in.  It was just my luck that one came up for sale in the forum at about that time.  I would first check with him. 

With the seat, the higher bars are the best changes I have made to the bike.

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #29 on: January 21, 2012, 05:16:25 pm »
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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #30 on: January 21, 2012, 08:14:53 pm »
Those meters would look nice across a dash shelf, though I'd be tempted to paint those cases black first.  I prefer the attention-getting properties of an LED, but the precision of a numeric display is pretty cool too.

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #31 on: January 22, 2012, 07:09:49 am »



Hey Slybones, does this mounting have any down sides?  Do the bars hit on full lock?

Any other pictures?  I'd love to see more close up stuff... I have this meter, and looking for a productive way to mount it.
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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #32 on: January 22, 2012, 02:15:36 pm »
Those meters would look nice across a dash shelf, though I'd be tempted to paint those cases black first.  I prefer the attention-getting properties of an LED, but the precision of a numeric display is pretty cool too.

Yes I would black the case too. I haven't bought these because they are a little to big to both fit on the left blank area on the dash. Good point about grabbing attention, like the difference between an oil pressure gauge which you might not notice, and an idiot light, which doesn't give enough information. You really need both. Like a racing tach with a shift point indicator.
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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #33 on: January 22, 2012, 04:37:18 pm »
Greg, the short answer is yes, yes and no.

I like the location as its out if the way, and somewhat protected from weather. I like it down in with the rest of the instruments. From the pic I see I installed that at 19,170 miles. I now have almost 83K on the Connie. So its been there for getting close to 64K and 5 plus years. -- The bracket is mounted to the fairing panel with 3M body molding tape. It has come loose once and I had to retape it. The meter is held to the bracket with 2 small pieces of 3M dual lock material. Dont use very much. This stuff is strong. Velco did not work as well for such small tabs.  I can easily remove it and change the time etc with the buttons on the back, -- With it mounted where it is, its not easy to use the buttons on the side. But I never use them anyways. So that part is of no matter. I can still use and reset the trip meters. I can also read all the gauges, etc. Over all for me, I have not felt the need to move it. -- The bars do not touch it when turning full lock. The brakes lines DO just barely touch it. Not enough to make it come loose or cause any damage. 5 plus years and no damage yet. And I do get it to full lock when practicing low speed manouvers. -- The pnly pictures that I have would be on my site. Link in the sig.
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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #34 on: January 22, 2012, 04:43:05 pm »
Probably the biggest thing is where to mount the temp probe. Up high on the dash it can get into the sun. In direct sunlight the probe will reay way high. Its subject to the radient heat from the sun. After trying several locations, I now have it down under the headlight, under the dash. Here it is subject to engine heat when sitting at a stop. When moving down the road it can take 1-2 miles to restabilize. I have learned to just ignore it at a stop sign/light and read it when moving. Here it seems to read within a few degrees.
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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #35 on: January 22, 2012, 11:20:15 pm »
If I've got a wired probe, I generally run it down the fork and tuck it into the metal hook which holds the brake line.  It's out of the sun and in the wind and gives me a pretty good reading.  But a month or so back, I was in WallyWorld and picked up a nice thermometer with a flat back, a huge digital display, and small high/low indicators for the day.  It's also got a remote sensor, which I zip-tied under the rear trunk.  It gives great readings - staying steady whether the bike's in sun or shade.

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #36 on: January 23, 2012, 01:18:35 pm »
My daughter got me THIS one from Kuryakin last Christmas and I love it! 
It's a little bitty thing that fits in the curve just under and to the left of the speedo. 
The LEDs are VERY bright and I can read them easily in the Florida sunshine, but it auto-dims when the evening comes. 
As Gerry said, it lets you know of any big changes right away.




ChipDoc, you're a bad influence on weak people like me.
I ordered mine yesterday.

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2012, 03:19:38 pm »
I was in WallyWorld and picked up a nice thermometer with a flat back, a huge digital display, and small high/low indicators for the day.  It's also got a remote sensor, which I zip-tied under the rear trunk.  It gives great readings - staying steady whether the bike's in sun or shade.

If ya got a pic / part # / linky etc for that sucka lets see it, eh?!

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #38 on: January 23, 2012, 06:58:28 pm »
 The viewing features on the Garmin 276C allows me to choose voltage.
 After two separate voltmeters this is my option.

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2012, 11:32:08 pm »
I was in WallyWorld and picked up a nice thermometer with a flat back, a huge digital display, and small high/low indicators for the day.  It's also got a remote sensor, which I zip-tied under the rear trunk.  It gives great readings - staying steady whether the bike's in sun or shade.


If ya got a pic / part # / linky etc for that sucka lets see it, eh?!

Yeah, I guess it would have been a good thing to include...

It's an Acu-Rite model 00380 and you can find it HERE.  The display unit fits nicely on the left hand side of the dash above the pocket.  Unlike many small thermometers, it's got a flat rectangular back which takes hook & loop tape with no trouble.

This isn't the best picture of the thing, but you can see how it sits on my dash.  It's not lighted, but the main numeric display is so large that it's easily readable in the flash of a streetlight as I pass beneath it at night.


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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #40 on: January 24, 2012, 12:06:41 am »
I like that one, John.  It gives all the info you really need in an absolute minimum of space.  I prefer a more intense display that attracts attention to itself.  I drive in a very bright environment and a lot of LED displays wash out.



+1 on the visibility of the unit. Leaves no doubt what your status is in brightest sunlight. That's why I moved mine off to the left above the fairing pocket.  So it would not interfere with direct line of sight while traveling but still be instantly readable. And it's not hidden behind my tankbag.
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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #41 on: January 24, 2012, 02:10:40 am »
It's an Acu-Rite model 00380

Yeah Chip, I like their stuff. Recently put a 00611A1 / 00609 in the crib.

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #42 on: January 24, 2012, 03:16:33 pm »

+1 on the visibility of the unit. Leaves no doubt what your status is in brightest sunlight. That's why I moved mine off to the left above the fairing pocket.  So it would not interfere with direct line of sight while traveling but still be instantly readable. And it's not hidden behind my tankbag.

Hey, Volcantour...
Is that meter recessed into the dash or surface mounted?
It looks great!    (Mine is on order).

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #43 on: January 24, 2012, 05:57:36 pm »
Thanks for the complement. It is surface-mounted. One small hole for the wires and use the sticky back that comes with the unit.  Quick & easy.
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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #44 on: February 03, 2012, 01:47:30 pm »


okay so here is my volt meter, I went to harbor freight and bought a cheap little led tester. I remove it from its original housing, drill the holes in the piece that is the bottom of the visor for the gauges. the picture is not very good but it actually works quite well.

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #45 on: February 03, 2012, 08:49:20 pm »
That's pretty cool, David!  I think it's probably every bit as accurate as the motorcycling versions, but will be a bit less long-lived.  On the other hand, it's cheap to replace and you've got everything already pre-drilled!

Might be a good idea to go get another tester while that specific model is still available...  :-[

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Re: VOLTMETERS
« Reply #46 on: February 04, 2012, 04:52:46 am »
Heck, I've seen versions of it @ several auto parts stores. They seem to be very common.  I did do one stupid when I was putting it back together... I accidently pushed up on the right side when I was putting it back in and the silicone wasn't dry yet... OOPPSS.  When the sun is over my shoulder I sometimes have a hard time seeing 13.5 (2nd green) & 14v (2nd Red)but 13 (2nd yellow) is really easy to see so I think it's all good.
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